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BreakOut West Announcements First Round of Festival Performers, WCMA Hall of Fame, Industry Builder, and Heritage Awards

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Festival act The Treble live at the BreakOut West news conference, July 22

With the nominees for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards already announced, it’s time to reveal the performers for the BreakOut West Music Festival, happening October 3-4 in Winnipeg, MB. With many more performers yet to be announced the first round already sees quite a few WCMA nominees taking the stage at the two-day festival

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

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‚ÄčThe 2014 JUNOS Awards a success. - Winnipeg Sun

Mama Cutsworth breaks barriers. - Noisey

Mama Cutsworth's dance party a top pick for this week. - CBC

Ridley Bent raises the bets with Wildcard. - Winnipeg Free Press

Wake up with a tune from Ridley Bent. - BT Winnipeg

Chris Bennett is unstoppable. - CBC News

Greg Rekus announced as part of The Fest. - Exclaim!

Greg Rekus brings his quirky acoustic punk to Liberation Drenthe. - Ter Apeler Courant

Being a touring musician = a lot of work, passion, and dedication. - Winnipeg Free Press

Meet the artists defining Winnipeg's music scene right now. - Huffington Post

Desiree Dorion among the Aboriginal musicians at this year's JUNOS. - CBC News

Erin Propp and Larry Roy have had a serendipitous couple of years. - Metro News

Erin Propp and Larry Roy talk about graffti and music. - CBC Player

Del Barber's roots show on Prairieography. - No Depression

Matt Epp and Little Miss Higgins take the high chairs at JUNO Songwriters' Circle. - Stylus

Go for a ride with Royal Canoe. - National Post

Royal Canoe are one to watch at Osheaga. - CanCulture

Royal Canoe announced as part of Vancouver Jazz Fest. - Exclaim!

Vancouver Jazz Fest brings Royal Canoe to the West Coast. - Vancouver Sun

Royal Canoe among the many artists announced for Sled Island Music Fest. - Exclaim!

Sled Island Music Fest lineup includes Royal Canoe. - FFWD Weekly

Royal Canoe paddle ride the waves to Sled Island Music Fest. - Calgary Herald

Royal Canoe has come a long way from high school. - CBC News

Royal Canoe is set to get the blues in Ottawa. - Ottawa Magazine

Ottawa Bluesfest lineup includes Royal Canoe. - CBC News

Royal Canoe among the many artists announced for Ottawa Bluesfest. - Exclaim!

Manitoba Rocks! rocks Manitoba. - Winnipeg Free Press

Have violin, will travel. - Metro Winnipeg

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Desiree Dorion

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Desiree Dorion

When The 2014 JUNO Awards take over Winnipeg for a week of music and festivities, March 24-30, there will be plenty of chances to see and hear some great local talent. Many of this year's homegrown JUNO Award nominees took some time from their busy schedules to answer our random questions; stay tuned for a new profile every day leading up to the JUNOS!

Dauphin-raised Aboriginal Album of the Year nominee Desiree Dorion is our first profile... find out who her dream duet would be with and what she thinks of being nominated for Canada's music awards...

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WE SPEAK MUSIC: Strong Manitoba Presence at JUNOfest 2014 as CARAS Announces JUNO Week Events

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Sweet Alibi performers at The 2014 JUNO Awards news conference on February 25

The party of the year is coming to Winnipeg next month!

JUNO Week hits the city March 24-30 with host of exciting events, including the popular two-night music festival, JUNOfest, as well as the JUNO Songwriters' Circle, JUNO Fan Fare, JUNO Cup, and more. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was in town on February 25 for the lineup announcement, which featured a live performance by local roots trio Sweet Alibi.

Running March 28 through 29 in 15 Winnipeg venues, JUNOfest 2014 will feature over 100 bands from across the country spanning pretty much every genre, including many of this year's nominees and a massive Manitoba presence. 

The confirmed lineup of Manitoba acts hitting JUNOfest stages next month includes 2014 JUNO nominees Royal Canoe and Desiree Dorion, as well as Chic Gamine, Crooked Brothers, Dead Ranch, Distances, Dr. Rage & The Uppercuts, Federal Lights, Grand Analog, Imaginary Cities, Joe Silva, Nathan, Nathan Zahn, Sierra Noble, Sweet Alibi, The Bros. Landreth, The Lytics, and The Treble. 

