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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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CC Trubiak

Elessar Thiessen's new album will reach the hearts of many. - Huffington Post

CC Trubiak spreads his wings. - The Reminder

Chic Gamine takes over the studio for Manitoba Fresh. - 99.1 Fresh Radio

Let Chic Gamine charm you. - The Revue

The Crooked Brothers and Federal Lights at Reeperbahn. - The Music Minutes

Mal Magorel set to release her debut album. - The Times  + FREE download

Rayannah celebrates new video for "The Water". - Exclaim!

Get the full preview of AudioOpera's new album. - The Fader

An exclusive look at AudioOpera's "Poor Handwriting." - i-D

Cannon Bros.' teenage wonderland. - Noisey

Cannon Bros. let a ray of sunshine into their garage. - Exclaim!

Catch PaniclandThe Jarrett Lobley ProjectKeith & ReneeThose Guys and more at British Invasion fundraiser. - Winnipeg Sun

KEN mode brings Success to New York. - Brooklyn Vegan

Kayla Luky on the bill for a sold out show. - 730 CKDM

After 400 applications, Propagandhi hires new guitarist. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Bros. Landreth go undercover. - Exclaim!

Don Amero talks about the healing power of music. - Brandon Sun

Slow Leaves and Dirty Catfish Brass Band provide the soundtrack for bike talks. - The Uniter

Rusty Matyas joins Sheepdogs on new album. - Edmonton Sun

The Wailin' Jennys keep the chemistry alive. - Monterey Herald

Ridley Bent co-writes "No Strange Thing." - Calgary Herald

Mobina Galore will dance at your funeral if you'll dance at theirs. - Visions

Erin Propp talks songwriting, balance, and more. - Winnipeg Music Project

Murray Pulver contributes to some Good Clean Fun. - The Province

Storytelling is a constant for Red Moon Road. - Meridian Booster

Fred Penner guest stars in The Plateaus. - Post City Toronto

UMFM Pledge-o-rama kicks off. - The Manitoban

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CUT Connex Conference for Urban Culture Takes Over Winnipeg Oct 16-18

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Clockwise from top left: Abstract Artform, Flo, Alpha Toshineza, Tiffany Ponce

Canada's urban music world is about to converge in Winnipeg. Kicking off October 16, the inaugural CUT Connex Conference for Urban Culture is bringing three days of live music, workshops, convention, and awards show. Produced by Canadian Urban Television (CUT), the event is focused on emerging talent across the disciplines, from undiscovered rappers to unknown singers to visual artists, DJs, game developers, and more. 

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AMP SESSIONS Chuck Copenace

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Chuck Copenace and his crew at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios

After a solid decade as a side musician and collaborator, Ojibway jazz musician Chuck Copenace is stepping front and center. With a growing repertoire of original compositions and a 2016 album release set, Copenace plans to dedicate a good chunk of his touring schedule to concerts on First Nation reservations and Native American communities with the goal of encouraging Indigenous youth to take up and master instrumental music. Check out his new tune "Appetites" in this week's AMP Sessions...

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Rame à la rencontre : Manitoba Music Brings Francophone Music from the West to Montreal

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Kelly Bado (Photo: Stephanie Lamy)

Manitoba Music is returning to Montreal this month for an event focused on building key music business connections and creating career development opportunities for Francophone music entrepreneurs from across Western Canada. 

Rame à la rencontre : Manitoba Music apporte la musique francophone de l’Ouest à Montréal
Manitoba Music retourne à Montréal ce mois à l’occasion d’un événement ayant pour buts l’établissement de relations d’affaires clés au sein de l’industrie de la musique et l’offre d’occasions de développement de carrière pour les entrepreneurs de la musique francophone venant de l’Ouest canadien.

