Manitoba Music


Call for Submissions: Manitoba Aboriginal Trade Mission to Planet IndigenUs

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is leading a small trade mission to Planet IndigenUs in Toronto this summer. The project will provide up to three First Nation, Métis, or Inuit music professionals with a chance to connect with international buyers and artists at a series of showcases and networking events set for August 6-10. 2015. DEADLINE: June 11, 2015

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Hit the Ground Running: The Lytics Started Out Strong and Haven't Stopped

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The Lytics

By Jillian Groening

Everyone knows The Lytics.

The five friendly faces of brothers Anthony, Andrew, and Alex Sannie, cousin Mungala Londe and “adopted” brother DJ Lonnie Ce have become household names in their hometown of Winnipeg.

After bursting on to the scene when radio DJ Ace Burpee — formerly of Hot 103 — got a hold of their single “Big City Soundgirl” in 2009, the group quickly became one of the most recognized musical acts in the city.

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

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Seanster and the Monsters

Manitoba Music heads across the pond with some friends. - MyToba

WCMA announces 2015 nominees. - Exclaim!

BreakOut West reveals 2015 WCMA nods. - A Journal of Musical Things

Dee Erin Band picks up a WCMA nod. - CBC

Tanya Tagaq rounds up four WCMA nominations. - Winnipeg Free Press

Take Romi MayesDevil On Both Shoulders for a spin. - Exclaim!

Romi Mayes finds a new groove. - The Metro

The world called Romi Mayes' name. - Canstar

Romi Mayes gets ready to release new album. - Winnipeg Sun

Carly Dow takes her new album on the road. - Exclaim! + FREE download

The spotlight is on Carly Dow. - MyToba

Back 40 Folk Festival lineup is unveiled. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Wailin' Jennys take some harmonies overseas. - Festival Open Airs

Six Shooter Records announces second wave of Interstellar Rodeo acts. - MyToba

Yes We Mystic fights clichés. - Vue Weekly

John Norman is back and bursting with energy. - Technozene
Sit down with John Norman. - DJ Mag

John Norman's obsession with sound can be heard loud and clear. - Decoded Magazine

Rayannah hits the right notes. - Winnipeg Free Press

Get a taste of new music from Matt Epp. - Permanent Rain Press

Watch Matt Epp's new video for "Ready in Time". - Exclaim!

The Bros. Landreth get set to play AmericanaFest. - Cybergrass

The Bros. Landreth bring the Canadian to Americana. -

Royal Canoe added to TURF. - Indie88

Distances set to take the stage at the WECC in June. - MyToba

Matt Epp and Seanster and the Monsters among top in songwriting competition. - Winnipeg Sun

Panamania announces lineup, featuring Tanya Tagaq. - CTV

Tanya Tagaq amongst acts to play Panamania. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq takes the stage at Panamania. - Toronto Star

Shotgun Jimmie gets sappy. - Exclaim!

Ridley Bent taps his boots at Nashville North. - Winnipeg Sun

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Manitoba Artists & Industry Earn 27 Western Canadian Music Award Nods

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Indian City

There will be plenty of chances to celebrate Manitoba talent when the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) make their way to Victoria this fall. The 2015 nominees were revealed at the official media conference at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse and at simultaneous announcements across Western Canada, including Winnipeg’s event at Manitoba Music. Manitoba artists and industry earned 27 nominations in 17 categories for the 13th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories. The hardware will be handed out at a gala event on September 20.

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

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John Norman

Romi Mayes unleashes the Devil On Both Shoulders. - 730 CKDM + FREE download

Wine + dine + live music = Six Shooter Records' Interstellar Rodeo. - Metro Winnipeg

Local artists highlight second waive of Interstellar Rodeo acts. - MyToba

Red Moon Road brings 'Folk-Musik aus Kanada' across the sea. - Hamburger Wochenblatt

The Wailin’ Jennys are about creating today’s music for tomorrow’s traditions. - The Record

10 facts about The Wailin' Jennys. - Mass Live

Fred Penner reads sweet tweets. - CBC Music

Del Barber impresses at MerleFest. - Paste Magazine

Del Barber leaves a good impression at MerleFest. - CyberGrass

John Norman gives new life to UNT Records. - When We Dip

Carly Dow is about to bring the Canadian folk scene to its knees. - VIES Magazine

Get the first listen of Vestige from Yes We Mystic. - Exclaim!

