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Manitoba Showcase Frequently Asked Questions

Manitoba Showcase 2022

SAVE THE DATE: October 26-29

4 Day Showcase & Conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Manitoba Showcase is an annual visual & performing arts conference that features
some of the best Canadian artists, from a wide range of genres, for Manitoban presenters
and galleries, connecting them with future opportunities and collaboration.

Host: Steinbach Arts Council

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We have put together some answers to the most frequently-asked questions about
Manitoba Showcase 2022 for you.

If you are looking for further information or need personal assistance, our staff will be pleased to help. If you have any questions/issues, do not hesitate to reach us at or call Toll Free: 1.866.919.2787.

2023 Manitoba Showcase

Click here and complete the registration form, then pay by either cheque, e-transfer, credit card, or paypal.

12 showcasing, 9 emerging, and 5 pitch artists over two days

We have our room rate reserved until September 27th. After that, the rate increases to their regular pricing.

You can cancel your showcase registration up to two weeks prior by emailing

Many sessions are open to artists and we recommend attending as many as possible to connect with presenters and develop relationships.

Come share your ideas with us! We highly recommend all the marketing sessions, the kairos blanket exercise and the Indigenization and multiculturalism session.

For most sessions, pre-registration is not required.

Only two sessions require pre-registration due to limited capacities:

  • Kairos Blanket Exercise – we will send out registration info in October.
  • One on one meetings with experts.

Yes. In your registration form, you can include dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegetarian, or food allergies.

Four meals are included in the delegate passes: Friday Lunch and Supper, Saturday Lunch and Supper. Meals are not included in the Showcase artist passes. Showcase artists can pick and choose and pay for any meals they wish to attend.

Canad Inns Portage la Prairie (2401 Saskatchewan Ave) is the primary location for this year’s Manitoba Showcase. The basement of Canad Inns is, unfortunately, not publicly wheelchair accessible but available via a service elevator. Located down one flight of stairs (fourteen steps), the basement is where the workshops and panels will take place (letters B and E on the timetable). If you should require accessibility assistance, please contact Manitoba Arts Network prior to the event at 204-943-0036, or by email at The first, second, and third floors of the Canad Inns are fully accessible. Canad Inns has five accessible rooms available to book.  

The Microtel Inn and Suites (5100 Crescent Road West Keeshkeemaquah) has a main floor that is fully accessible, and a second floor accessible by Wheelchair Accessible elevators. The Microtel Inn has four fully accessible rooms available to book. 
The Glesby Centre (11-2nd Street NE) and Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment (same address) are wheelchair accessible through the main entrance (western doors) of the building.  

Three emerging artists perform first at each Showcase, followed by performances by 4 Professional artists.

Pitch artists are selected by the jury but only receive 10 minutes. This is a way for members to see more artists.

MAN convenes a jury of 5, composed of MAN member presenters, an Indigenous artist, and a board member. We try to achieve equity, diversity, and inclusion in the jury composition.

The registration desk will be in the main lobby of the Canada Inns Hotel. There you can pick up your delegate badge needed to access the meals and events along with the event program.

You certainly can. If you would like them to attend any events or meals, you will need to register them and pay the full delegate price.

A detailed schedule is available on our website. A schedule will also be available in our program.

No, we will not have a conference app this year. Our mobile app provider closed their business due to COVID, and we are looking for a new provider for 2023.

Our MB Showcase website pages will be mobile-friendly, and we will change our home page to have quick links to the Showcase schedule and Artist information.

The easiest way to Portage from Winnipeg is by car, a 1.5 hour drive. Once there, it is only a 5 minute drive between the hotel and Showcase venue.

All travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the delegate or performers. A list of recommended hotels is on the website.

  • Each professional performer has 15 minutes to perform, followed up with a 5 minute interview with our Emcee on stage immediately following the performance.
  • Pitch artists get 10 minutes and no interview.
  • RBC Touring and Showcase program participants get to play 3 songs (10 minutes).
  • There will be 1 table each for the Showcase and Pitch artists, plus 3 tables for the 9 emerging artists.
  • We may allow other arts organizations to purchase a table that wish to connect with our delegates, provided space is available.

Manitoba Arts works closely with other Canadian Showcase events to support and nurture the touring sector across Canada. These include:

Through working together, we can continue to showcase the arts and foster creative communities in the process.