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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Toronto

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

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Showcase Opportunity: Minneapolis Market Development Tour

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

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Folk Music Ontario

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We are now taking submissions from artists interested in participating in Manitoba Music showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference in Toronto, October 15-18, 2015. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the Canadian and international folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference includes speakers and seminars, performer showcases, and jam sessions. Approximately 800 delegates attend the conference, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. DEADLINE: July 30, 2015

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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Administrative & Communications Assistant

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

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

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The Mariachi Ghost (Photo: Jay Poturica)

By Jillian Groening

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

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BreakOut West Unveils 2015 Festival Lineup

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

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

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Heartbeat City

Manitoba Music and Fresh Radio get fresh. - Broadcast Dialogue

Manitoba Music celebrates Canada with local talent on stage. - The Carillon

MEME gets set to party on the bridge. - Winnipeg Sun

Heartbeat City announces debut album and tour dates. - Exclaim!

Steve Bell shines a light on an important issue. - Winnipeg Free Press

Steve Bell launches petition in support of Shoal Lake 40. - CTV Winnipeg

Dauphin's Countryfest reports on the the best years yet. -

Double The Trouble is ready for its debut. - The Herald

The Bros. Landreth start off strong with debut album. - NDR

The Bros. Landreth bring some major new talent to the roots scene. - The Digital Fix

Cassidy Mann celebrated Canada Day from the stage. - CBC Radio

Sc Mira rises from oblivion. - Beatroute

Ridley Bent set to rock the Calgary Stampede. - Vacay

Success is just that for KEN mode. - Pop Matters

This is probably (definitely) KEN mode's best interview yet. - Bombshell Zine

The Small Glories tribute Warren Zevon. - Critics at Large

Indian City and Federal Lights among the locals set to play Panamania. - York Region

Red Moon Road are a musical delight. - The Guardian

Don Amero celebrated Canada with Vancouver. - Vancouver Observer

Bella Coola Music Festival puts Fred Penner on stage. - Coast Mountain News

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All-Manitoban Winnipeg Folk Festival Workshop Showcases the Brightest Artists in the Province

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Leonard Sumner

Manitoba is home to some of the best musicians in Canada and the Winnipeg Folk Festival strives bring their music to new audiences. The Festival is committed to helping local artists advance their careers and, as a result, presents many Manitoban artists on stages around the city year-round as well as at the festival every July. This year, once again, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, along with Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music, has set the stage for an all-Manitoban celebration.

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CANADIAN SONGWRITER CHALLENGE: Manitoba Music Connects Heavy-Hitters with Local Artists for Summer Songwriter Retreat

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From top left: Bobby Desjarlais, Cassidy Mann, Chantel Emond, Dylan MacDonald, Grant Davidson, Katlin Mathison, Natalie Bohrn, and Tyler Del Pino

Manitoba Music is gearing up for the latest edition in its songwriter development series with the help of a Bell Media national songwriting initiative. Slated for July 5-8, the Manitoba Music Summer Songwriter Retreat will combine co-writing opportunities with creative and business mentorship, connecting industry heavy-hitters with emerging Manitoba talent to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration. 

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Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Winnipeg's The Revival Soldiers On with the Power of Rock

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The Revival

Manitoba Music has teamed up with Fresh Radio for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh to introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzzworthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. Featuring on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles right here on, Manitoba Fresh kicks off with The Revival. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...

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MANITOBA FRESH: Manitoba Music and Fresh Radio Team Up for Monthly Music Spotlight

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Manitoba Music is teaming up with Winnipeg’s pop/alternative station, Fresh Radio, for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh.

Launching justin in time for Canada Day, the new project will introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzzworthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. To help music fans get to know some of the hottest bands coming out of this province, Manitoba Fresh will feature on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles on

Electro rock favourite The Revival is the first Manitoba Fresh act, just in time for the band’s blistering set at Canada Day at The Forks’ Under the Canopy stage

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

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Basic Nature

Indian City sparks conversation through song. - Winnipeg Sun

Indian City's new song tackles a heavy subject. - CBC

KEN mode releases video for "Blessed". - With Guitars + FREE download

Basic Nature is a shoegaze dream. - Make A Little Noise

Blank theory with Basic Nature. - The Blog That Celebrates Itself

Dauphin's Countryfest puts rising stars on stage. - Winnipeg Free Press

West End Cultural Centre launches new youth program. - MyToba

Double the Trouble helps shine the spotlight on Metis culture. - APTN

Double the Trouble keeps calm and fiddle on. - ICI radio-canada

Manitobans round up 14 nominations for the Indigenous Music Awards. - MyToba

Don Amero, Federal Lights, and Patti Kusturok set the soundtrack for Aboriginal Day Live at The Forks. - Winnipeg Free Press

Local musicians help celebrate National Aboriginal Day across Canada. - RPM

Slow Leaves stands out at NXNE. - Examiner

Mise en Scene shines bright at NXNE. - Raz Mataz Mag

Attica Riots and Mise en Scene leave good memories from NXNE. - Spill Magazine

Sc Mira and Indicator Indicator capture attention at NXNE. - Raz Mataz Mag

Manitobans at NXNE caught in photos. - Aesthetic Magazine

Don Amero celebrates Canada Day on the coast. - Vancourier

Ridley Bent heads to the stampede. - World Festival Travel

Matt Epp comes home for album release. - Metro

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Plenty of Local Sounds at Dauphin's Countryfest

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Quinton Blair

Canada's longest running country music festival is gearing up for a busy weekend of music and fun. Dauphin's Countryfest, now in its 26th year, kicks off is annual festivities on June 25 and runs until June 28, hosting over 20 mainstage acts plus two additional stages with bands spanning the genres from country to rock to roots.

