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Greg MacPherson

Kevin Walters was a Winnipeg champion. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kevin Walters mourned by music community. - Cashbox Magazine

Kevin Walters was a rare man. - Winnipeg Sun

Music community to celebrate Kevin Walters. -

Polaris Prize puts Greg MacPherson in the running. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq is memorable. - CBC Radio Q

Polaris Prize includes Tanya Tagaq on nominee long list. - Paste Magazine

The hills are alive with Del Barber. - Vancouver Sun

The Duhks make a splash with Beyond The Blue. - Cybergrass

A top five moment of NXNE includes The Lytics. - NOW Magazine

The Lytics make something from nothing. - Stylus

The Lytics go out with a bang at NXNE. - Crave Online

Slow Leaves gives a breathe of fresh air to NXNE. - The Scene Magazine

Drench your eardrums in blood and distortion with KEN mode. - Film Threat

Fred Penner opens a zoo. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Bros. Landreth train just keeps picking up speed. - Community News Commons

Surprise Party, Sweet Alibi, Red Moon Road head to Ottawa. - CBC News

Keith Price strums us awake. - BT Winnipeg

Keith Price reaches new heights. - Stylus

Hearing Trees drops out to rock out. - Stylus

Sierra Noble opens doors. - CBC Scene

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Music Community Pleased with Work Permit Changes for Foreign Artists

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Work Permit changes announced yesterday for foreign music artists will dramatically improve the landscape for much of the live music community in Canada for the benefit of venues across the country, artist managers, agents, Canadian record labels, as well as Canadian and foreign artists. These changes were made at the request of Canada's music community. 

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Remembering Kevin Walters

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Kevin Walters

Our music community has suffered an incredible loss with the passing of Kevin Walters.

Kevin has been a legend in Manitoba’s music scene for decades. A concert promoter, manager, industry worker, mover and shaker, super connector, Kevin knew everyone and everyone knew him. He used that power to help people build their careers, to reach new heights, and to, in turn, connect with others.

Kevin has been everywhere. Once upon a time, he was a DJ, managed Night Moves, was a booking agent with the Hungry I Agency, formed his own artist management and production company Twin Productions, took a gig as merchandising manager for Barenaked Ladies, and had a long career at the manager of sound recording programs at Manitoba Film & Music.

Throughout his time with MFM, Kevin had a massive impact on the lives of all of us in Manitoba’s music community, helping to foster careers and mentor developing entrepreneurs, sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise. For many, Kevin was the first industry person they met as they embarked on their careers. He helped countless artists make groundbreaking albums, play for audiences across the world, touch the lives of their audiences, and realize their dreams.

Kevin was the guy behind the scenes making things happen. He helmed the 2006 Grey Cup Festival, helped to bring the Canadian Country Music Awards to Winnipeg, was a primary founder of the Prairie Music Awards that became the Western Canadian Music Awards and BreakOut West, launched the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, organized Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and Culture Days, booked talent at the Red River Ex, and was an integral part in bringing The JUNO Awards to Winnipeg not once but twice. If there was a major live music event, Kevin was probably involved and you could usually catch a glimpse of him smiling and greeting the countless people he knew in any room.

We have been incredibly lucky to have Kevin as part of Manitoba Music’s board of directors for over a decade. He took on the role of president in 2012 and continued his tenure until his passing. During his time with us, he has helped Manitoba Music immeasurably; he’s been an instrumental part of our growth and development into an internationally-respected music organization.

He has supported us, challenged us, listened to us, led us, and mentored all of us. We are all better for knowing him. He had a smile for everyone, a calm centre in any storm, impeccable judgment, and a generosity that made it easy to work with him.  He has always been a ubiquitous presence in Manitoba’s community, loved and respected by all who worked with him, knew him, or even just heard of him. He made so many friends here at home, across the country, and beyond.

Words can’t express this loss to our community. His absence leaves a void. We have all been fortunate in the time we’ve shared with Kevin and celebrate his life, his accomplishments, and his incredible spirit. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and all who knew him. We will all miss him so much.

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Countryfest Celebrates 25 Years in Dauphin

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Desiree Dorion (Photo: Jon Schroeder)

Canada's longest running country music festival is turning 25. Dauphin's Countryfest kicks off is annual festivities on June 26 and runs until June 29, hosting over 20 mainstage acts plus two additional stages with bands spanning the genres from country to rock to roots.

