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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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The Lytics live at the BreakOut West showcase Reeperbahn Festival on Sep 25 (Photo: Sean McManus)

Awesome women in Manitoba's experimental music scene. - Aux

The Lytics collaborate with Mike D of the Beastie Boys. - Complex 

The Lytics have once in a lifetime opportunity. - Sidewalk Hustle

Elessar Thiessen hosts Open Mic Night at The Handsome Daughter. - Chris D

Open Mic Night returns. - Mytoba 

The evolution of the Park Theatre. - Winnipeg Free Press 

No two nights are alike at the Park Theatre. - The Manitoban 

Chic Gamine moves in a new direction with upcoming album. - Winnipeg Free Press

Chic Gamine return to recapture the hearts of Layette. - KATC 

Cannon Bros. just do what they do. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

Cannon Bros.' career is a dream come true. - Direkt Broker 

Cannon Bros. keep it short and sweet. - Metro News 

Cannon Bros. are ready to launch. - The Manitoban 

Check out a sneak peek of Cannon Bros.' new album. - Exclaim! 

Prepare to have your day brightened by Fred Penner. - The Exchange Sessions 

Families get ready to sing with Fred Penner. - BC Local News 

KEN Mode play Daytonapalooza. - Examiner 

What's happenin' in Illinois? Living Hour. - River Cities' Reader

Propagandhi announces new guitarist with gusto. -  Punk News

Doc Walker raises the bar with MCMA nominations. - Portage Daily Graphic

Madame Diva featured on Quebecois children's music app. - Francois Charron

Sweet Alibi play Saskatoon. - The Star Phoenix

The Wailin' Jennys talk about the chemistry of their harmonies. - Monterey Herald News

Red Moon Road says prost to concert at German language school. - Elliot Lake Standard

Red Moon Road at Guelph University. - Guelph Tribune

Romi Mayes plays Houston. - Houston Press

Romi Mayes lined up to play "Americana Mondays." - Effinham Daily News

Indicator Indicator's "Swarm" proves topical on As It Happens. - CBC Radio

4.5/5 for Carly Dow's soulful and folksy new album. - The Manitoban

Expect gold from DJ J. Jackson and Mama Cutsworth. - The Uniter

RasTamils' new album has something for everyone. - Shaw TV

Federal Lights live on a sunny German balcony. - Reportage

A timely October playlist feating Federal Lights. - The Music Minutes

Dust off your Wörterbuch for Imaginary Cities.  - Schattenblick

Greg Rekus plays Louisville. - Leo Weekly

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

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Mama Cutsworth

Heartbeat City's album should find its way into your rotation. - Confront Magazine + FREE download

Manitoba Live at The Cube serves up some local tunes. - Winnipeg Sun

Human Music is in a universe of its own. - Beatroute

Federal Lights and JP Hoe give Europe some Canadian sounds. - Derwesten

Playing Canmore Folk Fest is an honour for The Small Glories. - The Cragand Canyon

Petric is ready to make it big. - The Herald

Royal Canoe get set to dazzle ears at FOE fest. - La Presse

POP Montreal announces more bands including Royal Canoe. - Huffington Post

Eagle and Hawk soar into Whoop and Hollar Folk Fest. - The Daily Graphic

Tiffany Ponce celebrates her sophomore album release. - Winnipeg Sun

Tiffany Ponce shares some Gratitude. - 730 CKDM

The Bros. Landreth take some Canadiana overseas. - Sterren Nieuws

Fred Penner is part of the buzz for Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Fest. - VOCM

Mama Cutsworth spins the soundtrack to your Friday night. - CBC Scene

Ridley Bent rocks the country music capital of Canada. - Kamloops This Week

Trio Bembe bring some flare to C.B. Jazz Festival. - The Chronicle Herald


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MEME Takes Over Downtown Winnipeg for Annual Festival

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Photo courtesy of MEMETIC (Facebook)

MEME Fest, aka the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, plugs in this week for four days of multimedia art and music. Celebrating its fifth year and running August 13-16, downtown Winnipeg becomes the playground for homegrown and world class DJs, producers, and artists who will be showcasing music and digital art in venues such as Union Sound Hall, Pyramid Cabaret, The Forks, and outdoors at The Cube in Old Market Square.

