Manitoba Roots Run Deep at Folk Alliance International in Montreal

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The Small Glories (Photo: Marc J Chalifoux)
Carly Dow
Del Barber
Ila Barker
Joey Landreth
Justin Lacroix
Leaf Rapids
Little Miss Higgins
Logan McKillop
Madeleine Roger
Noah Derksen
Raine Hamilton
Red Moon Road
Slow Leaves
The New Customs
The Small Glories
William Prince

The west of Canada is heading to Montreal next month. Nine artists from Manitoba are teaming up with acts from across Western Canada to showcase at Folk Alliance International (FAI) conference. The premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America, the 31st annual event makes a move to Montreal for this year from its usual Kansas City home, February 13-17.

The four-day showcase is the latest in a series of partnered events with Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, and MusicBC under the BreakOut West banner, with a lineup boasting 30 acts. Artists and their teams will also have a chance to build their business networks and connect with over 2,500 registrants from 20 countries.

The performers from Manitoba making the trip and hitting the BreakOut West showcases include wildcrafted folk act Carly Dow, JUNO-winning guitar virtuoso Joey Landreth, folk group Leaf Rapids, singer/songwriter Madeleine Roger, contemplative folk artist Noah Derksen, acoustic chamber folk act Raine Hamilton, proto-pop avant-folk trio Red Moon Road, singer/songwriter Slow Leaves, and roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories. Roger, Red Moon Road, and The Small Glories also have official Folk Alliance showcases. Check out the full schedule

Other Manitoba artists making the trip include Del BarberIla Barker, Justin Lacroix, Little Miss Higgins, Logan McKillop, The New Customsand more. Winnipeg-based artist management company Prairie Mix will have a presence, hosting its own “Prairie Mixer” room.

Other Western Canadian artists hitting the showcase rooms include Annette Campagne (SK), Buckman Coe (BC), Ellen Froese (SK), Frazey Ford (BC), Jay Gilday (AB) Jess Knights (AB), Kirsten Ludwig (BC), Luca Fogale (BC), Maddie Storvold (AB), Mariel Buckley (AB), Poor Nameless Boy (SK), Post Script (AB), Rosie & The Riveters (SK), Ruben and the Dark (AB), Sam Lynch (BC), Shaela Miller (AB), Steph Cameron (SK), T Buckley (AB), The Long War (BC), The McDades (AB), and Twin Bandit (BC).

Manitoba has a strong reputation for its roots scene. Homegrown talent -- including many acts who've graced the FAI showcase rooms -- have built solid careers, garnering attention from major media, and touring to sold-out halls throughout North American, Europe, Australia, and beyond. In the last decade alone, Manitoba artists have earned five JUNO Awards and 20 nominations in the roots and traditional categories, including the recently-announced nod for FAI alums The Wailin’ Jennys and Leonard Sumner, and William Prince's nomination for International Folk Music Awards' artist of the year.

Bringing Manitoba music to new markets and intensifying business activity in existing markets is a key component of Manitoba Music's trade and business development activities. Manitoba Music's market development initiatives are funded by the Province of Manitoba, Manitoba Film & Music, and FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters.

The Queen Elizabeth, LG Tech (302), 3rd floor
February 13 - Saturday, February 16

10:30PM Kirsten Ludwig
11:00PM Annette Campagne
11:30PM Carly Dow
12:00AM Jess Knights
12:30AM Twin Bandits
1:00AM Shaela Miller
2:00AM Steph Cameron
2:30AM Buckman Coe

10:30PM Red Moon Road
11:00PM The McDades
11:30PM Ellen Froese
12:00AM Joey Landreth
12:30AM Poor Nameless Boy
1:30AM Kirsten Ludwig
2:00AM Maddie Storvold
2:30AM Raine Hamilton

10:30PM Jay Gilday
11:00PM The Long War
11:30PM Poor Nameless Boy
12:00AM The Small Glories
12:30AM Reuben and the Dark
1:00AM Noah Derksen
1:30AM Annette Campagne
2:00AM Frazey Ford
2:30AM T Buckley

10:30PM Rosie & The Riveters
11:00PM Slow Leaves
11:30PM Post Script
12:00AM Luca Fogale
1:00AM The Long War
1:30AM Leaf Rapids
2:00AM Mariel Buckley
2:30AM Steph Cameron

Red Moon Road - Saturday at 5:30PM - Robbie Robertson Room 217
The Small Glories  - Saturday at 6:30PM - Stan Rogers Room 206
Madeleine Roger - Saturday at 7:45PM - Lhasa Room 208

Plus... find out more about the Indigenous Voices Showcase

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