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

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Monika Wall

Move over Disney, Manitoba Music is hitting the ice. - ChrisD.ca

The Bros. Landreth sound picked them. - Portage Daily

Festival du Voyageur rounds up a slew of local talent. - The Uniter

Hé Ho! It's off to Festival we go. - Winnipeg Free Press

Get your beards ready for all the live music at Festival du Voyageur. - The Manitoban

Festival celebrates its 45th. - ChrisD.ca

Monika Wall puts a unique spin on classics at the Nu Sound Series. - ChrisD.ca

Bryce Pallister spreads the love. - Portage Daily Graphic

There's not much that can slow Greg MacPherson down. - BT Winnipeg

Sons of York release an EP and save a child's heart at the same time. - ChrisD.ca

What started as a single show turned into 12 years for The Wailin' Jennys. - newsobserver.com

Collage-à-trois pops up in odd places as random acts of JUNO. - ChrisD.ca

Oh My Darling take a trip down memory lane. - The Manitoban

J. Williamez's New Years resolution is going strong. - The Projector

Tanya Tagaq gives voice to a silent film. - Indian Country

A JUNO nod has Desiree Dorion pinching herself. - Dauphin Herald

The Weakerthans will have you falling in love. - fsunews.com

Watch Grand Analog's video for "Great Rhyme Dropper". - SmashPipe

Doc Walker goes back to its roots. - Portage Online

John Norman has a busy year ahead. - FAZEmag

The Duhks flock to the Folk Fusion concert. - Santa Maria Times

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Manitoba Artists Ready to Shine at 2014 JUNO Awards

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KEN mode

When The 2014 JUNO Awards take over Winnipeg next month, Manitoba artists will have plenty of chances to pick up hardware. Homegrown acts are up for 13 awards, including an unprecedented nine nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 43rd annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto on February 4, streamed live on CTV’s website. Canada’s top artists are headed for Winnipeg for JUNO Week, March 24 – March 30, 2014. Nominees include KEN mode, Royal Canoe, Desiree Dorion, Mahogany Frog, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Erin Propp and Larry Roy, Marie-Claude, Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five, and Matt Epp.

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

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Clipwing (Photo: Tyler Funk)

Manitoba Music brings some folks to Folk Music Ontario. - ChrisD.ca

Royal Canoe and Mise en Scene are in the first round of bands announced for SXSW. - Billboard

Royal Canoe has created an interesting recipe. - 99scenes

Clipwing puts out new video along with tour dates. - Exclaim!

It's been a year of milestones for Erin Propp. - Winnipeg Free Press

JD Edwards digs deep into his roots. - ChrisD.ca

UMFM launches pledge-o-rama. - Beatroute

Tanya Tagaq brings her voice to the world. - World Music Central

Desiree Dorion talks about her small town inspirations. - APTN

Mariachi Ghost puts the "can" in Mexican. - The Uniter

Indicator Indicator, Federal Lights, and Mise en Scene get the gears turning. - The Projector

Mise en Scene makes its mark at BreakOut West. - The Reflector

Doc Walker gets onboard the holiday train. - Dallas South News

Give thanks with The Weakerthans. - AUX.tv

Matt Epp holds strong on the charts. - CBC Radio 2

JP Hoe's holiday show grows out of its old space. - Winnipeg Free Press

Shotgun Jimmie won't break your heart. - Exclaim!

Parliament of Trees unveils new Bonaduces music. - The Uniter

Federal Lights tops the charts with Royal Canoe and Les Jupes. - CBC Radio 3

Lots of locals among the top 10 radio charts. - Winnipeg Free Press

Local veterns pass the torch to new up and comers. - ChrisD.ca

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

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Erin Propp and Larry Roy (Photo: Pauline Boldt)

Manitoba adds some new hardware to its trophy case. - Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba had a lot to celebrate at the WCMAs. - CBC Scene

This Hisses caught on camera at BreakOut West. - FFWD Weekly

Emma Cloney talks about her new album Stars for Streetlights. - BT Winnipeg + FREE download

Dedication pays off for Emma Cloney. - Stylus

Emma Cloney has streetlights in her eyes. - The Projector

Spice up your weekend with Mariachi Ghost's album release party. - ChrisD.ca

The F-holes hit hard times on tour. - Global News

Go back to "1995" with Greg MacPherson. - Exclaim!

