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

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The Pepetrators' Jay Nowicki (Photo: Mike Latschislaw)

Deuxième Rame à la rencontre au Festival du Voyageur. - Ici Radio-Canada

Ezi Margolis puts pen to the paper. - The Uniter

Del Barber helps set the mood at a Fortunate weekend. - CBC

Del Barber heads east. - The Chronicle Herald

Your love for Stocatta will stay. - Sleeping Bag Studios + FREE download

The Lytics set to take off on a Great Escape. - NME

Ashes and Dreams serves some delicious alternative music. - Music Canada

Ashes and Dreams talks about inspiration. - Lyreka

Rayannah celebreates CD release at the WECC. -

Fan-funded album release for Romi Mayes set for WECC. - MyToba

Romi Mayes' fans help launch CD. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tanya Tagaq lends her voice. - Classicalite

If you haven't yet, listen to Tanya Tagaq ASAP. - Much Music

Tanya Tagaq is a highlight of the north. - A Luxury Travel Blog

Camerata Nova takes audience on a trip through time. - Winnipeg Free Press

Ruth Moody takes on vocals for a friend. - Press People

The Bros. Landreth are going places. - Pollstar

The Bros. Landreth mix a little north with south. - Folk Alley

Sierra Noble de-stresses. - Interlake Today

Fred Penner is a must-see at this year's JUNO events. - Indie 88

Festival du Voyageur heats things up. - Winnipeg Free Press

The cold doesn't deter folks from Festival du Voyageur. - Global News BC

Festival du Voyageur a success. - ici radio canada

The Perpetrators get the mid-winter blues. - The Province

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

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Bleed American

Manitoba music hits the ice. - Winnipeg Free Press

Local artists heat things up for Manitoba Music On Ice. -

Bleed American gives us a taste of the upcoming full-length. - Absolute Punk

Petric hits the road. - QX104 FM

Curtis Nowosad returns with a new album. - Winnipeg Free Press

Autumn Still will leave you wandering and wondering. - Gray Owl Point

The Lytics set to play The Great Escape. - Entertainment Focus

Sheena Grobb gives us a taste of her songs and upcoming tour. - Global News

LuLu and The Tomcat land a JUNO nod. - Pembina Today

The Bros. Landreth go live. - CMT Edge

The Bros. Landreth hit the airwaves. - Music City Roots

Ruth Moody heads back to her roots. - Milton Ulladulla Times

Leanne Pearson trades in the track for the stage. - MyToba

Big Ears Festival announces lineup, including Tanya Tagaq. - Local 8 Now

Tanya Tagaq rounds up three nominations for the 2015 JUNO Awards. - CBC

Tanya Tagaq is a different type of pop culture. - The Arts Desk

Ridley Bent rocks the river. - Castanet

Design behind Steve Bell's Pilgrimage packaging earns a JUNO nod. - MyToba

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

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The Noble Thiefs

The Bros. Landreth give us a taste of their Big Fun performance. - BT Winnipeg

Big Fun for everyone! - CBC Scene

Have some Big Fun this weekend. - Winnipeg Free Press

Big Fun gives us hot shows during a cold month. - The Uniter

Things heat up this weekend with Big Fun. - The Manitoban

Pop Nuit teams up with Big Fun. - Muddy Water

Royal Canoe's Matt Schellenberg talks about Pop Nuit. - Stylus

The bar is set high by Pop Nuit. - The Uniter

Pop Nuit redefines new music. - The Manitoban

January Music Meeting and Pop Nuit make for one cool weekend. - BT Winnipeg

Mahogany Frog talk about the Big Fun to be had playing Pop Nuit. - Stylus

Del Barber dusts off his boots on Prairieography. - Winnipeg Free Press

Del Barber heads to the farm for his latest album. - CBC Player

Luke Reimer knows his way around a country tune. - The Projector

"There Ain't No One" who should miss Crooked Brothers new video. - The Permanent Rain Press

Crooked Brothers to play UK's The Great Escape. - The Guardian

JUNO Cup takes centre ice. - Global News

Musicians and hockey players team up for the JUNO Cup. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Noble Thiefs give us some tips for tour. - Digital Tour Bus

Tanya Tagaq's voice is hard to forget. - The Coast

Sibyl's EP shines through. - The Uniter

The Bros. Landreth discusses musical brotherly bond. - CBC Radio One

Fred Penner sings for little kids and big kids alike. - Nelson Star

Les Jupes' Negative Space gets positive reviews. - Stylus

Young songwriters get a lesson or two from Matt Epp. - Pembina Today


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

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Local musicians and friends rock for a great cause. -

The Uniter Fiver is one of the top events this weekend. - CBC Scene 

Music fans votes for the five bands to watch in 2014. - The Uniter

Sibyl's debut, Basement Sounds, is "lush and well-rounded. - The Manitoban + FREE download

Manitoba Music hosts some huge players at the upcoming January Music Meeting. - Stylus

Our own Sean McManus discusses the creative process. - The Uniter

Indian City takes a bite out of the Big Apple at Native America North. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Big Fun team reminisces about the festival's humble beginnings. - Muddy Water

Taking the Year of Music beyond 2014. - The Uniter

Del Barber gives us a live taste of Prariography. - Wood & Wires

Check out the new Del Barber album, videos from The JD Edwards Band and The Lytics. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitobans hurry hard to support Unison Benevolent Fund. - BT Winnipeg

Cara Luft kicks off Western Canada tour with a hometown show. - Exclaim!

