Block Booking Program
Take advantage of collective buying power to book performing artist tours at reduced fees.
MAN coordinates performance tours through our Block Booking process. Our Performing Arts Coordinator facilitates discussions amongst our members collecting the interest from presenters in the performances they saw at Manitoba Showcase and want to bring to their communities. The goal is to foster collaboration between communities in order to take advantage of collective buying power to book performing artists from across Canada (and sometimes internationally) at reduced fees. This process allows presenters to bring in performers they could not otherwise afford.
An average touring season coordinated by MAN yields:
- 10-15 tours
- 50-60 performances in member communities across Manitoba
- attended by over 10,000 Manitobans
- resulting in up to $190,000 in artist fees throughout the year
What are the benefits
MAN liaises between presenters and artists/agents over 5 months (November – March) to collect bids from presenters and submit tour offers to the showcasing artists/agents, saving both the presenters and the artists time and money. Participating in a block booked tour can offer reduced artists rates, sometimes up to $500, compared to booking an artist independently.
How do artists participate
From February to March artists apply to I Want to Showcase.ca to apply for an opportunity to perform a 20-minute live showcase (sample of their show) to a dedicated audience of presenters and buyers. 15 performing artists are selected by a jury, featuring a wide range of genres and disciplines. MAN is committed to ensuring equity, inclusivity, and representation in our sector.
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Interested in booking an artist? Here’s how:
- Both members and non-members can book artists. Members pay a 5% booking fee, and non-members pay 8%. Click here to become a member.
- Review the list of artists and identify the top 8-10 artists you are interested in.
- Identify the months of the season you are open.
- Determine the day of the week that would be your ideal performance day.
- Contact the Performing Arts Coordinator and include the above information.
- The coordinator will send you a link to our online block booking spreadsheet.
- Determine what price you are willing to pay for each artist.
- Submit a confidential bid to MAN January/February. Link to bidding guide here.
- Artist accepts/negotiates/declines the collective offer submitted by MAN.
- MAN issues artist/presenter agreements for digital signing.
- MAN pays the artist directly and invoices you for the artist fee and a 5% booking fee one month prior to the performance date.
- MAN sends you a performance evaluation to complete.
Amy Bishop’s voice is a combination of smooth pavement and rough gravel. She can charm listeners with her sweet tones, yet stun audiences with her ability to hit any high note. Hailing from Calgary, Amy began her music career around campfires, at block parties, and in church choir. Her passion for music has led her to collaborations with Moby and opening for April Wine, Farmer’s Daughter, and Chris Cummings. Amy “wowed” Canada with her appearance on CTV “The Launch” in 2018. This opened up industry doors as she was quickly signed by both a booking agency and a management company.
Sierra Noble has been a well-known part of the Canadian music scene since a very young age, beginning her touring career when she was only 14 years old. As a singer-songwriter, she has opened for international legends Bon Jovi, and Paul McCartney.
Jacob Brodovsky is a singer-songwriter from Winnipeg who transforms stories of mundane people and places into emotional, driving tunes with straightforward yet smart lyricism.
When you combine the talent and careers of these two artists, the result is heartfelt harmonies and longing lyrics reminiscent of collaborations like Carole King and James Taylor.
Emerging violinist Christina Bouey has been hailed by the New York Times and a myriad of media for artistry that is described by Opera News as “exquisite, quivering beauty.” The winner of numerous prizes and competitions, she plays an 1820 Pressenda on generous loan from the Canada Council Instrument Bank. Lauded for “the emotion of his playing and his impeccable control” by Audiophilia, Acadian pianist Pierre-André Doucet was named to CBC Radio’s Top 30 under 30 in 2014. He has performed extensively in Canada, United States, and Europe.
The Doll Sisters
The Doll Sisters are a fierce duo with a fistful of heart. Drawing from their rich Irish and Scottish heritage, as well as from roots and rock, they have created an unorthodox and captivating sound that is uniquely their own. Skillful multi-instrumentalists, they fuse unbridled vocals and stellar song writing to electrify audiences across North America. And yes, they are actually sisters – and their last name really is Doll.
