Manitoba Showcase Meet the Showcase & Pitch Artists

Manitoba Showcase 2022

Meet the Showcase & Pitch Artists

October 27-30, 2022

4 Day Showcase & Conference

Venue: Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment

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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.

Click here for playlists of: Pitch Artists on Youtube, Artists on Youtube, and Artists on Spotify.

4 days, 32 artists, 150 delegates Featuring some of the best Canadian visual and performing artists.


Meet The Pitch Artists

Friday, October 28 | 5 PM – 6 PM
5 jury selected artists, 10 minutes each

These Pitch sessions provide a shorter snapshot of what they have to offer rural presenters. It is an additional opportunity to meet and see more artists (theatre, dance, music, etc.) that are not showcasing in the Glesby Theatre.
The Pitches are low tech with no rehearsal in advance.

Note: Bromantics Pitch Timelsot – Saturday Late Night Networking Event

Here is the lineup for the Pitch artists:

The Stanley County Cut-Ups

Category: Folk | Region: Manitoba

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From hard drivin’ banjo solos to four part harmony singing, blues infused mandolin breaks and hair-raising fiddle tunes, this quintet covers all the bluegrass bases. Some nights, when the moon is just so, you can even hear the wail of a lonesome Dobro.

This group has been playing together in different configurations for close to 20 years and their performances have been described as “more than fine” and “refilling my folk music cup” by audience members.

The Cut-ups include Jess Reimer on bass, fiddler Jeremy Penner, Jeremy Hamm on mandolin and fiddle, banjo/dobro player Tim Osmond and guitarist T.J. Blair. Vocal harmonies are featured prominently in two, three or four parts in a bluegrass style over original compositions and traditional numbers. To hear them come together to perform as a bluegrass band is sure to lure fans of The Stanley Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Bill Monroe, Hazel Dickens and others from the bluegrass canon.

Chase Padgett

Category: Music & Comedy | Region: Florida

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Chase Padgett’s show 6 Guitars is a pitch perfect blend of music, comedy, and storytelling. Chase Padgett, semi-finalist on Season 1 of Fox’s newest reality singing show ‘Alter Ego,’ delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 original guitar playing characters – each representing a different genre: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country.

As the show unfolds, the audience is treated to the stories and songs each character has learned over a lifetime of music. From a 20 year old aspiring rocker to an elderly Blues man who’s seen it all, these original characters bring fresh fun to the styles we all love.

Packed with plenty of laughs, great tunes, and moving musical stories, 6 Guitars is an unforgettable night out for any music lover at heart.

Geneviève Racette

Category: Folk/Pop/Americana| Region: Quebec

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Nationally renowned Québécois folk-pop musician Geneviève Racette has captivated listeners with her gentle, yet compelling, emotional resonance, and garnered impressive industry support for her folk-pop tracks ever since her first EP in 2014.

Through her vulnerable lyricism and ethereal vocals, Geneviève has emerged as a rising star in both French and English-speaking Canadian music scenes.

Satellite, Geneviève’s third full-length record (March 2022), is a 9-song collection delivering honest stories of self-discovery and reflection through the cycle of love. The recognition Satellite received upon its release has been even greater than Geneviève has experienced in the past. With glowing critique from major outlets, including Rolling Stone, Exclaim!, CBC, Women of Americana, Americana Music Association, Sirius XM and countless other publications and radio stations, this has undoubtedly been her most successful release to date.

Sarah Hagen

Category: Classical| Region: Prince Edward Island

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Awarded as Artist of the Year by both Ontario Contact (2017) and the BC Touring Council (2015), and mentioned by The Guardian (Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014, pianist Sarah Hagen’s interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive” [University of Water- loo Gazette], “played flawlessly” [Review, Vancouver]. Her extensive touring has taken her across Canada, to Sweden, France, Germany and Italy, and twice to New York City’s Carnegie Hall.

In 2021Hagen released her fourth album, J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, which was heralded by Whole Note Magazine as “something to absolutely die for.” Her previous albums include Women of Note, featuring two female composers of the 19th century, which won the 2021 Music PEI Instrumental Recording of the Year; Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Glass House Dancing, which was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.

In addition to writing wine reviews for her blog, “ARTIST WINES! – Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets,” Sarah tours a one-woman musical comedy show called “Perk up, pianist!” of which the Edmonton Journal wrote, “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.”

Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen’s extensive touring has taken her across Canada, to Sweden, France, Germany and Italy, and twice to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Awarded as Artist of the Year
by both Ontario Contact (2017) and the BC Touring Council (2015), and mentioned by The Guardian (Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014, her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive” [University of Waterloo Gazette], ”played flawlessly” [Review, Vancouver].

