Three of Manitoba’s top performing artists are heading to Toronto for one of Canada’s premier arts presenting events. They’ll join an exclusive collection of art groups showcasing at this year’s CAPACOA conference, dubbed The Culture of Place. Running January 23-26, the 25th annual conference is a key event in the Canadian arts presenting world, bringing together presenters, artists, industry, and stakeholders from across the country.
Manitoba Music will make its first foray to CAPACOA, presenting a showcase on January 24 at Cameron House featuring performances by acclaimed singer/songwriter Ruth Moody (also of The Wailin’ Jennys), Juno Award-winning soul/roots/pop outfit Chic Gamine, and acoustic pop artist JP Hoe. The showcase at this year’s conference offers these artists the rare chance to perform for audiences that include influential festival artistic directors, booking agents, series presenters, talent buyers, and more.
Manitoba has built a reputation for its strong folk and roots scene, exemplified by these artists. Manitoba artists have dominated folk and roots categories at the Juno Awards -- including The Wailin’ Jennys second win in 2012 -- garnered attention from major media outlets, and toured to sold-out halls throughout North American, Europe, Australia, and beyond.
In recent years, Manitoba Music has presented successful showcases at South by Southwest, International Folk Alliance, Reeperbahn, Musexpo, North by Northeast, International Folk Alliance, Canadian Music Week, and more. Manitoba Music’s presence at CAPACOA is an initiative of its Market Development Program, which is funded by the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba through the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement, and by FACTOR with the support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.