Momentum builds for Yes We Mystic. - Beatroute

Sweet Alibi looking for pledges to release third album. - BC Local News

Chris Thorsteinson offers up a Doc Walker update. - 93.3 Country

Curtis Nowosad to hit Edmonton Jazz Fest. - Global News

The queen of Polar punk: Tanya Tagaq. - Songlines 

Tanya Tagaq releases powerful new video for "Uja". - CBC Music

Stream Don Amero's new album. - RPM

KEN mode shares a second track from Success. - Brooklyn Vegan

Leaf Rapids is a family affair. - Meridian Booster

John Oates set to open for The Bros. Landreth. - CBC

The Bros. Landreth have some ground to cover. - The Au Review

Slow Leaves takes his tunes on the road. - Meridian Booster

Chic Gamine gets appy. - Geekbecois

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Manitoba Acts Set to Showcase at Toronto's Canadian Music Week

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Manitoba’s music is once again breaking ground at Canadian Music Week (CMW), one of Canada’s biggest music industry festivals, May 1-10 in Toronto. Ten homegrown acts are booked to play the festival, which offers them the chance to perform in front of and network with music fans, industry, and media from across Canada and the world.

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Manitoba Music Makes Great Escape to UK with The Lytics and Leaf Rapids

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From left: The Lytics and Leaf Rapids

Manitoba Music is getting ready to make its way across the Atlantic next month, including industry events in London and its third annual showcase at major international music event The Great Escape (TGE) in Brighton. Teaming up with fellow Western Canadian music industry associations SaskMusic, Alberta Music, and Music BC, Manitoba Music will co-host a showcase under the BreakOut West banner at TGE on May 16 at Brighton’s The Green Door Store. This year’s event features a stellar Western Canadian lineup including two Manitoba acts, hip hop heroes The Lytics and husband and wife Americana duo Leaf Rapids.

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GALA DES PRIX TRILLE OR: Manitoba Music's Francophone Music Program Hosts Industry Event During Prestigious Ontario Awards Show

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Jocelyne Baribeau

Some of the brightest emerging talent from Western Canada’s Francophone scene is heading to the nation’s capital next month to connect with top industry. Manitoba Music, through its Francophone Music Program, will host an industry showcase at this year’s edition of the awards show and conference, Gala des prix Trille Or in Ottawa.

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

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Champagne Years

Manitoba Music launches its Summer Songwriter Retreat. -

John Norman takes the reigns of UNT. - Thump

Get a taste of Living Hour's debut album. - Beating Lights

The Revival hits the road with a new single. - Exclaim!

Get a taste of new music from Don Amero. - CBC

Carly Dow launches new video and tour. - Exclaim!

Watch the latest video from Carly Dow. - MyToba

Tracy Bone returns as a performer at Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. - Metro

Hear a new track from KEN mode. - NPR

KEN mode talks pro-wrestling. - Fightland

KEN mode is viking's choice. - OPB

Oh My Darling says farewell. - Winnipeg Free Press

Daily inspires through overcoming his struggles. - ShawTV

Greg Rekus takes his tunes to Italy. - Salad Days Mag

The spotlight is on À la Mode. - MyToba

Red Moon Road is an award-winning package. - The Jazz Mann

Chic Gamine is the first to get on the dubRise train. - CW15

New artist platform brings Chic Gamine on as early adapter. - Newswire

Sweet Alibi helps shine the spotlight on Fab Fem Fundraiser. - Sou`Wester

Catch Royal Canoe on Big Blue at Winnipeg Folk Festival. - Winnipeg Free Press

Watch Royal Canoe play "Birthday" live off the floor. - Pop Matters

Leaf Rapids finds inspiration in isolation. - Prairie Dog Mag

Being a hermit pays off for Leaf Rapids. - The Progress

Leaf Rapids' Lucky Stars is ear candy from front to back. - The Morton Report

Leaf Rapids puts a new twist on an old genre. - Revelstoke Mountaineer

Get a taste of new music from Matt Epp. - Exclaim!

