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Aboriginal Music Week Celebrates Music Without Borders

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The summer of music festivals continues with the sixth annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week. Running August 20-24 in various Winnipeg venues, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, film events, and industry networking. 

AMW will play host to a number of touring acts, including first visits from emcee Tall Paul, violinist Laura Ortman, music producer Astronomar, and hip hop duo Mob Bounce, and guitarist Logan Staats. JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday are both set to return, along with pop singer Inez Jasper, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, and more

Homegrown talent also plays a big part on the bill this year, including performances from award-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, Métis fiddlers Darren Lavallee and Melissa St. Goddard, trip hop singer and 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee Iskwé, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, rockers The Mosquitoz, country chanteuse Frannie Klein.

 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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KEN mode

MEME brings the beats downtown. - Winnipeg Free Press

Chic Gamine and marijosée among the artists to play Bargefest. - ChrisD.ca

The Searchlight is on Chic Gamine. - Panic Manual

Chic Gamine lends some vocals. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe heats things up. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe is splendid on all levels. - RTBF

Royal Canoe's Birthday video gets an overseas nod. -  FACT

"Birthday" video lands Royal Canoe an AIM Award nod. - Belfast Telegraph

Royal Canoe gets nomination for AIM Award. - Music Week

KEN mode teases the crowd with a new tune. - Brooklyn Vegan

The Sturgeons capture a Manitoba summer in one album. - Stylus

Keith and Renee's homegrown talent is something to be proud of. - MyToba

Winnipeg gets the blues, and the BBQ too. - BT Winnipeg

Tanya Tagaq at Atmosphere Gathering is a can't miss show. - Exclaim!

Red Moon Road sings the gospel at Summerfolk. - The Sun Times

Mayoral candidate follows Britney and... Sweet Alibi, Les Jupes. - Winnipeg Sun

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MEME Turns Winnipeg Into Multimedia Playground

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For four days this month, MEME is turning Winnipeg into a great big multimedia playground. The annual festival, which runs August 14-17, features DJs and artists from across the world and right here at home who will be showcasing music and digital art in venues like the Pyramid Cabaret, Union Sound Hall, and outdoors at The Cube stage.

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Rainbow Trout Music Festival Celebrates New Local Music

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Sibyl

For music fans looking to discover new artists at a small festival in the pristine outdoors, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF) might be the perfect summer event. The sixth annual event, which runs August 15-17 just south of St. Malo, offers three days of music, camping, swimming, crafts, and more. 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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The Sturgeons

Manitoba SongCamp makes new songs and new friends. - The Uniter

John Norman steps up as artist ambassador for MEME Festival. - Stylus + FREE download

Winnipeg gets electronic as MEME takes over. - The Uniter

John K. Samson's precision with words is something to admire. - Toronto Life

Rainbow Trout Music Festival may be the best time you have all summer. - The Uniter

Fred Penner traded in economics for acoustics. - CBC Player

The Sturgeons will charm you with nostalgia. - The Gauntlet

This is a great new album from The Sturgeons. - The Uniter

Tanya Tagaq's album is a top of 2014 so far. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe wins over the crowd at Osheaga. - Exclaim!

Take a roadtrip with Royal Canoe. - CBC Music

Royal Canoe is a little weird, in the best way possible. - Much Music

Royal Canoe makes a splash with new video and tour dates. - Exclaim!

Surprise Party put its Heart of Love on the line. - Stylus

Chic Gamine lends some vocals. - Vancouver Sun

Chic Gamine is a very good reason to attend Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival. - Calgary Herald

Morden Corn & Apple Fest brings big fun to the small town. - The Uniter

Rise and shine with Kevin Roy. - BT Winnipeg

Vampires come to life. - Stylus

Find out what is on Keri Latimer's night table. - Winnipeg Free Press

Harvest Sun Music Festival shines bright. - The Uniter

The Perpetrators get the blues in Kitchener. - The Record

Sweet Alibi headlines Summer Folk Fest in Portage la Prairie. - Portage Daily Graphic