Eight Manitoba acts hit the massive music fest's stages this year, including The Bros. Landreth, Desiree Dorion, JP Hoe, Federal Lights, Leanne Pearson, Jordan Allard, Greg Arcade, The Craig and Ash Band, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, DJ Co-op, Oh My Darling, and Until Red. 

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

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APCMA nominee Leonard Sumner at the nominees announcement, June 19

14 Manitoba nods for Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards – CBC News

Tanya Tagaq a real challenger for Polaris Music Prize. – Macleans

Tanya Tagaq: "the great Doula of sonic consciousness". – Weird Canada

Tanya Tagaq inspires. – Huffington Post

Tanya Tagaq’s Animism is metal in spirit. – Invisible Oranges

The Bros. Landreth go up Slate Creek. – T4C

Not even the sky is the limit for the ultra-talented Keith & Renee. – Country 101.1

Eagle & HawkDesiree DorionRay St. Germain celebrate National Aboriginal Day. – NCI FM

Sierra Noble to play Halifax's National Aboriginal Day event. – The Chronical Herald

Dauphin’s Countryfest ready to celebrate a milestone. – Brandon Sun

Sweet Alibi sings through troubled times. – Saultstar

Sweet Alibi will have you laughing, singing along, and dancing. – The Arts Guild

SC Mira infuses old sounds with new. – CBC News

Curtis Nowosad is a montser in waiting. – Winnipeg Free Press

Moses Mayes’ Nathan Reimer isn’t into ironic clothing. – Winnipeg Sun

Royal Canoe eating watermelon at Bonnaroo. – Rolling Stone

It’s never too late to talk about Royal Canoe. – North Shore News

Campground community an important part of the Winnipeg Folk Festival experience. – Winnipeg Free Press

Fred Penner opens his doors but not his chandelier. – Winnipeg Free Press

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Tanya Tagaq Lands Polaris Nod

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Tanya Tagaq

The Polaris Music Prize ended months of debate and speculation with the announcement of this year's long list of top Canadian albums and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is among the prestigious names. 

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Manitoba Artists Land 14 Nods for the 2014 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Leonard Sumner

Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 19 at Portage Place. The winners will be revealed at the ninth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12, 2014 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 11. Nominees include Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Desiree Dorion, and Winnipeg Boyz. 

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Watch Five Videos from Five NXNE Bands

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Manitoba will be heating things up in Toronto for the country’s largest music festival and industry conference next month. A dozen Manitoba acts have been tapped for coveted showcase spots at North by Northeast (NXNE), which runs June 13-22, 2014. 

Manitoba Music will return to The Cameron house for an eclectic showcase of critically-acclaimed new music from the prairie province on June 19. The event will feature Aporia Records’ indie rock act Federal Lights; Pipe + Hat Records’ bluegrass-tinged singer/songwriter Jess Reimer; Americana act Slow Leaves; indie pop/folk outfit Yes We Mystic; roots darlings Sweet Alibi; and high energy rock’n’roll siblings Sons of York. Check out the schedule of Manitoba bands at NXNE and watch some videos while you wait for the bands to hit the stage...

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MANITOBA LIVE: Manitoba Music Launches New Version of Concert-Finding App

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The busy season of summer music festivals is here and Manitoba Music has a new and improved way for music fans to find their music. 

Manitoba Live, powered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, is a free iOS app that helps music fans find concerts in venues and clubs and at festivals in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province. Launched in March 2014, the app gained immediate attention from media and won over local music fans looking to find reliable and comprehensive concert listings.

The newly-released Manitoba Live 2.0 features a robust search function, making it even easier to quickly find concert listings by artist, location, genre, keyword, and category. The new function lets users search for everything from open mics to album releases to festivals, find upcoming shows at individual venues or in particular Manitoba cities and towns, and helps those who perhaps only caught the first name of an interesting artist hitting local stages or maybe just wants to know about upcoming blues shows. 

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

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Curtis Nowosad (Photos: Leif Norman)

Manitoba Music heads to NXNE with some bands for show and tell. - Best Fan

Grace Hrabi sings a song your heart will understand. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is full of free tunes this weekend. - CBC Scene

And all that Jazz Fest. - MyToba

Curtis Nowosad brings it back home. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe a top pick at Bonnaroo. - MTV

Royal Canoe made you a mixtape. - Under The Radar

Royal Canoe is the good cookies. - Gobs Mag

Pipe & Hat goes further. - FYI Music News

Sweet Alibi takes over Toronto. - Examiner

The Sturgeons bring Sheena Grobb and Sierra Noble out for new album. - Metro Winnipeg

