Manitoba Music All Over the 2010 Winter Olympics

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The flame has been lit, the athletes are competing, and the guitarists have plugged in their amps. The 2010 Olympic and Paralympics Games happen to be a great place to find music and there are plenty of Manitoba acts hitting stages throughout British Columbia in February and March.

The festivities will include countless concerts, from free outdoor shows to concerts in the Athlete's Village during the 2010 Olympic . The list of local acts making their way west include: Doc Walker, Chic Gamine, Inward Eye, Don Amero, Leanne Goose, Romi Mayes, The Waking Eyes, Tracy Bone, Grand Analog, Telepathic Butterflies, Wab Kinew, JC Campbell, Billy Joe Green, Nathan, Mama Cutsworth, and homegrown heroes Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings. Rock act Gathering of Flies can be seen backing up Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Acclaimed fiddler and singer/songwriter Sierra Noble was one of the featured fiddlers during in the televised opening ceremonies. The video is now available for purchase on iTunes.

There is a strong Aboriginal music presence at the Olympics, including the New Native Music Review on February 23. The show, at
Richmond's O-Zone, features performances by Kinew, Bone, Campbell, Amero, Marie-Josee Dandeneau, Mike Bruyere, and more. Click here to read more about Aboriginal music at the 2010 Olympics.

Manitoba Homecoming 2010 will host a special Manitoba Social at the Vancouver Olympics on February 24, featuring performances by Doc Walker, Eagle & Hawk, Inward Eye, Streetheart, members of Chic Gamine, and host Ace Burpee of Hot 103.

February 25 is Manitoba Day at the Olympics and events include a sold out concert at BC Place with Chic Gamine, Doc Walker, Grand Analog, Tracy Bone, and Inward Eye, followed by a special medal ceremony, and then a performance by the one and only Burton Cummings. If you're not lucky enough to be in
Vancouver, look for the Manitoba Day party on CTV at 7pm Pacific.

Ash Koley's song "Don't Let Your Feet Touch Ground" was the music for two separate flash mobs in Vancouver, including one during CTV's Canada AM. CTV is also using the song for an online highlight reel.

Inward Eye kicked off the countdown to the televised closing ceremonies on February 28 with a little help from hundreds of dancers in white and an orchestra before playing the national anthem.

Click here to see a complete list of Manitoba cultural events and concerts happening during the Olympics and Paralympics in Vancouver.

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