Manitoba Music


MANITOBA LIVE: Manitoba Music Celebrates the Year of Music with Launch of Free Concert-Finding App

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Visual Lizard's Doug Ross and Premier Greg Selinger demo the Manitoba Live app

Music fans have a new way to find out about live music in Manitoba.

Premier Greg Selinger officially launched Manitoba Music's new concert-finding app Manitoba Live on March 4 at the West End Cultural Centre at a news conference hosted by Ace Burpee of 103.1 Virgin Radio. Manitoba Live, powered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, is a free iOS app that helps music fans find concerts in venues and clubs in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province. The app features the most up-to-date concert and festival listings in Manitoba, brought to you by the Manitoba Music team.

With Manitoba Live, users can instantly find live music events by venue and by date, see which shows are happening nearby, discover new bands and venues, see artist lineups, get more info on hundreds of local artists, connect via Twitter and Facebook, share the hottest shows with friends, and add events to their calendar so they never miss a show.

Developed by Winnipeg digital media firm Visual Lizard, Manitoba Live is fuelled by Manitoba Music’s popular listings portal, the Live Music Calendar (LMC), which attracts thousands of visitors every month. Manitoba Music has spent a decade building the listings infrastructure and database, as well as a connection with venues and artists, to help music fans find the live music they want. Manitoba Live takes this a step further, putting the power in the pockets of music fans across the province.

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Classified, Johnny Reid, and Serena Ryder to Co-Host CTV’s Broadcast of The 2014 JUNO Awards

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Classified, Johnny Reid, Serena Ryder

CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today platinum-selling hip hop artist and 2013 JUNO Award winner Classified, platinum-selling and three-time JUNO Award-winning artist Johnny Reid, and hit-making, 2014 JUNO performer and multi-platinum-selling, four-time JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder as co-hosts of THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS. It was also announced that Classified and Serena Ryder are set to performer together to open the two-hour award show. 

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Random Acts of JUNO

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Kevin McDonald

The 2014 JUNO Awards are taking over Winnipeg at the end of March! In the lead-up to JUNO Week (March 24-30), the Winnipeg Host Committee joined forces with Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall fame to commit RANDOM ACTS OF JUNO.


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

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Over $4,500 raised for Unison Benevolent Fund at charity curling bonspiel. -

There's more to the JUNOS than meets the ear. - Winnipeg Free Press

The JUNOS will keep you busy. - CBC News

JUNO Week unveils full schedule of events. - Metro Winnipeg

Matt Epp joins Randy Bachman and others in JUNO Songwriters' Circle. - Gateway Gazette

Sweet Alibi adds a sweet tune to the JUNO announcement. - CTV News

Manitoba Music brings back Aboriginal music mentors program. - Nation Talk

JP Hoe, Mise en Scene, Federal Lights, and Royal Canoe head to SXSW. -

The sound of the prairies is ingrained in Del Barber's new album. - The StarPheonix

Del Barber takes his new album across the prairies. - Rocky Mountain Outlook

Vancouver welcomes Del Barber back with open arms. - No Depression

Distances' new EP goes far. - Sound Phrase & Furry

Distances moves Boulders with new EP. - Stylus

It's been a natural progression for Chic Gamine. - Vue Weekly

Chic Gamine takes a new approach in the studio. - Calgary Herald

If you love French and Chic Gamine, you'll enjoy this interview. - ICI Radio Canada

Chic Gamine steps up to the mic. - St. Albert Gazette

Crooked Brothers climb the ladder. - Jewish Post & News

Mise en Scene brings promises of an "Endless Summer". - The Rooster

Royal Canoe escapes the polar vortex. - Vue Weekly

Rules were made to be broken for Royal Canoe. - ISSUU (page 13)

The Bros. Landreth hit the road. - Nelson Star

Get to know The Bros. Landreth in this Q&A. - Fresh Independence

Grand Analog sets date for Modern Thunder. - Broadway World

Don Amero tunes up. - Global Winnipeg

The stage is home for Ridley Bent. - Red Deer Advocate

Tanya Tagaq is loud and clear. - Music Works

JP Hoe is a highlight in this video of the day. - Roots Music

Paquin Entertainment's own Gilles Paquin makes the honour roll. - Music Industry News Network

Comeback Kid knocks it out of the park with Die Knowing. - Exclaim!

