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Doc Walker

Slow Leaves has texture. - NOW Magazine

Slow Leaves plays hopscotch. - CBC Player

Jess Reimer's music will linger with you. - Exclaim!

Jess Reimer talks about how The Nightjar and the Garden came to be. - Exclaim!

Get on the run with Doc Walker. - BT Toronto

Doc Walker rings in the New Year. - CBC News

Have the first listen of a new Doc Walker tune. - CTV Canada AM

Dauphin's Countryfest announces 2015 lineup. - Metro

Big stars and local favourite make the Countryfest lineup. - Winnipeg Free Press

Take a look at the first round of Countryfest bands. - MyToba

First round of artists announced for Countryfest. - BT Winnipeg

Dauphin's Countryfest releases first round of 2015 lineup. -

Ruth Moody kicks off the Black Box series. - Crossville Chronicle

The Bros. Landreth brings Let It Lie further. - Artist Direct

SC Mira's "On My Own" is one of the best new videos. - CBC Music

Find out what John Norman's top 10 songs are. - Warmer Climes

Royal Canoe is the mad scientists of music. - Phoenix New Times

Cara Luft crosses borders. - The Bolton News

The Perms will captivate you. - The Permanent Rain Press

Mobina Galore rocks the campus. - The Projector

Steve Bell and Don Amero bring their stories to Rosebud. - Drumheller Online

Its been 25 years and Steve Bell isn't slowing down. - BC Local News

Mise en Scene gets a gig in retail. - Ubran Outfitters 

Hangout backstage at BreakOut West. - ShawTV

Relive the BreakOut West festival. - ShawTV

The Good Will brings good vibes to Winnipeg. - Spectator Tribune

Tanya Tagaq goes Beyond Words. - ici radio Canada

Each performance from Tanya Tagaq is unique. - The Province

UMFM dials it up to 11. - The Manitoban

Fred Penner brings the cat back to Edmonton. - Leader Post

Del Barber keeps busy. - LF Press

Ismaila Alfa gears up to release new album. -

Romi Mayes tells her tale. - The Manitoban

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Big Fun Festival (January Music Meeting)

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Manitoba Music will present a showcase in Winnipeg in partnership with the Big Fun Festival and in conjunction with the January Music Meeting (January 30-31, 2015). The second annual January Music Meeting (JMM) will host some of Canada’s top independent music industry professionals including label reps, agents, managers, and publicists. Presented as part of the Big Fun Festival, this showcase will offer artists an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. DEADLINE: October 30, 2014

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Manitoba Artists Earn Five Native American Music Award Nominations

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Rhonda Head

Three Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba have landed five nominations for this year's Native American Music Awards (NAMA). The 15th annual awards gala takes place November 14 at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Niagara Falls, New York and streamed live on with a television broadcast to follow on FNX-TV and New York PBS Stations on November 27.  

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Le programme de musique francophone de Manitoba Music va mettre en vedette des artistes francophones de l’ouest canadien à Montréal

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marijosée (Photo: Tyler Funk)

Manitoba Music occupera Montréal à la fin du mois d’octobre pour un événement de développement de carrière de deux jours, qui mettra en vedette des artistes francophones de l’ouest canadien.

L’initiative francophone de Manitoba Music, La musique francophone de l'ouest canadien, présente l’événement surnommé Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone édition Montréal. Cet événement est calqué à partir du succès de la première édition de Rame à la rencontre, qui a eu lieu à Winnipeg plus tôt cette année, dans le cadre du Festival du Voyageur.


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

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Last Ditch on the Left

Manitoban musicians adds some gear to their trophy case. - Winnipeg Free Press

Big wins for the Franco-Manitoban music community at WCMAs. - ICI Radio-Canada

BreakOut West closes out with a bang. - National Music Centre

And the Western Canada Music Award winners are... - Exclaim!