A visionary and an idealist, Sarah’s performances are conceptually innovative, involving photography, dance and spoken word. She is Artistic Director for Project Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. Her collaboration “Exultation” with Canadian Slam Poetry Champion Brendan McLeod explored Rachmaninoff’s complete Opus 32 Preludes through poetry and storytelling.

An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violist Nicolò Eugelmi, cellist Phillip Hansen, violinist Robert Uchida, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, horn player Oto Carrillo, soprano
Barbara Livingston, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, the Bergmann Piano Duo, jazz pianist Søren Bebe, clarinettist Keith MacLeod, among many others. Sarah has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra with conductor Bujar Llapaj, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific with conductor Arthur Arnold. As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Sarah was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013.

In 2021 Hagen released her fourth album, J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations, which was heralded by Whole Note Magazine as “something to absolutely die for.” Her previous albums include Women of Note, featuring two female composers of the 19th century, which won the 2021 Music PEI Instrumental Recording of the Year; Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and Glass House Dancing, which was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Sarah has been heard nationally on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert in a live recording with violinist Joan Blackman and cellist Ariel Barnes. She was also featured in a live recording and discussion of Schumann’s Papillons on CBC Radio One’s North by Northwest with host Sheryl MacKay. In Helsingborg, Sweden in 2006 she recorded with Swedish cellist Marit Sjödin, creating Concealed Diamonds, an album of masterworks for cello and piano. Sarah has completed five residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and enjoyed two terms there as collaborative pianist.

During her years on the west coast of Canada, Sarah founded nine concert series, curating each one individually, and inviting artists from across Canada and around the world to share the stage
with her. She has toured throughout Sweden numerous times with cellist Marit Sjödin, violinist Ian Peaston, and Per Johansson, principal clarinet of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra.
Other international concerts of note include a recital at DePaul University with Oto Carrillo, hornist in the Chicago Symphony, Schumann Piano Quintet in Darmstadt with members of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and a performance at Carnegie Hall with Polish flautist Krzysztof Kaczka.

In addition to writing wine reviews for her blog, “ARTIST WINES! – Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets,” Sarah is an awkward but enthusiastic tap dancer. She also tours a one-woman musical
comedy show called “Perk up, pianist!” of which the Edmonton Journal wrote, “Her comic timing is as solid as her musical meter.” Sarah’s motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls regardless of age or knowledge.

The Bromantics

Category: 50s Doo-Wop/Rock & Roll | Region: Saskatchewan

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Formed in the summer of 2013, The Bromantics are a Saskatchewan six piece that perform a sensational tribute to the 50s. It is certainly worth noting that they also perform original music following similar chord progressions, while working within the parameters of the genre.

In making use of warm brass instruments in combination with vintage guitar tones accompanied by doo-wop style harmonies, The Bromantics are reviving the era with a youthful energy. They have recorded live sessions through Blue Door Studios and in collaboration with Nyshe Media based out of Vancouver, have released several videos that encompass precisely how they look and sound live. They are now in the process of writing a debut EP to be released this year.

The Bromantics have been performing consistently since they formed and are only gaining more notice. They were invited to showcase in 2019 and were received by the audience
with the same sensational energy the band emits on stage, this led to 30+ tour dates and countless new friendships and networks. Post Showcase, The Bromantics are focusing on their larger scale Sock-Hop events where the audience are taught two hours of Swing and Jive steps prior, and are encouraged to dress in full costume to create a truly authentic experience.

The contagious genre of music, combined with their high-energy stage performances, have proved successful in creating a nostalgic atmosphere that also promises to have everybody twisting the
night away!

Opening Reception

Dawn Marie Chartrand

Year 2, 2023 Touring Artist

Dawn Marie Chartrand is an Indigenous singer/songwriter based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is from Rolling River First Nation, Manitoba.

A married mom of 5 and grandma of 9, she is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Winnipeg local rock/blues band, “Shades of Dawn”. Dawn has been singing and playing guitar since childhood and considers her musical influences to include the diverse rock and blues styles of music icons Etta James, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash and Tina Turner. Dawn has performed with her band in various communities across Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Dawn considers herself to be an advocate and supporter of Indigenous women in music and hopes that one day women will be equally represented in the Indigenous music scene and treated as such by their male counterparts.

Gator Beaulieu

Year 3, 2024 Touring artist

Gator Beaulieu is an Anishinaabe Country Singer from Ebb and Flow First Nation in Treaty 2 Territory and Sandy Bay First Nation in Treaty 1 Territory, Manitoba, Canada.

Beaulieu’s official music video for his latest single “Highway Number Six” is now available on YouTube and has been receiving a lot of press coverage including CBC.

