Local Music

Plain as Ghosts

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Plain as Ghosts draws on deep, personal experiences derived through love, loss and life. The intimate lyrics spark an outlook of hope and integrity which comes as a refreshing take on a genre typically fuelled by anger and aggression. The music is described as heavy and lyrically directed with hints of melodic ambience. Comprised of Trevor Lux (vocals/guitar), Adam Halstrom (bass/vocals), Daniel Friesen (guitar/vocals) and Rodrigo Ramirez (drums), the band formed in the fall of 2014 and is based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Royal Canoe

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Royal Canoe's dedication to crafting a seamless musical pastiche is obsessive. For live shows, they’d rather lug hundreds of pounds of keyboards, mixers and pedals across the continent (very much like a voyager canoe, in fact) than rely on lengthy backing tracks. They actually play every part, every time. And while their van is packed with hardware, much of that hardware is, in turn, crammed full of widely-sourced samples and adoringly homemade sounds. Their fearlessness about using whatever they feel like is grounded, not in recklessness, but in a decisive confidence.

We're playing: "Hold on to the Metal" 

 Links:  Website | Facebook

Robb Nash

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Live on Arrival was borne of Robb Nash's desire to make every day count. Through his music and words, he inspires others to do the same. As a teenager, Robb cheated death in a near fatal car crash. Since that day, his life has changed dramatically. Despite his band's songs making top 10 across the country, Robb has put his band's career on hold, choosing instead to tour the country, speaking to high school students about the value of life, and the importance of good judgment.

We're playing: "Shadow"

 Links:  Website | Facebook

Leanne Pearson

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Leanne Pearson has been described by industry folk as levelheaded, mature, sweet, funny and very talented. This 26-year-old country rocker walks on stage with a pretty dress, cowboy boots and a big smile, then shatters your expectations as she tears up the stage with her edgy stage presence.

We are playing: "Worth Fighting For" and "Everything I Needed"

Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

 

Keith and Renee

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Warner Music Canada country duo Keith and Renee cover new terrain with their 2014 release, Feel Good Thing- an album that’s all about the journey.
Slinging their guitars and powerful voices from Winnipeg to Nashville and Toronto, Keith Macpherson and Renee Lamoureux have spent the past three years exploring new avenues for performing, song writing and recording.

 We're playing: "Feel Good Thing" and  "Should've Stayed in Bed"

Links: Website | Facebook

Alyssa Mercedes

Alyssa Mercedes LOCAL ARTIST

Since Alyssa was old enough to sing, she's been passionate about music. Over the past 7 years she's performed at Summer in the City, Morris Stampede, KR Barkman Concerts, a variety of weddings, and fundraisers, and has participated in the Southeastern Manitoba Festival. Alyssa is determined to pursue a career in the music industry as a devoted singer/songwriter.

We're playing "Falling"

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Ashley Klimpke

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Ashley says "I don't know my life without music..." It's true. From a very young age Ashley was taking piano lessons, then discovered her voice and sang in local festivals, at weddings and made her way to sporting events, where today, she is the back-up singer for the Winnipeg Jets National Anthem! Ashley is originally from Stonewall and recently became a Steinbach resident. Ashley also says "You simply have to put yourself out there, what do you have to lose?".

 We're playing "I am"

 Links: Twitter

 

Luke Reimer

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Luke Reimer is a country music artist from Steinbach, Manitoba. Reimer opened for CCMA Award Winners Kira Isabella and Shane Yellowbird at Hanover Ag Fair in previous years. Reimer also won the Steinbach Arts Council’s inaugural Battle of the Bands in 2012, and has played multiple sets at the Summer in the City Festival. 

Reimer began singing on-stage when he was 10, and later took three years of vocal training. First-time listeners are regularly impressed by the contrast between his quiet demeanor and rich bass voice. Reimer loves creating country music as much as performing it. He strives to continually develop his songwriting craft through regular practise and attending Manitoba Country Music Association workshops in Selkirk.

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The Ripperz

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Their presence as a successful rock ‘n’ roll band in Manitoba is unmistakable. The Ripperz have been playing for years now, and each show they play puts occupancy limits to the test. While touring Western Canada, they were met with similar success.

In May 2008, the Ripperz released their first full-length, self-titled album, and in November 2011 they released their second album, “You Are The Moon”.

What is always remembered about the Ripperz is their commitment to the live show. From young to old, everyone is full of excitement and anticipation when it’s time for the Ripperz to take stage. Their crowds are passionate.
And, the Ripperz are all about passion!.