Locals clean up at the WCMAs. - Stylus

Winnipeg welcomed the West with open arms this past weekend. - The Uniter

Manitobans keep most of the WCMA trophies at home. - A Journal Of Musical Things

Del Barber takes home two from WCMAs. - 730 CKDM

Last Ditch on the Left celebrate debut at WECC. -

Last Ditch on the Left share its love/hate for Manitoba. - MyToba

Sweet win for Sweet Alibi at the WCMAs. - Calgary Herald

Wake up with Sc Mira. - BT Winnipeg

Sc Mira gets spooky with a new EP and tour dates. - The Manitoban

Leonard Sumner shines bright. - Pow Wows

Chic Gamine sing “All Night”. - Capital Public Radio

Greg Rekus could be called a lot of thing. - Bremerton Patriot

Mise en Scene stand out amongst the fog. - Stylus

KEN mode makes the soundtrack for cult classic. - Festival Info

KEN mode heads back to the studio. - Lambgoat

The Crooked Brothers are chameleons of all styles. - The Record

The weather is not always on Royal Canoe's side. - Times Colonist

Royal Canoe crackles with energy. - Red Deer Advocate

Steve Bell and Don Amero hit the road. - Strathmore Standard

The Wailin' Jennys connect with the crowd. - Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The Wailin' Jennys open the season. - Missoulian

Red Moon Road heads west. - BC Local News

Very different directions brought Red Moon Road together. - The News Gaurd

Tanya Tagaq's music is something to dance to. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tanya Tagaq is Beyond Words in Vancouver. - Metro

Get familiar with Tanya Tagaq. - RPM

Tanya Tagaq's performance was the biggest win at the Polaris prize. - Macleans

Tanya Tagaq's Animism is a welcome relief. - The Varsity

Tanya Tagaq gives a voice to unheard issues. - Huffington Post

Tanya Tagaq sets the score. - The Globe and Mail

The music of Tanya Tagaq pairs nicely with ballet. - Winnipeg Sun

Shotgun Jimmie collaborates in the north. - Exclaim!

Slow Leaves is crisp. - The Uniter

The Handsome Daughter is looking good. - Stylus

Keith Price and more take centre porch. - Metro Winnipeg

Doc Walker is on the run. - 730 CKDM

DJ Hunnicutt talks peanuts and corn. - Stylus

Local artists unite for Jocelyn House Hospice fundraiser. - The Lance

25 years of independent music coverage is something to celebrate. - Stylus

Romi Mayes takes us behind the scenes. - Winnipeg Free Press

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Manitoba Folk & Roots Acts Return to Ontario Music Conference

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Crooked Brothers at the Loft Sessions video shoot

Manitoba's folk and roots scene has earned a solid reputation for fostering some stellar talent, including international acclaim, multiple JUNO Awards, and a recent sweep of the roots categories at the Western Canadian Music Awards. Carrying on that tradition, eight emerging Manitoba folk and roots acts are heading to Toronto for the Folk Music Ontario (FMO) conference to make important new connections and build their base.

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Manitobans Triumphant at 2014 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations

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Del Barber (Photo: Mark Maryanovich)

Manitoba's music community had a lot to celebrate as BreakOut West 2014 wrapped up its stellar four-day run in host city Winnipeg on October 5. Hometown talent picked up an unprecedented 17 awards in artistic and industry categories at the 12th annual Western Canadian Music Awards, which recognize and celebrate the best and brightest break out stars from across Western Canada.

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In The News: BreakOut West Edition

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Cassidy Mann

BreakOut West takes over Winnipeg. - Winnipeg Free Press

BreakOut West shows off Western Canada's up-and-comers. - Winnipeg Sun

BreakOut West will keep you busy this weekend. - Global News

The spotlight is on Western Canada at BreakOut West. - The Uniter

Why BreakOut West is important. - BT Winnipeg

The Small Glories play BreakOut West. - Global News

BreakOut West kicks things off. - CTV Winnipeg

Get into all the BreakOut West action. - Winnipeg Sun

Fred Penner chats about BreakOut West. - 103.1 Virgin Radio + FREE download

Sandwiches are beautiful, and so is Fred Penner. - The Supporting Act

Fred Penner leaves his mark. - 99.9 BOB FM

Mise en Scene is BreakOut West ready. - Global News

Start your day with Cassidy Mann. - BT Winnipeg

Cassidy Mann gives us a taste of BreakOut West. - Winnipeg Free Press

The west has been kind to Latka this year. - Stylus

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Province of Manitoba Announces New Support for Manitoba Music Industry

