The conference will feature speakers, performances, panel discussions, real-life testimonials from artists and educators, parallel presentations, regional discussion groups, networking opportunities, and much more. Peer-to-peer and one-to-one career advice and information from Manitoba Arts Network staff, specialist advisors, and other showcase artists.
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Meet the Showcase Artists
4 days, 34 artists, 150 delegates Featuring some of the best Canadian visual and performing artists.
Category: Soul | Region: Alberta
Beatrice Love (Chandelle Holomego) is originally from Valleyview, Ab. Beatrice works from home and anywhere across Turtle Island. Beatrice represents Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation, Alberta of Treaty 8. Growing up Indigenous has greatly impacted, developed and honed her skills as a powerful singer-songwriter.
Beatrice believes in the limitless power of music; the power to heal, transform and inspire lies in the choice words of the lyrics, the measures of beats, the invitation to connect with how a
song can make us feel. Beatrice believes in truth and chooses to honor her truth through her music. Beatrice believes there are many ways to tell stories and wants to tell hers. Her prayer is to have the listener resonate with her on some level and come together, even if only for a moment to walk the journey together. In 2010 Beatrice won a radio competition called The Bounce Showdown, from here she got to work with veteran producers Mike James and Troy Samson.
Beatrice got radio play from a track produced from the win. During this time, Beatrice caught the interest of A&R executives
from label EMI. Beatrice was flown down to EMI headquarters in Toronto, On and was almost signed as a result. Unfortunately, it just was not her time. In 2011, Beatrice was also featured on
APTN First Tracks with her video, “Dirty Game”. To view video click here
Beatrice has written her debut album with 80 EMPIRE. “On The Road to Nowhere”, is her testimony in music form. Beatrice has yet to start the release of her album.
The love of music was planted in her heart from her father, who has been a lifelong musician. Notable artists that Beatrice credits for her development as an artist are Joss Stone, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys and some old greats such as Otis Redding, Percy Sledge and Etta James. Beatrice is a self taught vocalist, but started working with a vocal coach in 2019 to help strengthen and learn the
fundamentals of vocal care to preserve her instrument.
Beatrice says, “I believe in the truth. I choose to honor my truth-through my music. I believe it’s important to say something, give something and leave something for others. Legacy is built in what we leave in others after we go. And I simply want to do my part.”
Since coming back onto the music scene in September 2018, Beatrice has had the privilege to share many stages with some of Canada’s biggest talents. Sharing the stage with Juno award recipients such as Derrick Miller, Celeigh Cardinal, and social media sensation Chelsie Young and Queen of the Oilpatch Icesis Rain. She has also performed on the 2019 Indspire Awards, and hosted and performed on the 2019 Indigenous Music Awards. Beatrice has written collaborations with Mary Black, Chelsie Young, Richard Woodman and has plans to co-write with Tracy Bone. The future is bright and just beginning for the proud mother of five. Stay tuned for her colorful melodies and infectious anthems like, “Warrior”…
Category: Classical | Region: Québec
Since 2002, Buzz Brass quintet has been travelling all over the globe to captivate classical music lovers. Whether its concerts consist of brass quintet alone or together with guest
musicians, the original artistic propositions it presents leave nobody cold.
With over 1,600 appearances to its credit, the ensemble has reached more than 350,000 music lovers throughout North America, Europe and China. The numerous awards and distinctions that Buzz Brass has earned over the years (Opus, ADISQ, and Trille Or) attest to both the quality and the relevance of its musical performances.
Thanks to numerous innovative programmes, praiseworthy recordings, a unique repertoire and a vision of classical concerts that reaches out to a wide audience, the group now features among the most reputable brass quintets in Canada.
Its appearances abroad (Edinburgh’s 2015 Fringe Festival, Beijing’s 2016 Meet in Beijing Arts Festival, and New York’s 2018 Chamber Music America) enable Canadian musicians’ know-how to shine forth and inspire youths from everywhere to learn music.
Its latest productions have had Buzz collaborating with established symphony orchestras such as those of Gatineau, Sherbrooke, Winnipeg and Quebec City as well as with Ottawa’s National
Arts Centre Orchestra.