Desiree Dorion has perfected the art of balance. - Winnipeg Free Press

Mise en Scene is set to conquer the music world. - Medien Theke

Romi Mayes helps her friend see the world. - Samaritan Mag

You can find KEN mode in an unexpected place. - Metal Sucks

KEN mode comes home. - Winnipeg Free Press

Les Jupes give it all in four tracks. - Beatroute

Watch Les Jupes strip down on this version of "Save Your Friends". - ShoutSessions

Find out what Royal Canoe's eclectic inspirations are. - The Line of Best Fit

Royal Canoe demands your attention on Today We're Believers. - In Your Speakers

Royal Canoe simmers multiple genres in its musical saucepan. - Zollern-Alb Kurier

Chic Gamine's music will make you feel good. - Herald Sun

The Weakerthans learn French from a penguin. - AV Club

Sierra Noble weighs in on celebrity gossip. - CBC

The Bros. Landreth hit the road with a new video. - The Scene Magazine

Vince Fontaine lands CFMA nomination. - The Sou'Wester

Tanya Tagaq takes her voice to Montreal. - Le Devoir

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

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KEN mode at SXSW 2013

KEN mode talks business. - Forbes

Your guide to BreakOut West. - Calgary Herald

AC/DC tribute band frontman Alan Curtis breaks away on solo project. - BT Winnipeg

Alan Curtis hits the stage solo. - CBC Scene

Dauphin's Desiree Dorion to release third album. - CBC Scene

Desiree Dorion has some celebrating to do. - ChrisD.ca

Cheering for the Bad Guy brings us Next Year Country right now. - The Uniter

Cheering for the Bad Guy release a new album of hillbilly debauchery. - The Manitoban

Get a taste of the new Slow Leaves album. - Sonic More Music

These Wilder Things earns a CFMA nod for Ruth Moody. - The Metro

Greg MacPherson takes Fireballs on tour. - Scruffy The Yak

Les Jupes has a song or 30 up its sleeve. - Philthy Mag

Sweet Alibi celebrates its upcoming release We've Got To at the WECC. - Winnipeg Free Press

Sweet Alibi brings local producer onboard for its latest album. - ChrisD.ca

Red Moon Road brings its music across the prairies. - Portage Daily Graphic

The story behind Royal Canoe's "Hold On To The Metal" - Indie88

Royal Canoe + beer = awesome. - Collective Arts

Royal Canoe adds its touch on a classic track. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe gives new life to an old song. - Prefix

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Manitoba Music Hosts Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit in Winnipeg

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Indian City

Manitoba Music is bringing together some of Canada's most experienced music presenters for a unique event aimed at increasing opportunities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis musicians from Manitoba. The Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit will include a day of panel discussions and mentor sessions at the Manitoba Music office on September 20, as well two showcases of local talent at The Cube in Old Market Square. 

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Bountiful Harvest of New Manitoba Music

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Yes We Mystic

After a busy summer of new music from 21 Manitoba artists, the fall is looking like another good music harvest. There are over a dozen new titles from Manitoba artists this fall with more on the horizon, as well as many local release parties, in just about every genre. Check out the roundup of upcoming albums and events after the jump and start your September off with some great new local music!

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

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John Norman

Aboriginal Music Week brings the music to your community. - The Manitoban

MEME Festival branches out in its fourth year. - Winnipeg Free Press

John Norman lets us in on what to expect at the MEME Festival. - MEME

Oshima finds a home for its songs. - BT Winnipeg

The Vibrating Beds debates full length or 7". - Stylus

ALL CAPS! Festival gets a proper fairwell with Shogun Jimmie's help. - NOW Magazine

Shotgun Jimmie gets worshipped. - Exclaim!

