Local Music Scene Celebrates Fun Awards

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For those not lucky enough to be heading east for the 2006 JUNO Awards, a couple of ambitious local promoters have an alternative awards show for you. Paulette LaFortune of Sweet Spot Productions and Broose Tulloch of CKUW 95.9 FM's Beer For Breakfast are celebrating the second anniversary of Definitely Not The Junos (DNTJ), known affectionately as The Brewnos because the trophy is a bottle of locally-made Fort Garry Dark Ale.

Last year's Brewnos were popular enough to pack the Regal Beagle with both artists and music fans, which the promoters hope to duplicate again this year. The "awards" were created that recognizes creative artists and beautiful music, presenting a definite non-mainstream attitude and emphasising collaboration rather than competition. Rather than voting, winners are drawn from a hat by a colleague on stage, which gives the event a sense of fun and focuses everything on the artists themselves and their performances.

The Brewnos will take place over two nights at the Regal Begal in the Ramada Marlborough Inn. Several local acts are slated to perform, including Fascade@137db, Vav Jungle, Unravalled Broken Orchestra, and Blayze on March 31. On April 1, the evening will feature Easily Amused, Katelyn Dawn, Arbra Hill, b.u.m.p., After All These Years, and Justin Lacroix. A silent auction will be held on Saturday night. All proceeds from ticket sales will will be donated to Art City. In addition, donations for Winnipeg Harvest will be accepted at the door and matched by Peak of the Market.

Several other local artists are being recognized for their contributions to the Winnipeg music scene with nominations in several non-standard categories. The Brewnos features categories like "You Shoulda Been There (Truly Killer Live Acts)" and "That 70s Sound (Artists That Bring the Out-of-Date Up to Date)." Everyone from jazz vocalist Jodie Borle to rock trio Inward Eye to world music a capella group Madrigaia have the chance to bring how a coveted bottle.

The event serves to remind audiences that Manitoba has a lot of fantastic music happening right here at home, hear some great artists, and have some fun.

For a complete list of categories and nominees and your chance to make your own nomination, please visit www.beerforbreakfast.org/DNTJ.

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