Manitoba Invades Nashville

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Eleven Manitoba artists are leading the pack in Nashville, Tennessee February 6 to 9 at the 15th annual International Folk Alliance Conference. The high number of Manitoban acts included in the festival is proof of our province’s stellar talent and high profile in the international scene.

Led by official Folk Alliance Canada showcasing acts The Wailin’ Jennys (featuring Ruth Moody, Cara Luft and Nicky Mehta – also showcasing as solo artists) and The Duhks, the conference will also be attended by Jeremy Proctor, Rick Unruh, Mark Reeves, Scott Nolan, Steve Schellenberg, Nathan and Alana Levandoski.

MARIA will be sharing a trade table with Manitoba Film and Sound at the conference in addition to hosting the showcase suite, giving Manitoba its highest profile ever at the renowned industry event.

Wailin’ Jennys member and showcasing solo artist Cara Luft is making her third trip to the conference, and says the repeated visits have helped her both in networking and expanding her gig history.

“I found my first time very overwhelming. There were so many people and so much going on I found it hard to focus on just one thing. By going every year since, I am starting to get to know people and actually recognize faces. In the folk world it really is about relationships and community. We were able to secure some festivals last year because of our time at NAFA. It helps to open doors, whether it be gigs, radio play or just great new friends who might be able to help us out at some point along the road.”

NAFA exists to promote and develop folk music through education, networking, advocacy, field development and professional development. The organization hosts its international conference to unite folk artists from around the globe and catalyze the development of their careers. Folk Alliance Canada serves as the Canadian branch of NAFA, and works to promote Canadian talent and serves as a valuable resource for musicians.

For more information about NAFA, visit Or check out the Canadian Folk Alliance website at

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