Showcasing Artists in 2019
Check out these artists performing at Manitoba Showcase 2019!
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 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.
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.
The Johnny McCuaig Band
Johnny McCuaig and his musical cohorts 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.
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
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.
“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.
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.