Manitoba Roots Acts Head to Ontario

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Eight Manitoba acts are heading east to London, Ontario to take part in the annual Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) Conference October 11-14. Showcasing acts include some of Manitoba best up-and-coming as well as established artists.

This year’s performers include acoustic pop duo Keith and Renee, folk duo Jacob and Lily, Americana duo Twilight Hotel, fiddler Sierra Noble, and singer/songwriters Cara Luft, Don Amero, Ann Walton, and Nathan Rogers. Noble and Rogers both have official showcases while Rogers will also perform with the six other Manitoba acts as part of MARIA’s annual showcase on October 13. Artists will also take part in a trade show, networking with top national industry.

A handful of local industry professionals will join the artists, including Arthur Pearson and Jim Stewart of Personal Artist Management, Rosalie Goldstein of Goldstein and Associates, and Chris Frayer of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

This year’s conference is marked by the presence of the Western Region Artist Directors, who will hold a meeting and attend the conference. This brings together major talent and festival buyers from both the east and the west of Canada, offering artists and industry even better networking opportunities.

Many of the Manitoba artists performing at OCFF have accessed the Market Access Program - a shared program of MARIA and Manitoba Film & Sound - which provides funding to local acts that are showcasing in markets outside Manitoba.

OCFF is a member-based, not-for-profit association representing 1600 members working in the folk, roots, world, and traditional genres across Ontario. The annual conference features four days of performances, workshops, special events and panel discussions covering every topic from marketing tools to education, performance tips, and health. Organizers of this year’s conference promise that this year will be OCFF’s most comprehensive, most in-depth and fun gathering of roots, folk, traditional and world music industry to date.

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