Raine Hamilton forges her own path. - Stylus

Tanya Tagaq brings a soundtrack to life. - NOW Magazine

Tanya Tagaq is a hot ticket. - BlogTO

Tanya Tagaq brings the north a little more south. - The Star

Luminato lights up with Tanya Tagaq. - CBC News

Del Barber is a Monday music pick. - Austin360

The Treble is homeward bound. - Global News

Fred Penner kids around. - St. Albert Leader

Keith and Renee put the kids front and centre. - Portage Online

Keith and Renee help kids see they are good enough. - Global News

Eagle & Hawk hits the stage for National Aboriginal Day. -

KEN mode, Surprise Party, and Mahogany Frog get set for MoSoFest. - The Star Pheonix

John Scoles of Times Change(d) wants variety. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Duhks talk new album. - No Depression

The Duhks go Beyond The Blue. - Huffington Post

Eric Pyle gives back through song. - Stories from Home

Dub Ditch Picnic will leave you feeling full. - AUXtv

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Manitoba Live Heats Up Canada Day at The Forks for the Year of Music

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Del Barber (Photo: Mark Maryanovich)

Manitoba Music will be heating things up at The Forks this year with a diverse lineup of all local talent on three stages. Performing for an audience of thousands who gather at The Forks to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Manitoba Live will feature stellar sets from over a dozen acts spanning just about every genre, culminating in a remarkable onstage collaboration between award-winning alt-country singer/songwriter Del Barber and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, the family-friendly event is part of the Year of Music celebration in Manitoba.

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25th Annual Jazz Fest Kicks Off with Free Opening Weekend

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Dirty Catfish Brass Band (Photo: Jenn Kostesky)

The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is turning 25. One of the summer's best sources for live local music, the venerable downtown fest kicks things off  with a free opening weekend at The Cube in the heart of the Exchange District, June 12 - 15.

This year's fest boasts over 50 Manitoba acts in the clubs and theatres and on the outdoor stage. The Cube will feature a diverse line-up, including jazz and soul on Thursday, Latin Jazz on Friday, the wildly popular indie night on Saturday, and more.

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DIY Roundup: Tips for Musicians From Around the Web

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A roundup of recent blogger tips and techniques for musicians from around the web. Find out more about the things singer/songwriters need to know about hiring freelance musicians, how to get more gigs, and the things you can do today to start making music industry contacts. 

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

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Marco Castillo

Leonard Sumner is on the rise. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba Music's Sara Stasiuk talks NXNE. - Global News

No shortage of WCMA nominations for Manitoba. - Exclaim!

Manitoba has the home field advantage with WCMA nods. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitobans land 44 nominations for the Western Canadian Music Awards. - CBC News

Marco Castillo brings warmth to Winnipeg. - The Uniter

Surprise Party grabs your short attention span. - MyToba + FREE download

Real Love Winnipeg kicks of summer with three days of music. - BT Winnipeg

Winnipeg Folk Fest is a must. - Canadian Living

Raine Hamilton delivers big things in Small Packages. - The Uniter

Royal Canoe make last call. - NBC

Royal Canoe is something for everyone. - Voir

Royal Canoe's Bucky invites us over. - The Uniter

Tanya Tagaq brings tradition to modern music. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq is a must see in Toronto this summer. - BlogTO

Watch the trailer for Tanya Tagaq's Animism. - Indian Country Today

Tanya Tagaq has got the power. -

Slow Leaves blooms this spring. - MyToba

Boats grabs life by the balls. - Winnipeg Sun

Matt Moskal wears many hats. - MyToba

Rise and shine with Micah Visser. - BT Winnipeg

Hearing Trees has focus. - The Uniter

Imaginary Cities featured on new Porter Robinson album. - MixMag

Imaginary Cities sounds a bit more electronic. - inthemix

Imaginary Cities get in the mix. - Mixjunkies

Al Simmons is a vetern of Kids fest. - Global News

Al Simmons gets serious about news. - Winnipeg Free Press

CKUW's David Tymoshchuk takes us inside the booth. - Stylus Magazine

Ingrid Gatin sticks to her roots. - MyToba

Slow Dancers will kick your ass slowly. - Rice and Bread Magazine

Get lulled into submission by Slow Dancers. - The Uniter

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba SongCamp Songwriter Retreat

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Manitoba Music is presenting the Manitoba SongCamp Songwriter Retreat, an innovative opportunity that will bring nine performing songwriters together to enhance their songwriting chops through collaboration. The three-day co-writing retreat will take place in a tranquil cabin setting in the Whiteshell (an hour east of Winnipeg), July 20 – July 23, 2014. DEADLINE: June 19, 2014

