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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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Vampires

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. - ChrisD.ca

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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BreakOut West Announces Second Round of Festival Peformers and Much (Much) More

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WCMA executive director Robyn Stewart and BOW Host Committee chair Sean McManus at Fort Gibraltar, Sep 3

With less than a month away, BreakOut West took over Fort Gibraltar on September 3 for a series of announcements for the upcoming Winnipeg event, which runs October 2-5. New executive director Robyn Stewart and BOW Host Committee chair Sean McManus announced the second round of festival artists and the complete lineup of performers for the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala, which will be hosted at the new Club Regen Event Centre on October 5. Also announced is the lineup for kid-centre event Mini BreakOut West, more details on the weekend's Industry Conference, and the BreakOut West Kickoff Party featuring Dan Mangan. 

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Manitoba Music Launches 2014 Fall/Winter Season of MusicWorks

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DIY Series touring workshop, Oct 2013

Manitoba Music is gearing up for an exciting new season of professional development workshops and training opportunities for the music industry. Kicking off September 11 at Manitoba Music's Resource Centre, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry pros, trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs.

This year, Manitoba Music continues its popular MusicWorks segment, the DIY Series, for the second year. 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. The series starts with the music business fundamentals that everyone needs to master – radio play, bio writing, social media, touring, and copyright -- and ends with planning a release, showing how each of these pieces fit together to create a cohesive strategy. 

MusicWorks will also host some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond for the Industry Series. These workshops will feature an in-depth focus on timely topics, including artist management, touring, conference and showcasing, understanding A&R, and more. This season, Manitoba Music will also take the workshops and networking to Brandon, as part of the Manitoba Arts Network's Manitoba Showcase 2014.  

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

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Rhia Rae

The Prairie Barge Festival will keep you busy this weekend. - Winnipeg Sun

Rhia Rae's music grows in new directions. - The Uniter

The Revival remembers a dear friend. - Global Winnipeg

SC Mira treats us to tour dates and a new EP. - Exclaim!

Federal Lights brings great lyrics to Europe. - Stadt Kind

Get an exklusive look at Federal Lights' new video. - Motor

Federal Lights hits the autobahn. - Was is hier eigentlich los?

Del Barber is gone fishing, and writing, and touring. - Pique

Sweet Alibi help kick off the Kenmor fall season. - Pembina Today

Tanya Tagaq puts her voice to the big screen. - Correio do Minho

Tanya Tagaq is unapologetic. - CBC Q

Attica Riots, Nathan Music Co., and more take over Sherbrook Street. - The Metro

Cara Luft and JP Hoe make a splash at Shrewsbury Festival. - Shropshire Star

Cara Luft and JD Edwards have a love affair with the UK. - Three Chords and The Truth

Hangout with Royal Canoe. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe nominated for a CASBY. - Corus Ent

The Bros. LandrethRoyal Canoe, and more help launch the CMHR. - CBC News

KEN mode hits the road. - Metal Underground

Chic Gamine lures with nostalgia. - Stadt Kind

Marco Castillo and Trio Bembe spice up Bannatyne. - Free News Pos

Shotgun Jimmie heads to the big smoke for the Bloor Ossington Folk Fest. - Exclaim!

Shotgun Jimmie collaborates on a northern getaway. - Exclaim!

Amber Epp adds some awards to her resume. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Duhks play host for the weekend. - Providence Journal

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Manitoba Showcase 2014

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Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase at the Royal Oak Inn in Brandon on October 24 during the Manitoba Arts Networks’ Manitoba Showcase 2014. This event 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 11, 2014

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The Prairie Barge Festival to Showcase the Music, Art, and Culture of Manitoba & Saskatchewan on Dry Land

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Sol James performs at the Prairie Barge Festival announcement

The prairie borders are being erased for one big, free outdoor party on Labour Day Weekend. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are celebrating the Year of Music together for The Prairie Barge Festival, showcasing the vibrant talent of our two provinces just a few feet away from the Assiniboine River.

