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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Industry Development Manager

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Manitoba Music is a not-for-profit music industry association with an office located in Winnipeg. We are currently looking for someone to join our team in the position of Industry Development Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Industry Development Manager oversees the delivery of our industry development programs including professional development, industry development, and market development initiatives. DEADLINE: January 14, 2015

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

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JP Ho Ho Hoe

Chic Gamine provides the soundtrack to the holidays. - Straight + FREE download

Get festive with music from Chic Gamine. - LF Press

Chic Gamine keeps it short but sweet. - Top 100

Imaginary Cities, Federal Lights, and Mise en Scene are a top weekend pick. - CBC

JP Hoe carrys on tradition. - Metro

Don Amero goes caroling. - Calgary Herald

Take a peak into Tanya Tagaq's life. - Chatelaine

Tanya Tagaq breaks microphones. - CBC

2014 was a good year for Tanya Tagaq. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq gets remixed. - RPM

Tanya Tagaq makes the top 10. - Northshore News

Erin Propp brings Christmas classics to life. - Winnipeg Free Press

Animal Teeth treat us to a live video. - The Uniter

The Crooked Brothers go big. - Winnipeg Sun

Royal Canoe plays outdoors. - CBC Player

Royal Canoe sees inspiration in movement. - Relix

Rob Crooks gives city's bad side a good rap. - Winnipeg Free Press

Del Barber finds inspiration in biblical stories. - CMT Edge

The Treble plays 24 shows to support CancerCare Manitoba. - Samaritan Mag

The Bros. Landreth are no fools. - CMT Edge

Rob Crooks raps The Good Will. - Metro

Rob Crooks shows the upside of downtown. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Duhks are a top pick of the year. - Folk Alley

The Duhks cover most points of the musical compass. - The Australian

The Duhks are a top pick of 2014. - NPR

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MANITOBA MUSIC'S YEAR IN REVIEW: One Helluva Year of Music in Manitoba

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Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Penner at the Western Canadian Music Awards, October 2014 (Photo: Travis Ross / Courtesy of BreakOut West)

The JUNOS. BreakOut West. Manitoba Live. Polaris. Calling 2014 the Year of Music in Manitoba is almost an understatement...  

Winnipeg was the official capital of Canadian music as excitement amped up for The 2014 JUNO Awards, which recognized homegrown acts with 13 nominations. The massive event took over Winnipeg in March for a week of fun including packing local venues for JUNOfest, a glittery invite-only gala, and the big ticket televised spectacle at the MTS Centre. Winnipeg also hosted many lead-up events and "Random Acts of JUNO" everywhere from transit buses to shopping malls and frozen skating trails to indie coffee shops, proving that here in Winnipeg, we really do speak music.

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

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Marco Castillo

The Crooked Brothers are all about that bass. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

The Crooked Brothers share stories behind the music. - CBC

Marco Castillo makes the finals at international festival. - MyToba

Marco Castillo heads south. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Treble play a show or two, or 24. - Global Winnipeg

It's been a busy 24 hours for The Treble. - CTV Winnipeg

The Treble accomplishes a lot in 24 hours. - BT Winnipeg

Desiree DorionTracy Bone, and Ali Fontaine break stereotypes. - Mic

Mobina Galore's Cities Away lands nine out of 10. - Punk Rock Radio

New album brings Mobina Galore across Canada. - Vancouver Sun

Mobina Galore takes Cities Away to cities away. - The Province

Big Fun announces KEN mode for 2015 festival. - MyToba

KEN mode will keep your winter loud. - Visions

Greg MacPherson gets lively at the Dead Of Winter festival. - The Chronicle Herald

Eagle Lake Owls rises up. - Ear To The Ground

Tanya Tagaq makes the top 10. - Exclaim!

Why you need to know Tanya Tagaq. - TVO

Tanya Tagaq gets most of the media attention. - Straight

Iskwé, Boogey the Beat, and Tanya Tagaq makes this best of 2014 list. - RPM

Claire Morrison is in the spotlight. - Metro

Kevin Walters, Leonard Sumner, Panicland, and Imaginary Cities are make the fascinating Manitobans list. - Metro

Royal Canoe is more than just another indie-pop band. - Baeble Music

Chic Gamine spreads holiday cheer on the road. - The Star Phenoix

Christmas comes early with music from Chic Gamine. - ici radio

Erin Propp lends her sweet voice to Suite Messiah. - Winnipeg Free Press

Steve Bell takes his new album on the road. - Cross Roads 360

Doc Walker gets a little help on the drums. - Winnipeg Free Press

Great songs matter to Doc Walker. - Vancouver Sun

Ruth Moody escapes the great white north. - Ulladilla Times

Five things with Del Barber. - Beat

Keith and Renee sound off. - Paper Blog

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The 2015 Uniter Fiver

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The Uniter is teaming up with Manitoba Music and the West End Cultural Centre once again this year and the showcase will happen on January 15, 2015 at the WECC.