SC Mira, The Revival, and The Noble Thiefs stretch out at Mile of Music. - Green Bay Press Gazette

Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Fest is the perfect marriage of food and music. - The Uniter

The Duhks' new album is well worth the wait. - Winnipeg Free Press

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The Prairie Barge Festival to Showcase the Music, Art, and Culture of Manitoba and Saskatchewan

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Chic Gamine (Photo: Janine Kropla)

The prairie borders are being erased for one big, free outdoor party on Labour Day Weekend. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are celebrating the Year of Music together for The Prairie Barge Festival, showcasing the vibrant talent of our two provinces.

Presented by founding legacy partner, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and Creative Saskatchewan, the festival runs August 29-31 in The Forks Historic Port, and promises three days of music, art, and culture.

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Market Development Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Nashville

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We are now accepting submissions of interest from artists and artist representatives to participate in an industry networking event in Nashville, TN, September 16, 2014. This is an opportunity to network with Nashville-based music publishers, agents, promoters, songwriters, and more. There may be limited opportunities for a short showcase performance. Participants in this event should be export ready with a strong rationale and existing activities/contacts in Nashville. DEADLINE: August 21, 2014

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Aboriginal Music Week

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The summer of music festivals continues with the sixth annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week. Running August 20-24 in various Winnipeg venues, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, film events, industry networking, and more. 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Sc Mira (Photo: Travis Ross)

We talk Loft Sessions, SongCamp, and live music with Jenna Khan! - BT Winnipeg

BreakOut West gets ready to invade Winnipeg. - Shaw TV

Islendingadagurinn celebrates 125 years. - ChrisD.ca

Embrace your inner viking at the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba. - The Uniter

Stephen Carroll joins Manitoba Film & Music team. - ChrisD.ca

Give your ears a taste of Aboriginal Music Week. - Revolutions Per Minute

Start planning your nights with the Aboriginal Music Week festival lineup. - MyToba

Aboriginal Music Week reveals festival lineup. - ChrisD.ca

Crooked Brothers show some true Canadian manners. - Exclaim!

The Mariachi Ghost makes use of many influences. - La Prensa Grafica

Watch Royal Canoe's visual love letter to Winnipeg. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe discusses what festivals are like from the stage. - Montreal Rampage

Royal Canoe is an underdog act to see at Osheaga. - The Main

Royal Canoe makes their own tourism video of sorts. - Oak + Oar

Royal Canoe finds beauty in the flaws. - CBC Scene

Tanya Tagaq takes culture across the pond. - RTE

Sc Mira sees some bright days ahead. - Green Bay Press Gazette

Chic Gamine brings something fresh to Hornby. - Times Colonist

Chic Gamine takes its new sound to the west coast. - ICI Radio-Canada

John Norman gives great birthday gifts. - Robotic Peacock

The Bros. Landreth join Del Barber and The Duhks at Americanafest. - The Post

Don Amero rocks the island. - BC Local News

Don Amero inspires blue skies. - The Williams Lake Tribune

The Duhks bring its spine-rattling groove to FreshGrass. - North Adams

The Duhks have a powerful pressence. - The Roanoke Times

Potato salad is no joke for The Unbelievable Bargains. - Stylus

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Folk Music Ontario

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We are now taking submissions from artists interested in participating in Manitoba Music showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference (formerly OCFF) in Toronto, October 16-19, 2014. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the Canadian and international folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference includes speakers and seminars, performer showcases, and jam sessions. Approximately 800 delegates attend the conference, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. DEADLINE: August 21, 2014

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Call for Submissions: Promotional Video Series for Aboriginal Artists

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Manitoba Music is creating a series of live performance videos of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit artists to be used for online promotion. The series will feature staged performances of new music by Aboriginal members of Manitoba Music. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: September 2, 2014

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Islendingadagurinn Celebrates 125 Years

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Brooke Palsson

Manitoba's Year of Music celebration continues with another fantastic summer of festival this long weekend. This year marks the 125th anniversary for Islendingadagurinn or the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, which celebrates Icelandic culture and heritage... and throws one heck of a party in Gimli. 

