BPM X WAG-Qaumajuq Returns September 1

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Manitoba Music and Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq are celebrating Black music makers with a series of free concerts and mixers in the iconic gallery space. The partnership was launched in February with a packed Black History Month event, laying the foundation for the ongoing community-building events through the BPM program.

BPM X WAG-Qaumajuq
Friday, September 1, 2023
Featuring Nú Baby, Carine Bado, DJ Louie Lovebird
Mixer 6 - 7 PM
Concert 7 - 9 PM
Free Event
Eckhardt Hall @ Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd

The next event will return to WAG-Qaumajuq on Friday, September 1, and feature sets from Nigerian-born Afro-pop/Afro-fusion singer Nú Baby and Ivory Coast-born Bilingual gospel artist and songwriter Carine Bado, and DJ Louie Lovebird. The evening will be intimate and interactive, allowing the artists to express themselves through stripped-down, visceral performances that will address identity and community, and celebrate the African Diaspora.

The performances will be preceded by a mixer for Black music makers as well as local music companies, labels, venues, and festivals looking to make deeper connections with the Black music community in Manitoba. Meetups for artists and music entrepreneurs are core to BPM’s community-building focus, offering an opportunity to share ideas, professional needs and barriers, and make vital career connections.

About the Artists

Nú Baby

Nú Baby is a Nigerian born Afro-pop/Afro-fusion singer. Born October 30th and raised in the city of Ibadan. Nú Baby started his Musical career in the year 2018 where he put out a single titled “LY” by May 2020 Nú rebranded under new name Nú baby, to which he dropped his first single Cover you featuring budding act Bnxn. Nú Baby on January 15 2021 dropped his 2pack EP titled “Two for you” which has gone ahead to rack up over 300K+ streams. Nú Baby is an extremely versatile artist who draws inspiration from the likes of Wande Coal, Burna Boy, Bryson Tiller, Jeremih. 


Carine Bado

Carine is a Bilingual Christian artist & songwriter, originally from Ivory Coast, who moved to Winnipeg in 2007 and found in Manitoba a new "home". Blessed with the gift of music that was passed down, from one generation to another in her family, she proudly embraced her passion for singing at a very young age. Without a doubt, Music artistry holds a critical place in her life, inspiring her to write her first song at age fifteen and many more down the road. Citizen of Earth, from Pop Rock to French/Afro Contemporary and some Gospel in between, Carine grew up listening to a wide range of music genres which makes her tone unique. Her desire is that her songs remind people of who they are: strong, kind, beautiful, loved.


Louie Lovebird

Whatever your vibe may be, leave it to Louie to pick up what you’re throwing down. This Lovebird prefers to nest in queer and inclusive spaces- With a keen eye on what the crowd is feeling, they bring both the fun and the funk to whatever event they play. Often quoted as saying “Donna Summer is my Queen” be sure to expect the gamut of disco all the way to reggae and modern hip hop.


BPM | Black Professionals In Music

Launched in February 2021 and facilitated by Sannie, BPM | Black Professionals in Music is a program via Manitoba Music that supports Black music professionals in Manitoba. BPM presents quarterly mixers for participants to meet and build their community and networks, followed by live performances. Participants can bring ideas, share their professional needs and barriers, and influence the future direction of the program. To get involved, please email bpm@manitobamusic.com. Participants music be residents of Manitoba and identify as a Black musicians or music industry professionals.



WAG-Qaumajuq has grown into one of the country’s leading visual art museums with an international reputation! Founded in 1912, the WAG is one of Canada’s first civic art galleries, housed in an iconic modernist building in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Opened in 2021, Qaumajuq is a contemporary architectural landmark that connects to the WAG building on all four levels.


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