Dizzy & Fay
Category: Jazz | Region: Ontario
Inspired by the great composers of the American Songbook, Dizzy & Fay co-write original jazz songs that echo timeless standards. Think late nights, jazz cigarettes and songs you swear you’ve loved your whole life.
Fay is Amanda Walther – A Juno nominated singer-songwriter and
award winning composer from Toronto, Amanda has spent most of
her career as half of acclaimed folk-roots duo Dala, touring
throughout North America for over 18 years.
Dizzy is Mark Lalama – Canadian singer/songwriter/pianist/producer, he has performed extensively and recorded and/ or toured with many artists including Guido Basso, Molly Johnson, Jackie Richardson, Marc Jordan, Chrissie Hynde, Olivia Newton John, Harry Manx, and many more.
But…how did Dizzy and Fay become Dizzy & Fay?
It was the ‘Essential Ella’ recording she heard as a child that started it all for Amanda. It was love at first listen and spawned a love for other greats: Sinatra, Julie London, Nina Simone ..she called it her ‘secret heart music.’
For Mark it was the 1975 ‘Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry’ record that started it all. Suddenly he had all kinds of
questions, an interest in jazz and a reverence for
this giant of jazz piano.
But It wasn’t until they were on the same tour in Ontario that Mark and Amanda found themselves on stage together. Soon the two started jamming on backstage pianos between sound checks and performances.
As Mark recalls, “..from the time I heard her sing this music, I was completely sold. She lives in every note, every word, every breath.”
Amanda felt a similar connection, “Mark’s not just playing the piano, he’s telling a story. It doesn’t matter what song or style he’s playing, you can hear his voice.”
“Walther’s dusky, sensual, pitch-perfect voice (bringing to mind Julie London) is the ideal companion for Lalama’s sensitive piano work…Make no mistake – Dizzy and Fay are highly musical tunesmiths and storytellers.”
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What came next was inevitable! With songwriting being such an integral part of their lives and careers they notched up the writing sessions and soon discovered a repertoire taking shape. The Dizzy & Fay Songbook was being written. With lock-downs in place, there were no venues to play. So they decided to build their own; the Dizzy and Fay Speakeasy. Through a secret door at dizzyandfay.com guests can enter a world of timeless jazz standards, late night jazz cigarettes and everything else you might think is cool.
The Speakeasy is where you can see their live performances and check out their newest tunes. Escape for as long as you like. At the Speakeasy, you’re always on the guest list.
Category: Jazz | Region: Saskatchewan
18 year old Jake Vaadeland is a self taught multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Saskatchewan, Canada. His traditional sound and unique style could be defined as a blend of Bluegrass and 50s Rockabilly, with Jake also specializing on guitar and banjo in addition to his impressive vocals.
Jake strives to write and play with a focus on storytelling and messages that he hopes his audience can relate to, all packaged in foot stomping, high energy performances with The Sturgeon River Boys.
“He cut a foppish figure and seemed to have stepped right off of a Greyhound Scenic Cruiser double-decker bus, fresh from the fertile plains of Saskatchewan, bound for Music City with a pocket full of songs, a guitar, and the dog-eared stub of a one-way ticket. Jake had just enough attitude to let you know that he wasn’t kidding…a healthy dose of bravado and svelte, and a double dose of knowing who he was and where he wanted to go while working out for himself how to get there.” –
Mississippi Chris Sharp,
The Bluegrass Standard, Rancho Mirage, California
Category: Roots | Region: Manitoba
As a matter of survival, we have all clung
to silver linings throughout the
pandemic. Canadian singer songwriter
JP Hoe is emerging from the crisis with his
sixth studio offering, ‘Botanicals’.
‘Botanicals’ encapsulates JP’s journey
over the past few years, in trying to find
the balance between attentive
father/husband/friend and lifelong
Sole songwriter, self-engineering and producing the album, he attempts to live up to his admired jack-of-all- trade predecessors (Sufjan Stevens, Hawksley Workman, Tom Petty) to name a few. The outcome is a heartfelt collection of songs cloaked
in JP’s fingerprints and creative perception.