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MANITOBA AT SXSW: Local Acts Head to Austin for Famed Music Fest

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JP Hoe (Photo: J.Senft Photography)

Manitoba musicians will be trading biting windchill for hot live music and heading due south for massive Texas music fest South by Southwest (SXSW) next month. Several local acts are slated to perform at the festival and conference, which runs March 11-16 and features career-building showcases and key networking opportunities.

The Manitoba Showcase takes over Canada House on Austin’s famed 6th Street for a showcase featuring buzzed-about acts, including JUNO-nominated genre-bending pop outfit Royal Canoe, acclaimed singer/songwriter JP Hoe, in-your-face pop/rock pair Mise en Scene, and indie rock band Federal Lights. The Manitoba event creates an additional performance opportunity for artists with official SXSW showcases.

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WE SPEAK MUSIC: Strong Manitoba Presence at JUNOfest 2014 as CARAS Announces JUNO Week Events

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Sweet Alibi performers at The 2014 JUNO Awards news conference on February 25

The party of the year is coming to Winnipeg next month!

JUNO Week hits the city March 24-30 with host of exciting events, including the popular two-night music festival, JUNOfest, as well as the JUNO Songwriters' Circle, JUNO Fan Fare, JUNO Cup, and more. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was in town on February 25 for the lineup announcement, which featured a live performance by local roots trio Sweet Alibi.

Running March 28 through 29 in 15 Winnipeg venues, JUNOfest 2014 will feature over 100 bands from across the country spanning pretty much every genre, including many of this year's nominees and a massive Manitoba presence. 

The confirmed lineup of Manitoba acts hitting JUNOfest stages next month includes 2014 JUNO nominees Royal Canoe and Desiree Dorion, as well as Chic Gamine, Crooked Brothers, Dead Ranch, Distances, Dr. Rage & The Uppercuts, Federal Lights, Grand Analog, Imaginary Cities, Joe Silva, Nathan, Nathan Zahn, Sierra Noble, Sweet Alibi, The Bros. Landreth, The Lytics, and The Treble. 

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Manitoba Music Announces Return of Aboriginal Music Mentors Program

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Patti Lamoureux

Manitoba Music is bringing back its popular mentor program for Aboriginal artists this spring. Run through its Aboriginal Music Program (AMP), “AMP Mentors” was launched to engage new and emerging First Nation, Inuit, and Métis songwriters and musicians in Manitoba.

The diverse group of experienced mentors includes fiddle champion Patti Lamoureux, blues legend Billy Joe Green, hip hop producer Tim “2oolman” Hill, rock veteran Calvin Nepinak, classical vocalist Rhonda Head, and publicist Kim Wheeler.

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

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Kevin Roy

Our own Joel Couture talks about Rame à la rencontre. - BT Winnipeg

Curling bonspiel raised over $4,500 for Unison Benevolent Fund. - 730 CKDM

Folk Alliance gets a burst of Manitoban acts. - Kansas City Star

Brotherly love keeps Sons of York going. - Winnipeg Free Press FREE download

Sons of York unleashes a new EP. - The Uniter 

Del Barber sings the praries praises. - Exclaim!

Find out how Del Barber celebrates Valentine's Day. - CBC News

Ruth Moody comes from a musical family. - Winona Daily News

Kevin Roy finds inspiration on the Greyhound. - Storyacious

Watch Fred Penner entertain kids, young and old. - Fort Sask Online

"Where in the World" is Fred Penner? - BT Winnipeg

Federal Lights sees love before heading to SXSW. - Smashpipe

Sibyl is a top act to see this weekend. - CBC Scene

Coachella enlists Royal Canoe for a sideshow. - Spin

Kayla Luky gets ready to hit the road hard. - Portage Daily Graphic

Kelly Bado shares her experience with the youth at Festival du Voyageur. - CBC Scene

Club Regent partners with WSO for Music of Aboriginal Manitoba. -

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Manitoba Music Community Raises Over $4,500 for Unison Benevolent Fund

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Teams at the Granite Curling Club (Credit: J.Senft Photography)

Manitoba’s music community rocked the house for charity this month. Over 140 curlers joined event organizers Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music at the 2014 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 2. The fourth annual event, which sold out in record time, brought the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds and awareness for the Unison Benevolent Fund.