Plucking banjo was not always what Cara Luft had planned. - CBC Scene

Music takes centre stage at Festival du Voyageur. - Yahoo! News

Times Change(d) celebrated another Neilfest. - Metro

Despite delays, Animal Teeth's EP brought big smiles all round. - Stylus

Music is the family business for The Bros Landreth. - The Star Pheonix

J. Williamez has a very ambitious New Year's goal. - Global National

A roundup of upcoming new releases. - The Uniter

This Hisses are one of the best of 2013. - Pop Culture Addict

Royal Canoe and Jenny Berkel hit the ice. - The Star Pheonix

Royal Canoe's Matt Peters muses about his bass. - The Uniter

Tanya Tagaq shows her roots. - Top 40 Charts

Imaginary Cities will help ease you back into your work week. - Ohh Word

Park Theatre gets a fresh look. - The Uniter

Mahogany Frog among the local talent to play New Music Festival. - Metro Winnipeg

The Duhks brings inspiration to a local community. - Getting Out!

John Norman will get stuck in your mind. - DJ The Prairies

Rusty Matyas is here to stay. - The Uniter

Tiffancy Ponce is "Free". - SBWire

Greg Rekus defies expectations with Punkoustic. - The Gauntlet

Comback Kid comes back with new album. - Exclaim!

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

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A great flood of music music mentoring experience. - The Lance

The Prairie BBQ served up great music in the UK. - Louder Than War

Del Barber opens for Billy Bragg. - No Depression

Renée LamoureuxSons of York and more raise money for a Night For The Congo. - Winnipeg Free Press

Mise en Scene and The Lytics lend songs for cancer awareness. - Metro

The Vibrating Beds, Distances, and more unite for a great cause. - Stylus

Manitoba bands play a free show in support of Skate4Cancer. - Beatroute

Camerata Nova's latest inspiration is very close to home. - CBC Scene

Get a taste of the new Imaginary Cities album before it's released. - Paste Magazine

Imaginary Cities spills the details behind Fall of Romance. - CBC

Imaginary Cities's Rusty Matyas knows no bounds when it comes to love. - Biped Magazine

Imaginary Cities is a dreamy addition to this sampler. - Filter

Stream Fall of Romance by Imaginary Cities. - Exclaim!

Did we mention you can now stream the Imaginary Cities album? - MuchMusic

Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers gets creative on its new album. - CBC Scene

Comeback Kid keeps it simple. - Metro

Tanya Tagaq among performers at National Aboriginal Day. - CBC Scene

Lost Weekend among best acts to play Delaware this summer. - Delaware News Zap

Sol James premieres traffic inspired song, "Blue Skies and Barricades". - CBC

Jenny Berkel is part of a great mix of talent. - Standard Freeholder

Chic Gamine and JD Edwards Band help celebrate Toronto landmark. - Exclaim!

The Treble, JP Hoe, and Eagle Lake Owls discusses the importance of booking agents. - CBC Scene

Shotgun Jimmie is a lover of the land. - CBC Scene

Answers to questions you may or may not have had about Romi Mayes. - LP Hoopla

Doc Walker is set to perform a free show this July. - Winnipeg Free Press

Fred Penner rocks out for the kids. - Victoria News

Del Barber and Shotgun Jimmie take the stage at the Gateway Festival. - Exclaim!

Brooklyn's Northside Music Festival adds KEN mode to the lineup. - Brooklyn Magazine

Sierra Noble among the next generation of songwriters. - Baristanet

The Bros. Landreth, Red Moon Road, and others play Morden's Back 40. -

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Manitoba Rocks the Signature Awards

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It may be "spring"  but curling is on the brain... The City Winnipeg creative team behind the Manitoba Music Rocks 2012 “Curling Tips Series” videos picked up a 2013 Signature Award in the Digital Campaign category on May 9. 

The five short videos were created by the BT Winnipeg team to promote the 2012 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel, which Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music put  on annually in support of the Unison Benevolent Fund. Some of Manitoba’s best-known musician curlers feature in the video. Congratulations and many thanks to Jenna Khan, who brought the idea together, writer Dwight Iwan, director Kevin McQuade, as well as John Titley and Matt Wiebe. 

More videos after the jump...

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

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The F-Holes name might not be as naughty as you think. - Stylus + FREE download

What do The F-Holes and Super Mario have in common? - Spectator Tribune 

The F-Holes pay tribute to their roots on Red Hot. - Metro Winnipeg

JP Hoe performs "Lions and Tigers" in the WAG lobby. - Exclaim!