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Manitobans Land 44 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations

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2014 WCMA nominees The Bros. Landreth perform at the June 4 nominee announcement at Manitoba Music

There will be plenty of chances to celebrate homegrown talent when the Western Canadian Music Awards roll into Winnipeg this fall. Manitoba artists and industry picked up an impressive 44 nominations in 28 categories for the 12th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories with talented acts from Manitoba’s Aboriginal, Francophone, and roots music communities dominating their respective categories. The hardware will be handed out at an industry brunch on October 4 and at a gala event on October 5 in Winnipeg at the newly-opened Club Regent Event Centre.

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Manitoba Bands Turn Up the Heat at Toronto Music Fest

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Sweet Alibi

Manitoba will be heating things up in Toronto for the country’s largest music festival and industry conference next month. A dozen Manitoba acts have been tapped for coveted showcase spots at North by Northeast (NXNE), which runs June 13-22, 2014. 

Industry insiders and music fans can catch sets from the diverse crop of Manitoba acts, which runs the gamut from roots to soul-tinged pop to indie rock (and a minimum of two cellos), including several bands making their first appearance at the massive music fest. 

Manitoba Music will return to The Cameron house for an eclectic showcase of critically-acclaimed new music from the prairie province on June 19 with Federal Lights, Jess Reimer, Slow Leaves, Yes We Mystic, Sweet Alibi, and Sons of York.

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

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Surprise Party

Cara Luft shows young performers the way. -

Surprise Party has a Heart of Love. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tanya Tagaq is like no one you've ever heard, anywhere. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq's Animism is a top release of the week. - Exclaim!

Get mesmerized by Tanya Tagaq. - New Canadian Music

Tanya Tagaq is not your mama's throat singing. - North Shore News

Studio Q gets some Animism from Tanya Tagaq. - CBC

Del Barber gets in the hot seat. - The New Music Buzz

Vampires ramps up the momentum. - Winnipeg Free Press

Shotgun Jimmie gets sappy. - Exclaim!

Shotgun Jimmie was a top show from the past week. - NOW Magazine

Keri Latimer and Rusty Matyas go back to school. - Winnipeg Free Press

Les Jupes live up to the hype. - CBC Radio 3

Royal Canoe and Imaginary Cities get on the bus. -

JD and the Sunshine Band, Ridley Bent, and Mariachi Ghost top the charts. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Duhks' Beyond the Blue is a top summer album. - CMT Edge

Downtown BIZ announced new summer concert series. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kasperzick takes le mic. - ICI Radio-Canada

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Toronto

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Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase in Toronto on November 18, 2014. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key Toronto music industry professionals including labels, agents, publishers, supervisors, publicists and more. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: Midwest Market Development Tour

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Manitoba Music is presenting showcases and networking sessions this fall in Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, November 3-7, 2014. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key music industry professionals from across the Northern Midwest including labels, agents, promoters, buyers, publicists and more. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: M for Montreal

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We are now accepting submissions from artists and bands interested in participating in M for Montreal, November 19-22, 2014. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professionals. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: BOW International Program

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Manitoba Music, in partnership with BreakOut West and other western music industry associations, will coordinate showcases and networking activities with international industry delegates in advance of the BreakOut West festival and conference in Winnipeg (October 2-5, 2014). DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program Celebrates A Decade

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The C-Weed Band

Manitoba Music is celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of its most acclaimed initiatives, the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP).

The Pyramid Cabaret is set to host the birthday party on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, featuring an open mic hosted by The C-Weed Band along with appearances by Eagle & Hawk, Joe Maxim Band, Ali Fontaine, Winnipeg Boyz, and many more. Kicking off at 9 p.m. with emcee Miss Melissa of NCI FM, the event is free for Manitoba Music members and $10 at the door.

Since its launch in 2004, the Aboriginal Music Program has delivered groundbreaking projects and services to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. It remains the first and only program dedicated to Aboriginal musicians and industry in North America. Made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR, and Manitoba Film & Music, the program is a driving force behind a vibrant Aboriginal music community in Manitoba. 

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Back Forty Celebrates 25

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Festivals, Back Forty Folk Festival, Year of Music

The Back Forty folk Festival is turning 25. The annual celebration of music will return to the Morden Park to blow out the candles and kick off this Year of Music's summer festival season on Sunday, June 1. 

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