Manitoba Music


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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Cat Jahnke Lands Songwriting Honours

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Cat and the Menagerie

Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Cat Janhke has taken high honours in this year's massive International Songwriting Competition. Her song "Do What You Say", recorded for her project Cat and the Menagerie, has landed in second place in the ISC's dance/electronica category.

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Manitobans Turning Heads at Toronto's Canadian Music Week

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Distances (Photo: Dwayne Larson Photography)

Toronto's getting a little taste of Manitoba this week as five local acts head east for Canadian Music Week (CMW), one of Canada’s biggest music industry festivals. Running May 6-10 in live music venues venues, the annual event offers bands a chance to showcase for -- and connect with -- industry, media, and fans. 

This year's lineup of showcasing acts includes hardcore heroes Comeback Kid, up-and-coming act The Bros. Landreth, punk/pop duo Mobina Galore, synth-streaked pop outfit Indicator Indicator, and punk rocker band Distances.

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Welcome New Members to Manitoba Music

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Nathan Nasby

We are pleased to introduce our new members that joined over the past month! A diverse group of artists and a photographer joined our ranks in April. Meet them here.

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

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The Lytics

The Wailin' Jennys take us backstage at Stagecoach. - Rolling Stone

Having a hard to define sound works well for The Wailin' Jennys. - SBSun

Three is the magic number for The Wailin' Jennys. - Palm Springs Life

Tanya Tagaq pairs up for a challenge. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tanya Tagaq found inspiration from within for new album, Animism . - CBC Scene

Del Barber hits buttons with sincerity. - 91.1 JazzFM

Alex Sannie from The Lytics plays has twenty answers. - Winnipeg Sun

Brooke Palsson heads from the screen to the stage. - CBC Scene

Royal Canoe float on over to Sled Island. - EMusician

Heather Bishop, Sweet Alibi, and Keith Dyck among the many MayWorks artists. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tim Jones of Pipe & Hat talks art. - Canadian Musician

Greg Rekus's album, Punkoustic, is all in the name. - Stylus

Greg Rekus brings his folky punk tunes across the pond. - Gezinsblad

Shotgun Jimmie hits the books. - Durham Region

Royal Canoe pay close attention to detail. - Metro Montreal

Julien Paquin talks about past and future success for Paquin Entertainment. - Encore

The Duhks go Beyond The Blue. - Cybergrass

The Duhks stir things up at Festival International. - Nola

The Duhks are a top moment at MerleFest. - Folk Alley

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Manitoba Music Escapes to England with Mise en Scene, Crooked Brothers

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Mise en Scene, Crooked Brothers

Manitoba Music is making its second trip to the England, including industry events and showcases in London and at major international music event The Great Escape (TGE) in Brighton next month.

Manitoba Music will team up once again with fellow prairie music industry associations SaskMusic and Albert Music to co-host a showcase at TGE on May 10 at Canada House. Boasting a stellar lineup of talent from across the Canadian west under the BreakOut West banner, the event features two Manitoba acts, indie rock/pop pair Mise en Scene and roots trio Crooked Brothers, along with Rah Rah, Andy Shauf, Boreal Sons, Powder Blue, and The Wet Secrets. 

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

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Matt Moskal

Süss trades in beakers for speakers. - CBC Scene + FREE download

Tanya Tagaq builds bridges between cultures. - BlogTO

Mahogany Frog jumps higher than ever before. - The Projector

Warren Friesen reaches new heights. - Pembina Today

Sons of York are in tune. - Global News

Micah Visser is sincere in his second EP. - The Uniter

Kevin Roy stands Taller Than The Trees on new album. - Stylus Magazine

Mariachi Ghost, Hearing Trees, and Matt Moskal slam down some words. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Wailin' Jennys hit the road with starry eyes. - VT Digger

You have to see Royal Canoe live for the full experience. - Sun Herald

Matt Epp shows off his mouth trumpet skills. - No Depression

Trio Bembe's latin flair will transport you to warmer thoughts. - High River Times

Greg MacPherson's latest album, Fireball, burns bright. - Edmonton Sun

Greg MacPherson and Shotgun Jimmie give Calgary something to do. - FFWD Weekly

Imaginary Cities and Royal Canoe show some hometown love with a free show. - Winnipeg Free Press

Doc Walker picks up a new band member. - Kenora Online

Keith and Renee play a tune for women's rights. - Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Folk Festival talks lineup. - BT Winnipeg

Rainbow Trout Music Fest is a big catch. - The Projector

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Record Store Day 2014

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Jelly B & The Kmart Shoppers

The weather has warmed up just in time for you to wander Winnipeg in search of some great deals on music. Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day. which is celebrated around the world as a day to appreciate independently-owned record stores.