Running August 1-4, the event -- the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America -- offers food, crafts, games, competitions, sport, and even a Viking village. It also offers music fans three nights and two days of live music. This year's lineup is a diverse bunch, from alt-country to indie pop to jazz-tinged Mexican prog rock, featuring a big local contingent. 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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John Norman

BreakOut West continues the Year of Music buzz. - BT Winnipeg

BreakOut West spills the beans on festival acts, key awards. - CBC News

Manitoba Music Live at The Cube serves up local music with lunch. - ChrisD.ca

There's nothing square about these lunchtime concerts. - CBC Scene

John Norman hits the charts. - Faze Mag

Keri Latimer keeps family close. - Winnipeg Free Press

Nathan Music Co. isn't afraid to surprise. - BC Local News

Rise and shine with Matt Epp. - CTV Winnipeg

Aboriginal Music Week is taking over the block. - MyToba.ca

Aboriginal Music Week helps make connections. - MyToba.ca

RightsFest lineup to include Sierra Noble and more. - BT Winnipeg

Sierra Noble among the artists set to play RightsFest. - Metro Winnipeg

Ridley Bent is white hot. - Stylus Magazine

Chic Gamine mentors up and comers including Cassidy Mann. - MyToba.ca

The Bros. LandrethDel Barber, and The Duhks added to Americana Music Festival. - The Tennessean

Don't miss Royal Canoe at Hillside Festival. - Exclaim!

You can find Royal Canoe at Hillside Festival this weekend. - Crave Online

The Duhks flock to festivals. - The Roanoke Times

The Duhks go Beyond The Blue. - No Depression

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BreakOut West Announcements First Round of Festival Performers, WCMA Hall of Fame, Industry Builder, and Heritage Awards

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Festival act The Treble live at the BreakOut West news conference, July 22

With the nominees for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards already announced, it’s time to reveal the performers for the BreakOut West Music Festival, happening October 3-4 in Winnipeg, MB. With many more performers yet to be announced the first round already sees quite a few WCMA nominees taking the stage at the two-day festival

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Adam Hanney (Photo: Alyssa Arnold Photography)

Tanya Tagaq's Animism makes the Polaris shortlist. - Rolling Stone

Tanya Tagaq get the Polaris Prize nod. - CBC News

Polaris shortlist is a first for Tanya Tagaq. - NOW Magazine

Tanya Tagaq joins nine others on the Polaris shortlist. - Huffington Post

Animism lands Tanya Tagaq on the shortlist. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq is a staff pick. - CBC Radio Q

Tanya Tagaq is a free spirit. - Voir

Adam Hanney shines bright at Folk Festival. - ChrisD.ca

Mama Cutsworth is Speechless. - The Metro

John Norman goes full blast. - Technoszene

Del Barber appeals to all. - No Depression

Mise en Scene head down unda. - Music Feeds

KEN mode set to horrify. - Loudwire

Don Amero takes his soulful roots sound west. - BC Local News

Oh My Darling bring diverse influence to Vancouver Folk Fest. - North Shore News

Shotgun Jimmie and Sebastian Owl are must sees at Ness Creek Music Fest. - Exclaim!

Keith and Renee reminisce on air. - AM 680 CJOB

Manitoba invades PEI's ears. - Le Lezard

The prairies head east. - Digital Journal

PEI gets a week's worth of Manitoba music. - Newswire

Manitoba gets showcased in PEI. - ChrisD.ca

The Duhks have nine answers. - Nine Questions for Musicians

Have a big serving of local music for lunch. - Winnipeg Now

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Do You Stand for Music? Speak Out Against Tariff 8

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On May 16, the Copyright Board of Canada released a long-awaited decision on royalty rates for streaming services. This decision, called Re:Sound Tariff 8 – Non-Interactive & Semi-Interactive Webcasts, 2009-2012, set the rate for commercial webcasters at 10.2 cents per 1,000 plays, while the CBC tariff is set at 13.1 cents per 1,000 plays – a massive setback for the Canadian music community, and for the artists and music companies that invest in their careers.