Gator Beaulieu is a singer/songwriter/entertainer from Ebb and Flow and Sandy Bay First Nation, Manitoba. Gator is passionate about country music, blues, jazz and rock and roll. In his earlier years, Gator was inspired by Johnny Cash, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Merle Haggard to name a few, and like a boy and his dog, Gator and his guitar were inseparable.
Gator has competed in talent shows across Manitoba and started playing bars, pubs, restaurants, parties and socials at the age of 18. Now in his late 20’s, Gator is a husband and a father of three and enjoys the balance of family life and music life. Gator is performing as part of the Indigenous Artist Development Program.
Jane Cory and Kyle Burghout
Canadian fiddle champions Jane Cory and Kyle Burghout have been performing for over a decade, and have played to audiences across Canada, the USA, and Europe. Both growing up in areas with rich fiddling traditions—Cory in Manitoba and Burghout in the Ottawa Valley—their shows feature a blend of the traditional tunes they grew up playing and contemporary tunes written by fiddlers from across Canada and beyond, including many compositions of their own. Cory and Burghout also draw on their background in classical music to create lush harmonies and exciting arrangements, ranging from lyrical waltzes and airs to toe-tapping jigs and reels. Cory and Kyle are performing as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship Program.
Jenn Beaupré sways the masses with her inimitable voice. She pairs technical agility with a natural ability to discern and reinterpret the underlying truth of a song. She has seen success in every sphere of performance she’s embraced, from intimate concert halls with nothing but her piano, to widely celebrated platforms such as Canadian Idol, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and The Moscow Ballet.
Arcana Kings exemplify the honest, hard working, and proud (yet humble) spirit of Canada. Their brand of melodic ear candy is a feast for the senses. With bagpipes, a kilt, crunching guitars, a hip-shaking rhythm section, and boundless energy, they work their butts off to consistently thrill fans. Their one-of-a-kind live show bursts with energy and positive vibes.
Seven-time Alberta Country Music Awards nominee Karac Hendriks hails from eastern Alberta and is now based in Edmonton. For many years, Karac was a supporting guitarist and harmony vocalist for some of Canada’s biggest country acts. With a dream to take center stage himself, Karac began his solo career in 2016, delivering his authentic, honest original songs with dynamic, soulful vocals on stage and in studio. Karac’s latest single “Some People’s Kids” provides commentary around this oft-spoken saying that is connecting with parents and children of all ages.
Low Budget Rock Star (Kenneth Henderson)
Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the bands before them comes a new group with a bold purpose: TO SAVE ROCK & ROLL! Taking on this task is the fresh sounds of Low Budget Rock Star, led by singer and guitarist Kennie Henderson. A take no prisoners attitude, driving work ethic, arsenal of experience and addictive chorus laden tunes have the kings of Saturday night poised to take over the music world. The only thing missing is you. Are you ready to save Rock and Roll? Are you ready for a wild ride? Are you up for it? Kenneth is performing as part of the Indigenous Artist Development Program.
Kristen McKay has and edgy and raspy vocal ability that captivates audiences. Kristen has been playing guitar and singing since she was a teen. Kristen’s a self-taught musician whose original songs come from her heart and soul. Kristen’s music has been compared to Sheryl Crow and Joan Jett. Kristen is the lead singer of a popular Country Rock Alternative Folk band, Prison Richard Band. Prison Richard Band has played at fundraisers in Winnipeg for Cancer Care, Brain Cancer and for the newly opened Tina Fontaine Drop In Centre. Kristen is performing as part of the Indigenous Artist Development Program.
Leaf Rapids is Keri Latimer’s (previously of JUNO-award-winning Nathan) opportunity to croon about vultures circling their prey, barbershop stabbings, and love letters from smallpox quarantines in her disconcertingly sweet voice. Their sound has been described as ‘Cinematic Folk’ and includes the eerie sound of the theremin. “Keri Latimer … has always been a uniquely disarming songwriter. Her sweet, warm voice and her penchant for old-time folk and country-tinged roots pop belie her sharp, observational writing which, when combined with her empathetic nature, conjures all sorts of interesting characters.” John Kendle, Winnipeg Free Press
Lana Winterhalt is an indie-pop artist from Winnipeg, MB. Her sound is influenced by junky breakups, insomnia, and true love, all wrapped up into simple guitar and haunting harmonies in an attempt to make you feel sparkly and weightless. Lana has released 4 projects in the past 4 years, having most recently released a full-length studio album “If & When” to streaming platforms everywhere. Mixing electronic and organic sounds, “If & When” is rich in new melodies, dreamy lyrics, and powerful vocals. Lana is performing as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship Program.
