Manitoba Acts Head to Moose Jaw for WCMA

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Plenty of Manitoba acts will be in Moose Jaw, SK when the 2007 Western Canadian Music Awards kick on on October 18. The fifth annual event features a three-night music festival, including showcases by 14 homegrown bands and solo artists spanning a variety of genres. They'll be joined by over 40 performers from B.C., Albert, Saskatchewan, and the Yukon.

The artists will be playing for some of the top names in the Canadian music industry, in Moose Jaw for the annual WCMA conference. Among other great panelists, talent buyers, and delegates, this year's keynote speaker is music biz guru Terry McBride of Nettwerk. Taking place in the heart of downtown Moose Jaw, at the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa resort, the conference offers artists and industry alike a great opportunity to network and do business. The conference covers everything from "The Fate of the Indie Label" to demo listening sessions, with workshops on viral marketing, showcase preparation, artist development and much more.

The WCMAs also feature two awards shows, for both industry and artists. The artistic awards will be handed out at a gala event on October 21 in a unique location: the Snowbirds Hangar 6. Manitoba artists and industry professionals account for 32 nominations in 20 different categories, 25 of which are artistic awards. WCMA nominees Nathan, Doc Walker, and J.P. Hoe will perform at the gala, which uniquely pairs up artists from across the west to create a great evening of music. The show will be hosted by CBC's Jian Ghomeshi and Tara Spencer-Nairn of Corner Gas. Click here for more on this year's WCMA nominees.

If you're lucky enough to be in Moose Jaw during the festivites, here's where you can catch some Manitoba music...

CBC’s Canada Live Concert featuring Johnny Cajun @ Mae Wilson Theatre, 7pm
J.P. Hoe @ The Brunswick Hotel, 9pm
The Nods @ The Royal Bar & Grill, 9:30pm
Inward Eye @ The Royal Bar & Grill, 11:20pm
The Waking Eyes @ The Royal Bar & Grill, 12:15am

Patrick Keenan @ The Brunswick Hotel, 10pm
Alverstone @ The Park Night Club & Lounge, 10pm
Sheena Grobb @ Bobby’s Place, 1am
D.Rangers @ Jakes Saloon, 1am
Quinzy @ The Park Night Club & Lounge, 1am

Jodie Borle @ Bobby’s Place, 10pm
Twilight Hotel @ Jakes Saloon, 10pm
American Flamewhip @ The Royal Bar & Grill, 10pm
Johnny Cajun @ Bobby’s Place, 12am
Grand Analog @ The Park Night Club & Lounge, 1am

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