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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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