Do you think you are one of the five local acts to watch in 2015? If so, please tweet a brand new YouTube video (it can be simple audio, a full on production or you singing in your bathroom - just make it your best song) @TheUniter with the hashtag #UNITERFIVER between now and December 18, 2014. Acts that meet the criteria will be added to The Uniter's site on December 19. Views don't count, the winners will be taken from how many "likes" the video gets on YouTube. Voting will end on January 2, 2015 at noon.

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

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The Bros. Landreth serenade the Year of Music news conference

Manitoba Music's own Sean McManus gets a new gig. - Winnipeg Free Press

Sean McManus steps in as Executive Director. -

Sean McManus takes the reins at Manitoba Music. - Brandon Sun

Sara Stasiuk talks departure, curling, and holiday music. - BT Winnipeg

Annual charity bonspiel to support Kevin Walters Memorial Fund. - Winnipeg Free Press

Momentum keeps building for Mobina Galore. - The Uniter + FREE download

Del Barber shares the best of Winnipeg. - Tone Deaf

Del Barber reboots "O Canada". - The Globe and Mail

The Year of Music winds down. -

Red Moon Road casts off on tour. - Prince George Free Press

The Crooked Brothers brings its rural sound to big stages. - Meridian Booster

The Crooked Brothers has the album of the week. - Vivascene

Home is where the albums made for The Crooked Brothers. - Stylus Magazine

The Crooked Brothers spill some guts on the new album. - Metro News

Finn gears up to blow minds with its EP release. - Stylus Magazine

Luck isn't the only thing responsible for Finn's success. - The Manitoban

Check out some live sessions from Kevin Roy. - UMFM

Kevin Roy gets in the holiday spirit. - The Uniter

Chic Gamine gets festive. - The Cragand Canyon

Chic Gamine hits the road with Vinyl Cafe. - ici radio-Canada

Things fall into place for The Bros. Landreth. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Bros. Landreth, Tanya Tagaq, and Fred Penner take home trophies. -

Rise and shine with Darling Twig. - BT Winnipeg

Marco Castillo makes the finals in international competition. - MyToba

John Norman establishes himself in the techno scene. - Beats Media

John Norman's sound turns heads globally. - Tanzgemeinschaft

Naysa is in the spotlight. - Rokline

Get deep with The Wailin' Jennys. - Yakima Herald

JP Hoe continues with tradition. - The Uniter

Autumn Still's EP is just the beginning. - MyToba

Shotgun Jimmie leads the ensemble. - Said The Gramaphone

Trio Bembe wakes us up with a tune. - BT Winnipeg

Fred Penner counts down. - Inside Halton

Tanya Tagaq takes the number 2 spot of 2014. - CBC

Best of 2014 includes Tanya Tagaq. - Huffington Post

Steve Bell shares his stories. - Lethsun Times

Doc Walker shifts gears. - Winnipeg Free Press

Locals make sure there are no silent nights this holiday season. - The Manitoban

The Weakerthans make this holiday-ish playlist. - Royal City Record

Christine Fellows returns with a new album. - MyToba

Emma Cloney amongst locals to play Winter Folk Fest. - The Manitoban

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Opportunité de rencontres et de vitrine musicale à : Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone au Festival du Voyageur 2015

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une troisième édition de l’événement contact, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone dans le cadre du Festival du Voyageur 2015. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes francophones de l’ouest canadien avec des professionnels de l’industrie de la musique francophone. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le jeudi 18 décembre 2014

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CURLING FOR A CAUSE: Music Community's Fifth Annual Charity Bonspiel to Support the Kevin Walters Memorial Foundation

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2014 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel (Photo: J. Senft Photography)

Manitoba’s music community is getting ready rock the house for charity. Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music will join forces once again for the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel, which will take place at the Granite Curling Club on February 28, 2015.