“Moving the stage a few inches up on to land won’t interfere with the incredible prairie talent, or the beautiful backdrop of the river,” says Paul Jordan, CEO, The Forks North Portage Partnership. 

Presented by founding legacy partner, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and Creative Saskatchewan, the festival runs August 29-31 in The Forks Historic Port, and promises three days of music, art, and culture. While high waters have grounded the barge this year, the fun will still play on the famed stage, which has hosted countless artists over its multi-year history.

The festival will feature performances from a diverse collection of acclaimed artists spanning the genres. Cellist and composer Leanne Zacharias, folk artist Keiffer McLean, alt rockers League of Wolves, pop/rock pair Mise en Scene, indie blues rock band The PistolWhips, indie folk/pop outfit Yes We Mystic will take over the stage on Friday and Saturday, joining already announced artists JUNO Award-winning soul/pop outfit Chic Gamine, alt-country favourites The Deep Dark Woods, 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee marijosée, singer/songwriter and former Waltons front man Jason Plumb, and a spectacular outdoor performance from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

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

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Red Moon Road

Aboriginal Music Week will keep you busy this weekend. - MyToba

Discover your new favorite emerging artist at Aboriginal Music Week. - APTN

IsKwé gets the attention she deserves. - Winnipeg Free Press + free download

Take Me To The Pilot sits down for breakfast chats. - CTV Winnipeg

marijosee is all over the map. - Words and Music

Red Moon Road and Royal Canoe grabs the attention of the crowd at Hillside. - A Music Blog, Yea?

John Norman is Canada's answer to the techno question. - Minimal Spieltrieb

Tanya Tagaq's ferocious performance gives goosebumps. - Independent

Halifax Pop Explosion adds Tanya Tagaq to the lineup. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe gets AIM nod for "Birthday" video. - NME

Rise and shine with Kevin Roy. - BT Winnipeg

Desiree Dorion and Winnipeg Boyz are among performers at APCMAs. - NCIFM

Chic Gamine is among the artists set to play Prairie Barge Fest. - Access Winnipeg

Doc Walker gives us a taste of new music. - CJFW

Cara Luft and JP Hoe are a top act for Shrewsbury Folk Fest. - Shropshire Live

Mahogany Frog hops back to writing. - Planet S

The Weakerthans gets reviewed, retrospectively. - Noisey

Get a taste of Morden Corn & Apple Fest. - BT Winnipeg

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Appel de candidatures : Camp de la musique francophone de l’ouest canadien

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une première édition du Camp de la musique francophone de l’ouest canadien au lac Falcon (MB) du 24 au 28 novembre 2014. L’objectif de cette activité est d’offrir à 8 artistes de niveau intermédiaire de l’ouest canadien l’occasion de se rassembler en milieu isolé pendant 5 jours intensifs de développement artistique et professionnel. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le 11 septembre 2014

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Appel de candidatures : Camp de la musique francophone de l’ouest canadien

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une première édition du Camp de la musique francophone de l’ouest canadien au lac Falcon (MB) du 24 au 28 novembre 2014.

L’objectif de cette activité est d’offrir à 8 artistes de niveau intermédiaire de l’ouest canadien l’occasion de se rassembler en milieu isolé pendant 5 jours intensifs de développement artistique et professionnel.

DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le 11 septembre 2014

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Aboriginal Music Week Celebrates Music Without Borders

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The summer of music festivals continues with the sixth annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week. Running August 20-24 in various Winnipeg venues, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, film events, and industry networking. 

AMW will play host to a number of touring acts, including first visits from emcee Tall Paul, violinist Laura Ortman, music producer Astronomar, and hip hop duo Mob Bounce, and guitarist Logan Staats. JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday are both set to return, along with pop singer Inez Jasper, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, and more

Homegrown talent also plays a big part on the bill this year, including performances from award-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, Métis fiddlers Darren Lavallee and Melissa St. Goddard, trip hop singer and 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee Iskwé, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, rockers The Mosquitoz, country chanteuse Frannie Klein.

