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APCMA nominee Leonard Sumner at the nominees announcement, June 19

14 Manitoba nods for Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards – CBC News

Tanya Tagaq a real challenger for Polaris Music Prize. – Macleans

Tanya Tagaq: "the great Doula of sonic consciousness". – Weird Canada

Tanya Tagaq inspires. – Huffington Post

Tanya Tagaq’s Animism is metal in spirit. – Invisible Oranges

The Bros. Landreth go up Slate Creek. – T4C

Not even the sky is the limit for the ultra-talented Keith & Renee. – Country 101.1

Eagle & HawkDesiree DorionRay St. Germain celebrate National Aboriginal Day. – NCI FM

Sierra Noble to play Halifax's National Aboriginal Day event. – The Chronical Herald

Dauphin’s Countryfest ready to celebrate a milestone. – Brandon Sun

Sweet Alibi sings through troubled times. – Saultstar

Sweet Alibi will have you laughing, singing along, and dancing. – The Arts Guild

SC Mira infuses old sounds with new. – CBC News

Curtis Nowosad is a montser in waiting. – Winnipeg Free Press

Moses Mayes’ Nathan Reimer isn’t into ironic clothing. – Winnipeg Sun

Royal Canoe eating watermelon at Bonnaroo. – Rolling Stone

It’s never too late to talk about Royal Canoe. – North Shore News

Campground community an important part of the Winnipeg Folk Festival experience. – Winnipeg Free Press

Fred Penner opens his doors but not his chandelier. – Winnipeg Free Press

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Tanya Tagaq Lands Polaris Nod

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Tanya Tagaq

The Polaris Music Prize ended months of debate and speculation with the announcement of this year's long list of top Canadian albums and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is among the prestigious names. 

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Manitoba Artists Land 14 Nods for the 2014 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Leonard Sumner

Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 19 at Portage Place. The winners will be revealed at the ninth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12, 2014 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 11. Nominees include Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Desiree Dorion, and Winnipeg Boyz. 

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Watch Five Videos from Five NXNE Bands

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Manitoba will be heating things up in Toronto for the country’s largest music festival and industry conference next month. A dozen Manitoba acts have been tapped for coveted showcase spots at North by Northeast (NXNE), which runs June 13-22, 2014. 

Manitoba Music will return to The Cameron house for an eclectic showcase of critically-acclaimed new music from the prairie province on June 19. The event will feature Aporia Records’ indie rock act Federal Lights; Pipe + Hat Records’ bluegrass-tinged singer/songwriter Jess Reimer; Americana act Slow Leaves; indie pop/folk outfit Yes We Mystic; roots darlings Sweet Alibi; and high energy rock’n’roll siblings Sons of York. Check out the schedule of Manitoba bands at NXNE and watch some videos while you wait for the bands to hit the stage...

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MANITOBA LIVE: Manitoba Music Launches New Version of Concert-Finding App

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The busy season of summer music festivals is here and Manitoba Music has a new and improved way for music fans to find their music. 

Manitoba Live, powered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, is a free iOS app that helps music fans find concerts in venues and clubs and at festivals in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province. Launched in March 2014, the app gained immediate attention from media and won over local music fans looking to find reliable and comprehensive concert listings.

The newly-released Manitoba Live 2.0 features a robust search function, making it even easier to quickly find concert listings by artist, location, genre, keyword, and category. The new function lets users search for everything from open mics to album releases to festivals, find upcoming shows at individual venues or in particular Manitoba cities and towns, and helps those who perhaps only caught the first name of an interesting artist hitting local stages or maybe just wants to know about upcoming blues shows. 