“Hard Hearted Woman”, a single Gator had collaborated with blues great Billy Joe Green recently hit #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown that’s airs on NCI FM The Spirit of Manitoba and aired on Sirus XM every Saturday.

SHOWCASE 1
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 | 7:00-9:30 PM

Sammy Jackson

Category: Jazz | Region: Ontario

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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.

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.

In 2021, Sammy Jackson’s latest release With You won a Juno Award for “Vocal Jazz Album of the Year”. This project is a 5-track EP featuring original compositions in collaboration with vocalist and songwriter Jacqueline Teh. It showcases music that is honest and relatable while exploring themes of vulnerability, broken relationships, and love.

Sammy’s distinct approach to songwriting captivates a diverse audience through her blend of Jazz, R&B, and Pop. Additionally, With You features some of Canada’s most outstanding musicians, including Tom Fleming, Chris Pruden, Mark Godfrey and Ian Wright.

Obsidiana Duo

Category: Classical | Region: Ontario

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Experience rediscovered gems from Ibero-American musical culture and history, as vocalist Camila Montefusco and pianist Yolanda Tapia share their passion for performing folk art music at the highest artistic level.

Obsidiana Duo take their name from the glassy volcanic rock at the heart of ancient Mesoamerican culture – a sacred stone with the ability to reflect light from darkness. The rich colour and tone of Montefusco’s mezzo-soprano voice pairs with Tapia’s vibrant classical piano in this showcase of historically-excluded composers and repertoire celebrating an intriguing diversity.

Since first meeting at the University of Western Ontario in 2019, Montefusco and Tapia have formed a solid musical bond which casts a glow on exquisite folk songs from their countries of origin (Brazil and Mexico).

Combined with Canadian lullabies and ballads which highlight the love and respect they have for their adopted country, this program spotlights a wide variety of music styles and traditions drawn from across the Americas.

Dizzy & Fay

Category: Jazz | Region: Ontario

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Dizzy & Fay is a songwriting duo on a mission to share their heart-forward music with the world.

Inspired by the composers of the American Songbook, Dizzy’s passionate piano and Fay’s romantic voice are the perfect pairing; resulting in original jazz songs that sound fresh, while somehow also echoing timeless standards.

Based in Toronto and Fenwick ON, these two songsmiths arrived on the Canadian jazz scene with their debut album ‘Songbook’, which received a glowing review from The Whole note and made several top 20 in 2021 lists. Their intuitive musical chemistry is so undeniable that you’d think they’ve been playing together for an eternity, or at the very least longer than the three small years since the inception of Dizzy & Fay.

Buzz Brass

Category: Classical | Region: Quebec

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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 programs, 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.

RBC Emerging Artists

Mic-North

Mic North

Mic North aka Nigel Pahl is a black / indigenous artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. North has used music as a tool to change his life and make it out of the streets and gang culture in Winnipeg. Mic North has worked with Peter Jackson from Toronto and currently has a hit single TIGT that is climbing the Indigenous Top 40.

Jesse Bandura

Jesse Bandura

Jesse Bandura is a singer-songwriter and recording artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bandura infuses his love of country and rock into his music. Jesse got his first guitar at age nine and has honed his craft playing live across Western Canada over the past 14 years. Bandura’s musical style has been linked to Jason Aldean, Steve Earl and Kidd Rock. Bandura has a new single, set for release Sept 2022, guaranteed to keep you country!

SHOWCASE 2
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 | 2:00-4:30 PM

Madeleine Roger

Category: Contemporary Folk | Region: Manitoba

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Madeleine Roger is a folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, MB. 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. Madeleine’s music combines the elegant storytelling of folk traditions with the grounded vibe of roots music.

Her critically-acclaimed debut album Cottonwood 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.

She is currently working on her sophomore album with producer Josh Kaufman (Anaïs Mitchell, Bob Weir, Amy Helm, Josh Ritter), a deeply personal body of work examining every nook and cranny of love and loss. It represents Madeleine’s best songwriting to date, and sits in the sweet spot between heartbreaking vulnerability and wide-eyed playfulness.

Nelson Little

Category: Contemporary Folk | Region: Manitoba

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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.

Beatrice Love

Category: Soul/R&B | Region: Alberta

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If James Brown and Janis Joplin had a child, it would be Beatrice Love. Her voice is the perfect combination of whiskey and cigarettes, a cross-pollination of velvety smooth juxtaposed by sorrowful raspiness which is addictive upon first listen.

Beatrice is from Treaty 8 and grew up in Valleyview, Alberta. It was here where she honed her skills as a powerful singer-songwriter. Beatrice is a life skills coach/facilitator, performer and speaker of honoring her truth. Her album, “On The Road to Nowhere”, is her testimony in music form.