Micah Visser throws it back to casettes. - The Projector

Calgary Folk Fest includes The Crooked Brothers in 2015 lineup. - Calgary Herald

The Small Glories heads to the coast. - BC Local News

Mise en Scene talks shop. - Premier Guitar

The Bros. Landreth head to Hillside Festival.  - Indie88

CBC's Q relaunches with Tanya Tagaq as one of the first guests. - Huffington Post

Folk on the Rocks puts Tanya Tagaq on stage. - My Yellowknife Now

Ridley Bent tells stories through his songs across the globe. - Gull Lake Advance

Del Barber gets ready for MerlFest. - Journal Patriot

Champagne Years releases a new video. - Exclaim!

Patt Kusturok helps bring the Prairie Kitchen Party back to the WECC. - MyToba

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CANADIAN SONGWRITER CHALLENGE: Manitoba Music Connects Heavy-Hitters with Local Acts for Co-writing Retreat

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Clockwise from top left: Dondrea Erauw, Chad Richardson, Tyler Tasson, Andy Stochansky

Manitoba Music is gearing up for the latest edition in its songwriter development series with the help of a national songwriters 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. DEADLINE: May 14, 2015

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Record Store Day Hits Winnipeg April 18

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À La Mode

Music fans have a little extra something to look forward to this weekend. April 18 marks the eighth annual Record Store Day, which is celebrated around the world as a day to appreciate independently-owned record stores.

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

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Leaf Rapids

Leaf Rapids' Canadiana Americana. - No Depression

Leaf Rapids is feeling lucky. - Winnipeg Free Press

Get a taste of Leaf Rapids' music. - Elmore Magazine

Leaf Rapids branches out. - Beatroute

Micah Visser discusses his upcoming release. - The Supporting Act + FREE download

The Bros. Landreth will leave you eager to hear more.  - Paste Magazine

The Bros. Landreth heads out on a runaway train. - Confront Magazine

Winnipeg Boyz' Charlie Fettah brings us "Moody Manitoba". - Hip Hop Canada

Lineup revealed for TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. - CBC

Jazz Fest releases its eclectic lineup. - Winnipeg Free Press

Last call for Les Jupes. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes never stood a chance. - Noisey

Yes We Mystic is in the spotlight. - MyToba

Don Amero has a lot to celebrate. - Winnipeg Free Press

Don Amero launches new album at the WECC. - MyToba

Matt Epp brings his passionate songwriting overseas. - Derwesten

Matt Epp's music takes him around the world. - Dinby

SC Mira and The Revival head to Burning Cow. - Green Bay Press Gazette

Mariachi Ghost has a busy summer ahead. - MyToba

Check out Rayannah's video for "Boxcar Lullabies". - Exclaim!

Rayannah drops new video in time for EP release. - MyToba

Tanya Tagaq's passion transcendeds her body and spirit. - Pop Matters

First edition of CBC's q to feature Tanya Tagaq. - The Record

Watch Finn play "Pyramids" live. - BRBR

Del Barber makes his MerleFest debut. - Mountain Times

Shotgun Jimmie hits the road with Human Music. - Exclaim!

The Noble Thiefs take part in Mile of Music. - Green Bay Press Gazette

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Showcase Opportunity: National Aboriginal Day

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is producing a showcase for a delegation of music presenters and managers in Winnipeg during the National Aboriginal Day weekend. The showcase is set for June 20, 2015 at the Pyramid Cabaret and up to five First Nation, Métis, or Inuit acts will be selected to perform. DEADLINE: May 20, 2015

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Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

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The Lytics

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival's 2015 lineup announcement heralds the warmer weather and summer is officially on the horizon. Now celebrating its 26th year, Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival will feature nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, June 11-21. Drawing thousands of concert goers, the live music spans just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, hardbop to hip hop, roots and blues to indie rock and electronic pop, latin jazz, and just about everything in between.

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

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Les Jupes

Manitobans take five nominations in four categories at The Indies. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes return with Some Kind of Family. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes set to release new LP. - Northern Transmissions

There's a story behind Les Jupes' latest album. - Stories Behind the Songs

Les Jupes keeps it in the family. - Indie88

Watch Autumn Still's video for "Bartholomew". - Exclaim!

Autumn Still is in the spotlight. - MyToba

Listen to Sc Mira's "Do Me". - A Music Blog Yea?

