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Jazz Winnipeg has just announced the official line up for the 2009 Groove-FM Jazz Winnipeg Festival.  The festival kicks off Wednesday, June 23 with a preview show featuring The Derek Trucks Band at Pantages Playhouse Theatre and officially gets underway Friday, June 26 until Sunday, July 5.

The theatre series is full of world-renowned Jazz acts including Buddy Guy June 27 at Pantages Playhouse Theatre, Al Green June 30 at the Centennial Concert Hall and Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Centennial Concert Hall July 2.

Just in time for the festival, the newly renovated West End Cultural Centre will be open and ready to act as one of several more intimate venues for performers like Jill Barber and The Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis. Jazz Winnipeg has also added two brand spankin’ new venues to the bill this year: Le Garage Café (166 Provencher Blvd) and the Rachel Browne Theatre at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dance Studio. You can catch The Brandi Disterheft Sextet, The Shuffle Demons, Monk’s Casino and more at both of these venues.

Don’t forget about Wrap Up Weekend July 3 to 5 on the TD Canada Trust stage in Old Market Square where you can enjoy three days of free music from The Heavy (UK), Beast (Montreal), Papa Mambo and our very own Moses Mayes.

Tickets for the Groove-FM Jazz Winnipeg Festival go on sale this Thursday (April 23) at 10 a.m. and are available at or the Jazz Winnipeg office (007-100 Arthur Street). All theatre series tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets or call 780.3333.

For more information on the festival schedule, dates, performers, passes, wristbands and the like, drop by Jazz Winnipeg’s newly revamped site at

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