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March 1

Benji Rothman

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Benji has toured all over Canada and the world performing stand up at such festivals as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Seattle International Comedy Competition. His comedy and writing work have been featured on Funny or Die, TSN and Sirius XM. As of 2020, he exclusively performs in his basement. Showbiz baby.

Instagram: @iphonebenj

Hunks

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HUNKS’ videos have garnered critical acclaim and hundreds of thousands of views online. They’ve performed at such festivals as Just For Laughs Northwest, the San Fransisco Sketchfest and Chicago Sketchfest, and have opened for legends like Kids In The Hall.

“Funnier than most good episodes of Saturday Night Live” – Winnipeg Free Press

Website: www.hunkscomedy.com

Youtube: HUNKS Comedy

Listen: The HUNKS Podcast

Mike Green

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Mike Green is a perennial performer at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and has been featured on NBC’s Stand Up For Diversity. He is the host of one of the longest running weekly comedy shows in Canada and is noted for such characters as Mike Green: Kijiji Salesman.

Instagram: @mikegreenwho

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson

Jon Wilson is the host of the popular radio program Jokes On You. His deadpan delivery and musical comedy repertoire make him a favourite amongst audiences in Manitoba.

Garrett Jamieson

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Garrett is originally a Winnipegger who has made a name for himself nationwide. First, graduating from The Humber School of Comedy with honours. He is one of the founding members of the Award Winning sketch troupe The BOOM in which he worked with dynamo Canadian comedians: Scott Thompson, Nikki Payne and Colin Mochrie.

Garrett has opened up on tour for Juno Award-winning metal band, KEN mode. He has been featured on the Ron James Show, XM Radio’s Laugh Attack, MTV Canada, Comedy Network, Etalk Canada and CBC Radio.


March 8

Kawljia

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Kawljia is a 4 piece local country and rock band that has been active since 1978. Back in the 80’s they played as astounding number of shows with 312 evening and 52 afternoon shows totaling 364 shows in a single year! Pre Covid, Kawljia averaged 2 shows a month and are itching perform live again.

Bobby Dove

Bobby Dove

Bobby Dove is a country, Americana and folk singer/song writer living in Brandon. Since the 2016 release of Bobby Dove’s debut record, Thunderchild, Bobby has become known as one of the country’s most dedicated troubadours, crooning live audiences with heart-worn originals, and paying tribute to the golden age of Country music.

On Bobby's new album, Hopeless Romantic (Feb 2021), they collaborate with some of the finest in Canadian talent, including multi-instrumentalist Jimmy Bowskill (The Sheepdogs) and  Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) as a guest vocalist.

http://linktr.ee/bobbydovemusic


March 15

Dj Set by DJ ALTAY

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Seemingly a natural since his early teens, ALTAY’s enthusiasm for music has always been off the charts. Growing up with a musical family opened him up to all types of music, from classical to dance. Before becoming a DJ, his younger years were filled with making hip hop and afrobeat music for friends at the university with FL Studio. After years of making beats and mixtapes, often for an audience of one, he grew frustrated with the constraints of his skill set and began to learn the craft of DJing. Once he was exposed to the club and rave scenes, he couldn't get enough of the beats; he was hooked immediately to the vibe, the crowd, the atmosphere, and the pure thrill of controlling the sound. ALTAY draws heavily on western and Nigerian influences and puts creativity, individuality, and a sense of rebellion at the core of his style. His focus is always on the feeling and the realness of the music and its message. Follow DJ ALTAY on Mixcloud.

LUCKY $HARMS

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LUCKY $HARMS (she/her), is a resident DJ with QPOC (Queer People of Colour) Winnipeg.  She’ll keep you moving all night long, while centring and celebrating the brilliance of BIPOC artists. Follow LUCKY $HARMS on Mixcloud.

Musical Performance by Nasir Jr.

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Nasir Jr. has put the work in to become one of the most technically sound rappers of the modern era. Born in southern Nigeria, he would embrace his culture and become influenced heavily by the afro-centric sounds and music that were produced by his people. When he eventually moved to Winnipeg, Canada, he was hooked on the mainstream talents of today. After years of practice and fine-tuning his sound, Nasir pays homage to his country with a hip-hop fusion sound filled with afro-centric percussion and a melodic structure that rivals the streaming giants of today. His infectious rhythm, fluid flow, and vocal precision are just some of the many tools in his arsenal he worked hard to acquire while transcending the hip-hop genre. What started as an "escape from reality" in high school has turned into a fully-fledged career, one he hopes will "change the future generation with my words and mentor those that have a story similar to mine." Follow Nasir Jr. on Spotify.

Dance Performance by B.O.S.S Dance Team

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B.O.S.S Dance Team (Built on Self Success) has been training dancers in all styles of street dance and urban movement over the last six years. They made their debut in September of 2011 at the Bomber Game halftime show in the stadium in front of 10,000 bomber fans. Since then they have performed at a wide variety of events inside and outside of the hip-hop world and have taped commercials and news segments with Shaw Cable, Global, CTV, and City TV. Led by Eugene "GeNie" Baffoe (Artistic Director) and several experienced teachers and choreographers, B.O.S.S creates performances that provoke thought and real life experiences and stories to the stage. B.O.S.S. Dance Team also hosts the biggest annual all-style dance battle in Winnipeg called WHO’S THE ILLEST. Follow @bossdanceteam on Instagram and @BOSSDNC YouTube.