Yes We Mystic spring to the road on tour. - Exclaim!

Six Shooter Records' Interstellar Rodeo joins Manitoba's summer festival lineup. - Exclaim!

Six Shooter Records announces Interstellar Rodeo lineup. - Global News

Winnipeg welcomes Interstellar Rodeo. - Metro

Brandon Folk Festival announces 2015 headliners. - Brandon Sun

Get a look at new music from KEN mode. - Punk News

KEN mode will make you feel "Blessed". - Life Is Noise

Re-live KEN mode at SXSW. - Invisible Oranges

Romi Mayes hits the road. - Exclaim!

Get a preview of Romi Mayes' new album. - CBC

The Bros. Landreth was meant to be. - Toronto Star

The Bros. Landreth will steal your heart. - The Dryden Observer

Tanya Tagaq's voice goes global. - NRK Radio

Tanya Tagaq captivates at Big Ears Festival . - Noisey

The Weakerthans are a top pick for Grant Lawrence. - Scout Magazine

Jess Reimer heads west. - Red Deer Express

Jess Reimer tells tales of small towns. - Beatroute

Curtis Nowosad's new album creates dialogue. - Audiophile Audition

Slow Leaves takes to the road. - BC Local News

The prairies inspire Del Barber. - Red Deer Advocate

Panicland have nothing to panic about. - The Herald

Witchpolice keep it weird. - Beatroute

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Five Nods for Manitoba Acts at The Indies

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Clockwise from top left: The Bros. Landreth, Del Barber, Tanya Tagaq, Comeback Kid

Four Manitoba acts have rounded up five nominations at this year’s Independent Music Awards, aka The Indies: Tanya Tagaq, The Bros. Landreth, Del Barber, and Comeback Kid. The awards will be handed out at the Grand Ballroom of Toronto's Sheraton Centre on May 9.

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Interstellar Rodeo Unveils Winnipeg Lineup

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Tanya Tagaq

Close your eyes and imagine soaking up live music and sun without having to wear a jacket... Manitoba's newest music fest is ready to take over The Forks this summer. After establishing itself in Edmonton, Interstellar Rodeo makes its Winnipeg debut August 14-16, boasting a diverse and dynamic lineup that includes over a dozen acts, from Americana to rock to pop to the truly genre-bending. 

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

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Kris Ulrich (Photo: Grant Goss)

It's time to break up the boys club. - The Uniter

Dauphin's Countryfest spills the beans. -

Get a taste of Leaf Rapids. - Exclaim!

Catch up with The Wailin' Jennys. - Huffington Post

Leaf Rapids has stuff going on. - Top 100 Canadian Blog

Real Love Summer Fest gets set up to announce lineup. - Winnipeg Sun

Raine Hamilton speaks out. - The Projector

Kris Ulrich is flawless. - Diamond Deposits

Fred Penner has a lot of heart. - The Guardian

Fred Penner has kind words for Justin Bieber. - CTV Kitchener

Ridley Bent has the song of the day. - The Westerner

Winnipeg Folk Festival a top in Canada. - The Guardian

Matt Epp brings the audience into his world. - Mittel Stand Cafe

Matt Epp brings his passion overseas. - Klamm

Del Barber is one to watch at MerleFest 2015. - Huffington Post

Chic Gamine is good for the soul. - Standard Freeholder

KEN mode previewed new songs at SXSW. - Brooklyn Vegan

The Noble Thiefs say one last goodbye to The Artery. - Gigcity

Curtis Nowosad is refreshing. - The Jazz Breakfast

Dialectics showcases Curtis Nowosad's creative evolution. - New Canadian Music

Tanya Tagaq collaborates. - KRCB

Tanya Tagaq on Six Shooter Records' Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton lineup. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq makes memorie at SXSW. - Exclaim!

Toronto Mayor gives Tanya Tagaq mad props. - The Star

Ottawa brings The Bros. Landreth to Bluesfest. - CTV Ottawa

The Bros. Landreth bring some blues to Ottawa. - Confront Magazine

Don't call The Thrashers metal. - Metro

Murray Pulver brings us up to speed. - CBC Winnipeg

Venues go beyond traditional spaces. - The Uniter

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Why You Should Consider Submitting to Contact Events and How You Should Do It

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From left: Darryl Brunger (Woody Holler and his Orchestra, Daniel Jordan (Red Moon Road)

By Manitoba Music and Deborah Remus

Many artists are familiar with industry conferences and festivals like BreakOut West, North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International, and the music mecca, South by Southwest. Performing arts showcases, often called “contact events”, are another showcasing avenue that may be a little less in the public eye, but can be just as valuable as a way to book shows and tours.

