Manitoba Music


Le programme de musique francophone de Manitoba Music lance une résidence de perfectionnement professionnel et en affaires

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Tresor Chimusa

Des entrepreneurs de la musique francophones de l’Ouest canadien convergent sur le Manitoba ce mois-ci pour rencontrer des professionnels de l’industrie canadiens reconnus à l’occasion d’une nouvelle résidence de perfectionnement professionnel et en affaires nommée Le camp de la musique francophone de l’Ouest canadien.

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

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The Mariachi Ghost (Photo: Jay Poturica)

Leonard Sumner performs "Best of Me" in new AMP Sessions video series. –

AMP Sessions shines a spotlight on Aboriginal artists in new video series. – NationTalk

The words are on the wall for Red Moon Road. – Exclaim!

A pretty comprehensive look at Winnipeg’s rock history. – Noisey

Vampires bring a tidal wave of noise down on your head. – Make A Little Noise

Nic Dyson aims to make a difference. – Community News Commons

The Weakerthans is one of Fun. Guitarist Jack Anotoff’s faves. – The Daily Beast

Crooked Brothers bond over music. – Calgary Herald

Vince Fontaine among the performers for NAMA livestream. – CTV News London

Stream Alfa’s new album Harmattan. – The Uniter

Tanya Tagaq plays the best punk show ever. – Apt16

Doc Walker’s “That’s How I Like It” one of the hottest country songs. – KICX

Del Barber to sing the anthem in Corner Gas special. – The Canadian Press

Ridley Bent joins fellow alt-roots giants on stage. – Beatroute

New sounds on the horizon from Nu Sounds SeriesTrio Bembe. – Winnipeg Free Press

Not even the sky is the limit for Keith and Renee. – Country 101.1

Federal Lights gears up for Movember. – BT Winnipeg

The Mariachi Ghost plays Day of the Dead festival. – El Horizonte

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

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ATLAAS at the Big Fun Festival 2014 (Photo: Sean McManus)

Manitoba Music crosses boarders. - The Current

Geek out with Greek Riots. - Stylus FREE download

ATLAAS teases with a new song from its upcoming EP. - Make A Little Noise

Crooked Brothers make friends from the stage. - Montreal Rampage

Slow Leaves' Beauty is So Common is a beauty. - Star Pheonix

The Treble brings us another 24 shows in 24 hours. - 730 CKDM

Raine Hamilton plays her part in the Great Canadian Journey. - Great Canadian Journey

25 years is something to sing about for Steve Bell. - BT Winnipeg

Tanya Tagaq's show was one of the best things to see this week. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq's Animism heads overseas. - Clash Music

Pixies get a new take with a cover by Tanya Tagaq. - Nooga

Tanya Tagaq sells out Toronto's Great Hall. - RPM

Tanya Tagaq is a trailblazer. - Calgary Herald

Matt Epp makes the playlist. - DNTO

Get the first listen of a new song from IsKwé. - RPM

Del Barber among the first announced for MerleFest 2015. - Cybergrass

Del Barber celebrates the prairies on the big screen. - CTV News

"Oh Canada" gets a twist from Del Barber. - Calgary Herald

Autumn Still isn't new to the music game. - The Manitoban

Autumn Still gives us something to dance to. - BT Winnipeg

Sierra Noble turns to friends and fans for her new album. - 730 CKDM

Winnipeg Folk Fest is citybound. - The Manitoban

The Duhks bring it home. - Winnipeg Free Press

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Jazz Winnipeg Launches Ninth Edition of Innovative Nu Sounds Series

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Keith Price (Photo: Lindsey Bond)

Music fans have some new music to look forward to in the new year. Or maybe we should say nu year…

Jazz Winnipeg has unveiled details for the ninth edition of its popular Nu Sounds Series, which gives homegrown talent the unique opportunity to explore new ideas and connect with new fans. The Park Theatre will once again host the four-concert series, which runs January through May.