This year's event raised over $4,500, taking the bonspiel's total donation to over $14,500 for the Unison Fund, landing media and national industry attention in the process. 

“Once again, the Manitoba music community has shown its generous spirit in its support of the Unison Benevolent Fund,” said Manitoba Music's executive director, Sara Stasiuk, who also sits on the Unison Fund's board of directors. “We're proud to be able to do our part to help the Unison Benevolent Fund reach its goal.”

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

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Monika Wall

Move over Disney, Manitoba Music is hitting the ice. -

The Bros. Landreth sound picked them. - Portage Daily

Festival du Voyageur rounds up a slew of local talent. - The Uniter

Hé Ho! It's off to Festival we go. - Winnipeg Free Press

Get your beards ready for all the live music at Festival du Voyageur. - The Manitoban

Festival celebrates its 45th. -

Monika Wall puts a unique spin on classics at the Nu Sound Series. -

Bryce Pallister spreads the love. - Portage Daily Graphic

There's not much that can slow Greg MacPherson down. - BT Winnipeg

Sons of York release an EP and save a child's heart at the same time. -

What started as a single show turned into 12 years for The Wailin' Jennys. -

Collage-à-trois pops up in odd places as random acts of JUNO. -

Oh My Darling take a trip down memory lane. - The Manitoban

J. Williamez's New Years resolution is going strong. - The Projector

Tanya Tagaq gives voice to a silent film. - Indian Country

A JUNO nod has Desiree Dorion pinching herself. - Dauphin Herald

The Weakerthans will have you falling in love. -

Watch Grand Analog's video for "Great Rhyme Dropper". - SmashPipe

Doc Walker goes back to its roots. - Portage Online

John Norman has a busy year ahead. - FAZEmag

The Duhks flock to the Folk Fusion concert. - Santa Maria Times

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Matt Mays and The Sheepdogs Announced as Additional Performers for CTV’s Broadcast of THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS, March 30

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The Sheepdogs

Today CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced East Coast rocker Matt Mays and platinum selling, Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs as additional performers for THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS broadcast, Sunday March 30 on CTV and CTV GO. A five-time JUNO Award nominee, including a 2014 nomination for Rock Album of the Year (sponsored by Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada), Mays makes his JUNO stage debut this year. Three-time JUNO Award winning rockers, The Sheepdogs, are poised to shake up the JUNO stage for their second consecutive year. The Saskatoon band returns with a special tribute performance honouring Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO). Matt Mays and The Sheepdogs join previously announced performers Robin Thicke, Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, and Walk Off The Earth. 

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Manitoba Acts Head to Kansas City for International Folk Alliance

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Crooked Brothers

Manitoba acts are packing up their guitars and heading to Kansas City, Missouri next week to showcase for the folk and roots music industry. The International Folk Alliance Conference (IFA), which runs February 19-12, is the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America. The showcase is the latest in a series of partnered events with SaskMusic, Alberta Music, and MusicBC under the BreakOut West banner. The lineup boasts 40 acts in total, including Manitoba performers Del Barber, Ruth Moody, JP Hoe, Crooked Brothers, Sweet Alibi, Red Moon Road, and more.

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RAME À LA RENCONTRE: Manitoba Music's Francophone Music Program Hosts Industry Event During Festival du Voyageur

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Justin Lacroix

Manitoba Music continues its busy winter of career development opportunities for the music industry with its inaugural Francophone event, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone

Running February 21-23, in conjunction with Festival du Voyageur, Rame à la rencontre features two showcases and an afternoon industry panel as well as networking opportunities for participants. The event offers the Francophone music community a rare opportunity to connect with the industry tastemakers, showcase their talents, and continue to learn about the business of breaking into Francophone markets.

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Welcome New Members to Manitoba Music

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Elessar Thiessen

Frigid January temperatures and Manitoba Music memberships went hand in hand last month, with 19 new artist members in all different genres. Take a moment to meet them all here! 