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Manitoba Artists Land 14 Indigenous Music Award Nominations

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Dee Erin Band

Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Indigenous Music Awards, which changed from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards earlier this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 23 at Portage Place. The hardware will be handed out at the 10th annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 11, 2015 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 10. Nominees include Indian City, Dee Erin Band, The Deeds, NCI FM, and more.

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DIY Roundup: Tips for Musicians From Around the Web

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This week's roundup of recent blogger tips and techniques for musicians from around the web includes info about proper tagging for audio files, exploring tempo in songwriting, sampling, music video strategy, and advice on buying the right microphone...

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Manitoba Bands at Calgary's Sled Island Fest

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Pop Crimes

Manitoba bands are heading to Cowtown this week for one of Canada's top music fests. Sled Island kicks off its run on June 24, taking over venues across Calgary for five nights. Eight local acts are making the trip, including noisey post-punks Pop Crimes, shoegaze garage-rockers Vampires, resurrected bass-and-drum act Duotang, noise-rock Tunic, indie pop-punk group The Zorgs, and more. 

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

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Indian City

Don Amero heads west to celebrate Canada. - Vancourier + FREE download

Kelly Fraser shines bright. - Nunatsiaq Online

Ghost Twin is weird and wonderful. - Sudbury Star

How does it feel being a woman in the current Winnipeg music scene? - Stylus

Indian City sings an important song. - MyToba

Six Shooter's Interstellar Rodeo is a top festival this summer. - 24 News

The Crooked Brothers aren't about to slow down. - MyToba

By the numbers: Women in Manitoba music festivals. Winnipeg Free Press

You're gonna have to wait until autumn for The Lytics' new EP. - Canadian Beats

Mise en Scene is a top NXNE pic. - Indie Underground

Rise and shine with Daily. - CTV Winnipeg

Attica Riots' name inspired by Vonnegut novels. - Canadian Beats

JP Hoe gets ready to drop new album. Winnipeg Free Press

Indicator Indicator debuts "No Anthem". - Exclaim!

Sc Mira is headed to NXNE. - Winnipeg Sun

Winnipeg Folk Festival training opens up career opportunities. - Winnipeg Free Press

Curtis Nowosad hits the road. - Music Industry News Network

Carly Dow's Ingrained is a living, breathing album. - Stylus

Matt Epp takes "troubadour" tag literally. - Winnipeg Free Press

Take Matt Epp's new album for a spin. - CBC

Techno is John Norman's mission in life. - Technoszene

Dauphin's Countryfest is more than just music. - MyToba

Aboriginal Music Week announces block party lineup. - RPM

KEN mode tells us the secret to Success. - Noisey

Leaf Rapids heads to Peterborough Folk Fest. - PTBO Canada

Supercrawl 2015 lineup includes Fred Penner. - Exclaim!

Tim Barlow & Few Who Do show off their skills. - MyToba

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Opportunité de rencontres professionnelles et de vitrine musicale à : Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone édition Montréal

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une quatrième édition de l’événement contact, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone, à Montréal le 27 et 28 octobre 2015. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien avec des professionnels de l’industrie de la musique francophone. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le jeudi 9 juillet 2015

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In The News: NXNE Edition

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JP Hoe

You're gonna have to wait until autumn for The Lytics' new EP. - Canadian Beats

The Lytics hit the ground running. - Manitoba Music

The Lytics smashed it at The Great Escape. - The Brighton Source

Attica Riots were a highlight of CMW. - The AU Review

Attica Riots' name inspired by Vonnegut novels. - Canadian Beats

Attica Riots work hard, play harder. - Manitoba Music

JP Hoe announced new album, Hideaway. - Exclaim!

JP Hoe gets "Beautifully Crazy" on air. - 104.3 Fresh Radio 

Create what you want to create, says JP Hoe. - Canadian Beats

JP Hoe gets ready to drop new album. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Crooked Brothers are eaters. - Canadian Beats

Germany gets ready for The Crooked Brothers. - The Music Minutes

Get a taste of Sc Mira's debut album. - Noisey

Sc Mira headed to NXNE. - Winnipeg Sun

Sc Mira loves its Waiting Room Baby. - Canadian Beats

Sc Mira in puppet form. - Exclaim!

Mise en Scene is a top NXNE pic. - Indie Underground

Mise en Scene talks Real Love. - MyToba

Sigrun Stella's sad to miss Mise en Scene's killer NXNE set. - Torontoist

Indicator Indicator gets ready for NXNE. - The Spill Magazine

Indicator Indicator debuts "No Anthem". - Exclaim!