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Call for Submissions: Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry

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Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are partnering to produce a new project called the Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry. The residency will provide eight export-ready artists and up to five mid-career industry professionals (managers, agents, publicists, publishers, or label representatives) from across Canada with a week of networking and development opportunities in Toronto. The residency will run February 9-13, 2015 and each day will consist of round table discussions, self-directed mentor sessions, networking dinners, and meetings with established labels, music media, and managers. Please note that all conversations will be held in English. DEADLINE: November 20, 2014

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

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The Revival honours its original drummer, , Alex “Dee” Danyliuk. - Global News

Manitoba Music takes on the midwest. - 730 CKDM

Autumn Still is no stranger to the local music scene. - The Uniter

Five Native American Music Award nods for four Manitobans. - RPM

The Wailin' Jennys are back. - Winnipeg Free Press

Rayannah shares a new tune. - Exclaim!

Get a peak at new music from Rayannah. - Ride The Tempo

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra gets some help to stay warm this winter. - Winnipeg Free Press

Matt Epp spills details on new album. - BT Winnipeg + FREE download

Matt Epp brings it home. - Stylus

Stars align for the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. - Winnipeg Free Press

Last Ditch On The Left come in first. - Stylus

Cara Luft lays down roots in Europe. - Kanaalstreek

Jess Reimer infuses her album with small town tales. - Pop Matters

Ruth Moody answers questions on the road. - The Islands' Sounder

Sierra Noble gets soulful on the fiddle. - ICI Radio Canada

JP Hoe brings holiday cheer to the Burton Cummings Theatre. -

Royal Canoe haunts Quebec. - Voir

Royal Canoe doesn't disappoint. - Confront Magazine

Fred Penner and Tanya Tagaq provide a song for important issues. - The Manitoban

The Park Theatre takes home best venue award. - The Projector

The Mariachi Ghost's win at the WCMAs makes waves. - La Prensa Grafica

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Manitoba Music Hits the Road for Showcases in Minneapolis, Toronto, and Montreal

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The Small Glories

Manitoba Music is packing up its banners and hitting the road with a series of showcases in three important North American music markets next month. Eight buzz-worthy Manitoba acts will make the trip to perform for top industry players and savvy music fans in Minneapolis, Toronto, and Montreal.

Showcasing acts include acclaimed rock songsmith Greg MacPherson; pop rock outfit Mise en Scene; indie folk/rock act Sc Mira; Americana-tinged singer/songwriter Slow Leaves; electro rockers The Revival; folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories (Cara Luft and JD Edwards); and indie pop upstarts Yes We Mystic.  

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music Showcase in Winnipeg

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Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase in Winnipeg for guest speakers from our upcoming Understanding A&R panel (November 22, 2014). These showcases offer artists a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. DEADLINE: November 3, 2014

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

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Manitoba Workshop at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, July 2014 (Photo: Sean McManus)

Locals unite on Real Love Winnipeg's Beach Station Blues III. - MyToba

The Good Will is set up for success. - CBC Scene

The Good Will offers a new stage for music in Winnipeg. - Metro News

Jenna Khan talks The Good WillFolk Fest, and more. - BT Winnipeg

Crooked Brothers show some manners on Thank you, I'm Sorry. - Montreal Rampage

Winnipeg Folk Festival returns to four days. - Winnipeg Free Press

Take Me To The Pilot gets people excited at CMJ. - CMJ

Wolseley gets a little better looking with The Handsome Daughter. - The Uniter

The Bros. Landreth get high on positive reviews. - Cochrane Eagle

Tanya Tagaq turns heads with her music. - The Coast

Tanya Tagaq heads South by South West. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq collaborates on storytelling project. - Grey Magazine

The Mariachi Ghost puts a new spin on tradition. - Planuinformativo

UMFM takes us behind the mic. - The Manitoban

Check out the lineup for Dauphin's Countryfest. - Dauphin Herald

Ridley Bent shares a tune with friends at the Grand Cariboo Opry. - Campbell River Mirror

Steve Bell inspires on the road. - Red Deer Advocate

Royal Canoe plays it live. - LF Press

Royal Canoe and Del Barber will keep you busy in Ottawa. - Apt 613


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Centre culturel franco-manitobain Celebrates 40 Years

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marijosée (Photo: Tyler Funk)

One of Manitoba's most celebrated cultural treasures is turning 40. 

Centre culturel franco-manitobain has been presenting, promoting, and fostering cultural and artistic activities in Manitoba's Francophone communities since it opened its doors in 1974. From music to theatre to visual art and beyond, the venerable St. Boniface establishment has been home to many artists and musicians, and a vibrant community integral to our province's cultural fabric. 

