Manitoba musicians will be shedding their parkas, packing their vans, and heading due south for SXSW next month. Six local acts will hit the massive Texas music fest, which runs March 12-17 in Austin, including a Manitoba showcase and other official showcase spots.
Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music have teamed up to present a stellar showcase of prairie talent on March 14 at Canada House. The Manitoba team has a long history at SXSW, going back to popular networking events at Caswell House and packed showcases in 2011 and 2012.
This year’s showcase features four SXSW favourites: explosive indie soul popsters Imaginary Cities, a favourite of influential U.S. tastemaker Paste Magazine; inventive indie outfit Royal Canoe, which wowed the crowds and critics at CMJ in October; the charming and powerful Juno Award-winning soul/pop quintet, Chic Gamine, one of NPR’s top four SXSW picks last year; and noise pop act Boats, fresh from the release of its Kill Rock Stars full-length debut, A Fairway Full of Miners. Juno Award-winning noisecore trio KEN mode and roots darling Ruth Moody will also be in Austin for official SXSW showcases.
MANITOBA AT SXSW
Canada House (Friends, 208 6th St east)
Thursday, March 14, 3-6PM
Other official showcases:
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13
Chic Gamine | Creekside at Hilton Garden Inn, 11pm
THURSDAY, MARCH 14
Ruth Moody | 18th Floor at Hilton Garden Inn, 9pm
Chic Gamine | Empire Automotive, 9:15pm
KEN mode | Dirty Dog Bar. 9:40pm
Royal Canoe | IFC Crossroads House, 10pm
Boats | Maggie Mae's Gibson Room, 11pm
Imaginary Cities | Friends, 12am
FRIDAY, MARCH 15
KEN Mode | Red 7, 8:45pm