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

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Leaf Rapids

Leaf Rapids' Canadiana Americana. - No Depression

Leaf Rapids is feeling lucky. - Winnipeg Free Press

Get a taste of Leaf Rapids' music. - Elmore Magazine

Leaf Rapids branches out. - Beatroute

Micah Visser discusses his upcoming release. - The Supporting Act + FREE download

The Bros. Landreth will leave you eager to hear more.  - Paste Magazine

The Bros. Landreth heads out on a runaway train. - Confront Magazine

Winnipeg Boyz' Charlie Fettah brings us "Moody Manitoba". - Hip Hop Canada

Lineup revealed for TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. - CBC

Jazz Fest releases its eclectic lineup. - Winnipeg Free Press

Last call for Les Jupes. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes never stood a chance. - Noisey

Yes We Mystic is in the spotlight. - MyToba

Don Amero has a lot to celebrate. - Winnipeg Free Press

Don Amero launches new album at the WECC. - MyToba

Matt Epp brings his passionate songwriting overseas. - Derwesten

Matt Epp's music takes him around the world. - Dinby

SC Mira and The Revival head to Burning Cow. - Green Bay Press Gazette

Mariachi Ghost has a busy summer ahead. - MyToba

Check out Rayannah's video for "Boxcar Lullabies". - Exclaim!

Rayannah drops new video in time for EP release. - MyToba

Tanya Tagaq's passion transcendeds her body and spirit. - Pop Matters

First edition of CBC's q to feature Tanya Tagaq. - The Record

Watch Finn play "Pyramids" live. - BRBR

Del Barber makes his MerleFest debut. - Mountain Times

Shotgun Jimmie hits the road with Human Music. - Exclaim!

The Noble Thiefs take part in Mile of Music. - Green Bay Press Gazette

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

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Lindsey White

Manitoba Music teams up with FortWhyte Alive for Songwriter Retreat. - 730 CKDM

Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts celebrates 20 years. - The Manitoban

Solhounds will leave you wanting more. - The Uniter + FREE download

Curtis Nowosad cuts to the chase. - Ottawa Citizen

Curtis Nowosad brings it home with Dialectics. - The Uniter

Lindsey White one of Manitoba's Future 40. - Metro

Lindsey White and inspires Manitoba's future generation. - CBC Manitoba

Romi Mayes gives us The Devil On Both Shoulders. - Exclaim!

Get the first look at Jess Reimer's new video. - AUX TV

Yes We Mystic gears up to release Vestige. - Exclaim!

Mama Cutsworth makes memories. - Spectator Tribune

Sweet Alibi gets found by the Searchlight. - CBC

Comparisons are complimentary for SC Mira. - The Uniter

Slow Leaves spreads songs across Canada. - Camrose Canadian

Mise en Scene gives us an "Endless Summer". - BRBR

Keri Latimer's song takes her to the finals. - Steamfeed

JD and the Sunshine Band stand by their van. - Winnipeg Sun

Lindsey White makes the top nine. - Metro

Roger Roger bring balance. - MyToba

Carly Dow’s music will leave you charmed and haunted. - MyToba

The Thrashers covers a lot of ground on new LP. - The Uniter

The spotlight is on DJ Stop. - DJ Mag Canada

Jon-C sticks to his guns. - Hip Hop Canada

Get to know Leaf Rapid's Devin Latimer. - The Uniter

Conduct brings some energy. - Jukebox DC

And a special little JUNO roundup...

Tanya Tagaq and The Bros. Landreth bring home some trophies. - Billboard

Tanya Tagaq takes home a JUNO. - Voir

Tanya Tagaq talks about her JUNO win. - JUNOTV

Fred Penner puts another JUNO in his collection. - Mix 94.9

The Bros. Landreth bask in JUNO glory. - JUNOTV

Fred Penner plays for the juniors at the JUNOS. - The Gate

Plus a little bit of SXSW...