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

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Sons of York

Manitoba racks up JUNO nominations. - CBC News

There's no shortage of local nominees for this year's JUNO Awards. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoban artists bring in the JUNO nominations. - CTV News

Manitoba Music hits the ice with some local performers. -

Luke Reimer talks about his new EP and release party. - BT Winnipeg + FREE download

Del Barber puts the Manitoba landscape into music notes. - Q with Jian Ghomeshi

Prairieography is a step in the country direction for Del Barber. - Winnipeg Free Press

Sons of York's Forever Potential is a grand thing. - Winnipeg Free Press

The polar vortex won't stop Shotgun Jimmie from touring. - Exclaim!

Crooked Brothers go postal. - The Uniter

It's the small touches that make you enjoy Royal Canoe's album. - Benzine

Royal Canoe reacts to its JUNO nomination. - AUXtv

Abstract Artform confronts the past. - The Projector

Pocket Change really adds up. - CBC Scene

KEN mode has an unnatural love for Tina Fey. - Examiner

Cook up a storm with KEN mode. - Decibel Magazine

The Perms come home. - Westman Journal

Indian City shows it's Colors. - CBC Scene

Oh My Darling bring their sweet sound to Harrison. - Chilliwack Times

Grand Analog head South by Southwest - AUXtv

Imaginary Cities performs a live version of "Chasing The Sunset". - SmashPipe

Rusty Matyas' purrrrfect pet. - CBC Music

Fred Penner captivates the crowd in his TEDx talk. - SmashPipe

Tanya Tagaq teams up with A Tribe Called Red. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes on bonding, music, and more. - The Spill MagazIne

You've got to read more about Sweet Alibi. - Caught in the Carousel

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Aboriginal Musicians from Across Canada Converge on Manitoba for AMP Camp Residency Project

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Cassidy Mann (Photo: Joseph Visser Photography)

Eighteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp, which runs February 9-14, 2014. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities.

This will be the seventh edition of AMP Camp, which now runs every two years. Past participants -- including 2014 JUNO Award nominee Inez Jasper (who will participate again this year) and past JUNO nominees Don Amero, and Tracy Bone, and CBC’s The 8th Fire composer Cris Derksen -- have gone on to release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.

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MANITOBA MUSIC ON ICE: Local Artists Bring Music to Warming Huts Along the Red River Mutual Trail

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Red Moon Road plays at Hygge House at last year's Manitoba Music On Ice

On Louis Riel Day Weekend last year along the frozen ice of the Assiniboine River, a dozen or so brave Manitoba musicians donned their best winter wear for an acoustic afternoon of live music at the innovative warming huts. Manitoba Music On Ice warmed up thousands of chilled visitors on the world's longest natural skating trail.

Produced by some of Winnipeg's acclaimed festivals and presenters, the event was such a success that organizers The Forks and Manitoba Music are heating up the ice again this year, and almost doubling the line-up along the Red River Mutual Trail.   

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Manitoba Artists Ready to Shine at 2014 JUNO Awards

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KEN mode

When The 2014 JUNO Awards take over Winnipeg next month, Manitoba artists will have plenty of chances to pick up hardware. Homegrown acts are up for 13 awards, including an unprecedented nine nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 43rd annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto on February 4, streamed live on CTV’s website. Canada’s top artists are headed for Winnipeg for JUNO Week, March 24 – March 30, 2014. Nominees include KEN mode, Royal Canoe, Desiree Dorion, Mahogany Frog, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Erin Propp and Larry Roy, Marie-Claude, Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five, and Matt Epp.

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

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Red Moon Road

Get a first listen of Del Barber's Prairieography. - Exclaim!

Del Barber tells tales of the prairies. - Cochrane Times

The Lytics comes out "On Top". - Much Music

Kevin Roy trades in the books for the guitar. - The Uniter

Dry Bones kicks off Heartwood Folk Club’s spring season. - Athabasca Advocate

Tanya Tagaq feels at home in the far North. - The Globe and Mail

Breaking stereotypes with Tanya Tagaq. - CBC News

Tanya Tagaq gets angry on her new album. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq speaks up. - The Grid

The Revival's Kevin Hogg gives us a taste of this weekend's songwriter showcase. - BT Winnipeg

