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MEME Takes Over Downtown Winnipeg for Annual Festival

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Photo courtesy of MEMETIC (Facebook)

MEME Fest, aka the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, plugs in this week for four days of multimedia art and music. Celebrating its fifth year and running August 13-16, downtown Winnipeg becomes the playground for homegrown and world class DJs, producers, and artists who will be showcasing music and digital art in venues such as Union Sound Hall, Pyramid Cabaret, The Forks, and outdoors at The Cube in Old Market Square.

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Rainbow Trout Music Festival Celebrates New Local Music

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Living Hour

We may not have much summer to speak of in Manitoba, but we know what to do with it. Summer music festivals are beautifully ubiquitous, with audiences growing up totally used to music discovery in the sunshine (...or rain). Numerous smaller festivals have popped up in recent years, populating just about every weekend with a different chance to catch some live music, and many of them have a hyper-local focus. Now in its seventh year, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF) has since established itself as a serious summer destination for music fans. 

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Playing the Chords Right: JP Hoe Makes His Own Luck Through Collaboration and Community

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JP Hoe

Our Manitoba Fresh series continues with acclaimed singer/songwriter JP Hoe, who releases new album Hideaway on in August via MapleMusic Recordings. Pursuing a career in the music industry can often appear to be a gamble. Talent, connections, and diligence are pitted against simply the act of being in the right place at the right time. For Hoe, learning how to put the odds in his favour has allowed him to create his own luck and his own success. Read more after the jump and tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio to catch new segments.

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

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Guerrillas of Soul

Tiffany Ponce gets set to release her new album. - ShawTV + FREE download

The Proud Sons have a lot to be proud of. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tunic finds inspiration in Guilt and Disappointment. - Beatroute

Leonard Sumner's music is medicine. - CBC

Renée Lamoureux shares stories over coffee. - MyToba

Steve Bell calls for support. - Kenora Daily

Practice your French with this article about Chic Gamine. - Hollywood PQ

Six Shooter's Interstellar Rodeo gets a bit more stellar. - CBC

JP Hoe and Federal Lights bring their exciting sounds overseas. - Konzert Kasse-dresden

The Bros. Landreth come by success honestly. - National Post

Fred Penner proves that everyone is still a kid at heart. - Exclaim!

Doc Walker doesn’t take its success for granted - Vancouver Sun

The Noble Thiefs and Jess Reimer head to Mile of Music. - Post Cresent

Eagle & Hawk to take the stage at Whoop & Hollar Fest. - Winnipeg Free Press

Guerrillas of Soul to play Whoop & Holler. - Portage Daily Graphic

The Wailin' Jennys' fans stick with them. - Peninsula Post

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FEEDBACK LOOP: Manitoba Music, MEMETIC, and John Norman Launch New Workshop for Electronic and Hip Hop Producers at 2015 MEME Fest

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Clockwise from top left: Adam Marshall, Andrew Ryce, LAMBO, John Norman

This year’s MEME Festival has a new addition to its lineup of workshops. Manitoba Music, MEMETIC, and John Norman have joined forces to present Feedback Loop, a workshop and listening session giving electronic and hip hop producers the opportunity to have their tracks critiqued by a panel of industry professionals in an afternoon session on August 14 at Manitoba Music.

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

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The Proud Sons

Manitoba Music's songwriter retreat yields new songs. - SOCAN

Red Moon Road helps kick off Brandon Folk Fest. - Brandon Sun + FREE download

Park Theatre celebrates a decade. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Proud Sons play in the park. - MyToba

Don Amero helps inspire. - CJOB

Take John Norman's Republic for a spin. - Exclaim!

The Mariachi Ghost rocks the north. - My Yellowknife Now

Six Shooter Records' Interstellar Rodeo set to be a stellar time. - MyToba

Fred Penner gets ready to host the Polaris Prize Gala. - Hello! Canada

KEN mode gets loud as hell. - Beatroute

The Bros. Landreth are easy on the ears. - Pure M Zine

Raine Hamilton is a must-see at Home County Music & Art Festival. - LF Press

A round of comparing apples to oranges with Jess Reimer. - Portage Daily Graphic

The Lytics gear up to open for Nas. - Winnipeg Sun

Romi Mayes heads to the fair. - Lethbridge Herald

Double The Trouble fiddles around. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe was a highlight at Winnipeg Folk Festival. - The Dryden Observer

Trio Bembe brings the west to the east. - Cape Breton Post

Ten of The Weakerthans best songs are... - CBC

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Local Music Invades 126th Islendingadagurinn Festivities

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Somebody Language

Gimli is looking like a good place to be for live music this August long weekend. Islendingadagurinn, or the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, has announced its free stages lineup for the 126th annual celebration of Icelandic culture and heritage, and there's plenty of homegrown talent stepping up to the mic. 

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Harvest Moon Festival Announces Lineup for 14th Annual Event

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Greg MacPherson

Summer is packed with festivals celebrating live music outdoors across the province, but the festivities don't stop when the weather turns slightly chilly. The Harvest Moon Festival takes over Clearwater September 18-20 for three days of workshops on sustainable living, farmer's market, kid's fun, fair trade fair, food vendors, and a big helping of local music surrounded by the beauty of the Pembina Valley. 