As the dust settles and a new normal becomes reality, so too is JP adapting to these challenges. Stopping is not an option. Corralling an audience to sing along at the top of their lungs or sharing a moment in the lobby with a stranger over a shared tragedy; these are the moments he wants back. Whether contributing to
soundtracks on film or tv, or performing on stages halfway across the world, his songs have the capacity to connect audiences of all shades.
The stories JP loves to share between the music reveal a person still searching, and someone who isn’t ashamed to laugh at his failures along the way. The silver lining of the past two years for him has been a passionate reminder to carry the adventure forward; throwing everything you have at it and leaving nothing to regret.
Category: Folk | Region: Manitoba
Madeleine Roger is a folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. While skillfully accompanying
herself on acoustic guitar, it is her artistry as a songwriter and storyteller that can silence a room, uniting her lyrical prowess with breathtaking melodies that linger long after they are sung.
Her critically-acclaimed debut album Cottonwood combines the elegant storytelling of folk traditions with the grounded vibe of roots music. It is a collection of songs that reflect on femininity and equality, the majesty of the wilderness, and the beautiful awkwardness of trying to love another person. Cottonwood quickly garnered acclaim, reaching the No. 1 spot on the National folk/roots charts in Canada. It also saw Madeleine nominated for both “English Songwriter of the Year” at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards and “Producer of the Year” at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards.
She has toured extensively across Canada and Europe sharing her music live at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival of Arts and
Crafts, Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Club, and Festival Du Voyageur, among others.
Madeleine co-produced and co-engineered Cottonwood with Lloyd Peterson (The Wailin’ Jenny’s, The Weakerthans, James Keelaghan) at Paintbox Recording in Winnipeg. The album was proudly made with gender parity – half of the producers, audio engineers, musicians, and other artists identify as women.
It was written from Madeleine’s home in Winnipeg, Canada in a woodstove-heated cabin that her great-grandparents built in the Manitoba backwoods. She is currently in production for her sophomore album with producer Josh Kaufman (Josh Ritter, Bob
Weir, The National, The Hold Steady, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bonny Light Horseman) which will be released in early 2023.
“A glimpse into the machinations of someone who is attentive to the world around her.” – Exclaim!
“Madeleine’s excellent songwriting, ear for traditional-sounding melodies, fabulous voice, and skillful guitar playing give them a timeless quality, though they speak directly to our time.” –
“Madeleine Roger is a folk/roots tour-de-force. Driven and grounded with both eyes on the horizon, there
are few artists with as much gumption as Madeleine Roger, while maintaining old-world compassion and
an unbending smile. Her fantastical folk songs are buoyant and relatable, with warm soft themes and
boundless connective tissue.” – BreakOut West
Category: Country | Region: Manitoba
Born north of the 55th parallel in Thompson, Manitoba, and raised just outside Riding Mountain National Park, Nelson Little has been performing and entertaining audiences for the
last decade and more.
A captivating songwriter, and energetic performer, He has made his way across the Canadian provinces time and time again, proving himself as one of the hardest working musicians around, working tirelessly to tell his story and share his songs.
He has shared the stage with acts Charlie Major, The Sheepdogs, and has performed at some of Canada’s biggest festivals including AbDay Live and Festival du Voyageur.
Nelson draws inspiration from real life events, stories passed down through family, and the ups and downs of life, and creates something that not only people can relate to, but will
leave a lasting impression. Little, who is of Metis heritage, was awarded the APCMA’s Most Outstanding Manitoban award in 2014, the same year he saw an APCMA nomination for his song ‘Only You’. He had further success with his single ‘Keep Me Close’, making it to #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown in 2020.
2021 saw the release of his latest single ‘Nickel Mine’ which made its way to commercial Country radio, and was picked up my numerous playlists. The same year he was nominated for three Manitoba Country Music Awards awards. Nelson will release his new single ‘High Road’ on May 20.