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Minister Theresa Oswald makes the announcement after a song by The Crooked Brothers at Le Garage Cafe

The Province of Manitoba has announced its support for the Manitoba Music Industry Growth Project, to be administered by Manitoba Music, which makes our Market Access and Internship Program possible. Jobs and the Economy Minister Theresa Oswald announced a significant investment in the project, which focuses on market development for Manitoba artists and industry. We would like to thank the Province for its continued support of our vibrant sector and for recognizing the important cultural and economic contributions of the music industry to our province. Read the official release…

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

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The Bros. Landreth at Americana Music Fest (Photo: Sean McManus

We Won the War wins peoples hearts. - The Uniter

The Bros. Landreth = one of the best things spotted at Americana Music Fest. - Rolling Stone

The Bros. Landreth's soulful sound is a rare find. - Washington Times

From cold winters came The Bros. Landreth's warm songs. - CleveScene

Fans of The Bros. Landreth are sometimes a big deal. - Washington Times

Naysa goes through a growth spurt with Losing Weight. - Stylus + FREE download

Fred Penner and The Bros. Landreth shine at Ottawa Folk Fest. - Apt 613

Fred Penner to be inducted into hall of fame at Western Canadian Music Awards. - CBC News

Fred Penner knows no genre bounds. - Hip Hop Canada

Jack Jonasson named new West End Cultural Centre General Manager. - Winnipeg Free Press

West End Cultural Centre welcomes new GM. -

Royal Canoe spills the goods about Winnipeg. - The Globe and Mail

Manitoban artists round up 10 nominations for the Canadian Folk Music Awards. - Voir

Dan Mangan and Yes We Mystic help kick off BreakOut West. - Metro

Kevin Roy hits the road. - Moosejaw Times

Kevin Roy wins the west. - Wetaskiwin Advocate

Kevin Roy shares stories through song. - Pipestone Flyer

KEN mode heads across the pond. - New Noise Magazine

Cat Jahnke is one smart cookie. - Winnipeg Free Press

Sweet Alibi helps kick off concert series. - Western Wheel

The Mariachi Ghost knows how to celebrate. - The Uniter

Hearing Trees has a sound not often heard. - The Manitoban

Ruth Moody gets deep into folk. - The Chronicle Herald

Crooked Brothers will make you feel invigorated. - Pop Matters

Winnipeg's rock history, continued. - Noisey

And… Tanya Tagaq won the internet this week:

Why Tanya Tagaq is the most wonderfully weird Polaris winner of all. - Macleans

Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire, Drake to Win Canada's Polaris Music Prize. - Billboard

And the Polaris Prize goes to Tanya Tagaq. - Rolling Stone

Polaris Prize 2014: Tanya Tagaq Animism Beats Drake, Arcade Fire For Best Canadian Album. - Huffington Post

A deserved Polaris win for Tanya Tagaq. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq Beats Arcade Fire and Drake to Win Polaris Prize. - Pitchfork

Drake And Arcade Fire Were No Match For This Throat Singer At The Polaris Music Awards. - MTV

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BreakOut West 2014 Only A Week Away

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BreakOut West 2014 is almost here! Over 70 of Western Canada’s finest performers and over 350 music industry leaders and delegates from all over the world are now preparing to make their way to Winnipeg on October 2 – 5 for the 2014 BreakOut West Festival and Conference and the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards.  

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Manitoba Artists Land 10 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominations

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Del Barber and The Bros. Landreth at Americana Music Fest (Photo: Sean McManus)

Six acclaimed Manitoba-based artists have landed 10 Canadian Folk Music Award nods, shining a spotlight on the strength and musical diversity of our province's music community. The nominees -- which include Tanya Tagaq, Del Barber, The Bros. Landreth, Fred Penner, Vince Fontaine and Indian City, and Sweet Alibi -- were announced on September 24. 

