18 Bands, 1400 Friends, 2 Parties

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Eighteen of Winnipeg's best rock acts are taking over the stage for what might be the last show at famed St. Boniface venue Le Rendez-Vous. The Manitoba Rock Show - featuring the likes of Juno-nominated band The Waking Eyes as well as Quinzy, The Harlots, and Jet Set Satellite - is set to highlight some of the best music that this province has to offer in two nights of incredible entertainment.

"This is to show everybody that the talent coming out of our province is incredible," says promoter Joe Riccardo, a local producer who runs High North Records. "We can put on this big show that will prove to everyone that we've got what it takes right here."

Riccardo decided to organize the concert as a showcase for some of Manitoba's most talked about and up-and-coming rock bands after years of working with bands and putting on shows. Pointing out that with the new MTS Centre, big ticket acts like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters have been flowing into Winnipeg, Riccardo wants to show local audiences that we have "we've got what it takes right here." A production DVD of the show is being filmed.

Riccardo also wants to give music fans a chance to big a fond farewell to the "Vous," which has hosted many of the big name acts to come out of the province as well as international superstars. The venerable venue closed over a year ago, opening for the 2005 JunoFest and for a two-night gig with The Weakerthans. The building will be demolished in the spring of 2005.

As if a great night of music wasn't enough, audiences will also be able to do some good for the local community. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to The Childrens Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg. Donations of non-perishable foods for Winnipeg Harvest will also be accepted at the door.

For more information, please visit www.manitobarock.com

Friday, October 14
Jet Set Satellite
The Harlots
Steeple Chaser
The Attics
Pushing Daisies
Floor 13
Lives of Many

Saturday, October 15
The Waking Eyes
Tin Foil Phoenix
The Perms
The Barrymores
Sick City

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