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Category: Arts & Culture

Arts Briefs

Compiled by Erin Hill You’ll hear it there first September will put into motion a monthly concert series featuring local music. The series, presented by Manitoba Music and The Good Will, will run on the first Wednesday of every month and showcase three local acts. Dubbed New Music Night and formerly held at Ozzy’s, the concert series offers local talent an opportunity to test out their material and connect with the community. New Music Night launched on Sept. 2 and featured The Fantastic, Jeremie & Delicious Hounds and Champagne Years. Previous acts from the long-running series include The Bros....

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Fresh to the festival

Setting the stage for newcomers   You could be missing out on your new favourite band if you don’t go to local summer music festivals, ac-cording to Paul Nolin, the executive producer for Jazz Winnipeg. “I like to think that we present a lot of great music that won’t otherwise be heard by the community at other times of year,” said Nolin. “Every year, I do my best to put together a line up that is exciting and has artistic integrity.” This year’s lineup includes artists like Esperanza Spalding, Buddy Guy and Charles Bradley. But, for festival newcomers, choosing from the wide range of festivals in Manitoba can be overwhelming. Should I go to Folk Fest or Jazz Fest? What should I bring? What should I wear? Lucky for you, we’ve got the inside scoop on these outdoor concerts. Step 1: Get to know the festival “I will listen to the artists and plan a schedule of who I want to see and when, in case there is overlap,” said Neila Carmichael, 25, who has been attending the Winnipeg Folk Festival for over a decade. Many festivals have shows that over¬lap with one another and research is the best way to avoid colossal disappointments. Jazz Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folklorama, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and MEMETIC all have websites that provide useful information like prices, venue information, tips...

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First comes Junos…

RRC grads feel the love after award Every couple has special memories they look back on and smile. They might start with, “remember that camping trip?” or “that’s the booth you had the weird salad in.” For Roberta Hansen and Dave Landreth, it might go a little more like, “remember that time we both won at the Junos?” Both Hansen and Landreth were recognized at the 2015 Juno Awards for their involvement in the arts community — Hansen for her design work on singer-songwriter Steve Bell’s 25-year anniversary box set, and Landreth for his work as one quarter of the band The Bros. Landreth. “It was very exciting,” said Hansen of the duel win. “We were awarded at the gala dinner and it was beautiful. We were sitting there for about three hours before the awards were announced.” “I feel particularly fortunate that we were able to share that together,” added Landreth. “It’s the kind of thing that you almost can’t explain to somebody. I did it, and then she got to experience it 15 minutes later.” Hansen’s rise to fame has been a fast one. Before turning to graphic design, she was pursuing a career in psychology. “I got my degree, and I was going through the whole program to be a psychologist. I realized to get your PhD, you have to do 10 years of math. And...

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Winding it back

Young musician presses play on cassettes Micah Visser wasn’t even alive when cassette tapes were at their most popular, but he’s releasing 50 of them to sell his newest tracks. The 19-year-old Winnipeg singer-songwriter plays across the city accompanied by a four-piece band. The cassette launch for his latest album titled ok night will be at The Park Theatre on April 23. Cassette tapes, which were used heavily in the 80s and 90s for music and books, are a novelty item for fans, according to Visser. “I released my last album on CD and after a few months realized...

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