MC - Maribeth "Kilusan" Tabanera

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Maribeth "Kilusan" Tabanera (she/her/siya) is a Filipinx multihyphenate educator, dance artist, and DJ born and based in Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg). Kilusan is a Tagalog word that means movement of an individual and/or group. A life-long learner, she has focused her energy on diving deeply into her passions of dance, music, education, social justice, and community building. By day, Maribeth is the Internship Coordinator at Seven Oaks Met and Maples Met Schools. By night, Kilusan works with a variety of local non-profit groups and on her freelance artistic practice.

Kilusan has over 25 years of dance experience, focusing mostly on street style dance including hip hop, breaking, house, vogue, and dancehall. Maribeth continues to be part of the community as a competitor, judge, and organizer. Deejaying since 2017, Kilusan has performed with Queer People of Colour Winnipeg, Synonym Art Consultation, Bastid’s BBQ with Skratch Bastid, and DJ Maseo (De La Soul), and with Naughty By Nature at the Big Picture Learning Big Summer Fest 2020.

Kilusan strives to create an inclusive and inviting atmosphere wherever she is. Her life mission is to leave a better world for future generations through her work as an educator, artist, and activist. Follow Kilusan on Mixcloud or visit her official website at www.maribethtabanera.com


March 22

Lucky Ned

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A group of "seasoned musicians" that has offered their music and unique blend of harmony throughout Western Manitoba from Belmont to Wasagaming. "Lucky Ned" features Brian Giesbrecht (guitar and harmonica), Brent White (guitar and mandolin), Kerry Skinner (bass and percussion) and Bill turner (wind instruments and percussion). Countless audience members have enjoyed their eclectic collection of songs and music….. some classic rock, a little bluegrass, a dash of blues, a pinch of folk, and a touch of pop.......... stir and serve while hot.

Michelle Boudreau

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Michelle Boudreau is a Folk, Blues and Roots singer/songwriter, spoken word artist, gardener and mom. You'll hear a melodic twist, a unique blend of original music as well as a little Johnny Cash, Memphis Minnie and some Jug Band Blues. Michelle has toured the corners of Canada, playing festivals and stages abroad, bringing audiences to groove and toe tap to her catchy melodies.

Mitchell Mozdzen

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Mitchell Mozdzen is a well-rounded pop/rock musician that shares his talent anywhere from a live stage to busking on the street. He enjoys entertaining no matter what the venue. In the past year alone he performed over 50 gigs to a fast growing fan base that enjoy listening to his soft acoustic melodies and his intense live loops.

Lunch Money

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LunchMoney is a 4 piece band from Neepawa. They are Greg Fleck on lead guitar, Blair McLaughlin on bass and vocals, Ron Nordstrom on rhythm guitar, harmonica, and vocals, and Dave Zeke on drums and vocals. Their cover tunes include hits by Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Beatles, CCR, Rolling Stones, Eagles, Blue Rodeo, and many more. During a set they may even surprise you with a few original tunes. 

Katey Rogowsky & Ben Lamont

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Ben Lamont and Katey Rogowsky are to local artists that have collaborated in creating an interdisciplinary performance including classical guitar and modern dance. Ben Lamont is a seasoned guitar player, with over 15 years of experience, and Katey is a local choreographer with 20+ years of dance experience. They enjoy working together, and are constantly inspired by each other’s work. By taking notes from the classical music, Katey incorporates the sound and tones created by Ben’s passion in playing guitar to create movement to match.

Brandon Ukulele Club

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The Brandon Ukulele Club formed in the summer of 2015 with a few strummers in a park, and since then has grown to over 30 members. With ages ranging from 18 to 80, the club welcomes anyone with a passion for sharing music, regardless of someone’s skill level. The ukulele is a sweet little instrument, and very forgiving for beginners, and many of our members have joined the club knowing only one or two chords. We play a wide range of music, from folk songs to pop, to country and oldies. In the past the club has performed at the Scottish Pavilion during the Multicultural Festival, at the Daly House during Open Doors Brandon, and in the parkade of the Town Centre for patrons of the farmers market. We most love performing at seniors residences and getting everyone to sing along! The pandemic has not slowed us down, and members continue to meet weekly over Zoom.

If you want to learn more about the ukulele, check out some of these online resources!

Phil Natividad, with the Manitoba Conservatory of Music and Arts: https://mcma.ca/faculty/phil-natividad/

Kate Ferris, Ferris Fare Music: https://www.facebook.com/kateferrismusic/

James Hill, Uketropolis: https://www.uketropolis.com/

Along with many, many free videos on Youtube! In particular, check out Cynthia Lin and The Ukulele Teacher.