Check out The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - Pollstar

Catch The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - CBS News

Don't miss one of the nine shows The Bros. Landreth have at SXSW. - Washington Post

The Bros. Landreth is a must see at SXSW. - The Telegram

The Bros. Landreth goes well with food. - Paste Magazine

Tanya Tagaq is a top pick at SXSW. - Austin Chronicle

Tanya Tagaq stands out at SXSW. - NPR

Tanya Tagaq represents at SXSW. - Huffington Post

Watching Tanya Tagaq is like being taken on a journey. - Austin Chronicle

KEN mode is all over SXSW. - Invisible Oranges

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CURLING FOR A CAUSE: Manitoba Music Community Raises $4,400 for Kevin Walters Memorial Fund

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Curlers in action at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel (Photo: J.Senft Photography)

Manitoba’s music scene has rocked the house for charity. Over 140 curlers joined event organizers Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 28. The sold out event brought the province's vibrant music community together to raise over $4,400 for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund.

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

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Dirty Catfish Brass Band

Aboriginal Music Program goes to Vegas. - 730 CKDM

Manitoba Music takes some friends to SXSW. -

JP Hoe takes on SXSW. - One News Page

JP Hoe embraces his Icelandic ancestry. - MBL

Del Barber comes home. - 730 CKDM

Prairieography lands Del Barber a JUNO nod. - Metro

Del Barber opens doors. - Winnipeg Sun

KEN mode heads to SXSW. - KEYJ

The Good Will has a good rep. - Chatelaine

Mama Cutsworth inspires. - The Uniter

Dirty Catfish Brass Band and Dr. Hotbottom team up. - MyToba

Steve Bell has some devoted fans. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Wailin' Jennys hit the road. - Pagosa Daily Post

Winnipeg Folk Festival announces lineup stacked with locals. - Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Folk Fest announces 2015 lineup. - CBC

Locals set to take the stage at Winnipeg Folk Fest. - Winnipeg Sun

Folk Fest unveils 2015 lineup. -

The 2015 Folk Fest lineup is here. - MyToba

The Mariachi Ghost starts off the day with energy. - CTV

Cootie Club breaks down barriers. - The Uniter

Jess Reimer knows a thing or two about heartache and tears. - The Record

Jess Reimer hits the road. - MyToba

The Catamounts set the sound for summer. - The Uniter

Those Guys take the stage. - MyToba

Tanya Tagaq set to perform at Luminato. - CTV

Luminato puts Tanya Tagaq on stage with 1000 others. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq plays well with others. - Metro

The crowd is captivated with Tanya Tagaq. - Straight

Tanya Tagaq takes us on an epic musical voyage. - Courier Islander

Apocolypsis blends Tanya Tagaq's voice with the arts. - 570 News

Tanya Tagaq and 1000 others perform together at Luminato. - Toronto Star

Tanya Tagaq takes to the stage with 1000 others. - BlogTO

Tanya Tagaq lights up Calgary at the Indspire Awards. - Money News

Bad Bon Kilbi Festival brings Tanya Tagaq's throat singing overseas. - Derbund

Beatox teams up with U of M jazz students. - The Manitoban

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Curling for a Cause: Sponsors Announced, City Launches Video for Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel

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JP Hoe, Andrina Turenne, Donna Evans, and Jenna Khan in one of this year's curling videos

As the local music community readies its brooms to rock the house, City Winnipeg's Wheeler in the Morning has produced and launched a fun new series of curling videos to highlight the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel in support of the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund. 

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

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Adam Hanney (Photo: Alyssa Arnold Photography)

Tanya Tagaq's Animism makes the Polaris shortlist. - Rolling Stone

Tanya Tagaq get the Polaris Prize nod. - CBC News

Polaris shortlist is a first for Tanya Tagaq. - NOW Magazine

Tanya Tagaq joins nine others on the Polaris shortlist. - Huffington Post

Animism lands Tanya Tagaq on the shortlist. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq is a staff pick. - CBC Radio Q

Tanya Tagaq is a free spirit. - Voir

Adam Hanney shines bright at Folk Festival. -

Mama Cutsworth is Speechless. - The Metro

John Norman goes full blast. - Technoszene

Del Barber appeals to all. - No Depression

Mise en Scene head down unda. - Music Feeds

KEN mode set to horrify. - Loudwire

Don Amero takes his soulful roots sound west. - BC Local News

Oh My Darling bring diverse influence to Vancouver Folk Fest. - North Shore News

Shotgun Jimmie and Sebastian Owl are must sees at Ness Creek Music Fest. - Exclaim!