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Call for Submissions: Promotional Video Series for Aboriginal Artists

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Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its AMP Sessions video series. The videos will feature live performances of new music by First Nation, Métis, or Inuit members of Manitoba Music. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases, trade show booths, and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: April 23, 2015

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

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Lindsey White

Manitoba Music teams up with FortWhyte Alive for Songwriter Retreat. - 730 CKDM

Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts celebrates 20 years. - The Manitoban

Solhounds will leave you wanting more. - The Uniter + FREE download

Curtis Nowosad cuts to the chase. - Ottawa Citizen

Curtis Nowosad brings it home with Dialectics. - The Uniter

Lindsey White one of Manitoba's Future 40. - Metro

Lindsey White and inspires Manitoba's future generation. - CBC Manitoba

Romi Mayes gives us The Devil On Both Shoulders. - Exclaim!

Get the first look at Jess Reimer's new video. - AUX TV

Yes We Mystic gears up to release Vestige. - Exclaim!

Mama Cutsworth makes memories. - Spectator Tribune

Sweet Alibi gets found by the Searchlight. - CBC

Comparisons are complimentary for SC Mira. - The Uniter

Slow Leaves spreads songs across Canada. - Camrose Canadian

Mise en Scene gives us an "Endless Summer". - BRBR

Keri Latimer's song takes her to the finals. - Steamfeed

JD and the Sunshine Band stand by their van. - Winnipeg Sun

Lindsey White makes the top nine. - Metro

Roger Roger bring balance. - MyToba

Carly Dow’s music will leave you charmed and haunted. - MyToba

The Thrashers covers a lot of ground on new LP. - The Uniter

The spotlight is on DJ Stop. - DJ Mag Canada

Jon-C sticks to his guns. - Hip Hop Canada

Get to know Leaf Rapid's Devin Latimer. - The Uniter

Conduct brings some energy. - Jukebox DC

And a special little JUNO roundup...

Tanya Tagaq and The Bros. Landreth bring home some trophies. - Billboard

Tanya Tagaq takes home a JUNO. - Voir

Tanya Tagaq talks about her JUNO win. - JUNOTV

Fred Penner puts another JUNO in his collection. - Mix 94.9

The Bros. Landreth bask in JUNO glory. - JUNOTV

Fred Penner plays for the juniors at the JUNOS. - The Gate

Plus a little bit of SXSW...

Check out The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - Pollstar

Catch The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - CBS News

Don't miss one of the nine shows The Bros. Landreth have at SXSW. - Washington Post

The Bros. Landreth is a must see at SXSW. - The Telegram

The Bros. Landreth goes well with food. - Paste Magazine

Tanya Tagaq is a top pick at SXSW. - Austin Chronicle

Tanya Tagaq stands out at SXSW. - NPR

Tanya Tagaq represents at SXSW. - Huffington Post

Watching Tanya Tagaq is like being taken on a journey. - Austin Chronicle

KEN mode is all over SXSW. - Invisible Oranges

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Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive Launch Winter Songwriter Retreat

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Clockwise from top left: Adam Hanney, Ariane Jean, Bobby Desjarlais, Dominique Lemoine, Jeff Bruce, Jordan St.Cyr, Quinton Blair, Raine Hamilton, Stefanie Blondal Johnson

Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up this month to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat. The co-writing retreat will bring nine emerging songwriters together to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, March 29-31.

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Manitoba Artists Triumphant at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards

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The Bros. Landreth accept their award at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards

The envelopes were opened, the names were read, and Manitobans are heading home with five JUNO Awards. The glittery 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, which took place at the Hamilton Convention on March 14, handed out hardware to music legend Fred Penner, groundbreaking throat singer Tanya Tagaq, country blues outfit The Bros. Landreth, artist Roberta Hansen and photographer Mike Latchislaw, and Brandon-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes. 

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