Notas de 4
Category: Jazz | Region: Alberta
Notas de 4 is SILVIA TEMIS
(front woman, vocals, jaleos*, percussion, dance),
(violin, mandolin, accordion, chorus)
(flamenco dance, percussions, jaleos)
ROSENDO CHENDY LEON
Notas de 4 is Calgary’s original Latin Jazz ensemble, winner of Best World Recording of the year 2020 by YYC MUSIC Awards and nominated to WCMA as Global Artist of the year 2021. The ensemble’s original compositions are inspired from Flamenco, Latin Jazz and traditional music from Cuba and Mexico.
Currently Notas de 4 is producing their 2nd record to be released in the fall of 2022 with the help of Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In January 2020 Notas de 4 was in 4th place in the National International chart by !earshot.
The band released their first full-length album “Rosas y Lirios” (Roses & Lilies) in September 2019. The recording project was possible thanks to the help of Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFFA) and FACTOR Canada.
Their performance has been described as Intense, edgy and dreamy; a reimagination of Latin music composed in a uniquely Canadian landscape. The group consisting of the city’s top world musicians deliver very personal and powerful performances fueled by traditional pieces from across Latin America drawing inspiration from bands like Natalia Lafourcade, Lhasa de Sela, Los Panchos and traditional flamenco.
The group has performed in notable sold-out stages including the National Music Centre by Casa Mexico, TEDxCalgary Talk Music, Lolita’s Lounge, Pro-Arts Noon Series, The Junction and Expo Latino in several years. The CD release party is at Arts Common’s
amazing acoustic venue “Big Secret Theatre” on October the 19th
in downtown Calgary.
*jaleos (words of encouragement, traditional to Andalusia)
Category: Comedy | Region: Ontario
CCMA nominated country artist Rory Gardiner has shared the stage with a number of great country acts like Keith Urban. You’ve heard his music on Television starring actors like Kevin Nealon, or pro athletes like Chris Bosh & Arnold Palmer.
Rory’s debut Nashville recorded country album “Break Free” was released in 2009. He has appeared on multiple CMT(Country Music Television) nationally broadcasted reality shows, and his original tunes have been recorded by other artists, or used for podcasts, mobile apps and commercials airing daily throughout North America
His 6th studio album, called “Be You” was nominated for a CCMA(Canadian Country Music Award). He has been lucky enough to tour the world, and share the stage with a number of incredible artists, including his guitar idol Keith Urban.
When mother nature sent a tornado through his neighbourhood, he created an improvised comedy sketch that caught the attention of TEDx Colorado, inviting him to give a TED Talk on using humor as a coping mechanism.
Deciding he could make a bigger impact through laughter, he combines stand-up comedy with music, connecting with audiences in performing art centers, clubs, cruise ships & corporate events throughout Canada, USA & Australia.
He has made a number of television appearances for brands like Under Armor, or shows like The Handmaids Tale. His TikTok videos have over 30 Million views around the world. Rory’s comedy sketches have been featured on Funny or Die, America’s Funniest Videos, and you can hear his latest comedy record “Modern Day Problems” on all streaming platforms.
Category: Jazz | Region: Ontario
JUNO Award-winning artist Sammy Jackson is an emerging Jamaican-Canadian singer- songwriter recognized for her distinct sound, fusing elements of Jazz, R&B and Pop. Growing up, she regularly found opportunities to perform and develop as a musician, which led her to pursue a Bachelor of Music in Performance specializing in Jazz Voice from the University of Toronto. During her education, she studied with accomplished vocalists including Alex Samaras, Christine Duncan and Sienna Dahlen.
As a rising presence in Toronto and Niagara, Sammy has performed at notable venues
and events such as the Glenn Gould Studio, Jazz.FM91’s One-Stop Jazz Safari, The
Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, Luminato, and TIFF Bell Lightbox to name a few. In
addition to performing and leading her own band, Sammy has shared the stage with
renowned musicians such as Barbra Lica, Robi Botos, Rich Brown, and Larnell Lewis.
The annual Manitoba Showcase is invaluable to rural arts organizations. We have a chance to view a variety of performances from Canada and the U.S. and make an informed decision to bring these performances to our community.
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