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

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The Bros. Landreth live at JUNOfest (Photo: CARAS/J.Senft Photography)

Stream the first track from Tanya Tagaq's new album, Animism. - RPM

Del Barber turns geography into poetry on Prairieography. - Boston Globe

Del Barber puts a piece of home into his music. - American Songwriter

How do you say "Del Barber" in German? -

Listen to KEN mode perform a live session. - BBC Radio 1

KEN mode's illustrator, Randy Ortiz, talks tshirts and more. - Brooklyn Vegan

KEN mode to play Hopscotch in September. News & Observer

Steve Bell performs for Agape Table's Easter meal. - CBC News

Find out about Grand Analog's love of brunch and more. - Myspace

Imaginary Cities and Royal Canoe get wings. - Exclaim!

Red Bull bus hits Winnipeg. -

Video premiere from Royal Canoe. - Popmatters

Royal Canoe debuts new video for "Button Fumbla". - Smashpipe

Watch Royal Canoe's "Button Fumbla". - Indie 88

Thumbs up for Royal Canoe's opening set for Bombay Bicycle Club. - Phoenix New Times

Watch Royal Canoe perform "Bathubs" in Studio Q. - CBC

Royal Canoe among the many artists announced for Festival d'été de Quebec. - Indie 88

The F-holes defy categorization. - Prairie Dog Mag

Ain't no mountain high for Sweet Alibi. - Red Deer Advocate

Sweet sounds from Sweet Alibi. - Kamloops This Week

The Bros. Landreth are a Gateway band. - Exclaim!

Shotgun Jimmie promotes new SappyFest coffee table book. - Exclaim!

Winnipeg Folk Festival unveils new tshirt designs. - CBC News

Record Store Day is like Christmas for music fans. - Winnipeg Free Press

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

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Winnipeg Jazz Fest announces lineup. - CTV Winnipeg

The Noble Thiefs and Moses Mayes among the many locals to play Jazz Fest. -

Winnipeg Jazz Fest unveils 2014 lineup. - CBC News

25 years of Dauphin's Country Fest celebrated in documentary. - Brandon Sun

The Perpetrators announced as part of Kitchener Blues Fest. - The Record

Ridley Bent is all in on Wildcard. - CBC News

JD and the Sunshine Band gives a voice to those in need. - Winnipeg Free Press

What started small for JD and the Sunshine Band grew to a full CD release. - CBC News

CD release is just the beginning for JD and the Sunshine Band. - Stylus

Fred Penner honoured for making a difference. - Winnipeg Free Press

Mama Cutsworth mixes it up. - The Manitoban

Royal Canoe added to Bonnaroo. - Consequence of Sound

Festival d'été de Québec lineup includes Royal Canoe. - Exclaim!

See SXSW through the eyes of Royal Canoe. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe head to the coast as part of Vancouver Jazz Fest. - Montreal Gazette

Doc Walker and The Bros. Landreth take the stage at Harbourfest. - Kenora Daily

Get into the studio with The Bros. Landreth. - Royal Studio

Naysa shows us what a Troubled Heart sounds like. - Stylus

Chic Gamine put a little soul into Burbany Blues Fest. - Burnaby Now

Playing music was a natural decision for Cara Luft. - LF Press

Cara Luft and JD Edwards team up. - The Record

It's easy to get lost in Sebastian Owl's new album. - Stylus

Kevin Roy and Carey Buss hit the airwaves. - Stitcher

Luminato Festival lineup includes Tanya Tagaq. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq set to shine at Luminato. - Examiner

The prairies are calling Del Barber's name. - CMT Edge

Cities compete for title of biggest The Wailin' Jennys fan. - Herald Net

Dane Bjornson could be YTV's next star. -

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Call for Submissions: Loft Sessions Promotional Videos

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Filming Royal Canoe's Loft Session

Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its Loft Sessions series. The live performance videos feature staged performances of new music by export-ready Manitoba artists to be used for online promotion. 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: April 24, 2014

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