Manitoba Artists Mess with Texas
Posted on March 14, 2006Five Manitoba acts are heading south and making Texas home for a few days in March during the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW). In 2006, Manitoba will enjoy one of its strongest showings at the premier event, sending some of its best acts to showcase in front of some of the most influential industry professionals in the business.
Now in its 19th year, SXSW - which runs March 15-19 in Austin – is one of the world’s biggest music festivals and conferences, featuring over 1300 acts from across the globe performing in every imaginable genre.
This year’s list of local showcasing acts includes rock acts Novillero and Inward Eye, roots singer/songwriter Romi Mayes, avante-folk act Christine Fellows, and folk singer/songwriter Lindsay Jane. Manitoba acts will have the opportunity perform for some of the industry\'s top names as well as rabid audiences in several Austin venues. While Novillero and Christine Fellows have showcased before, the rest of this year’s local acts are new to SXSW.
For the ninth year, MARIA and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND joins forces with North By Northeast in presenting the hottest party at SXSW at the Caswell House - a gorgeous mansion in Austin, where industry and artists gather to eat barbecue, play music, and schmooze.
“Manitoba’s presence at SXSW has grown dramatically in recent years,” says MARIA’s Programs and Operations Manager Sara Stasiuk, who is part of the organizing force behind the Caswell House festivities. “Three years ago, there was only one local act and this year there are six acts. The importance of those numbers shouldn’t be underestimated. A conference with the size and prestige of SXSW creates important opportunities for artists which increases the profile of Manitoba music south of the border.”
Kevin Walters, Manager, Sound Recording Programs at Manitoba Film & Sound adds, “ The profile and increased numbers of Manitoba artist’s at SXSW over the last few years is a direct result of the hard work that has been done by MFS, MARIA and of course the artist’s themselves. This hard work is paying off with the exposure these artists will receive by playing one of the world’s largest music showcases.”
Manitoba artists were able to access financial support for their showcasing at SXSW through the Market Access Program, a program jointly funded by MARIA and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND.