Manitoba Acts Head to CMW 2005

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Six Manitoba acts have been invited to showcase at the 2005 Canadian Music Week in Toronto, March 2-5. 2005 JUNO Awards nominees The Waking Eyes, The Brat Attack, Telepathic Butterflies, J.P. Hoe, Losing Focus, and Inward Eye will all represent their home province in front of fans, industry and media during their CMW showcases.

Canadian Music Week, one of Canada's biggest music conferences, is a four-day annual event that encompasses a festival, conference, trade show and multiple awards shows, including the Canadian Independent Music Awards.

Eight Manitoba acts have been nominated for awards this year; James Ehnes is following his 2004 nomination with a new one for Favourite Classical Artist/Group for his work with the Eduard Laurel; The Waking Eyes are in the running for Favourite Group, while country rockers Doc Walker again competes for Favourite Country Artist/Band category. Nathan and The Wailin' Jennys go head-to-head in the Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group, a battle the two bands will revisit at the 2005 JUNO Awards on April 3. Recently-defunct G7 Recording artists Malefaction stand to take home the award for Favourite Metal Artist/Group, while Tin Foil Phoenix is up for Favourite Rock Artist/Group. Rock and roll legend and ex-Pegger Randy Bachman proves his talent and diversity with a nomination for Favourite Jazz Artist/Group.

In 2004, three Manitoba artists - James Ehnes, Doc Walker, and The Weakerthans - were nominated for awards at Canadian Music Weel. The “Indies” kick off CMW March 2 in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theatre.

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