Manitoba Music presents... Stage 8/29
Posted on August 26, 2009
On August 29, 2009, Manitoba Music will say farewell to summer by taking over The Forks’ Scotiabank Stage for one last musical extravaganza, dubbed Stage 8/29.
The concert’s formula is simple: five DJs, five bands, five hours. But into that brisk format, Manitoba Music has packed some of the most explosive performers from the keystone province. Stage 8/29 will feature turntable sets by DJs Mike B., Penny Lane, Dlo, Bmac, and Solidaze, as well as blistering live performances from rap'n'roll collective Grand Analog, roots darling Alana Levandoski, ska kings The Afterbeat, electronic pioneers LeBeato, and rockers Novillero.
To bring visual life to the vibrant sounds, there will also be live art demonstrations by a crew from progressive downtown art studio The Graffiti Gallery.
Manitoba Music executive director Sara Stasiuk believes that Stage 8/29 will help foster a new generation of local-culture fans. “We’re thrilled to present this exciting event at The Forks,” Stasiuk says. “Manitoba has an internationally-recognized reputation for having some of the best music around and this is our chance to showcase it for our enthusiastic local audiences. Manitoba also has a great tradition of festivals and we know that Stage 8/29 will fit right in as a great new summer destination.”
Stage 8/29 is the culmination of a new series of impromptu “guerilla concerts” that took place at The Forks’ popular skatepark, The Plaza, throughout the summer. Produced with help from other community partners, the series featured exclusively local talent, including DJs Grant Paley and Dow Jones, rapper Wab Kinew, and hip-hop outfit The Lytics.
Stage 8/29 has been made possible through the support of The Forks, The Graffiti Gallery, Audioworks, Guppy Graphic Design, Hot 103, Uptown Magazine, and Shaw TV.
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