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South by South­west Wel­comes 10 Show­cas­ing Man­i­to­ba Acts

An impres­sive group of Man­i­to­ba musi­cians are get­ting a head start on the spring thaw this month with a trip to Texas. But it’s not all sun­burns and bar­beque for the 10 local acts mak­ing their way south; they’ll be show­cas­ing and net­work­ing at South by South­west (SXSW) in Austin. The pres­ti­gious fes­ti­val will put some of Manitoba’s most excit­ing and inno­v­a­tive acts on stage in front of pow­er­ful inter­na­tion­al music indus­try pro­fes­sion­als.

Now in its 23rd year, SXSW, which runs March 15 – 20, is one of the world’s biggest music fes­ti­vals and con­fer­ences, fea­tur­ing over 1300 acts from across the globe per­form­ing in every imag­in­able genre. Man­i­to­ba acts will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to per­form for some of the industry’s top names as well as rabid audi­ences in sev­er­al Austin venues.

For the first time, Man­i­to­ba Music will host a show­case of top tal­ent from the key­stone province at SXSW on March 17 at The Parish Under­ground. The line-up fea­tures break­out soul/​pop duo Imag­i­nary Cities, indie pop/​rock out­fits The Lip­to­ni­ans, Roy­al Canoe, The Details, and Hope Atlantic, and hip-hop act The Lyt­ics, This show is the lat­est in Man­i­to­ba Music’s series of suc­cess­ful mar­ket devel­op­ment events high­light­ing home­grown tal­ent, includ­ing three recent indus­try show­cas­es in Toron­to. Oth­er Man­i­to­ba acts hit­ting the stage at SXSW include acclaimed singer/​songwriter Chris­tine Fel­lows, indie pop/​rockers Les Jupes and Boats, and noisec­ore act KEN Mode. Rock band Domeni­ca and singer/​songwriter Scott Nolan will also be per­form­ing in Austin.

For the 13th year, Man­i­to­ba Music and MAN­I­TO­BA FILM & MUSIC join forces to present the hottest par­ty at SXSW on March 18 at the Radis­son Town Lake. The exclu­sive event brings influ­en­tial indus­try play­ers togeth­er with the Man­i­to­ba del­e­ga­tion to net­work and fur­ther devel­op cru­cial work­ing rela­tion­ships.

Man­i­to­ba artists and indus­try pro­fes­sion­als were able to access finan­cial sup­port for their show­cas­es at SXSW through the Mar­ket Access Pro­gram, a pro­gram joint­ly fund­ed by Man­i­to­ba Music and Man­i­to­ba Film & Music.

For more infor­ma­tion about SXSW, please vis­it www​.sxsw​.com