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

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Heartbeat City

Manitoba Music and Fresh Radio get fresh. - Broadcast Dialogue

Manitoba Music celebrates Canada with local talent on stage. - The Carillon

MEME gets set to party on the bridge. - Winnipeg Sun

Heartbeat City announces debut album and tour dates. - Exclaim!

Steve Bell shines a light on an important issue. - Winnipeg Free Press

Steve Bell launches petition in support of Shoal Lake 40. - CTV Winnipeg

Dauphin's Countryfest reports on the the best years yet. -

Double The Trouble is ready for its debut. - The Herald

The Bros. Landreth start off strong with debut album. - NDR

The Bros. Landreth bring some major new talent to the roots scene. - The Digital Fix

Cassidy Mann celebrated Canada Day from the stage. - CBC Radio

Sc Mira rises from oblivion. - Beatroute

Ridley Bent set to rock the Calgary Stampede. - Vacay

Success is just that for KEN mode. - Pop Matters

This is probably (definitely) KEN mode's best interview yet. - Bombshell Zine

The Small Glories tribute Warren Zevon. - Critics at Large

Indian City and Federal Lights among the locals set to play Panamania. - York Region

Red Moon Road are a musical delight. - The Guardian

Don Amero celebrated Canada with Vancouver. - Vancouver Observer

Bella Coola Music Festival puts Fred Penner on stage. - Coast Mountain News

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All-Manitoban Winnipeg Folk Festival Workshop Showcases the Brightest Artists in the Province

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Leonard Sumner

Manitoba is home to some of the best musicians in Canada and the Winnipeg Folk Festival strives bring their music to new audiences. The Festival is committed to helping local artists advance their careers and, as a result, presents many Manitoban artists on stages around the city year-round as well as at the festival every July. This year, once again, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, along with Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music, has set the stage for an all-Manitoban celebration.

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CANADIAN SONGWRITER CHALLENGE: Manitoba Music Connects Heavy-Hitters with Local Artists for Summer Songwriter Retreat

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From top left: Bobby Desjarlais, Cassidy Mann, Chantel Emond, Dylan MacDonald, Grant Davidson, Katlin Mathison, Natalie Bohrn, and Tyler Del Pino

Manitoba Music is gearing up for the latest edition in its songwriter development series with the help of a Bell Media national songwriting initiative. Slated for July 5-8, the Manitoba Music Summer Songwriter Retreat will combine co-writing opportunities with creative and business mentorship, connecting industry heavy-hitters with emerging Manitoba talent to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration. 

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Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Winnipeg's The Revival Soldiers On with the Power of Rock

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The Revival

Manitoba Music has teamed up with Fresh Radio for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh to introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzzworthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. Featuring on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles right here on, Manitoba Fresh kicks off with The Revival. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...

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MANITOBA FRESH: Manitoba Music and Fresh Radio Team Up for Monthly Music Spotlight

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Manitoba Music is teaming up with Winnipeg’s pop/alternative station, Fresh Radio, for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh.

Launching justin in time for Canada Day, the new project will introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzzworthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. To help music fans get to know some of the hottest bands coming out of this province, Manitoba Fresh will feature on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles on

Electro rock favourite The Revival is the first Manitoba Fresh act, just in time for the band’s blistering set at Canada Day at The Forks’ Under the Canopy stage

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

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Basic Nature

Indian City sparks conversation through song. - Winnipeg Sun

Indian City's new song tackles a heavy subject. - CBC

KEN mode releases video for "Blessed". - With Guitars + FREE download

Basic Nature is a shoegaze dream. - Make A Little Noise

Blank theory with Basic Nature. - The Blog That Celebrates Itself

Dauphin's Countryfest puts rising stars on stage. - Winnipeg Free Press

West End Cultural Centre launches new youth program. - MyToba

Double the Trouble helps shine the spotlight on Metis culture. - APTN

Double the Trouble keeps calm and fiddle on. - ICI radio-canada

Manitobans round up 14 nominations for the Indigenous Music Awards. - MyToba

Don Amero, Federal Lights, and Patti Kusturok set the soundtrack for Aboriginal Day Live at The Forks. - Winnipeg Free Press