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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The Lytics live at the BreakOut West showcase Reeperbahn Festival on Sep 25 (Photo: Sean McManus)

Awesome women in Manitoba's experimental music scene. - Aux

The Lytics collaborate with Mike D of the Beastie Boys. - Complex 

The Lytics have once in a lifetime opportunity. - Sidewalk Hustle

Elessar Thiessen hosts Open Mic Night at The Handsome Daughter. - Chris D

Open Mic Night returns. - Mytoba 

The evolution of the Park Theatre. - Winnipeg Free Press 

No two nights are alike at the Park Theatre. - The Manitoban 

Chic Gamine moves in a new direction with upcoming album. - Winnipeg Free Press

Chic Gamine return to recapture the hearts of Layette. - KATC 

Cannon Bros. just do what they do. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

Cannon Bros.' career is a dream come true. - Direkt Broker 

Cannon Bros. keep it short and sweet. - Metro News 

Cannon Bros. are ready to launch. - The Manitoban 

Check out a sneak peek of Cannon Bros.' new album. - Exclaim! 

Prepare to have your day brightened by Fred Penner. - The Exchange Sessions 

Families get ready to sing with Fred Penner. - BC Local News 

KEN Mode play Daytonapalooza. - Examiner 

What's happenin' in Illinois? Living Hour. - River Cities' Reader

Propagandhi announces new guitarist with gusto. -  Punk News

Doc Walker raises the bar with MCMA nominations. - Portage Daily Graphic

Madame Diva featured on Quebecois children's music app. - Francois Charron

Sweet Alibi play Saskatoon. - The Star Phoenix

The Wailin' Jennys talk about the chemistry of their harmonies. - Monterey Herald News

Red Moon Road says prost to concert at German language school. - Elliot Lake Standard

Red Moon Road at Guelph University. - Guelph Tribune

Romi Mayes plays Houston. - Houston Press

Romi Mayes lined up to play "Americana Mondays." - Effinham Daily News

Indicator Indicator's "Swarm" proves topical on As It Happens. - CBC Radio

4.5/5 for Carly Dow's soulful and folksy new album. - The Manitoban

Expect gold from DJ J. Jackson and Mama Cutsworth. - The Uniter

RasTamils' new album has something for everyone. - Shaw TV

Federal Lights live on a sunny German balcony. - Reportage

A timely October playlist feating Federal Lights. - The Music Minutes

Dust off your Wörterbuch for Imaginary Cities.  - Schattenblick

Greg Rekus plays Louisville. - Leo Weekly

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Winning the Waiting Game: With a New Album on the Way, Chic Gamine Burns Bright

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Chic Gamine

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 continues this month with acclaimed outfit, Chic Gamine.

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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 29-31, 2016). The third 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 as well as local music fans. Artists will be expected to register for the JMM workshops. DEADLINE: October 22, 2015

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The Park Theatre Celebrates a Decade of Music

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Romi Mayes (Photo: Paul Blair MacLean)

One of Winnipeg's favourite music spots is having a birthday party and you’re invited. The Park Theatre turns 10 this year, and to celebrate, it’s having a four-day party with some of its best musical friends. The bash kicks off on October 1 with bombastic Edmonton six-piece, The Wet Secrets. Dangercat, Harley James Flett, Mobina Galore, and The Ripperz' Chris Sawatzky will hit the stage for some mayhem on October 2. October 3 sees Park faves The Perpetrators and The Reverend Rambler offering up some face-melting blues rock. The venue caps off its 10th anniversary weekend with songwriter night on October 4 featuring Scott Nolan, Romi Mayes, Zachary Lucky, Kieran West, and Richard Inman. 

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Ali Fontaine and Ila Barker at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios

This week's AMP Sessions video series feature's a new one from Ali Fontaine, an Anishinaabe singer/songwriter from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. In 2011, she was named Best New Artist and earned the title for Best Country CD at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Two years later, she picked up the Native America Music Award for Best County Recording.  Fontaine is currently working on her third album and has her eyes set on a 2016 release date.

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Manitoba Music and Winnipeg Folk Festival Team Up at The Handsome Daughter for Monthly Open Mic

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After a little summer holiday, Manitoba Music is ready for the return of its open mic night, co-presented with the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The free monthly evenings are set to take over popular West End haunt, The Handsome Daughter, on the third Tuesday of every month. Kicking the season off on October 20, singer/songwriter Elessar Thiessen will be the first host hitting the open mic stage. 