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

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Doc Walker

Slow Leaves has texture. - NOW Magazine

Slow Leaves plays hopscotch. - CBC Player

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

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

Get on the run with Doc Walker. - BT Toronto

Doc Walker rings in the New Year. - CBC News

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

Dauphin's Countryfest announces 2015 lineup. - Metro

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

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

First round of artists announced for Countryfest. - BT Winnipeg

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cara Luft crosses borders. - The Bolton News

The Perms will captivate you. - The Permanent Rain Press

Mobina Galore rocks the campus. - The Projector

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

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

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

Hangout backstage at BreakOut West. - ShawTV

Relive the BreakOut West festival. - ShawTV

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

Tanya Tagaq goes Beyond Words. - ici radio Canada

Each performance from Tanya Tagaq is unique. - The Province

UMFM dials it up to 11. - The Manitoban

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

Del Barber keeps busy. - LF Press

Ismaila Alfa gears up to release new album. -

Romi Mayes tells her tale. - The Manitoban

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

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

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Manitoba Artists Earn Five Native American Music Award Nominations

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Rhonda Head

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

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

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marijosée (Photo: Tyler Funk)

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

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


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

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Last Ditch on the Left

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

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

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

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

Locals clean up at the WCMAs. - Stylus

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

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

Del Barber takes home two from WCMAs. - 730 CKDM

Last Ditch on the Left celebrate debut at WECC. -

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

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

Wake up with Sc Mira. - BT Winnipeg

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

Leonard Sumner shines bright. - Pow Wows

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

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

Mise en Scene stand out amongst the fog. - Stylus

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

KEN mode heads back to the studio. - Lambgoat

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

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

Royal Canoe crackles with energy. - Red Deer Advocate

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

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

The Wailin' Jennys open the season. - Missoulian

Red Moon Road heads west. - BC Local News

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

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

Tanya Tagaq is Beyond Words in Vancouver. - Metro

Get familiar with Tanya Tagaq. - RPM

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

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

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

Tanya Tagaq sets the score. - The Globe and Mail

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

Shotgun Jimmie collaborates in the north. - Exclaim!

Slow Leaves is crisp. - The Uniter

The Handsome Daughter is looking good. - Stylus

Keith Price and more take centre porch. - Metro Winnipeg

Doc Walker is on the run. - 730 CKDM

DJ Hunnicutt talks peanuts and corn. - Stylus

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

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

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

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Manitoba Folk & Roots Acts Return to Ontario Music Conference

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Crooked Brothers at the Loft Sessions video shoot

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

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Manitobans Triumphant at 2014 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations

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Del Barber (Photo: Mark Maryanovich)

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

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In The News: BreakOut West Edition

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Cassidy Mann

BreakOut West takes over Winnipeg. - Winnipeg Free Press

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

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

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

Why BreakOut West is important. - BT Winnipeg

The Small Glories play BreakOut West. - Global News

BreakOut West kicks things off. - CTV Winnipeg

Get into all the BreakOut West action. - Winnipeg Sun

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

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

Fred Penner leaves his mark. - 99.9 BOB FM

Mise en Scene is BreakOut West ready. - Global News

Start your day with Cassidy Mann. - BT Winnipeg

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

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

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Province of Manitoba Announces New Support for Manitoba Music Industry

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

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

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

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

We Won the War wins peoples hearts. - The Uniter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fred Penner knows no genre bounds. - Hip Hop Canada

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

West End Cultural Centre welcomes new GM. -

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

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

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

Kevin Roy hits the road. - Moosejaw Times

Kevin Roy wins the west. - Wetaskiwin Advocate

Kevin Roy shares stories through song. - Pipestone Flyer

KEN mode heads across the pond. - New Noise Magazine

Cat Jahnke is one smart cookie. - Winnipeg Free Press

Sweet Alibi helps kick off concert series. - Western Wheel

The Mariachi Ghost knows how to celebrate. - The Uniter

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

Ruth Moody gets deep into folk. - The Chronicle Herald

Crooked Brothers will make you feel invigorated. - Pop Matters

Winnipeg's rock history, continued. - Noisey

And… Tanya Tagaq won the internet this week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BreakOut West 2014 Only A Week Away

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

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Manitoba Artists Land 10 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominations

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

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

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