What book is on Desiree Dorion's nightstand? - CBC Scene

Oh My Darling makes waves across the pond. - Ipswich Star

Watch Royal Canoe's Loft Session. - CBC Scene

Chic Gamine share the mic. - City Pages

Manito Ahbee Festival has a lot to celebrate. - CTV Winnipeg

KEN mode and Royal Canoe get set to kiss the cod. - Exclaim!

Get saucey this weekend at the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Fest. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Harvest Sun Music Festival is food for the ears. - Neepawa Press

Oh My Darling, Keith Price, and others donate their music. - CBC Scene

Del Barber pleases as Edmonton Folk Fest.  - No Depresssion

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

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Latka

Talking Loft Sessions and summer festivals with Jenna Khan. - BT Winnipeg

The Treble spends some time in the loft. - CBC Scene

Rise and shine with The Treble. - Canada AM

The Treble hits the road to support Northern Lights. - Barrie Examiner

Opportunities keep coming for The Treble. - Sault Star

Union Sound Hall is ready to open its doors. - Stylus

You need to listen to Federal Lights' new album. - CBC Music

Federal Lights prepares to unleash its debut record. - Painting Over Silence

KEN mode wants to bang on de drum all day. - Sick Drummer Magazine

KEN mode debuts video for "Secret Vasectomy". - Pitchfork

Watch KEN mode's new video. - Punknews

KEN mode wants your soul. - Savannah Now

See KEN mode preform at this festival without leaving home. - Pitchfork

Oshima makes the list. - The Toronto Star

Thumbs up for Oshima. - New Canadian Music

Oshima brings songs back from the dead. - CBC Scene

Latka makes the music roundup. - The Indie Mine

Latka's "The Arrival" one of the best. - Indie Rock Cafe

Imaginary Cities hops onto the charts. - CBC Music

Watch Imaginary Cities strip down on "Chasing the Sunset". - Indie88

Bedside Studios makes a big move. - Professional Sound (page 26)

Shotgun Jimmie gets sappy. - barbbarbbarb

Shotgun Jimmie kicks off the Gateway Festival. - Metro

Trio Bembe spices things up in Regina. - Metro

Dry Bones is as real as they come. - Metro

The Young Pixels main stage vision comes to fruition. - CBC Scene

Royal Canoe plays a soothing session. - Daytrotter

Desiree Dorion and Don Amero earn themselves nods. - CBC Scene

Don Amero and Desiree Dorion nominated for ISMA. - ChrisD.ca

The Weakerthans gets set to riot in Toronto. - BlogTO

Tiffany Ponce brings a piece of home to Winnipeg. - Winnipeg Free Press

The JD Edwards Band helps to celebrate a landmark. - Toronto Standard

Del Barber brings some folk to Philidelphia. - American Towns

Keith and Renee, Del Barber and JD Edwards are the pride of the prairies. - Chronical Journal

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Don Amero and Desiree Dorion Land ISMA Nods

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Two Manitoba singer/songwriters have landed nominations for this year's Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). Don Amero and Desiree Dorion each earned nods for songs off their latest albums, dominating the country category. 

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

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Manitoba Music unleashes the Loft Sessions video series. - CBC Scene

Imaginary Cities blasts off into space. - Much Music

Watch Imaginary Cities' video for "Bells of Cologne". - Paste Magazine

Does Rusty Matays of Imaginary Cities prefer Star Trek or Star Wars? - Pop Matters

Federal Lights lands the number one spot. - CBC Music

The JD Edwards Band explains its Sunday rituals. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

JD Edwards sings "This House Will Stand". Global News

Winnipeg Folk Festival is one of the top 25 festivals. - The Globe and Mail

Winnipeg Folk Festival site gets a makeover. - Yahoo! News

Winnipeg Folk Fest is a nationwide must see. - Exclaim!