The fifth annual event, which sells out quickly every year, will bring the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds and awareness for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund -- a charity that honours Walters' memory through financial support for promising performers and organizations in music, film, performance and the creative arts. Walters, who passed away in June 2014, had very close ties with Manitoba Music, Manitoba Film & Music, as well as larger the music industry. 

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Manitoba Artists Pick Up Hardware at Canadian Folk Music Awards

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The Bros. Landreth at the Americana Music Festival (Photo: Sean McManus)

Manitobans claimed hardware at the 10th annual Canadian Folk Music Award nods this weekend. The awards were handed out on November 29 at a bilingual gala  at Ottawa's Bronson Centre. Winners included Fred Penner, Tanya Tagaq, and The Bros. Landreth.

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

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Sara Stasiuk moves on to grow the local industry. - Winnipeg Free Press

astre emerges from the woods with new EP. - The Uniter

Last Ditch On The Left celebrates its debut album. - The Metro + FREE download

Last Ditch On The Left wakes up early with a tune. - BT Winnipeg

Music is definitely a family thing for The Bros. Landreth. - Billboard 

Slow Leaves's Beauty Is So Common isn't common at all. - PopMatters

Manitoba represents at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. - Confront

Del Barber heads down unda. - ABC Brisbane

Del Barber warms up in Australia. - Courier Mail

Slow Leaves is better than dad-rock. - Pop Matters

Tanya Tagaq is one to watch. - Calgary Herald

Steve Bell has a story to tell. - Ottawa Life

JP Hoe is still a highlight of Regina’s JUNOFest. - MJ Times

Pocket Change celebrates Party Culture. - Young Voices

Chic Gamine releases new holiday album. - The Permanent Rain Press

Don Amero goes carolling.  Times Colonist

Don Amero gets into the Christmas spirit. - Lethbridge Sun Times

The Wailin’ Jennys will haunt you with harmonies. - Yakima Herald

Crooked Brothers stray far from the conventional. - The Projector

Ten minutes with Royal Canoe. - Ten Minute Interviews

Fred Penner turns villainous. - Winnipeg Free Press

Christine Fellows will make you cry so hard. - KCRW

Times Change(d) keeps the doors open. - CBC

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Manitoba Music's Sara Stasiuk to Step Down

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Sara Stasiuk

It is with mixed emotions that Manitoba Music announces that Sara Stasiuk will step down as executive director at the end of December to pursue other employment in the music industry.

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

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The Xanad00ds

Steve Bell celebrates 25 years. - Metro + FREE download

ATLAAS gives you what you've been waiting for. - The Uniter

Yes We Mystic rocks Montreal. - Journal Metro

Christmas comes early with a new EP from Chic Gamine. - BC Local News

The Weakerthans make a feline playlist. - The Guardian

Camerata Nova gets festive. - The Metro

The Xanad00ds gears up launch debut album. - MyToba

The Park Theatre is not slowing down. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Good Will keeps in fresh. - MyToba

Carly Dow brings a new perspective to NeilFest. - Winnipeg Sun

Royal Canoe will put a big stupid smile on your face. - CONFRONT Magazine

Sierra Noble's fans show some support. - BT Winnipeg

Ridley Bent gets wild in the west. - Beatroute

Festivals are The Crooked Brothers' happy place. - Vancouver Sun

The Crooked Brothers keep it polite. - BC Local News

Matt Epp pairs his music to visual art. - Kelowna Daily Courier

The Wailing Jennys hits stages across the continent. - Statesman Journal

Kevin Roy shares his stories. - Lloydminister Source

Locals unite at the West End Cultural Centre in honour of Stan Rogers. - MyToba

You won't want to miss Tanya Tagaq. - Calgary Herald

JP Hoe's music matters. - Pembina Today

Spend your Friday with Naysa. - Weekend Notes

Until Red is Brandon's best looking band. - 730 CKDM

SXSW will see more Manitobans in 2015. - Paste Magazine

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Tracy Bone Brings Home a Native American Music Award

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Tracy Bone

Manitoba singer/songwriter Tracy Bone has earned some new hardware, bringing home a Native American Music Award (NAMA) on November 14 for Best Country Recording. This is just the latest accolade for Bone, who was also nominated for Best Female Artist at the NAMA. She has already won a West Coast American Indian Award and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for her latest recording, Woman Of Red, as well as a Western Canadian Music Award nomination.

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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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