Her album is a powerful narrative of her life story. The album focuses on bringing the darkness to the light, healing and owning her truth. As a believer, Beatrice identifies and believes in the Power of Hope, Deliverance and Redemption. Her Faith carries and sustains her. Beatrice is a living testimony that anything is possible when one has faith and believes.

Notas de 4

Category: World Music / Dance | Region: Alberta

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Notas de 4 is Calgary’s original Latin Folk & Jazz ensemble. The ensemble’s original compositions are inspired from Flamenco, Latin Jazz and traditional music from Cuba and Mexico and Spain. Their performance has been described as Intense, edgy and dreamy; a reimagination of Latin music composed in a uniquely Canadian landscape.

RBC Emerging Artists

Clayton Rudy

Clayton Rudy (Mahogany Frog)

Clayton recently joined Winnipeg-based psych rock band Mahogany Frog on bass and synth.  His previous projects include Toronto-based Bowie tribute band Life On Mars (guitar) and political rock outfit Iron Age Mystics (bass).  A Fransaskois who recently returned to the prairies, Clayton’s full artistic energy is focused on bringing the heft of Mahogany Frog’s 2021 and 2022 double-length releases onto the stage while diving into the writing project for next year’s expected LP.

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Jay Alaska

Jay Alaska is a Canadian artist and producer, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. From hard beats with jaw-dropping lyricism, to upbeat pop like R&B flows, his broad range of music and flow capability is sure to captivate you. Jay Alaska comes with a cool confidence that you don’t see often. His numbers speak for themselves, as he already has over 100 000 streams on Spotify alone in less than a year of releasing music.

SHOWCASE 3
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30 | 7:00-9:30 PM

Rory Gardiner

Laughing in the face of adversity

Category: Comedy & Music | Region: Ontario

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Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) -nominated artist Rory Gardiner has shared the stage with A-List country acts such as Keith Urban. You may also recognize him from multiple appearances on various CMT reality shows. As a stand up comedian, his TikTok videos have over 50 Million views, his YouTube sketches have been featured on Funny or Die, and America’s Funniest Videos.

When mother nature sent a tornado through his neighbourhood in 2018, he gave a TEDx talk in Colorado on using humor as a coping mechanism.

Discovering he could make a real impact through laughter, he combines stand-up comedy with music, connecting with audiences in performing art centres, clubs, cruise ships & corporate events across North America.

JP Hoe

Category: Jazz/Blues | Region: Ontario

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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.

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.

Candy Bones

Category: Theatre | Region: British Columbia

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What happens if we deny our deepest dreams and desires? Bobert is a silent character a la Charlie Chaplin who has a little red bird for a heart. His story asks us, what happens if we are to deny our deepest dreams and desires? Teetering on the brink of absolute failure, love-sick Bobert discovers his heart to be more important than he knew.

From award-winning creator and actor Candice Roberts, comes a clown tour de force of comedy and conundrum.  With vintage silent film styling, shadow puppetry, stop motion animation projections, dance and live music, the world of Ideas Bobert is rich with magic and creativity.

Like Ginger Rogers meets Mr. Bean on the Muppet show, Ideas Bobert dances with the hilarious absurd

Jake Vaadeland & the Sturgeon River Boys

Category: Rockabilly/Bluegrass| Region: Saskatchewan

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Jake Vaadeland is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Saskatchewan, Canada. His traditional sound could be defined as a blend of Bluegrass and 50s Rockabilly 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.

Jake received 4 2022 Saskatchewan Country Music Awards: Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Alternative Country Album of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year.

His album, Retro Man also finished at #2 in fan voting for the Best Saskatchewan Albums of 2021. 

RBC Emerging Artists

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Greg Personius

Emerging artist Greg Personius calls Opaskwayak Cree Nation home and is an active community member and a proud new father to his first child. Inspired by music such as country legends, music is everything to him.

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Kwiat – Ashley Bieniarz

Kwiat (kwai·uht) is a Métis Polish avant-pop artist, heavily influenced by post-romanticism. With sophisticated vocals and elaborate piano melodies, the Winnipeg-based songstress captivates audiences through raw, intimate, and dramatic performances. Each song blossoms into its own lush and distinct sound while drawing inspiration from notable artists such as Fiona Apple, Japanese Breakfast, and Regina Spektor. Kwiat plans to make her official debut in the Fall of 2022.

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Ben Stopfel

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ben Stopfel’s folk-inspired and honest songs are all about learning to make peace with melancholy. In his new EP titled ‘The Garden’, he retells his coming of age story, moving out on his own from a small town in Ontario. With themes of loneliness, anxiety, and the daunting fear of the unknown, Ben’s soothing yet emotive vocals tell a story that is entirely his own, yet relatable to anyone who has ever felt the lonely ache that comes with growing older.

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