To put these rates into perspective:

  • An artist would need 12,647 plays to be able to pay for a download of their own song.
  • More than 16,000 plays would be needed to purchase a medium Tim Hortons coffee.
  • More than 4 million plays would be needed to fill up a tour bus with a tank of gas!

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MANITOBA SONGCAMP: Manitoba Music Brings Nine Local Artists Together for Collaborative Songwriting Session

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At the heart of any great music career story is a great song. Manitoba Music is bringing nine performing songwriters together to enhance their songwriting chops and create new songs through collaboration at Manitoba SongCamp. The three-day co-writing retreat will take place in a tranquil cabin setting in the Whiteshell, July 20 – July 23, 2014.

The session brings together a diverse group of established and emerging performing songwriters spanning several genres, including Cassidy Mann, Charlotte Kosc, Flo Oramasionwu (Flo), Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves), Jenna Priestner (Mobina Galore), Kevin Roy, Maxine Peters, Matt Worobec (Lost Weekend), and Sonia Eidse.

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Tanya Tagaq's Animism Makes Polaris Short List

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Tanya Tagaq

After much anticipation, the prestigious Polaris Music Prize released this year's short list and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer and composer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is one of the top 10 Canadian albums of the year.

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MANITOBA MUSIC LIVE AT THE CUBE: Manitoba Music and Exchange District BIZ Serve Up Local Sounds for Summer Concert Series

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Sons of York kick off Manitoba Music Live at The Cube on August 1

Homegrown talent is on the menu at Old Market Square this summer. The Exchange District BIZ is teaming up with Manitoba Music to present a series of free lunch hour concerts highlighting local artists at The Cube stage throughout August.

Running noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Manitoba Music Live at The Cube kicks off August 1 with rock’n’roll faves Sons of York for a launch event hosted by Breakfast Television’s Jenna Khan. The series’ diverse lineup runs the gamut from the indie pop to country to soulful roots, featuring performances from JUNO Award nominee Don Amero, Western Canadian Music Award-nominated roots trio Sweet Alibi, pop/rock outfit The Treble, ukulele-wielding singer/songwriter Brooke Palsson, and pop newcomer Sc Mira.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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JD Edwards, Gilles Fournier, and Cara Luft on Main Stage at Winnipeg Folk Festival, July 10 (Photo: Sean McManus)

The Winnipeg Folk Festival experience. - Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Folk Festival is ready for you and all your friends. - CBC News

There's something for everyone at Winnipeg Folk Fest. - CBC News

Lots of local love at Folk Fest. - The Lance

Discover something new at Folk Fest. - BT Winnipeg

JP Hoe brings his prairie band to main stage. - CBC

Blue Rubies shine in Folk Fest's Young Performers Program. - Stylus + FREE download

Young Folk return to the Young Performers Program. - Stylus

Chic Gamine debuts new sublime sound. - Winnipeg Free Press

Chic Gamine mixes business with pleasure. - MyToba

Chic Gamine is eager to share a new look and sound. - The Manitoban

Cara Luft and JD Edwards team up at Winnipeg Folk Festival. - CBC

Cara Luft has full command of the open stage. - MyToba

The Bros. Landreth's soulful harmonies kick off Folk Fest. - Winnipeg Free Press

Greg MacPherson talks Polaris early in the morning. - CTV Morning

Doc Walker is on the run. - Brandon Sun

RasTamils, Nathan Music Co., and Marco Castillo put a tune to diversity. - Brandon Sun

Erin Propp is on the wishlist for Ottawa Jazz Fest. - Calgary Herald

Ridley Bent added to Gateway Festival. - Exclaim!