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Dan Mangan to Kick Off BreakOut West 2014 with Outdoor Party at Fort Gibraltar

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Dan Mangan

BreakOut West weekend kicks off its annual celebration of independent music from Western Canada with an outdoor party at the gorgeous, historic Fort Gibraltar – and Winnipeg is invited. Multiple award-winner and indie music darling Dan Mangan will take the stage for a very special performance, along with Vancouver punk duo PinkBrown, Winnipeg pop/folk faves Yes We Mystic, Saskatoon DJ and producer Factor, a poutine stand, and more. 

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Tanya Tagaq's Animism Wins the 2014 Polaris Music Prize

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Tanya Tagaq

After an astonishing live performance that earned her a standing ovation at its gala, Tanya Tagaq won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for her groundbreaking album, Animism. Released on Six Shooter Records, the album has received no shortage of rave reviews and coverage from national and international media for the acclaimed, Cambridge Bay-raised, Brandon-based Inuit throat singer and composer.

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

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Get the first listen of Crooked Brothers' new album Thank you, I'm Sorry. - Exclaim!

Steve Bell's journey hits the big screen. - Mennonite Brethren Herald

Why Tanya Tagaq should win the Polaris Prize. - Grayowl Point

Cheer Polaris nominee Tanya Tagaq on from your laptop. - Edmonton Sun

Vampires kisses you deadly on new EP. - The Uniter

Greg MacPherson hits the east coast with Fireball. - Cape Breton Post

Don Amero gives us a taste of RightsFest. - BT Winnipeg

Chic Gamine and Mahogany Frog make the Reeperbahn playlist. - Join Music

Fred Penner was a standout at Ottawa Folk Festival. - CFRA 580

Fred Penner gets the big kids singing along. - Calgary Herald

The Bros. Landreth bring their excellent bluesy rock to Ottawa Folk Festival. - Ottawa Citizen

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day with Mariachi Ghost. - CBC Radio

The Wailin' Jennys gear up for fall tour. - Fairfax Times

Harvest Moon shines bright. - Spectator Tribune

Jeremy from Comeback Kid invites us over. - The Uniter

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Back to School with the DIY Series

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Join us for the second year of our popular MusicWorks segment, the DIY Series. This stream of workshops offers developing artists and industry, as well as veterans looking to update their skills, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the music business.

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Manitoba Artists Pick Up Six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Best New Artist winner Leonard Sumner

Manitoba artists have picked up six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. Winnipeg Boyz, Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Jason Lepine, and Nelson Little all earned hardware at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery the night before. 

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

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APCMA nominees Winnipeg Boyz

Inspiration takes Sheena Grobb beyond music. - CBC News + FREE download

Sheena Grobb makes daring moves on The Breakless Heart. - The Uniter

The right place at the wrong time paid off for Steve Bell. - Winnipeg Free Press

Harvest Moon Festival brings a crop of local bands to the stage. - Winnipeg Free Press

Harvest Moon shines with local talent. - The Uniter

Leonard Sumner talks about music influence and APCMA nod. - BT Winnipeg

Eights locals stand to bring home APCMAs. - Winnipeg Free Press

Mise en Scene head down unda. - The Music

Distances gears up for album release. - Scruffy The Yak

The Noble Thiefs got where they are one show at a time. - Beatroute

Autumn Still teases us with a three-song EP. - The Uniter

Cara Luft makes a guest appearance. - Berwick Advertiser

Shotgun Jimmie is a one man rock'n'roll show. - The Manitoban

Keep your ear on Indicator Indicator. - Examiner

Raine Hamilton makes use of the acoustics in Union Station. - The Great Canadian Journey

Sweet Alibi, Ingrid Gatin, Oh My Darling, and Cassidy Mann show hit the Heartworn Highway. - The Manitoban

Tanya Tagaq has fellow Polaris nominee rooting for her. - Calgary Herald

Animism by Tanya Tagaq scores 8 out of 10. - Pop Matters

Doc Walker helps bridge the gap between new and old at CCMAs. - Calgary Herald

Tracy Bone takes part in Black Hills Unity Concert. - Indian Country Today

Fred Penner brings some folk to our nation's Capital. - Ottawa Citizen

Slow Leaves puts it all on the line with new release. - Digital Journal

KEN mode talks MMA. - Decibel Magazine

The Weakerthans helps bring listeners to Winnipeg through words. - Music Emissions

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Harvest Moon Festival Celebrates 13 Year of Music and Sustainable Living

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Festival performer Ridley Bent

It may be a little bit chillier out there, but there's still some great live music to experience in the beautiful Manitoba outdoors for this busy Year of Music. The 13th annual Harvest Moon Festival, which runs September 12-14 in Clearwater, will offer up a weekend of workshops on sustainable living, farmer's market, kid's fun, fair trade fair, food vendors, and a big helping of local music. 