Ghost Twin is weird and wonderful. - Sudbury Star

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

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The Zorgs

Manitoba Music connects local acts with industry pros during Aboriginal Day Live. -

Manitoba Music joins forces with APTN to bring mentor meetings. - MyToba

Local talent sets the soundtrack for Manitoba Live on Canada Day at The Forks. -

Manitoba Live puts locals on stage at The Forks. - MyToba

Sc Mira talks about Waiting Room Baby. - Canadian Beats + FREE download

Find out how many effs The Zorgs have to give. - Beatroute

JP Hoe announces new album. - Exclaim!

Don Amero heads west for Canada Day. - Digital Journal

John Norman serves on remix duty. - Manalogue

Fred Penner has 20 answers. - Winnipeg Sun

Al Simmons has a lot to celebrate. - MyToba

Get the first listen of Success from KEN mode. - Stereogum

Stream the entire new album from KEN mode. - Brooklyn Vegan

Trio Bembe brings latin flair to the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest. - Medicine Hat News

The Bros. Landreth head south of the boarder. - American Towns

Leaf Rapids gives us intimate glowing country. - Americana UK

Matt Epp takes his new album on the road. - 730 CKDM

Odanah prepares to record new album. - Stylus

Members of Chic Gamine lend a tune for charity. - Successful Dealer

Red Moon Road headlines Summer Lights. - Brandon Sun

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Manitoba Music and APTN Launch Aboriginal Day Live Mentor Sessions

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Chuck Copenace

Manitoba Music and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are joining forces this month to connect local Aboriginal artists and music entrepreneurs with key industry pros from across Canada and beyond. Running June 20-22 in Winnipeg through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, the new project provides a unique opportunity to meet with and learn from a delegation of managers, presenters, and mentors during APTN’s annual Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration.

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TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Brings the Party Downtown

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Combo Latino

Festival season is officially underway as the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival brings the party downtown for its 2015 edition. 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 11-21.

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Manitoba Live Turns Up the Volume on Canada Day at The Forks

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Manitoba Live at Canada Day at The Forks in 2014 (Photo: J.Senft Photography)

Manitoba Music and The Forks are turning up the volume on Canada Day this year with a stellar lineup of local talent on three stages, presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries. Performing for an audience of thousands who gather at The Forks to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Manitoba Live will feature performances from over a dozen acts spanning just about every genre, culminating in a remarkable onstage collaboration between fun-soaked rock outfit Attica Riots and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. 

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DIY Roundup: Tips for Musicians From Around the Web

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Check out this week's roundup of recent blogger tips and techniques for musicians from around the web. Find out more about feedback in songwriting, playing unconventional venues, networking tips, merchandising made simple, and management options.

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Work Hard and Play Harder: Attica Riots is Ready for Success with a Big Sound and Big Energy

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Attica Riots (Photo: Tim Jones)

By Jillian Groening

In the music industry, success often arrives either at a snail’s pace or at break-neck speed. For Winnipeg-based rock outfit Attica Riots, the enigmatic s-word seems to be prowling right at their heels.

Originally fooling around as a jam band, playing covers together and working through songs for their other projects, singer and guitarist Bobby Desjarlais, bassist Kyle Erickson, and drummer Anders Erickson, eventually put their other bands on the back burner and poured their energy into Attica Riots’ sweaty, dance-y rhythms. And good thing they did.

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

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Get out your sunscreen. - The Uniter

Attica Riots were a highlight of CMW. - The AU Review

Get a taste of Sc Mira's new album. - Noisey

Music saved Chuck Copenace. - Shaw TV 

Real Love Summer Fest puts local talent on stage. - Winnipeg Sun

Odanah return to Real Love. - MyToba

Mahogany Frog hop on stage at Real Love. - MyToba

Justin Lacroix releases French EP. - The Revue

Ali Fontaine headlines Aboriginal Music Week. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kevin Walters posthumously honoured with lifetime achievement award. -

Locals share the stage with big names at TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. - MyToba

Yes We Mystic's Vestige is hypnotic. - Beatroute

Futurekids gives us a visual treat. - Diamond Deposits

Cassidy Mann celebrates Canada with a song. - Huffington Post

Basic Nature's music is music. - MyToba

The Bros. Landreth & Oates. - Global Morning News

Pop Crimes, Mobina Galore, KEN mode take on Bermuda Fest. - New Music Michael

KEN mode heads across the pond. - Metal Underground

Bermuda Festival brings out local punks. - Edmonton Journal

Curtis Nowosad gets lively. - The Whole Note

Matt Epp hits the road with new tunes. - The Star Pheonix

Doc Walker headlines at the Grand Prairie Stompede. - Daily Herald Tribune

Sweet Alibi is a highlight of Stewart Park Festival. - Ottawa Citizen

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Ellice Street Festival Celebrates with Music

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The Mariachi Ghost (Photo: Jay Poturica)

Things are going to get a little extra fun this weekend in Winnipeg's West End. The Ellice Street Festival is kicking of its 16th annual festivities on June 5, bringing two days of live music, barbecue, a kid's carnival, and more.  

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