Local musicians help celebrate National Aboriginal Day across Canada. - RPM

Slow Leaves stands out at NXNE. - Examiner

Mise en Scene shines bright at NXNE. - Raz Mataz Mag

Attica Riots and Mise en Scene leave good memories from NXNE. - Spill Magazine

Sc Mira and Indicator Indicator capture attention at NXNE. - Raz Mataz Mag

Manitobans at NXNE caught in photos. - Aesthetic Magazine

Don Amero celebrates Canada Day on the coast. - Vancourier

Ridley Bent heads to the stampede. - World Festival Travel

Matt Epp comes home for album release. - Metro

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Plenty of Local Sounds at Dauphin's Countryfest

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Quinton Blair

Canada's longest running country music festival is gearing up for a busy weekend of music and fun. Dauphin's Countryfest, now in its 26th year, kicks off is annual festivities on June 25 and runs until June 28, hosting over 20 mainstage acts plus two additional stages with bands spanning the genres from country to rock to roots.

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Manitoba Artists Land 14 Indigenous Music Award Nominations

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Dee Erin Band

Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Indigenous Music Awards, which changed from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards earlier this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 23 at Portage Place. The hardware will be handed out at the 10th annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 11, 2015 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 10. Nominees include Indian City, Dee Erin Band, The Deeds, NCI FM, and more.

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DIY Roundup: Tips for Musicians From Around the Web

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This week's roundup of recent blogger tips and techniques for musicians from around the web includes info about proper tagging for audio files, exploring tempo in songwriting, sampling, music video strategy, and advice on buying the right microphone...

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Manitoba Bands at Calgary's Sled Island Fest

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Pop Crimes

Manitoba bands are heading to Cowtown this week for one of Canada's top music fests. Sled Island kicks off its run on June 24, taking over venues across Calgary for five nights. Eight local acts are making the trip, including noisey post-punks Pop Crimes, shoegaze garage-rockers Vampires, resurrected bass-and-drum act Duotang, noise-rock Tunic, indie pop-punk group The Zorgs, and more. 

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

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Indian City

Don Amero heads west to celebrate Canada. - Vancourier + FREE download

Kelly Fraser shines bright. - Nunatsiaq Online

Ghost Twin is weird and wonderful. - Sudbury Star

How does it feel being a woman in the current Winnipeg music scene? - Stylus

Indian City sings an important song. - MyToba

Six Shooter's Interstellar Rodeo is a top festival this summer. - 24 News

The Crooked Brothers aren't about to slow down. - MyToba

By the numbers: Women in Manitoba music festivals. Winnipeg Free Press

You're gonna have to wait until autumn for The Lytics' new EP. - Canadian Beats

Mise en Scene is a top NXNE pic. - Indie Underground

Rise and shine with Daily. - CTV Winnipeg

Attica Riots' name inspired by Vonnegut novels. - Canadian Beats

JP Hoe gets ready to drop new album. Winnipeg Free Press

Indicator Indicator debuts "No Anthem". - Exclaim!

Sc Mira is headed to NXNE. - Winnipeg Sun

Winnipeg Folk Festival training opens up career opportunities. - Winnipeg Free Press

Curtis Nowosad hits the road. - Music Industry News Network

Carly Dow's Ingrained is a living, breathing album. - Stylus

Matt Epp takes "troubadour" tag literally. - Winnipeg Free Press

Take Matt Epp's new album for a spin. - CBC

Techno is John Norman's mission in life. - Technoszene

Dauphin's Countryfest is more than just music. - MyToba

Aboriginal Music Week announces block party lineup. - RPM

KEN mode tells us the secret to Success. - Noisey

Leaf Rapids heads to Peterborough Folk Fest. - PTBO Canada

Supercrawl 2015 lineup includes Fred Penner. - Exclaim!

Tim Barlow & Few Who Do show off their skills. - MyToba

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Opportunité de rencontres professionnelles et de vitrine musicale à : Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone édition Montréal

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une quatrième édition de l’événement contact, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone, à Montréal le 27 et 28 octobre 2015. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien avec des professionnels de l’industrie de la musique francophone. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le jeudi 9 juillet 2015

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In The News: NXNE Edition

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JP Hoe

You're gonna have to wait until autumn for The Lytics' new EP. - Canadian Beats

The Lytics hit the ground running. - Manitoba Music

The Lytics smashed it at The Great Escape. - The Brighton Source

Attica Riots were a highlight of CMW. - The AU Review

Attica Riots' name inspired by Vonnegut novels. - Canadian Beats

Attica Riots work hard, play harder. - Manitoba Music

JP Hoe announced new album, Hideaway. - Exclaim!