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Manitoba has high profile among WCMA winners. - Winnipeg Free Press 

The Lytics team up with The Beastie Boys' Mike D in Brooklyn. - Sidewalk Hustle

Hearing Trees seeks emotional connection with compostitions. - Metro News + FREE Download

Hearing Trees creates a more unified sound. - Vue Weekly 

Fred Penner's career is still going strong. - Winnipeg Free Press

Music icon Fred Penner hosts the Polaris gala. - Pitchfork / Billboard 

Don't forget your inner child, reminds Fred Penner. - CBC Radio Q

Gilles Paquin a distinguished U of Winnipeg alumni. - Winnipeg Sun

Chez Ghost Twin. - The Uniter

Taste KEN mode's blood. - Noisey

The Bros. Landreth do a victory lap at Americana Music Fest. - Rolling Stone 

The Bros. Landreth evoke the wide open prairies. - City Weekly

Chic Gamine turns its spark into a blaze. - Audio Femme

Only good breaks await Red Moon Road. - The Record

Kayla Luky guests at Marc Clement's CD release. - 730 CKDM 

Romi Mayes takes the stage in Houston. - Houston Press 

Yes We Mystic hits U of Regina's new Canadiana Concert Series. - Prairie Dog Mag 

Del Barber connects with the prairies. - Meridian Booster 

RasTamils' first full-length album comes from the heart. - The Sou'wester 

Let Leaf Rapids take your ears on a trip to parts unknown. - Ear to the Ground Music 

Ridley Bent teams up with Wanda Koop. - Meridian Booster


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MUSICWORKS: Manitoba Music Launches New Season of Professional Development Workshops for the Music Industry

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More than ever, a career in the music industry requires a continuous balance of creativity and business expertise. To help support music entrepreneurs in gathering that critical knowledge and making connections, Manitoba Music is gearing up for a new season of professional development workshops and training opportunities: MusicWorks. Kicking off September 24, the long-running series presents experienced music industry pros, DIY experts, and tastemakers speaking in depth on key topics for today’s artists and music entrepreneurs.

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Manitoba Artists and Industry Pick Up Hardware at 13th Annual Western Canadian Music Awards

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Clockwise from top left: Tanya Tagaq, Ridley Bent, Fred Penner, West End Cultural Centre's Jason Hooper at the WCMA Industry Awards

After a stellar run in Victoria for the year's BreakOut West, the envelopes were opened for the 13th annual Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) on September 20, celebrating the accomplishments of some of Western Canada's best and brightest. This year's winners included Tanya Tagaq, Ridley Bent, Fred Penner, Karl Stobbe, Paquin Entertainment Group, West End Cultural Centre, and Roberta Hansen.

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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The Bros. Landreth performing at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Sep 17

With a new album on the way, The Noble Thiefs release a new video. - Ride The Tempo + FREE Download

Federal Lights premieres new video, "You and I"... but in German! - Tape TV

Crooked Brothers debut "Lightning in my Chest", also in German! - Visions

Turn your translators to stun for this Crooked Brothers review. - nederlands dagblad

Lots of love for The Lytics. - The Manitoban

JP Hoe talks family, touring, playing for a hometown crowd. - Winnipeg Free Press 

Rayannah to play San Francisco's Culture Collide. - SF Station

Slow Leaves a winner of the JUNO Master Class. - The Telegram

Chic Gamine's new album is on the way next month. - La Presse 

Yes We Mystic gets a "proud hoot" for Vestige EP. - Grayowl Point

Five out of five for Hearing Trees's gripping new EP, Dear Sahara. - Canadian Beats

Hearing Trees gets a happy ending. - Radio Canada 

Les Jupes may be gone, but they've left quite the farewell. - The Uniter

Royal Canoe among the top picks for POP Montreal. - Rreverb

Harvest Moon Festival's "'picnic' with a conscience". - Winnipeg Free Press

Del Barber opens for Fortunate Ones. - Exclaim!