Local talent brings a beat to Transcona. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe is a must see at Osheaga. - Dose.ca

Work pays off for Kid P. - 204HipHop

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LOFT SESSIONS: Manitoba Music's Video Series Returns with Stellar New Lineup of Local Talent

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Del Barber's Loft Sessions shoot

What do you get when you put talented Manitoba bands in front of the camera and ask them to play their hearts out? You get the Loft Sessions: music magic, captured in intimate videos with all the passion of a live show.

Manitoba Music and video director Chris Gaudry have teamed up once again for the second edition of the live performance video series, set in the hardwood and brick of the heritage buildings of Winnipeg's Exchange District. Gaudry and his team, which included award-winning sound engineer Cam Loeppky, filmed a live performance by each artist in a multi-camera shoot. 

This year's series kicks off on July 8 with uptempo tune "Country Girl" by JUNO Award-nominated country/roots singer/songwriter Del Barber and his killer, denim-clad backing band, The Profiteers. 

 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Del Barber live on Canada Day at The Forks (Photo: J. Senft Photography)

Winnipeg celebrates Kevin Walters. - CBC News

Make summer count with Manitoba Live. - Winnipeg Free Press

Aboriginal Music Week ups the party. - ChrisD.ca

Cassidy Mann's Blue Skies & Bright Eyes might get her a prize. - Winnipeg Free Press

Cassidy Mann lands a WCMA nod for her latest album. - MyToba.ca

Sapphire Empire is the recess of music school. - The Uniter

The Perpetrators whip up a frenzy in western Europe. - Winnipeg Free Press

Ridley Bent helped Calgary celebrate Canada Day. - CTV News

Jazz Winnipeg lines up your fall. - ChrisD.ca

Del Barber sets the soundtrack for Independence Day. - CMT Edge

Prairieography shows Del Barber's roots. - No Depression

Dauphin's Countryfest was wet and wild. - Winnipeg Free Press

Curtis Nowosad gives us seven answers. - Calgary Herald

Don Amero goes north. - CBC

Story time with Pop Crimes. - Stylus

Royal Canoe is exquisite enough for the Queen. - The Gateway Online

Blow your mind at Ottawa Bluesfest with Royal Canoe. - Metro News

Royal Canoe make the mixtape. - MTV Fora

The Weakerthans are ridiculously Canadian. - Indie88

Tanya Tagaq is otherworldly. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq's Animism is not to be overlooked. - Voir

The Sheepdogs bring Rusty Matyas on tour. - The Star Pheonix

Colour By Numbers finds perfect harmony. - The Uniter

Dust Rhinos, Maxine Peters, Attica Riots and more serve up some tunes. - ChrisD.ca

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Shines a Spotlight on Local Talent

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Sweet Alibi

The tents are up, the mics are out, and the Year of Music celebration continues with one of Manitoba's major destination events, the venerable Winnipeg Folk Festival. Running July 9-13 at Birds Hill Park, the 41st annual event offers audiences three days and five nights of musical discovery, including a stellar line-up of internationally-acclaimed Manitoba talent.

The list of homegrown music acts hitting festival stages features emerging alt-country act The Bros. Landreth, acclaimed singer/songwriters JP Hoe, Cara Luft, and Ruth Moody, soul/pop darlings Chic Gamine, 2014 JUNO nominees Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, and roots trio Sweet Alibi. The always-strong local children's acts include another 2014 JUNO nominee, Marie-Claude, plus favouries Aaron Burnett and Mr. Mark. 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Kevin Walters was a Winnipeg champion. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kevin Walters mourned by music community. - Cashbox Magazine

Kevin Walters was a rare man. - Winnipeg Sun

Music community to celebrate Kevin Walters. - ChrisD.ca

Polaris Prize puts Greg MacPherson in the running. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq is memorable. - CBC Radio Q

Polaris Prize includes Tanya Tagaq on nominee long list. - Paste Magazine

The hills are alive with Del Barber. - Vancouver Sun

The Duhks make a splash with Beyond The Blue. - Cybergrass

A top five moment of NXNE includes The Lytics. - NOW Magazine

The Lytics make something from nothing. - Stylus

The Lytics go out with a bang at NXNE. - Crave Online

Slow Leaves gives a breathe of fresh air to NXNE. - The Scene Magazine

Drench your eardrums in blood and distortion with KEN mode. - Film Threat

Fred Penner opens a zoo. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Bros. Landreth train just keeps picking up speed. - Community News Commons

