In Local Music News...WCMA nominees; The Perms' new vid; The River Barge Festival Lineup

>> Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Welcome to the first of what I hope will be an ongoing weekly post dedicated entirely to acts of a local flavour – any exciting bits of news needing of a mention (such as award noms!), festival schedules, new videos, mp3s available for download, etc.

First up…

The Western Canadian Music Awards nominees dropped the other day and Winnipeg talent is well, well represented throughout the numerous categories. Some noms of note:

  • Pop Recording of the Year – Quinzy for Self-Defense
  • Rap/Hip Hop Record of the Year – Grand Analog for Metropolis is Burning
  • Rap/Hip Hop Record of the Year – Magnum K.I. for Magnum K.I.
  • Rock Recording of the Year – The Weakerthans for Live at the Burt
  • Songwriter of the Year – The Weakerthans (John K Samson)
  • Engineer of the Year – Mike Petkau
  • Independent Record Label of the Year – Arbor Records
  • Live Music Venue of the Year – The West End Cultural Centre

Above is merely a taste of the many, many talented artists from MB up for their respective statutes. For the full list, click here. Good luck to all.


Pop/Rock trio The Perms have just released an official music video (in HD!) for the mighty contagious “Running Away” off their newest offering, KYUWYD. The video is definitely SFW and features happy, loose-limbed folks dancing unabashedly, like it was just invented. Playful stuff.


Here’s most of the lineup for the first ever River Barge Festival going down at the forks from August 25th to the 29th involving a whole fleet of luminous, worthy-of-your-ears local musicians. See you on the 28th for sure. We’ll have a beer.

Wednesday, August 25 - Roots on the River

12:00       The Crooked Brothers
1:00         Jessee Havey and the Quirks
2:00         The D. Rangers
3:00         Kelly Hughes Live!
4:00         J.C. Campbell & Tracy Bone
5:00         Johnny Cajun
6:00         The Romi Mayes Band

Thursday, August  26  -  New Sounds / Old Friends

1:00        Matthew Contois
2:00        Christine Fellows
3:00        Kelly Hughes Live!
4:00        Flying Fox & the Hunter-Gatherers
5:00        Greg Lowe & Jack Semple
6:00        Trio Bembe

Friday, August 27 -  Gala Evening
Hosted by Marcy Markusa and Janet Stewart

6:00        Opening ceremonies / remarks
6:30        Papa Mambo
7:45        Chic Gamine
9:15        The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Sierra Noble

Saturday, August 28 - Red River Gumbo

12:00      Manitoba Theatre Centre presents: The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes
1:30        Darrelyne Bickel
2:30        The Scarlet Union
3:30        Les Surveillantes
4:30        Greg MacPherson
5:30        Magnum K.I.
6:30        Imaginary Cities
8:00        Digging Roots
9:30        Luke Doucet and the White Falcon


Note: If you’re in a Winnipeg-based band with some news/videos/mp3s/etc. you’d love relayed, please feel free to shoot me an email (on the right), and I’ll include it in next week’s post.


Young Icelander,  12 August 2010 at 10:04  

The Barge Festival sounds interesting. Will have to check it out.

The Winnipeg Foundation 12 August 2010 at 12:39  

If you look at the River Barge Festival website you will see a photo of the WSO playing on a barge at The Forks in 1997. The barge, lit up on the water looks beautiful. What a great way to experience a performance - and it’s free! The festival celebrates Winnipeg as a cultural hub of Canada, and it’s an event The Winnipeg Foundation is proud to support.

Anonymous,  13 August 2010 at 07:41  

Firday line up is looking good. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra & Sierra Noble performance should be lovely.

Anonymous,  13 August 2010 at 09:21  

Saw the WSO play with Sierra Noble in May and it was great!

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