JP Hoe gets "Beautifully Crazy" on air. - 104.3 Fresh Radio 

Create what you want to create, says JP Hoe. - Canadian Beats

JP Hoe gets ready to drop new album. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Crooked Brothers are eaters. - Canadian Beats

Germany gets ready for The Crooked Brothers. - The Music Minutes

Get a taste of Sc Mira's debut album. - Noisey

Sc Mira headed to NXNE. - Winnipeg Sun

Sc Mira loves its Waiting Room Baby. - Canadian Beats

Sc Mira in puppet form. - Exclaim!

Mise en Scene is a top NXNE pic. - Indie Underground

Mise en Scene talks Real Love. - MyToba

Sigrun Stella's sad to miss Mise en Scene's killer NXNE set. - Torontoist

Indicator Indicator gets ready for NXNE. - The Spill Magazine

Indicator Indicator debuts "No Anthem". - Exclaim!

Ghost Twin is weird and wonderful. - Sudbury Star

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

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The Zorgs

Manitoba Music connects local acts with industry pros during Aboriginal Day Live. -

Manitoba Music joins forces with APTN to bring mentor meetings. - MyToba

Local talent sets the soundtrack for Manitoba Live on Canada Day at The Forks. -

Manitoba Live puts locals on stage at The Forks. - MyToba

Sc Mira talks about Waiting Room Baby. - Canadian Beats + FREE download

Find out how many effs The Zorgs have to give. - Beatroute

JP Hoe announces new album. - Exclaim!

Don Amero heads west for Canada Day. - Digital Journal

John Norman serves on remix duty. - Manalogue

Fred Penner has 20 answers. - Winnipeg Sun

Al Simmons has a lot to celebrate. - MyToba

Get the first listen of Success from KEN mode. - Stereogum

Stream the entire new album from KEN mode. - Brooklyn Vegan

Trio Bembe brings latin flair to the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest. - Medicine Hat News

The Bros. Landreth head south of the boarder. - American Towns

Leaf Rapids gives us intimate glowing country. - Americana UK

Matt Epp takes his new album on the road. - 730 CKDM

Odanah prepares to record new album. - Stylus

Members of Chic Gamine lend a tune for charity. - Successful Dealer

Red Moon Road headlines Summer Lights. - Brandon Sun

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Manitoba Music and APTN Launch Aboriginal Day Live Mentor Sessions

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Chuck Copenace

Manitoba Music and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are joining forces this month to connect local Aboriginal artists and music entrepreneurs with key industry pros from across Canada and beyond. Running June 20-22 in Winnipeg through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, the new project provides a unique opportunity to meet with and learn from a delegation of managers, presenters, and mentors during APTN’s annual Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration.

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TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Brings the Party Downtown

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Combo Latino

Festival season is officially underway as the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival brings the party downtown for its 2015 edition. One of the summer's best sources for live local music, the venerable downtown fest kicks things off  with a free opening weekend at The Cube in the heart of the Exchange District, June 11-21.

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Manitoba Live Turns Up the Volume on Canada Day at The Forks

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Manitoba Live at Canada Day at The Forks in 2014 (Photo: J.Senft Photography)

Manitoba Music and The Forks are turning up the volume on Canada Day this year with a stellar lineup of local talent on three stages, presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. Performing for an audience of thousands who gather at The Forks to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Manitoba Live will feature performances from over a dozen acts spanning just about every genre, culminating in a remarkable onstage collaboration between fun-soaked rock outfit Attica Riots and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 

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DIY Roundup: Tips for Musicians From Around the Web

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Check out this week's roundup of recent blogger tips and techniques for musicians from around the web. Find out more about feedback in songwriting, playing unconventional venues, networking tips, merchandising made simple, and management options.