Surprise Party, Sweet Alibi, Red Moon Road head to Ottawa. - CBC News

Keith Price strums us awake. - BT Winnipeg

Keith Price reaches new heights. - Stylus

Hearing Trees drops out to rock out. - Stylus

Sierra Noble opens doors. - CBC Scene

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Music Community Pleased with Work Permit Changes for Foreign Artists

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Work Permit changes announced yesterday for foreign music artists will dramatically improve the landscape for much of the live music community in Canada for the benefit of venues across the country, artist managers, agents, Canadian record labels, as well as Canadian and foreign artists. These changes were made at the request of Canada's music community. 

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Remembering Kevin Walters

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Kevin Walters

Our music community has suffered an incredible loss with the passing of Kevin Walters.

Kevin has been a legend in Manitoba’s music scene for decades. A concert promoter, manager, industry worker, mover and shaker, super connector, Kevin knew everyone and everyone knew him. He used that power to help people build their careers, to reach new heights, and to, in turn, connect with others.

Kevin has been everywhere. Once upon a time, he was a DJ, managed Night Moves, was a booking agent with the Hungry I Agency, formed his own artist management and production company Twin Productions, took a gig as merchandising manager for Barenaked Ladies, and had a long career at the manager of sound recording programs at Manitoba Film & Music.

Throughout his time with MFM, Kevin had a massive impact on the lives of all of us in Manitoba’s music community, helping to foster careers and mentor developing entrepreneurs, sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise. For many, Kevin was the first industry person they met as they embarked on their careers. He helped countless artists make groundbreaking albums, play for audiences across the world, touch the lives of their audiences, and realize their dreams.

Kevin was the guy behind the scenes making things happen. He helmed the 2006 Grey Cup Festival, helped to bring the Canadian Country Music Awards to Winnipeg, was a primary founder of the Prairie Music Awards that became the Western Canadian Music Awards and BreakOut West, launched the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, organized Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and Culture Days, booked talent at the Red River Ex, and was an integral part in bringing The JUNO Awards to Winnipeg not once but twice. If there was a major live music event, Kevin was probably involved and you could usually catch a glimpse of him smiling and greeting the countless people he knew in any room.

We have been incredibly lucky to have Kevin as part of Manitoba Music’s board of directors for over a decade. He took on the role of president in 2012 and continued his tenure until his passing. During his time with us, he has helped Manitoba Music immeasurably; he’s been an instrumental part of our growth and development into an internationally-respected music organization.

He has supported us, challenged us, listened to us, led us, and mentored all of us. We are all better for knowing him. He had a smile for everyone, a calm centre in any storm, impeccable judgment, and a generosity that made it easy to work with him.  He has always been a ubiquitous presence in Manitoba’s community, loved and respected by all who worked with him, knew him, or even just heard of him. He made so many friends here at home, across the country, and beyond.

Words can’t express this loss to our community. His absence leaves a void. We have all been fortunate in the time we’ve shared with Kevin and celebrate his life, his accomplishments, and his incredible spirit. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and all who knew him. We will all miss him so much.

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Countryfest Celebrates 25 Years in Dauphin

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Desiree Dorion (Photo: Jon Schroeder)

Canada's longest running country music festival is turning 25. Dauphin's Countryfest kicks off is annual festivities on June 26 and runs until June 29, hosting over 20 mainstage acts plus two additional stages with bands spanning the genres from country to rock to roots.

Eight Manitoba acts hit the massive music fest's stages this year, including The Bros. Landreth, Desiree Dorion, JP Hoe, Federal Lights, Leanne Pearson, Jordan Allard, Greg Arcade, The Craig and Ash Band, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, DJ Co-op, Oh My Darling, and Until Red. 

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