The flamboyant, eccentric Madame Diva’s goal, en anglais and in French, is to take her young audience on a journey to explore an absolutely inclusive world. Madame Diva has had the pleasure of performing coast to coast and some of her favourite moments have been at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Kidsfest and the famed JUST FOR LAUGHS festival in Montreal. Recipient of a Parents’ Choice recommendation and nominations at the WCMA’S and CFMA’S, she facilitates song writing and puppet workshops in schools and communities and is celebrating 10 years as a children’s music creator this year.
God, in an all new power suit, comes down to skewer everything from pop culture to religion in an all new and hilarious hour of comedy that you will never forget! A winner of more than 18 ‘Best of the Fest’ awards, “God is a Scottish Drag Queen” has broken ticket sale records at festivals across the continent with audiences waiting 10 hours in line to get tickets.
Cosmic Canadian Balladeer Mister K (Kevin Roy) lives in a little yellow house at the end of the Milky Way. That house, once a historic rural Manitoba school is a serendipitous dwelling for Mister K, a teacher-turned-troubadour. Sonically, he draws parallels to the vulnerability of Neil Young, with the pop-sparkle of The Beatles.
Mitchell Mozdzen is a Blues/Rock musician from Brandon, Manitoba. After picking up the guitar at the age of 7 He’s had a hard time putting it down. Mitchell has 4 EPs under his belt and is always working on making more music. Recently Mitchell has started writing about indigenous affairs. On June 21st, 2019 Mitchell released a double EP with one side being songs about indigenous culture and the other being Blues covers recorded straight off the floor. Mitchell is performing as part of the Indigenous Artist Development Program.
“Prisoner of Tehran” is a spoken memoir within a landscape of movement, telling the true story of Marina Nemat’s life as a political prisoner in Evin prison as a teenager. This show unveils the themes of social justice, oppression, freedom and hope completely based on Marina’s bestselling book of the same name.
“…the narration, the movement, and the spaces between the two create a powerfully emotional experience for the audience. The piece is simply spectacular.” -Kate Kostandoff, Bur Oak Secondary School, Markham ON
Old Man Luedecke
Old Man Luedecke is the recording and performing name of 2 time JUNO award-winning songwriter Chris Luedecke. Known for his high energy banjo-driven sing-alongs, touching family ballads and dry humorous stories, Luedecke has been successfully exporting his brand of high and lowbrow roots for more than a decade. His latest album, Easy Money, was released in June 2019.
Phoenix Traverse is an acoustic musician who lives in Winnipeg (originally from Lake St. Martin), and started playing guitar at the age of 13. Through the years he taught himself how to play guitar in a variation of an open c tuning. The biggest inspirations for him are his father (Donnie Traverse) who was in a band for 20 years, and Ben Howard who is a big part of his playing style. He also plays bass/guitar in an alternative pop-punk band (Avenue 46) that has been together for almost a year, and recorded a short EP, released on September 4th on all streaming platforms. Phoenix is performing as part of the Indigenous Artist Development Program.
Winnipeg-based Slow Spirit fashions sensitive, folk-tinged indie rock, around the soul-searching songwriting of singer-bassist Natalie Bohrn. They often experiment with expansive arrangements that borrow sound baths and noise freak-outs from post-rock, meditative pulsing energy and high-rising melodic arcs from jazz. Bohrn’s songs confer themes of misunderstanding, betrayal, and mythologizing in past relationships, intimate portraiture, and healing existential introspection. Slow Spirit elevates the room and finds a new meeting ground for sonic wanderers. On stage with Eric Roberts on guitar, backup vocals, and Justin Alcock on drums, they resemble a power trio, vulnerable, bound by limitations and exploring the extent of their connectedness. Slow Spirit are performing as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship Program.
