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Liberal leader talks arts

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau announced if he is elected prime minister, his government will invest $389 million into Canada’s cultural and creative industries.

On Sept. 21, Trudeau said he would build up creative industries, which would help strengthen Canada’s economy.

Trudeau’s plan includes investing $150 million into annual funding for CBC/Radio- Canada and increasing Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board’s funding. He also pledged to include more funding for the Young Canada Works program into the Liberals’ $6 billion, four-year investment into social infrastructure .

The federal election will be on Oct. 19.

That’s a wrap

With fall officially in the air, the Downtown Winnipeg Biz’s farmers’ market is closing down shop.

Head to Manitoba Hydro Place on Oct. 8 from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. to enjoy the last outdoor farmers’ market of the year.

Running every Thursday since June, the Biz’s farmers’ market offers a wide selection of fresh baking, jams, fruits, vegetables and preserves.

Singing our praises out west

The Western Canadian Music Awards were on Sept. 20 in Victoria, BC, and a handful of Manitoba artists took home some hardware.

Winnipeg superstar and children’s performer, Fred Penner picked up an award for Children’s Recording of the Year, for his album Where in the World.

Nunavut throat singer and former Manitoba resident Tanya Tagaq picked up two awards for her album Animism, Aboriginal Recording of the Year and Spiritual Recording of the Year.

Other winners from this year’s event include Juno winner Roberta Hansen for Album Design of the Year and Winnipeg’s own West End Cultural Centre for Live Music Venue of the Year.