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

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Curtis Nowosad (Photos: Leif Norman)

Manitoba Music heads to NXNE with some bands for show and tell. - Best Fan

Grace Hrabi sings a song your heart will understand. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is full of free tunes this weekend. - CBC Scene

And all that Jazz Fest. - MyToba

Curtis Nowosad brings it back home. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe a top pick at Bonnaroo. - MTV

Royal Canoe made you a mixtape. - Under The Radar

Royal Canoe is the good cookies. - Gobs Mag

Pipe & Hat goes further. - FYI Music News

Sweet Alibi takes over Toronto. - Examiner

The Sturgeons bring Sheena Grobb and Sierra Noble out for new album. - Metro Winnipeg

Raine Hamilton forges her own path. - Stylus

Tanya Tagaq brings a soundtrack to life. - NOW Magazine

Tanya Tagaq is a hot ticket. - BlogTO

Tanya Tagaq brings the north a little more south. - The Star

Luminato lights up with Tanya Tagaq. - CBC News

Del Barber is a Monday music pick. - Austin360

The Treble is homeward bound. - Global News

Fred Penner kids around. - St. Albert Leader

Keith and Renee put the kids front and centre. - Portage Online

Keith and Renee help kids see they are good enough. - Global News

Eagle & Hawk hits the stage for National Aboriginal Day. -

KEN mode, Surprise Party, and Mahogany Frog get set for MoSoFest. - The Star Pheonix

John Scoles of Times Change(d) wants variety. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Duhks talk new album. - No Depression

The Duhks go Beyond The Blue. - Huffington Post

Eric Pyle gives back through song. - Stories from Home

Dub Ditch Picnic will leave you feeling full. - AUXtv

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Manitoba Live Heats Up Canada Day at The Forks for the Year of Music

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Del Barber (Photo: Mark Maryanovich)

Manitoba Music will be heating things up at The Forks this year with a diverse lineup of all local talent on three stages. Performing for an audience of thousands who gather at The Forks to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Manitoba Live will feature stellar sets from over a dozen acts spanning just about every genre, culminating in a remarkable onstage collaboration between award-winning alt-country singer/songwriter Del Barber and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, the family-friendly event is part of the Year of Music celebration in Manitoba.

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25th Annual Jazz Fest Kicks Off with Free Opening Weekend

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Dirty Catfish Brass Band (Photo: Jenn Kostesky)

The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is turning 25. 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 12 - 15.

This year's fest boasts over 50 Manitoba acts in the clubs and theatres and on the outdoor stage. The Cube will feature a diverse line-up, including jazz and soul on Thursday, Latin Jazz on Friday, the wildly popular indie night on Saturday, and more.

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DIY Roundup: Tips for Musicians From Around the Web

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A roundup of recent blogger tips and techniques for musicians from around the web. Find out more about the things singer/songwriters need to know about hiring freelance musicians, how to get more gigs, and the things you can do today to start making music industry contacts. 

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

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Marco Castillo

Leonard Sumner is on the rise. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba Music's Sara Stasiuk talks NXNE. - Global News

No shortage of WCMA nominations for Manitoba. - Exclaim!

Manitoba has the home field advantage with WCMA nods. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitobans land 44 nominations for the Western Canadian Music Awards. - CBC News

Marco Castillo brings warmth to Winnipeg. - The Uniter

Surprise Party grabs your short attention span. - MyToba + FREE download

Real Love Winnipeg kicks of summer with three days of music. - BT Winnipeg

Winnipeg Folk Fest is a must. - Canadian Living

Raine Hamilton delivers big things in Small Packages. - The Uniter

Royal Canoe make last call. - NBC

Royal Canoe is something for everyone. - Voir

Royal Canoe's Bucky invites us over. - The Uniter

Tanya Tagaq brings tradition to modern music. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq is a must see in Toronto this summer. - BlogTO