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Work Hard and Play Harder: Attica Riots is Ready for Success with a Big Sound and Big Energy

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Attica Riots (Photo: Tim Jones)

By Jillian Groening

In the music industry, success often arrives either at a snail’s pace or at break-neck speed. For Winnipeg-based rock outfit Attica Riots, the enigmatic s-word seems to be prowling right at their heels.

Originally fooling around as a jam band, playing covers together and working through songs for their other projects, singer and guitarist Bobby Desjarlais, bassist Kyle Erickson, and drummer Anders Erickson, eventually put their other bands on the back burner and poured their energy into Attica Riots’ sweaty, dance-y rhythms. And good thing they did.

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

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Get out your sunscreen. - The Uniter

Attica Riots were a highlight of CMW. - The AU Review

Get a taste of Sc Mira's new album. - Noisey

Music saved Chuck Copenace. - Shaw TV 

Real Love Summer Fest puts local talent on stage. - Winnipeg Sun

Odanah return to Real Love. - MyToba

Mahogany Frog hop on stage at Real Love. - MyToba

Justin Lacroix releases French EP. - The Revue

Ali Fontaine headlines Aboriginal Music Week. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kevin Walters posthumously honoured with lifetime achievement award. -

Locals share the stage with big names at TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. - MyToba

Yes We Mystic's Vestige is hypnotic. - Beatroute

Futurekids gives us a visual treat. - Diamond Deposits

Cassidy Mann celebrates Canada with a song. - Huffington Post

Basic Nature's music is music. - MyToba

The Bros. Landreth & Oates. - Global Morning News

Pop Crimes, Mobina Galore, KEN mode take on Bermuda Fest. - New Music Michael

KEN mode heads across the pond. - Metal Underground

Bermuda Festival brings out local punks. - Edmonton Journal

Curtis Nowosad gets lively. - The Whole Note

Matt Epp hits the road with new tunes. - The Star Pheonix

Doc Walker headlines at the Grand Prairie Stompede. - Daily Herald Tribune

Sweet Alibi is a highlight of Stewart Park Festival. - Ottawa Citizen

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Ellice Street Festival Celebrates with Music

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The Mariachi Ghost (Photo: Jay Poturica)

Things are going to get a little extra fun this weekend in Winnipeg's West End. The Ellice Street Festival is kicking of its 16th annual festivities on June 5, bringing two days of live music, barbecue, a kid's carnival, and more.  

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

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The Lytics set it off at The Great Escape. - Brighton Source

Patti Kusturok keeps the kitchen party going. - CTV

Indicator Indicator gets ready for NXNE. - Spill Magazine

Mise en Scene answers some questions. - MyToba

Lindsey White releases her long-awaited new album. - Metro FREE download

Petric signs with SteelHead Music. - 730 CKDM

The Crooked Brothers music is not the worst. - MyToba

KEN mode teases us with more new music. - Life Is Noise

Carly Dow hits the road. - Nova News Now

Autumn Still breezes across Canada. - ACWR

The Bros. Landreth jam in the van. - Pollstar

The clip of the week from Jocelyne Baribeau. - BRBR

Jess Reimer heads to Winkler City Limits. - Pembina Today

Tiffany Ponce clowns around. - CBC

Oh My Darling says farewell. - Metro

Somebody Language is on the road to Real Love. - MyToba

Greg MacPherson's honesty spews across the floor. - Vue Weekly

Romi Mayes lets out the devil. - The Chronicle Herald

Royal Canoe gets ready to play TURF. - Exclaim!

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Local Music Makes a Mark in Winnipeg Arts Council Awards

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Abstract Artform

The nominations for the Winnipeg Arts Council Awards are out and there are plenty of names from the local music scene making the list. The annual awards, which will be presented at the Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts on June 19 at the Fairmont Hotel, celebrate members of Winnipeg’s arts community, including individual artists, arts organizations, arts volunteers, and local businesses and organizations that support the arts in Winnipeg. Nominees include Abstract Artform, Khan Vikshyn, marijosee, Jazz Winnipeg's Paul Nolin, and Steve Kirby. 