Attica Riots opening Friday night of Grey Cup Festival. - Winnipeg Sun

Idaho gets ready to welcome The Bros. Landreth. - Magic Valley

Manitobans strong contenders for Western Canadian Music Awards. - Nation Talk

Fred Penner on the science behind writing children's music. - Global News

Maxine Peters expresses herself through music. - Winnipeg Music Project

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Synonym Art Consultation and Manitoba Music Team up for Video Premiere Night During Wall-to-Wall Festival, Sep 24

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Music, multimedia, and visual art are colliding at The Good Will. Synonym Art Consultation brings this year's Wall-to-Wall festival to The Good Will on September 24 for the Manitoba Music Video Premiere Night and the launch of a new interior mural by acclaimed artists Gabrielle Funk and Takashi Iwasaki. The event will showcase new music videos and live performances by indie folk/electronic looping pedal maven Rayannah, dark electronic duo Ghost Twin, funk/soul act Jupiter Storm, and multi-gentre experimental artist Selci.

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Slow Leaves Lands in Top 3 for Inaugural Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class

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Slow Leaves got a bit of nice news this week. The emerging singer/songwriter has landed one of the winning spots in the inaugural Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, a new and coveted artist development program. The three winners, selected by a JUNO Award-winning ‘Super Jury’, will receive critical tools to develop their careers, build their own sustainable business, and become ‘JUNO ready’ before heading to the 2016 JUNO Awards in Calgary.

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Manitoba Acts Head to Victoria for BreakOut West

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2015 WCMA nominee Ridley Bent is set to showcase at the BreakOut West Festival

Manitoba acts are getting ready to take over Victoria this week as BreakOut West kicks off its 2015 festivities. Running September 17-20, the 13th annual event features a music festival, industry conference, and two awards shows, as well as plenty of opportunities for emerging Western Canadian artists and music companies, to make key connections and do some serious business.

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Manitoba Talent Picks Up Indigenous Music Awards

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Manitoba talent was well-represented at this year's Indigenous Music Awards, which changed their name from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards earlier this year. The hardware was handed out on September 11 at the 10th annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards. Winners included Hellnback, NCI FM's National Aboriginal Music Countdown, and Jason Burnstick.

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Mobina Galore (Photo: Eva Wasney / Editing: Jenna Priestner)

New Music Night is a hotspot for discovering new artists and material. - The Uniter

Red Moon Road talks songwriting, touring, and more. - Winnipeg Free Press 

Red Moon Road releases a new album, Sorrow and Glories. The Manitoban 

Living Hour takes their dream pop to Detroit. - The South End

Romi Mayes, Federal Lights talk about sharing music with their kids. - CBC Music 

Del Barber plays the Rhythm and Roots Festival. - Providence Journal 

Some Dutch anticipation for The Crooked Brothers. - Cutting Edge 

The Crooked Brothers play in the Netherlands. - OOG Radio en Televisie 

Attica Riots play a TIFF party (but we're not invited). - blogTO 

Mobina Galore plays this weekend in Calgary. - Beatroute 

Mobina Galore is featured on this German playlist. - puls

The Lytics scheduled to open at U of M's Frosh Fest. - The Manitoban 

The Wailin' Jennys featured on this Alaskan list of travelling songs. - Alaska Public 

Royal Canoe tops the list of must-sees at POP Montreal. - CBC News 

New LP and single from Cannon Bros. - Exclaim! 

U of W's Roll Call has a fresh take on frosh. - The Manitoban 

Locals land MCMA noms. - The Dauphin Herald

Fred Penner continues a tradition of taking the stage with Trooper. - Pique

Fred Penner plays at Hamilton's Supercrawl. - Exclaim! 

Fred Penner featured in new web series The Plateaus. - CJAD

Tecap of The Plateaus featuring Fred Penner. - Medicine Hat News 

Yes We Mystic plays Saskatoon. - The Star Phoenix 

The Bros. Landreth likely to find a warm welcome in West Virginia. - West Virginia Gazette 

The Bros. Landreth's Canadiana is a hit in the South. - The Exponent Telegram

The Bros. Landreth take the stage at LouFest. - Belleville News-Democrat 

Walkerville welcomes The Bros. Landreth to the neighbourhood. - Windsorite

Manitoba acts land four Canadian Folk Music Awards. - Nation Talk

Check out the Manitobans nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards. - 730 CKDM 