Watch the trailer for Tanya Tagaq's Animism. - Indian Country Today

Tanya Tagaq has got the power. -

Slow Leaves blooms this spring. - MyToba

Boats grabs life by the balls. - Winnipeg Sun

Matt Moskal wears many hats. - MyToba

Rise and shine with Micah Visser. - BT Winnipeg

Hearing Trees has focus. - The Uniter

Imaginary Cities featured on new Porter Robinson album. - MixMag

Imaginary Cities sounds a bit more electronic. - inthemix

Imaginary Cities get in the mix. - Mixjunkies

Al Simmons is a vetern of Kids fest. - Global News

Al Simmons gets serious about news. - Winnipeg Free Press

CKUW's David Tymoshchuk takes us inside the booth. - Stylus Magazine

Ingrid Gatin sticks to her roots. - MyToba

Slow Dancers will kick your ass slowly. - Rice and Bread Magazine

Get lulled into submission by Slow Dancers. - The Uniter

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba SongCamp Songwriter Retreat

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Manitoba Music is presenting the Manitoba SongCamp Songwriter Retreat, an innovative opportunity that will bring nine performing songwriters together to enhance their songwriting chops through collaboration. The three-day co-writing retreat will take place in a tranquil cabin setting in the Whiteshell (an hour east of Winnipeg), July 20 – July 23, 2014. DEADLINE: June 19, 2014

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Manitobans Land 44 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations

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2014 WCMA nominees The Bros. Landreth perform at the June 4 nominee announcement at Manitoba Music

There will be plenty of chances to celebrate homegrown talent when the Western Canadian Music Awards roll into Winnipeg this fall. Manitoba artists and industry picked up an impressive 44 nominations in 28 categories for the 12th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories with talented acts from Manitoba’s Aboriginal, Francophone, and roots music communities dominating their respective categories. The hardware will be handed out at an industry brunch on October 4 and at a gala event on October 5 in Winnipeg at the newly-opened Club Regent Event Centre.

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Manitoba Bands Turn Up the Heat at Toronto Music Fest

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Sweet Alibi

Manitoba will be heating things up in Toronto for the country’s largest music festival and industry conference next month. A dozen Manitoba acts have been tapped for coveted showcase spots at North by Northeast (NXNE), which runs June 13-22, 2014. 

Industry insiders and music fans can catch sets from the diverse crop of Manitoba acts, which runs the gamut from roots to soul-tinged pop to indie rock (and a minimum of two cellos), including several bands making their first appearance at the massive music fest. 

Manitoba Music will return to The Cameron house for an eclectic showcase of critically-acclaimed new music from the prairie province on June 19 with Federal Lights, Jess Reimer, Slow Leaves, Yes We Mystic, Sweet Alibi, and Sons of York.

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

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Surprise Party

Cara Luft shows young performers the way. -

Surprise Party has a Heart of Love. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tanya Tagaq is like no one you've ever heard, anywhere. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq's Animism is a top release of the week. - Exclaim!

Get mesmerized by Tanya Tagaq. - New Canadian Music

Tanya Tagaq is not your mama's throat singing. - North Shore News

Studio Q gets some Animism from Tanya Tagaq. - CBC

Del Barber gets in the hot seat. - The New Music Buzz

Vampires ramps up the momentum. - Winnipeg Free Press

Shotgun Jimmie gets sappy. - Exclaim!

Shotgun Jimmie was a top show from the past week. - NOW Magazine

Keri Latimer and Rusty Matyas go back to school. - Winnipeg Free Press

Les Jupes live up to the hype. - CBC Radio 3

Royal Canoe and Imaginary Cities get on the bus. -

JD and the Sunshine Band, Ridley Bent, and Mariachi Ghost top the charts. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Duhks' Beyond the Blue is a top summer album. - CMT Edge

Downtown BIZ announced new summer concert series. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kasperzick takes le mic. - ICI Radio-Canada

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Toronto

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Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase in Toronto on November 18, 2014. 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: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: Midwest Market Development Tour

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Manitoba Music is presenting showcases and networking sessions this fall in Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, November 3-7, 2014. This showcase is 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: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: M for Montreal

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We are now accepting submissions from artists and bands interested in participating in M for Montreal, November 19-22, 2014. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professionals. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: BOW International Program

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Manitoba Music, in partnership with BreakOut West and other western music industry associations, will coordinate showcases and networking activities with international industry delegates in advance of the BreakOut West festival and conference in Winnipeg (October 2-5, 2014). DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program Celebrates A Decade

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The C-Weed Band

Manitoba Music is celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of its most acclaimed initiatives, the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP).