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

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Tiffany Ponce

Until Red claims the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Rising Star award. -

Polaris Prize gala to be hosted by Fred Penner. - Billboard

Tiffany Ponce gears up to release second album at The Park Theatre. - MyToba

JP Hoe brings "Beautifully Crazy" to the beautiful Exchange. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Revival stands out at Burning Cow. - Peninsula Pulse

Red Moon Road kicks off its new album at the WECC. - MyToba

The Crooked Brothers have some diverse influences. - Beatroute

KEN mode is back on the road. - Brooklyn Vegan

Royal Canoe added to Pop Montreal. - Tiny Mix Tapes

The Bros. LandrethPaquin, and Countryfest round up CCMA nods. - Edmonton Sun

Romi Mayes has the devil on both shoulders. - VUE Weekly

Carly Dow answers the call of the west. - Prince George Citizen

Micah Visser dishes out the dirt. - Ashley Bieniarz

Del Barber set to play Summer Lights. - Brandon Sun

Moses Mayes and Mise en Scene serve up tunes at Super Spike. - Metro News

The Weakerthans are Left and Leaving? - Winnipeg Free Press

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The Bros. Landreth Land Canadian Country Music Award Nomination

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The Bros. Landreth

The Canadian Country Music Association announced the nominees for one of Canada's hottest music tickets, the Canadian Country Music Awards, and there are some familiar names on the list. Manitoba nominees include The Bros. Landerth, Paquin Entertainment Group, Dauphin's Countryest, and Doc Walker's Stephen Broadhurst.

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Local Music on the Lunch Menu with TD Manitoba Live at The Cube

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The Noble Thiefs

This August, it’ll be easy to get some local into your lunch at Old Market Square. TD Canada Trust, Manitoba Music, and the Exchange District BIZ are joining forces for the second year to present a series of free lunch hour concerts highlighting Manitoba talent at The Cube stage.

Running noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, TD Manitoba Live at The Cube kicks off August 5 with a special hometown performance from expat bluegrass act Jaxon Haldane and his band for a launch event hosted by the folks from QX 104 and FAB 94.3. The series’ diverse lineup runs the genre spectrum, featuring performances from country soul outfit Sol James, Canadiana-infused art rock band Odanah, Latin jazz mainstay Combo Latino, country singer/songwriter Quinton Blair, and R&B/rock crew The Noble Thiefs.


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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 building local buzz, demoing songs with maximum effect, interacting with fans via email lists, utilizing snapchat to promote yourself, and what not to say if you're looking to get press...

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

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Cara Luft

Manitoba Music's Sean McManus talks Manitoba Fresh. - 99.1 Fresh

The Mariachi Ghost kicks off Winnipeg Folk Festival. - Winnipeg Free Press

Workshops are a Folk Fest highlight. - Winnipeg Free Press

Folk Fest welcomes newcomers. - CTV News

Bleed American gets in the game. - TSN

Red Moon Road treats the east cost to some tunes. - The Guardian

Sc Mira gives birth to Waiting Room Baby. - Beatroute

Check out Les Jupes latest video. - Ground Sounds

Things have come together quickly for The Bros. Landreth. - TB Newswatch

Romi Mayes has a Devil on Both Shoulders. - Beatroute

The Bros. Landreth help countdown to Cavendish Beach Festival. - Canadian Beats

Yes We Mystic has some answers. - Knowahnoah's Indie

Home is where Cara Luft is. - SC Time

Darcy Ataman helps healing through music. - Winnipeg Free Press

KEN mode's Success is a welcome addition. - Beatroute

KEN mode gets put under the interrogation light. - Invisible Oranges

Fred Penner is a family favorite. - Post City

Pop Montreal expands lineup to include Royal Canoe. - Exclaim!

Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Fest puts locals onstage. - Crave Online

Order of Manitoba honours creators. - Winnipeg Free Press

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at M for Montreal

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We are now accepting submissions from artists and bands interested in participating in M for Montreal, November 18-21, 2015. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professionals. DEADLINE: July 30, 2015

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Toronto

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Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase in Toronto on October 20, 2015. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key Toronto music industry professionals including labels, agents, publishers, supervisors, publicists and more. DEADLINE: July 30, 2015

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Showcase Opportunity: Minneapolis Market Development Tour

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Manitoba Music is presenting showcases and networking sessions this fall in Minneapolis and Winnipeg, November 5-8, 2015. As part of a musical and cultural exchange between the two cities, two Manitoba bands will perform on a bill with two Minnesota bands in each city. These showcases are an opportunity to perform for and network with key music industry professionals from across the Northern Midwest including labels, agents, promoters, buyers, publicists, and more. DEADLINE: July 30, 2015

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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 in Toronto, October 15-18, 2015. 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: July 30, 2015

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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Administrative & Communications Assistant

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We’re looking for a friendly, organized, creative, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and outgoing individual to join our team as our Administrative & Communications Assistant. The ideal candidate is passionate about music, works well under pressure, has good problem-solving skills, can switch quickly between tasks, and doesn’t mind working flexible hours on occasion. This is a fantastic opportunity for an entry-level communications or admin professional who wishes to expand their skill base and knowledge, and take an active role in an exciting industry. Deadline for applications: Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 4PM

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Strength in the Spectacular: The Mariachi Ghost flourishes in the undefinable and the unexpected

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The Mariachi Ghost (Photo: Jay Poturica)

By Jillian Groening

It’s tough being a music industry misfit. While other bands fit neatly into pre-existing scenes, ready for radio play and eager fans, or create work which can be imagined through an erratic list of comparisons, Winnipeg’s The Mariachi Ghost is a little more nebulous. Heck, they can’t even fit in your average family-size mini-van.

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BreakOut West Unveils 2015 Festival Lineup

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With the nominees for the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards already announced, it’s time to reveal the performers for the BreakOut West Music Festival. The showcases will run alongside Rifflandia Festival at venues across Victoria, September 17-20, 2015. Over 60 of Western Canada's best up-and-coming acts are set to perform at the two-night festival, including Manitoba WCMA nominees Dee Erin Band and Ridley Bent, as well as Attica Riots, Iskwé, Sc Mira, The Noble Thiefs, The Treble, and Yes We Mystic. 

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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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