Music Invades Manitoba for Summer Festival Kick-off Weekend

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There are plenty of ways to celebrate the official coming of summer this year. Spanning many genres, three music festivals kick off on June 21: Jazz Winnipeg Festival, National Aboriginal Day, and World Music Day.

Jazz Winnipeg takes over downtown Winnipeg, running in various venues from June 21-29. This year's festival boasts a diverse line-up and over 50 Manitoba acts, including Juno-winning roots quartet Nathan, world soul vocal act Chic Gamine, mod rockers Novillero, pop/rockers The Details, hip-hop artist Fenom, Brazilian jazz act Marco Castillo, blues rocker Billy Joe Green, funk collective Moses Mayes, soulful pop singer/songwriter Jodi King, R&B singer Athavale, pianist Michelle Gregoire, Americana duo Twilight Hotel, big band leader Big Jay Harrison, folk blues artist Lindsey White, R&B soul singer Flo, ghettotech act Grand Analog, and jazz singers Rosemarie Todaschuk, Mira Black, Marianne D'Elia, Martha Brooks, and Jodie Borle.

Jazz Winnipeg also features a number of high profile out-of-town artists, from indie rock acts Stars and The New Pornographers to the New Orleans sounds of The Neville Brothers and jazz acts Brad Mehldau, Molly Johnson, and Ravi Coltrane. The festival, which continues to push the boundaries of jazz, also brings to town some of the most exciting new music, including National Parcs, Mother Mother, Alice Russell, and Shout Out Out Out. Click here for a complete schedule of Jazz Winnipeg events.

Also hitting venues around the city and province (as well as the country) is National Aboriginal Day, which features some of the best music by Aboriginal artists. Celebration start early on the evening of June 19 and continue on June 20 and 21. Artists performing at a variety of events, from Pow Wows to soft-seaters to shows at the Red River Ex grounds, include Burnt-Project 1, Team Rezofficial, Tracy Bone, J.C. Campbell, Billy Joe Green, Desiree Dorion, Little Hawk, Don Amero, Yoza, Rayne Delaronde, Spirit Sand Singers, Ron Loutit, Darren Lavallee, Ray St. Germain, Wab Kinew, Dominique Reynolds, and the legendary Shingoose. Click here for a complete schedule of music events happening during National Aboriginal Day festivities.

World Music Day will offer music from noon to midnight on June 21 with musicians alternating between two outdoor stages at the Centre-culturel franco manitobain in St. Boniface, celebrating music and diversity. This year will also offer various musical related workshops from African hand drums workshops to an exploration of eclectic instruments. World Music Day, a.k.a. Fête de la musique, was conceptualized in 1981 by Maurice Fleuret and has since become an international success as well as a social phenomenon celebrated in over 100 countries on all five continents. Manitoba artists taking to the stage this year include Tribe of One, Kobalt, b.u.m.p., Dominique Reynolds, Julie Marinelli, Michael Peters, Stewart McEwen, and Musica Speciale. Click here for a complete World Music Day schedule.

Visit the Live Music Calendar to see all the fantastic events happening this weekend.

Click here to hear tracks by Chic Gamine, Twilight Hotel, Tracy Bone, J.C. Campbell, Ron Loutit, Michael Peters, Little Hawk, The Details, Jodi King, and much much more.

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