The Pyramid Cabaret is set to host the birthday party on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, featuring an open mic hosted by The C-Weed Band along with appearances by Eagle & Hawk, Joe Maxim Band, Ali Fontaine, Winnipeg Boyz, and many more. Kicking off at 9 p.m. with emcee Miss Melissa of NCI FM, the event is free for Manitoba Music members and $10 at the door.

Since its launch in 2004, the Aboriginal Music Program has delivered groundbreaking projects and services to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. It remains the first and only program dedicated to Aboriginal musicians and industry in North America. Made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR, and Manitoba Film & Music, the program is a driving force behind a vibrant Aboriginal music community in Manitoba. 

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Back Forty Celebrates 25

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Festivals, Back Forty Folk Festival, Year of Music

The Back Forty folk Festival is turning 25. The annual celebration of music will return to the Morden Park to blow out the candles and kick off this Year of Music's summer festival season on Sunday, June 1. 

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

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Triggers (Photo: J. Senft Photography)

The soundtrack goes live at Bands vs. Filmmakers. - Winnipeg Free Press

Mise en Scene gives the lowdown on Bands vs. Filmmakers. - CTV Winnipeg

Les Jupes' Michael P Falk talks about the growth of Band vs. Filmmakers. - BT Winnipeg

Who will win at Bands vs. Filmmakers? - Winnipeg Sun

Hana Lu Lu is the stream of the week. - Winnipeg Free Press

You can't miss Royal Canoe or Shotgun Jimmie live this week. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe is like getting a $10 handshake from your grandpa. - No Country for New Nashville

Celebrate being alive outside with Imaginary Cities and Royal Canoe. - Winnipeg is Better Than Chocolate

Get some wings with Imaginary Cities and Royal Canoe this weekend. - Exchange District

Eagle Lake Owls has chemistry. - CBC Scene

Watch a live preview of new music from Eagle Lake Owls. - BT Winnipeg

Indicator Indicator talks highlights. - Global News

Those Guys celebrate five years. - CBC Scene

Tanya Tagaq wants to sonically shove Animism in your face. - Nunatsiaq Online

Animism, by Tanya Tagaq, offers a modern twist on tradition. - North Shore News

Tanya Tagaq's Animism leaves it to you to interpret. - NOW Magazine

Tanya Tagaq's Animism is "one of the most challenging and listenable albums of the year". - Exclaim!

Sounds fill the Crooked Brothers' soul. - Obwaldnerzeitung

Al Simmons is the Thomas Edison of entertainers. - Kokomo Perspective

Don Amero heads to The Bunker. - Pembina Today

Shotgun Jimmie helps celebrate five years. - NOW Magazine

Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Fest announce lineup and new home. - Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Fest goes downtown. -

Missed The Wailin' Jennys' live show on PBS? Stream it. - Infinity Hall Live

Cara LuftThe Treble, and Maxine Peters raise their voices for funds. - Winnipeg Free Press

Triggers and Clipwing take the stage at the WECC. -

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

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Bands Vs. Filmmakers (Photo: Winnipeg Film Group)

For the fourth year, the West End Cultural Centre will host the ultimate showdown between artists: Bands Vs. Filmmakers. The annual fundraiser for Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque features an evening of all new film premieres by five local indie filmmakers presenting their work live to accompany performances by five local indie bands. Each filmmaker works individually with a particular band to create an visual and musical experience for the audience, which will be simultaneously screened behind each band’s performance. This year's line-up features a diverse group of local artists including Hana Lu Lu, Les Jupes, Mise en Scene, and Ridley Bent.