Manitoba music always shines at Folk Fest. - CBC Scene

Get a sneak peak of Del Barber before seeing him at the Folk Fest. - Global News

From one folk fest to another, Del Barber heads west. - Metro News

Del Barber and Oh My Darling welcome everyone home. - Winnipeg Free Press

Oh My Darling puts on a terrific set at Mariposa Folk Festival. - Orillia Packet

Oh My Darling hits nearly every festival stage. CBC Scene

Portage and Main gets serenaded by Oh My Darling. - Global News

For Nathan Rogers, Folk Fest is a family affair. - CBC Scene

Rave review for Cara Luft's Darlingford. - No Depression

Romi Mayes traded in a hairbrush for a mic. - CBC Scene

Royal Canoe = your weekend dose of cool. - CBS News

Royal Canoe might have the cutest video on the internet. - Trendland

Watch Royal Canoe in "Bathtubs". - Hungeree

Royal Canoe makes it on the playlist. - Toronto Standard

Find out what song Royal Canoe is most proud of. - Nexopia

Get to know the other side of Demetra. - Winnipeg Free Press

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Desiree Dorion nominated for APCMA. - Dauphin Herald

Sweet Alibi kicks of Mercredis en Musique concert series. - Winnipeg Free Press

Doc Walker closes the show at the Calgary Stampede. - 660 News

Ruth Moody's graceful songs span genres. - York Press

Mark Knopfler signs Universal deal for new album featuring Ruth Moody. - Billboard

Haunter, Animal Teeth, and more amoung this week's top 10. - Winnipeg Free Press

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Manitoba Nets 24 Nods for 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba talent has netted 24 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 27 at Air Canada Park. The winners will be revealed at the eighth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18, 2013 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on August 17. 

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

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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra gets it right with new album. - Toronto Star

Six Manitoba bands make the trek down the I-29 to Austin. - Stylus

Chic Gamine is one of the top bands to discover at SXSW. - NPR

Royal Canoe signs with U.S. label Roll Call Records. - The Entertainment World

Royal Canoe signs with Nevado Records to release its next full length. - Exclaim!

Royal Canoe hits the road. - Made Of Chalk

Royal Canoe to put out new album on Roll Call Records in the U.S. - Hellhound Music

Manitoban acts top the list of must-see bands for SXSW. - Suffolkandcool

Imaginary Cities, Royal Canoe, Chic Gamine, and Boats head south. - ChrisD.ca

Get a taste of a brand new Imaginary Cities track. - Consequence of Sound

Imaginary Cities spills the beans on its new album. - Exclaim!

Imaginary Cities returns with Fall of Romance. - Direct Current Music

Stream KEN mode's Entrench in its entirety online. - Pitchfork

Catch KEN mode at the Invisible Oranges stage during SXSW. - Brooklyn Vegan

KEN mode has a lengthy tour ahead after releasing new album. - Metal Injection

Four stars for Boats' A Fairway Full of Miners. - Toro

Alan Greyeyes' impact on Aboriginal music is heard nationwide - Winnipeg Free Press

Tracy Bone, Don Amero, and Desiree Dorion to showcase in Las Vegas. - Nation Talk

Manitoba musicians take over the small screen. - CBC Scene

Shining a spotlight on Brooke Palsson. - The Rooster

John K. Samson chats about being a poet. - CBC Radio

JP Hoe, Erin Propp among those competing for the spotlight. - CBC Scene

West End Cultural Centre hosts locals Nafro Band and Ingrid Gatin in April. - ChrisD.ca

Ingrid Gatin follows up album release with a show at the WECC. - Painting Over Silence

Lisa Marie Tucker gives advice on finding your musical path. - CBC Scene

The Breakaway Point breaks away from the mainstream. - CBC Scene

This Hisses among the local artists at Cluster Festival. - The Manitoban

Catch Claire Morrison, Mise En Scene, and This Hisses at Cluster Festival. - Spectator Tribune

Pop + Noise is this year's Cluster Festival theme. - The Rooster

The Magnificent 7's goes splits on a 7" with Hamilton's BA Johnston. - The Manitoban

Emma Cloney's therapist has six strings. - CBC Scene

Introducing Jamie Ellis aka Corporate. - &then

Reverend Rambler will be raising funds for his new album. - The Uniter

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Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Showcase at Las Vegas' Reservation Economic Summit

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Manitoba Music is partnering with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) to produce a Manitoba Aboriginal artists showcase at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas on March 13, 2013. The showcase will be a part of the conference's exclusive VIP reception, which will play host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across the U.S. Three acclaimed singer/songwriters from Manitoba will showcase at the event, including Don Amero, Desiree Dorion, and Tracy Bone.