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Manitoba's NXNE Bash Turns 20, Manitoba Music Hits The Rivoli for June 18 Showcase

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Clockwise from top left: Attica Riots, JP Hoe, The Crooked Brothers, The Lytics

Manitoba Music is packing up its perogies and hitting one of Canada’s largest music discovery festivals in June. Running the gamut from roots to hip hop to synth-drenched dark pop, a diverse crop of ten Manitoba acts have been tapped for coveted showcase spots at North by Northeast (NXNE), including four buzzworthy bands slated for the Manitoba Showcase at The Rivoli on June 18.

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

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Moon Tan

The showdown at Band Vs. Filmmakers takes place this weekend. - Winnipeg Sun

Bands vs. Filmmakers a top pick for the weekend. - CBC

Moon Tan take its progressive funk rock to Real Love Summer Fest. - MyToba

À La Mode gets set for some Real Love. - MyToba

Oh My Darling says farwell. - Metro

Tiffany Ponce takes a seat at the judges table. -

KEN mode unleash "Dead Actors". - Invisible Oranges

Romi Mayes puts Winnipeg on the blues map. - JS Online

Don Amero speaks to the healing power of music. - The Cragand Canyon

You can find Don Amero in the cellar. - LF Press

Get to know the Champagne Years. - MyToba

Greg MacPherson makes some noise. - Beatroute

Ruth Moody goes "Far and Wide". - Pop Matters

Watch Sc Mira's "Do Me". - Exclaim!

Sc Mira and The Revival among the lineup at Burning Cow. - PPulse

Fred Penner heads to the beach. - Toronto Life

Ridley Bent and Doc Walker among that many to take the stage at Countryfest. - 730 CKDM

The Park Theatre celebrates 100 years of reinventing itself. - MyToba

Carly Dow takes her new album on the road. - Nova News Now

Iskwé to play Indigenous festival in Toronto. - RPM

Al Simmons bring his quirkiness to the stage. - Guelph Tribune

Del Barber and Ridley Bent get wild in the mountains. - Vue Weekly

Rayannah hits her stride. - MyToba

Nestor Wynrush draws from personal life. - The Star Pheonix

Tanya Tagaq makes Bjork sound tame. - The Guardian


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

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Last Ditch On The Left (Photo: Kent Whiteside)

Yes We Mystic break down genre walls. - Winnipeg Free Press FREE download

Yes We Mystic keeps it fresh. - Metro 

KEN mode unleashes "Management Control. - Spin

Get another taste of new music from KEN mode. - Exclaim!

The compass points west for Last Ditch On The Left. - Quirks and Quiddities

Last Ditch On The Left take its tunes west. - Lloydminister Source

The Revival takes its music to the street. - WMBF News

Raine Hamilton gets set to release album. - MyToba

Del Barber and Tanya Tagaq win at The Indies. - A Journal of Musical Things

Tanya Tagaq helps open the show on new venue. - Brooklyn Paper

Federal Lights and Don Amero among the many to play Aboriginal Day Live. - Metro

The Wailin' Jennys and The Bros. Landreth bring their songs to Denmark. - Rootszone

The Bros. Landreth announced as part of Americana 2015. - Addicted to Noise

Back 40 puts locals on stage. - Pembina Today

Slow Spirit gets put in the spotlight. - MyToba

The crowd comes to Romi Mayes call. - Winnipeg Free Press

Matt Epp's new video is "Ready In Time". - Snob's Music

The Living Hour is on the road to Real Love. - MyToba

Royal Canoe set to take the stage at TURF. - AXS

Fred Penner heads to the coast. - The Telegram

Carly Dow gears up for new album, Ingrained. - Make A Little Noise

Get to know Carly Dow. - MyToba

The hills are alive with the sound of Doc Walker. - Hamilton News

Curtis Nowosad keeps up the celebration of his album release. - Jazz News

Curtis Nowosad gains some international attention. - Javeriana

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Bands vs. Filmmakers V: A Concert in Support of Cinematheque

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Bands vs. Filmmakers

Back for its fifth year, Bands vs. Filmmakers brings us another round of treats for the ears and the eyes at the West End Cultural Centre. The event features five new silent films from emerging local indie filmmakers who have collaborated with five local musical acts to create a union of complimenting audio and visuals. As the film plays the accompanying musicians will perform a live set, making for a unique experience for the audience.

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