West of Mabou
Named after a small town in Nova Scotia, West of Mabou performs lively dance music steeped in the rich traditions of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle and pipe tunes. They deliver a unique brand of high-energy, traditional music with a contemporary flare, combining the talents of Scott Benson (fiddle), Roberta Wallace (fiddle), Alex Rasmussen (pipes/whistles), Justin Easton (guitar), and Jared Dormer (drums).
The Young Novelists
The Young Novelists create contemporary folk songs that marry their effortless harmonies with darkly poetic lyrics and exquisitely crafted hooks. Their third album “In City & Country” features songs about 10 small towns in Ontario and has been described as “a lush-sounding feast” (Penguin Eggs). Their previous album landed them a Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist and multiple song writing awards. Touring across Canada and the United States, this married duo’s signature show features confessional storytelling, singalongs, and the unique sound of bowed glockenspiel.
Pitch Session Artists
Doug Edmond, singer, songwriter, pianist and flutist, is an independent roots/jazz alternative artist. Doug performs solo or with his trio or five-piece band in many local and festival venues across the province and north west Ontario. His three albums and over 40 live performances per year (including 7 times at Winnipeg International jazz festival) over the past 15 years reflect diverse musical influences and styles.
Foothills Brass – Now celebrating 38 years of entertaining audiences! Whether dazzling students with high energy interactive programs or bringing adults to the incredible versatility of the brass quintet, Foothills Brass delivers SERIOUS FUN.
Tours have taken Foothills Brass throughout Canada and the USA with as many as 150 concerts per year including theatre concerts, educational concerts for students of all ages, and a variety of special events, including in Israel and London, England.
JJ Voss – A blue collar poet riding the lines of roots, outlaw country and Canadiana. Through worn in chords & a veteran’s voice, JJ Voss tells the stories that we all need to hear. Honest and true to his word, JJ Voss goes all-in with every lyric spoken. Whether it’s his rural roots or weathered boots, one thing is for certain – it’s music that demands your attention from the very first note.
Matt Zaddy and the River North – Named a “rare talent” by CBC Music, Matt Zaddy’s unique blend of folk rock and rhythm & blues has more than caught the attention of music listeners and media alike. His chill-inducing vocals paired with easy-on-the-ears hook filled tunes have landed him national radio play, various music awards, and key opening slots supporting Canadian legends like Tom Cochrane & Jim Cuddy. His 2nd release, Be, debuts in Nov. 2019, with national touring and festival appearances in support of the release. Visit www.mattzaddy.com for more info.
Monika Wall takes influences from gospel, blues, folk and pop. Her genre defying music reflects on her remarkable journey from opera singer to a new kind of singer/songwriter. After a decade of establishing herself as an international singer in Canada, USA and Europe, Monika began writing her own songs. “This is a voice that could change lives” Micah Barnes (The Nylons)
This is Cadence, Canada’s premiere vocal group. Based in Toronto, this a cappella ensemble has been wowing audiences across the country and around the world for over 20 years. Whether performing at sold-out jazz clubs and concert halls, at music festivals, for educational outreach, or for corporate functions, the members of Cadence bring an infectious energy and uncanny verve to every song they sing.
T. Buckley is an Alberta-based roots singer, songwriter and guitarist who delivers timeless, flowing melodies with a little grit on the edge that taps into a pure vein of country soul. Buckley invites listeners to explore human connections through intimate character sketches, love songs and playful storytelling. Buckley has become a staple in the Alberta roots music scene. Over his 10 year musical career, he has released four albums, topped radio charts, sold out shows across western Canada, held down a successful 4- year weekly residency at one of Calgary’s best live music venues, and been recognized in three songwriting competitions.[/GDC_column]
Alberta born & farm raised, Trevor Panczak (pan-zak) has worked passionately to become the entertainer he is today. He is a talented writer & vocalist but what brings it all together under his cowboy hat and out of his 6’4” frame is his natural ability to connect with an audience. His laid back humor, smooth voice and charming stage presence will leave a lasting impression. He is real. He is country. He is Canadian Country recording artist Trevor Panczak.