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Opportunité de rencontres professionnelles et de vitrine musicale à : Scènes Canada Paris, Lille, Bruxelles

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Manitoba Music, en collaboration avec l’Acadie et le Québec, présente une première édition de Scènes Canada les 21 au 26 mars 2016. Avec l’objectif de promouvoir les artistes-entrepreneurs de la francophonie canadienne en Europe, Scènes Canada représente un concept intégré aujourd’hui à la programmation de deux grandes villes françaises et la capitale belge. Deux artistes représentants chacune des trois régions partenaires auront l’opportunité d’offrir une prestation durant deux soirées. Un total de six concerts sera ainsi présenté devant le public et les professionnels. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le lundi 21 septembre 2015

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Call for Submissions: AMP Camp 2016

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AMP Camp 2014

Manitoba Music is now accepting applications for the eight edition of Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities. Running January 31 to February 5, 2016 at Falcon Trails Resort in southern Manitoba, AMP Camp will invite 20 Canadian artists from the pool of applicants to participate. DEADLINE: October 20, 2015.

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Manitobans Earn Canadian Folk Music Award Nods

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Clockwise from top left: Jocelyne Baribeau, Patti Kusturok, Crooked Brothers, Steve Bell

Four acclaimed Manitoba-based artists have landed nominations for this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards, including nods Jocelyne Baribeau, Patti Kusturok, Crooked Brothers, and Steve Bell. The hardware will be handed out on November 8 at the 11th annual bilingual gala, this year in Edmonton. 

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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The Wailin' Jennys

Manitoba Music launches New Music Night at The Good Will. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba Music gears up for a busy fall. -

The Noble Thiefs debut a single from their upcoming record - Exclaim!

Music keeps The Bros. Landreth moving. - Winnipeg Free Press

JP Hoe premieres new video. - Folk Radio UK

The Lytics one of six Canadian bands selected for Converse Rubber Tracks. - Vancity Buzz

KEN mode teams up with Steve Albini for new record. BeatRoute 

The Wailin' Jennys continue to impress in Denmark. - rootszone

MCMA announces its 2015 award nominees. - CKDM 730 

MCO guest conductor George Cleve has passed away. - Winnipeg Free Press 

Aboriginal Music Week shines a light on Indigenous excellence. - National Music Centre

Del Barber's prairie roots music is on the East Coast radar. - Boston Globe  

Yes We Mystic is a top pick for Labour Day weekend in Ottawa. - CBC

Sweet Alibi to be featured in the new Live at Revival House series. - Exchange Magazine

The Crooked Brothers get review. In Dutch. - Rootstime

Fred Penner headlines Love & Records Music Festival. - Lethbridge Herald  

Trio Bembe play Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. - Huffington Post 

Carly Dow talks music and songwriting. - Ashley Bieniartz 

Kayla Luky kicks of the opening night of Matlock Festival. - Interlake Today 

Matt Epp sings about his favourite Turkish band. - Hurriyet

The Revival honours former drummer with fundraiser. - Global TV

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Manitoba Showcase 2015

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Manitoba Music is presenting an industry showcase during the Manitoba Arts Networks’ Manitoba Showcase 2015 event in Flin Flon on October 23. This is an excellent opportunity to network with and perform for delegates from arts organizations across the province as well as visiting music industry professionals. DEADLINE: September 22, 2015

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AMP Sessions Video Series Returns

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William Prince at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios

Our AMP Sessions video series is back this week with a new one from William Prince, produced and directed by Chris Gaudry. Prince is storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps clichés to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he's spent on stage. Prince's debut album, produced by long time collaborator Scott Nolan, is set for a November release and the lead single "The Carny" can be purchased on iTunes after September 15.

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Manitoba Country Music Association Announces 2015 Awards Nominees

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Multiple MCMA Award nominee Ashley Robertson

Country music fans have something to get excited about this November. The Manitoba Country Music Association will be hosting its first awards show in nearly two decades. Taking place on November 10 at The Park Theatre and hosted by QX104, the event is set to feature awards presentation and performances by several local acts. This year's list of nominees features a lot of familiar local names in 14 categories.

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