Keith and Renee reminisce on air. - AM 680 CJOB

Manitoba invades PEI's ears. - Le Lezard

The prairies head east. - Digital Journal

PEI gets a week's worth of Manitoba music. - Newswire

Manitoba gets showcased in PEI. -

The Duhks have nine answers. - Nine Questions for Musicians

Have a big serving of local music for lunch. - Winnipeg Now

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

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Ridley Bent

Winnipeg Jazz Fest announces lineup. - CTV Winnipeg

The Noble Thiefs and Moses Mayes among the many locals to play Jazz Fest. -

Winnipeg Jazz Fest unveils 2014 lineup. - CBC News

25 years of Dauphin's Country Fest celebrated in documentary. - Brandon Sun

The Perpetrators announced as part of Kitchener Blues Fest. - The Record

Ridley Bent is all in on Wildcard. - CBC News

JD and the Sunshine Band gives a voice to those in need. - Winnipeg Free Press

What started small for JD and the Sunshine Band grew to a full CD release. - CBC News

CD release is just the beginning for JD and the Sunshine Band. - Stylus

Fred Penner honoured for making a difference. - Winnipeg Free Press

Mama Cutsworth mixes it up. - The Manitoban

Royal Canoe added to Bonnaroo. - Consequence of Sound

Festival d'été de Québec lineup includes Royal Canoe. - Exclaim!

See SXSW through the eyes of Royal Canoe. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe head to the coast as part of Vancouver Jazz Fest. - Montreal Gazette

Doc Walker and The Bros. Landreth take the stage at Harbourfest. - Kenora Daily

Get into the studio with The Bros. Landreth. - Royal Studio

Naysa shows us what a Troubled Heart sounds like. - Stylus

Chic Gamine put a little soul into Burbany Blues Fest. - Burnaby Now

Playing music was a natural decision for Cara Luft. - LF Press

Cara Luft and JD Edwards team up. - The Record

It's easy to get lost in Sebastian Owl's new album. - Stylus

Kevin Roy and Carey Buss hit the airwaves. - Stitcher

Luminato Festival lineup includes Tanya Tagaq. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq set to shine at Luminato. - Examiner

The prairies are calling Del Barber's name. - CMT Edge

Cities compete for title of biggest The Wailin' Jennys fan. - Herald Net

Dane Bjornson could be YTV's next star. -

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

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Mama Cutsworth

‚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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Harvest Moon Festival Sings Out the Summer

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Kieran West & His Buffalo Band

As we prepare to say goodbye to another fantastic summer of music, there's still more songs to be heard in the beautiful outdoors. The 12th annual Harvest Moon Festival, which runs September 13-15 in Clearwater, will serve up a weekend of workshops on sustainable living, farmer's market, kid's fun, fair trade fair, and a big helping of local music. 

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Fringe Fest Embraces the Live Music

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As the summer of festivals continues this week, there will be plenty of chances to take in great local live music. The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival will once again take over The Cube for free performances from several local bands and DJs as well as street performers, dancers, and more July 17-28.

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Manitoba Music Shines on Canada Day at The Forks

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Manitoba Music is firing up The Forks on Canada Day once again this year with a diverse all local lineup of talent on three different stages. Performing for an audience of thousands who gather at The Forks to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Manitoba Music Live will feature sets from over a dozen acts spanning genres, culminating in a unique onstage collaboration between breakout soul/pop act Imaginary Cities and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

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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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Folk Meets Art in Brandon

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After a brief repose from the flurry of folk activity at Winnipeg Folk Festival, local bands pack up and play again, this time at the small but mighty Brandon Folk and Art Festival! Celebrating its 28th year this weekend from July 20 – 22 at the Keystone Centre Park, complete with camping, local hand-made art, poetry workshops, and visual art installations, the real big draw is the mainstage.

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Balanced Records Turns 11

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Local JUNO Award-winning electronic music collective, Balanced Records, celebrates its 11th birthday on April 28 at Pop Soda’s. With a booming sound system provided by IslandVibes, the party is hosted by MC Pucona, with visuals by Jaymez. The evening includes sets by Kasm, The Seed Organization, Billy Rockwell, Redworm, and Theo Tzu.

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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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