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

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Steve Bell

Local youth resurrect some rhythm. -

Eagle Lake Owls new EP takes flight. - Wake The Deaf + FREE download

Sierra Noble motivates with words. - Huffington Post

Sierra Noble help kids rise above. - Winnipeg Sun

KEN mode's candle burns hot. - OZY

Mise en Scene were a top 10 at The Great Escape. - Kenton Magazine

Crooked Brothers give a change of pace at The Great Escape. - The Mad Mackerel

Jazz Winnipeg's 2014 Nu Sounds Series ends on a high note. - Winnipeg Free Press

Abstract Artform keeps us updated from the studio. - Music Industry News Network

It's 25 years and counting for Steve Bell's career. - Community News Commons

Brooke Palsson talks new album. - BT Winnipeg

John K. Samson is Frank Turner's biggest hero. - Contact Music

Fred Penner has the sound of music. - Exclaim!

Burlington is alive with the sound of Fred Penner. - Inside Halton

Fred Penner brings out the inner child. - BC Local News

With a heart full of folk, Odanah releases Blood and Sour Mash. - CBC Scene

Alannah Zeebeck, Raine Hamilton, and Mobina Galore are must-sees this summer. - Outwords Magazine

Del Barber gets aboard the freight train boogie show. - No Depression

Doc Walker kick things off at Arnprior Fair. - Inside Ottawa Valley

Camerata Nova teams up with Indian City. - CBC Scene

Dauphin's Countryfest has its story told. -

The Bros. Landreth and Fred Penner part of Ottawa Folk Fest lineup. - Exclaim!

Sweet Alibi set to be part of Montreal Folk Festival. -

Royal Canoe is charming. -

Tanya Tagaq makes a big impression on New York. - Concertonet

Video series gives a glimpse into Tanya Tagaq's life. - Toronto Sun

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

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Gilles Paquin (Photo: Jag Gundu)

For Paquin Entertainment's Gilles Paquin, the music business is in his blood. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kasm has had a well-balanced career. - ISSUU + FREE download

Balanced Records turns 13. - Winnipeg Free Press

Vampires come back to life. - The Uniter

Watch Les Jupes' new video for "Introversion". - Soundcheck

Listen to The Wailin' Jennys' haunting harmonies. - Radio Boston

Tanya Tagaq unleashes her inner animal. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq heads to the big apple with WSO. - CBC Scene

Listen to Tanya Tagaq and WSO play Carnegie Hall from the comfort of home. - Winnipeg Free Press

Naysa wakes up early for a tune. - BT Winnipeg

The Bros. Landreth take the judge's seat. -

Shotgun Jimmie, Sebastian Owl, and The Bros. Landreth play Ness Creek. - The Star Pheonix

Real Love Winnipeg puts together Real Love Summer Fest. - The Uniter

Emma Cloney, Patti Lamoureux, Red Moon Road bring the kitchen to the stage. - Metro Winnipeg

The Duhks take the stage at Del Fest. - CyberGrass

Watch Matthew Carter play an early morning song. - BT Winnipeg

Matt Epp brings his passion overseas. - Schwarzwaelder-bote

Winnipeg Folk Festival is one to check out this summer. - Indie88

You have questions, Royal Canoe has answers. - A Music Blog, Yea?

Royal Canoe jazzes it up in Vancouver. - Vancouver Sun

Papa Mambo turns 25. - Winnipeg Free Press

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RHYTHM RESURRECTION: Manitoba Students Launch Local Music Collection

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Elessar Thiessen

Eleven local high school students have spent the last few months learning about the music biz and are ready to share what they've learned with music fans. Manitoba Music and ACI Manitoba teamed up once again to run a program aimed at Manitoba youth interested in careers in the music industry. Over the span of three months, the Youth Mentorship Program provided students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills. 

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