The Treble has a very busy weekend. - Breakfast Television

Get another taste of the upcoming Imaginary Cities album. - Exclaim!

Imaginary Cities continues to tease us. - Alarm Magazine

The inspiration behind Red Moon Road's new release. - Banff Crag & Canyon

Solar power helped Red Moon Road record its latest album. - Rossland News

Royal Canoe crosses the sea for European tour. - Beatroute

Hear a song off Royal Canoe's upcoming album. - The Permanent Rain Press

Preview a new track from Royal Canoe. - Austin Town Hall

Royal Canoe covers songs by Beck. - Paste Magazine

Watch the video for "We All Wear Cloaks" from Royal Canoe. - Alt Sounds

Royal Canoe brings Beck's songs to life. - Earbuddy

This 2013 Jazz Festival brings out some big names. - The Projector

Watch a woman eat a bowl of teeth in Salinas' video for "Elation". - Exclaim!

Lost Weekend premieres the video for "Let Me In". - Best New Bands

Romi Mayes' retirement plan involves a lot of work. - Stylus

Anticipation buils for the 40th Winnipeg Folk Festival. - The Projector

KEN mode is a top pick for the summer. - The Projector

Sweet Alibi gets down to it in this Q+A. - LP Hoopla

Listen to Jason Petric discuss music. - Blog Talk Radio

Ingrid Gatin, Eagle Lake Owls, and Oh My Darling are in the top 10. - Winnipeg Free Press

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

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Nova explodes onto local scene. - Uptown + FREE download

WECC celebrates 25 years. - Uptown

Greg MacPherson talks Winnipeg, Nova, and more. - The Punk Site

Hearing is believing Royal Canoe. - Anti Music

Don Amero goes interactive with APTN. -

Del Barber gets in bed with Ariel Posen. - In Bed With

It's Midnight Midnight for Nova. - The Uniter

Sweet Alibi hits early morning Ottawa. - CTV Ottawa Morning Live

Don Amero talks new album, Heart On My Sleeve. - Citytv

Bog River's Carly Dow goes it alone. - Stylus

Royal Canoe does CMJ in NYC. - Brooklyn Vegan

Marco Castillo wants you to get to know Brazil. - CBC Scene

Nova hits Breakfast Television. - Citytv

Mahogany Frog is a *bleep* "tidal wave of synthesizers". - The Manitoban

WECC throws itself a birthday party. - The Uniter

Pip Skid is trying to be less negative. - Spectator Tribune

Comeback Kid takes over New York. - AMP Magazine

Propagandhi kicks off WECC birthday party. - CBC Scene

Dispatches from The Noble Thiefs on the road. - The Uniter

What to do this weekend? Carve a pumpkin, see Ruth Moody. - Chicago Business

Keri Latimer to write for new Oh Susanna album. - Exclaim!

Mountain Goats' John Darnielle admires Christine Fellows. - PopMatters

Matt Epp brings his love songs home. - CBC Scene

Greg MacPherson to play M for Montreal. - Exclaim!

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

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Here's this week's roundup of of a few of Manitoba artists in the news...

War on Music store destroyed by fire. - Winnipeg Free Press

Imaginary Cities' Rusty Maytas talks about his favourite record store. - Paste Magazine

Royal Canoe debuts brand new video for "Hold Onto the Metal". - Exclaim!

Oh My Darling reveals where it's most likely to be on a Saturday. - CBC Music

SitDownTracy revamps its sound. - Uptown

Comeback Kid talks symptoms + cures. - Absolutepunk

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Curling for a Cause: Second Annual Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel Doubles Donation to Unison Benevolent Fund

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The Manitoba music community rocked the house for charity this month. Over 140 curlers joined event organizers Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music at the 2012 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 12. The second annual event, which sold out quickly, united the province's vibrant music community to raise funds and awareness for the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Building on the success of the inaugural event, which took place January 2011 and welcomed 100 curlers, this year’s bonspiel doubled last year’s donation, raising $4,000 for the Unison Benevolent Fund and landing media and national industry attention in the process.
The Unison Benevolent Fund is an assistance and referral program – created and administered by the music industry, for the music industry. A registered charity established in 2010, the Unison Benevolent Fund is designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis. Find out more about the Unison Benevolent Fund at

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Curling for a Cause: Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel Adds Kick-off Party at The Lo Pub, Launches Curling Tip Videos

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The Manitoba music community is ready to rock!

Registration may have filled up fast for the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel, but there are still lots of opportunities to get involved and enjoy the festivities. The second annual bonspiel, which is organized by Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music, unites the vibrant local music community to raise funds and awareness for the Unison Benevolent Fund, a new assistance and referral program designed to provide discreet relief to music industry personnel in times of personal hardship and crisis.

The Lo Pub will be warming up curlers and music fans alike at a special kick-off party on February 11, featuring performances by local indie pop/rock outfits Haunter, A Waste Odyssey, and Modern Romantics, as well as a late night set by DJ Hunnicutt. Showtime is 9:30pm and all proceeds from the event’s $7 cover will be donated to the Unison Benevolent Fund.

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