 

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

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KEN mode

MEME brings the beats downtown. - Winnipeg Free Press

Chic Gamine and marijosée among the artists to play Bargefest. - ChrisD.ca

The Searchlight is on Chic Gamine. - Panic Manual

Chic Gamine lends some vocals. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe heats things up. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe is splendid on all levels. - RTBF

Royal Canoe's Birthday video gets an overseas nod. -  FACT

"Birthday" video lands Royal Canoe an AIM Award nod. - Belfast Telegraph

Royal Canoe gets nomination for AIM Award. - Music Week

KEN mode teases the crowd with a new tune. - Brooklyn Vegan

The Sturgeons capture a Manitoba summer in one album. - Stylus

Keith and Renee's homegrown talent is something to be proud of. - MyToba

Winnipeg gets the blues, and the BBQ too. - BT Winnipeg

Tanya Tagaq at Atmosphere Gathering is a can't miss show. - Exclaim!

Red Moon Road sings the gospel at Summerfolk. - The Sun Times

Mayoral candidate follows Britney and... Sweet Alibi, Les Jupes. - Winnipeg Sun

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MEME Turns Winnipeg Into Multimedia Playground

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For four days this month, MEME is turning Winnipeg into a great big multimedia playground. The annual festival, which runs August 14-17, features DJs and artists from across the world and right here at home who will be showcasing music and digital art in venues like the Pyramid Cabaret, Union Sound Hall, and outdoors at The Cube stage.

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Rainbow Trout Music Festival Celebrates New Local Music

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Sibyl

For music fans looking to discover new artists at a small festival in the pristine outdoors, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF) might be the perfect summer event. The sixth annual event, which runs August 15-17 just south of St. Malo, offers three days of music, camping, swimming, crafts, and more. 

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

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The Sturgeons

Manitoba SongCamp makes new songs and new friends. - The Uniter

John Norman steps up as artist ambassador for MEME Festival. - Stylus + FREE download

Winnipeg gets electronic as MEME takes over. - The Uniter

John K. Samson's precision with words is something to admire. - Toronto Life

Rainbow Trout Music Festival may be the best time you have all summer. - The Uniter

Fred Penner traded in economics for acoustics. - CBC Player

The Sturgeons will charm you with nostalgia. - The Gauntlet

This is a great new album from The Sturgeons. - The Uniter

Tanya Tagaq's album is a top of 2014 so far. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe wins over the crowd at Osheaga. - Exclaim!

Take a roadtrip with Royal Canoe. - CBC Music

Royal Canoe is a little weird, in the best way possible. - Much Music

Royal Canoe makes a splash with new video and tour dates. - Exclaim!

Surprise Party put its Heart of Love on the line. - Stylus

Chic Gamine lends some vocals. - Vancouver Sun

Chic Gamine is a very good reason to attend Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival. - Calgary Herald

Morden Corn & Apple Fest brings big fun to the small town. - The Uniter

Rise and shine with Kevin Roy. - BT Winnipeg

Vampires come to life. - Stylus

Find out what is on Keri Latimer's night table. - Winnipeg Free Press

Harvest Sun Music Festival shines bright. - The Uniter

The Perpetrators get the blues in Kitchener. - The Record

Sweet Alibi headlines Summer Folk Fest in Portage la Prairie. - Portage Daily Graphic

SC Mira, The Revival, and The Noble Thiefs stretch out at Mile of Music. - Green Bay Press Gazette

Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Fest is the perfect marriage of food and music. - The Uniter

The Duhks' new album is well worth the wait. - Winnipeg Free Press

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The Prairie Barge Festival to Showcase the Music, Art, and Culture of Manitoba and Saskatchewan

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Chic Gamine (Photo: Janine Kropla)

The prairie borders are being erased for one big, free outdoor party on Labour Day Weekend. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are celebrating the Year of Music together for The Prairie Barge Festival, showcasing the vibrant talent of our two provinces.

Presented by founding legacy partner, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and Creative Saskatchewan, the festival runs August 29-31 in The Forks Historic Port, and promises three days of music, art, and culture.

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