Big kids can still enjoy Fred Penner too. - CBC Player

Crooked Brothers put a stamp on it's new Postcard EP. - The Star Pheonix

Ridley Bent has a Wild Card up his sleeve. - Stylus

Red Moon Road finds a home away from home in Dawson Creek. - Dawson Creek Daily

The road is home for Cara Luft. - Red Deer Express

Have breakfast with Keith and Renee. - Canstar The Metro


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Performance Opportunity: Manitoba Music Live at The Cube

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The Exchange District BIZ is partnering with Manitoba Music to present a series of noon hour concerts at The Cube in Old Market Square. The series will celebrate Manitoba artists over the month of August in Winnipeg’s bustling Exchange District. All events are free and open to the public. Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from high energy Manitoba bands or solo artists with full-band accompaniment who are prepared to perform a one-hour set of mostly original music for an outdoor audience. The final performer selection will rest with the Exchange District BIZ. Artists will be compensated for their performance. DEADLINE: February 24, 2014

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

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The Noble Thiefs

The Bros. Landreth give us a taste of their Big Fun performance. - BT Winnipeg

Big Fun for everyone! - CBC Scene

Have some Big Fun this weekend. - Winnipeg Free Press

Big Fun gives us hot shows during a cold month. - The Uniter

Things heat up this weekend with Big Fun. - The Manitoban

Pop Nuit teams up with Big Fun. - Muddy Water

Royal Canoe's Matt Schellenberg talks about Pop Nuit. - Stylus

The bar is set high by Pop Nuit. - The Uniter

Pop Nuit redefines new music. - The Manitoban

January Music Meeting and Pop Nuit make for one cool weekend. - BT Winnipeg

Mahogany Frog talk about the Big Fun to be had playing Pop Nuit. - Stylus

Del Barber dusts off his boots on Prairieography. - Winnipeg Free Press

Del Barber heads to the farm for his latest album. - CBC Player

Luke Reimer knows his way around a country tune. - The Projector

"There Ain't No One" who should miss Crooked Brothers new video. - The Permanent Rain Press

Crooked Brothers to play UK's The Great Escape. - The Guardian

JUNO Cup takes centre ice. - Global News

Musicians and hockey players team up for the JUNO Cup. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Noble Thiefs give us some tips for tour. - Digital Tour Bus

Tanya Tagaq's voice is hard to forget. - The Coast

Sibyl's EP shines through. - The Uniter

The Bros. Landreth discusses musical brotherly bond. - CBC Radio One

Fred Penner sings for little kids and big kids alike. - Nelson Star

Les Jupes' Negative Space gets positive reviews. - Stylus

Young songwriters get a lesson or two from Matt Epp. - Pembina Today


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JUNO Cup: The NHL Greats and The Rockers to Take the Ice Once Again

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JP Hoe, Perry Miller, Jim Cuddy at the Jan 23 JUNO Cup announcement in Winnipeg (Photo: Melissa Courcelles / We Speak Music)

What goes better together than hockey and music? Canada’s top musicians are trading in their guitars for hockey sticks for the annual JUNO Week battle against former NHL Greats at this year’s JUNO Cup! The 2014 roster is already looking fierce, with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy heading up The Rockers, currently consisting of Devin Cuddy, Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk, Indian City), Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), JP Hoe, and Stephen Carroll (The Weakerthans)! They’re pitted against the NHL Greats, a line-up featuring NHL alumni Carey Wilson , Mike Ford, Mike Keane, Perry Miller, Thomas Steen, and Trevor Kidd!

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Meet the January Music Meeting Panelists

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Meet the MusicWorks panelists from the label, agency, management, festival, publishing, and publicity sides of the industry who will converge on Winnipeg this weekend for January Music Meeting.

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Big Fun X 3

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Mobina Galore (Credit: Jan Kotyk and Jeremy at Crooked Antler)

It's January and the weather is ridiculous. What better time to run a music fest?! Yes, the Big Fun Festival returns for its third year, taking over downtown Winnipeg stages January 22-26. This year, the indie music festival has expanded, adding an extra day and offering a dozen shows featuring over 30 acts, including many headlining locals. 

"Manitoba has such an amazing wealth of talent and we are constantly amazed every year by the quality and quantity of the submissions," says Big Fun artistic director Stefan Braun of the heavy local focus. "The best part is that the genres are so eclectic that it makes booking the festival incredibly easy and we can pull from every scene and show the city something they may not have seen before."

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