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

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Warming Huts become a stage for Red Moon Road JD Edwards, Lucas Sader, and more. - ChrisD.ca

Manitoba's music community unites to sweep in donations for the Unison Benevolent Fund. - CBC Scene

Local musicians hurry hard to raise money for those in need. BT Winnipeg

Jenna Khan rocks the house. BT Winnipeg

Sassy Chic Gamine delivers Juno. - The Daily Courier

Jenny Berkel hits the ground running. - NOW Magazine

Boats delivers caffeinated epic heights track after track. - Consequence of Sound

Four stars for Boats' A Fairway Full of Miners. - Ride the Tempo

Cupid struck JD Edwards, Don Amero, Desiree Dorion, and Chic Gamine's Andrina Turenne. - CBC Scene

The Duhks reunite with the original lineup for new record and a new tour. - Winnipeg Free Press

Ali Fontaine, C-weed, and Indian City land nomintations for the Native American Music Awards. - ChrisD.ca

Cannon Bros. make for a great tonsil hockey soundtrack. - Spectator Tribune

A live soundtrack for Festival du Voyageur. - CBC Scene + FREE download

Pretty sure we know who's gonna win the beard-growing contest, Mr. Dugas. - CBC Scene

Pipe & Hat makes its mark at MIDEM. - midemblog

The Bros. Landreth keep it in the family. - CBC Scene

KEN mode is ready to concuss fans. - Exclaim!

KEN mode offers a taste of its upcoming release, tour dates. - Invisible Oranges

Stream KEN mode's "The Terror Pulse". - Metal Underground

KEN mode announces new headlining dates. - Gun Shy Assassin

Chic Gamine talks about growing success. - Kelowna Daily Courier

This Hisses finds the perfect balance on its new album. - Metro

Keep your ear to the ground for these locals. - The Manitoban

Amber Epp celebrates her birthday with a special playlist. - CBC Scene

Ruth Moody
to play U.K.'s Maverick Festival. - Glasswerk National

Cara Luft reveals Darlingwood postal code. - Gig City

Del Barber fascinated by road life. - The Star Phoenix

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Native America North: Five Local Aboriginal Acts Perform for Influential Industry Presenters at the Pyramid, March 24

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program will be taking over the Pyramid Cabaret on March 24 for a showcase of emerging Aboriginal artists, dubbed the Native America North Showcase. The event -- which features sets by country singer/songwriter Jerry Sereda and Desiree Dorion, new country duo D’Aoust Brothers, singer/songwriters and rapper Lorenzo, and teenage pop singer Savannah Rae Boyko -- offers the performers an opportunity to connect with the industry tastemakers and continue to build on their success. CBC Music, the event's media sponsor, will be on hand to host the event.

The five acts will perform for the influential panelists in town for the Aboriginal Music Live presenters panel on March 22 at Manitoba Music. Visiting speakers include Patti Shaughnessy of Ode'min Giizis Festival, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Association’s Adele Boychuk, Sky Bridges of APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live, and Shawn Termin of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.

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Four Manitoba Artists Land Native American Music Award Nods

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Four Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba landed seven nominations at this year’s Native American Music Awards (NAMA). The NAMAs will be handed out in Niagara Falls, New York on October 7, 2011.

Country songstress Desiree Dorion picked up two nods for her debut recording, Soul Back Jack, including Best Country Recording and Best Female Artist. Dorion picked up a North American Indigenous Image Award for Outstanding Country Album earlier this year, as well as a nod from the Indian Summer Music Awards.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero also landed two nominations for his latest, The Long Way Home, including Best Folk Recording and Debut Artist of the Year. The album has already garnered several nominations this year, including four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and a Western Canadian Music Awards.

Musician/composer/producer, Vince Fontaine, who is perhaps best known for his award-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, received two nominations for his recording Songs for Turtle Island, including Best Instrumental Recording and Best Producer.

Opera singer Rhonda Head is up for Best World Music Recording for her debut, Kayas. Head is also up for an Indian Summer Music Award in the Spiritual category.

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