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Rhonda Head, Indian City, Tracy Bone Pick Up U.S. Music Awards

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From left: Rhonda Head, Indian City, Tracy Bone

Three Manitoba artists have landed music awards recently, including honours at Wisconsin's Indian Summer Music Awards and California's West Coast American Indian Awards. Rock outfit Indian City, classical singer Rhonda Head, and country chanteuse Tracy Bone have all picked up hardware. 

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

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Quinton Blair (Photo by: Ora Walker Photography)

Manitoba Music takes a few friends to new markets. - 730 CKDM

Jenna Khan talks BreakOut West, Royal Canoe, and Harvest Moon Festival. - BT Winnipeg

Cassidy Mann helps get us excited for BreakOut West. - Global News

WCMA nom Noire lights up black metal. - Metro Winnipeg

Get to know BreakOut West's Robyn Stewart. - National Music Centre

Steve Bell documents his musical pilgrimage with film and new album. - Winnipeg Free Press

Get the first listen of Slow Leaves' Beauty Is So Common. - Exclaim!

Times Change(d) is more than four walls and a stage. - Noisey

Vampires make a noisey return. - Global Winnipeg

Slow Leaves celebrates first full length at the WECC. - Metro Winnipeg

Beauty is everywhere for Slow Leaves. - Winnipeg Free Press

Slow Leaves talks about new album and release party details. - BT Winnipeg

Slow Leaves traded teaching for performing. - The Uniter

Greg MacPherson and The Weakerthans will help you get through summer's end. - AUX tv

Doc Walker help celebrate at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival. - Top Country

Catch Doc Walker at the CCMAs. - Edmonton Sun

Doc Walker give fans the ultimate experience. - Edmonton Journal

Quinton Blair helps raise funds to keep Manitou Opera House. - MyToba

Attica Riots, Nathan Music Co., help celebrate 10 years of Sherbrooke Street Festival. -

Take to the streets this weekend with Attica Riots, Nathan Music Co., and more. - CTV Winnipeg

KEN mode + free buffett = must see show for Chicago. - Chicago Sun Times Voices

Catch a tune from Rhia Rae. - BT Winnipeg

John Norman takes us to Ibiza. - Partysan

Oh My Darling gives some support in Europe. - Veendammer News

Tanya Tagaq takes her voice over seas. - Stiften

Tanya Tagaq goes to Portland. - Portland Monthly

Royal Canoe wants its CBC. - CBC

Royal Albert Arms set to re-open. - The Uniter

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BUILDING NEW MARKETS: Manitoba Music Heads to Australia, Launches Busy Showcase Season

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Mise en Scene at the 2013 Reeperbahn Festival

Manitoba Music is gearing up for a busy fall season of market development events that will connect homegrown talent to influential industry contacts in major music markets in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Australia. 

Manitoba Music will make its first voyage to Australia to develop connections with key music industry companies in Melbourne and at Brisbane's BigSound 2014. Already a known commodity across the U.S. and U.K., pop/rock pair Mise en Scene will hit the showcase circuit in Melbourne and Brisbane as part of Canadian Blast September 8 and 10, along with the band's Winnipeg-based label, Pipe + Hat. 

Next, Manitoba Music will team up once again with prairie counterparts SaskMusic and Alberta Music to present events in Nashville during the 15th annual Americana Music Festival (AMA), September 16-20. The series of collaborations at international industry events under the BreakOut West banner are vital to the market development and career advancement of Manitoba artists and music companies, and work to strengthen our combined exporting power.

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