Members of The Ripperz - Travis Warkentin / Chris Sawatzky / Mark Wiebe

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Hoppin' Hedges

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Hoppin' Hedges is an acoustic/alternative folk duo from Landmark, MB. In September of 2011 the Evan Hildebrand and Dustin Toews started the acoustic project. After a year of writing and recording, Hoppin' Hedges released their debut album “The Tired and Restless LP”. Between writing and recording new material, Hoppin' Hedges continues to perform at festivals and shows all over South Eastern Manitoba.

Members of Hoppin' Hedges: Evan Hildebrand, Dustin Toews

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Primrose

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Hailey calls Steinbach home. Still performing on our stages - Summer in the City, KR Barkman Concerts in the Park and at Coffee Houses in the area. These days she's left behind her teenage politically charged anthems bringing more emotionally focused melody to her music. This singer/songwriter uses her love of storytelling in her first studio project the EP "Asking for Forgiveness". A full length record is in the works.

We're playing: "The Disciple" 

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Luke Jacob

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Luke has always loved to make music. This Mitchell Manitoba boy has been playing bass, drums and guitar for a number of years now. Luke and some school friends started a band called "Jonas Save Us", performing at local events, writing songs and getting performance experience. June 2011 Luke performed solo on the Main Stage during Steinbach's Summer in the City. In spring of 2012 Luke travelled across Europe with friends. Luke has released a demo called "A Winter Afternoon" and is currently writing for a full album. 

Songs we play - Alone with Edgar

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Jordan St. Cyr

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Sonically compelling music that matters.

If "salt of the earth" could describe an artist and his music, there is perhaps no more apt phrase for roots/rock artist, Jordan St Cyr. A sincere, veracious artist with a talent for writing melodies to be visited over many years.

Born and raised in the prairies, with most of his upbringing in rural Manitoba, Jordan is well-versed in the ethic of hard-work and the honest, down-to-earth values so often associated with life in the country. His influences were initially drawn from his father's own love of music and songwriting, and have evolved to include a broad range of contemporaries. In 2011 he decided to release a solo project, "Let Go" receiving airplay locally and internationally, and garnering him an opening spot for Burton Cummings.

With a raw, contemporary sound, and lyrics that are ready to explore real-life topics, Jordan could certainly find his songs in many corners of the entertainment industry. His new album, "Anchors" is set to release late 2013.

We're playing "In the Morning", "Hallelujah"

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McKenzie Road

This Steinbach trio - a brother and two sisters - have been singing together all their lives. Family and best friends, John, Teena and Sue formed Sibling Harmony in 2003 and in 2009 changed their name to McKenzie Road; a Steinbach street where their family grew up. They've had opportunites to perform on stages from the Winnipeg Stadium to Mazatlan Mexico and many local venues, like Summer in the City and are always part of Steinbach's Concerts in the Park series. McKenzie Road most recently placed 4th in the Midwest Regional Finals of the Colgate Country Showdown in the USA. Singers - Songwriters - musicians, these siblings plan to play together for a long time, with no sign of slowing down after the 2011 release of their self-titled album.

We're playing "Beautiful Day" and "Already Inside".

Links: Facebook | My Space | Website

Trev Schellenberg

Dad, singer/songwriter, radio guy, Bomber fan and all around very talented musician, Trev grew up with music in his veins. In the 1990's he was the "Trev" part of children's entertainers Jon & Trev. Songs like "Guido the Mosquito" and "Don't Leave Your Crayons in the Sun" still bring back memories for kids who grew up in Manitoba in the nineties. Trev has also played with "Emerson Stone", is currently a part of "Sweet Water Creek" and is doing some solo work that you can hear as part of the local music we feature on MIX.

We're playing "Crazy You, Crazy Me", "To Feel Your Love", "Las Vegas Town"

Links: Trev Schellenberg

Quinton Blair

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Quinton (aka Mike) Blair is the genuine article when it comes to honky tonk music. Quinton is a local boy from Mitchell Manitoba. He is a seasoned performer, playing on stages across the country, including Steinbach's Summer in the City - Hanover Ag Fair in Grunthal and just recently at the Calgary Stampede, together with Canadian Country Music greats like George Canyon, Emerson Drive and High Valley. Q and his band are not afraid to play great tunes that are off the beaten track, still connecting with every audience through performing real music.

We're playing "Moonlight Ride" and "Blues Man".

Links:  Facebook / Website / Myspace

Danny Plett

Born and raise in Steinbach, the love of music has always been in Danny's blood. Writing and performing his own songs as a young teen; sharing the stage with Christian recording artists like Michael Card, Brian Doerksen and Steve Camp, and now living in Germany working with TeachBeyond (formerly Janz Team Ministries), is what makes Danny's life of music so exciting. Danny has released 9 solo albums, his latest while on furlough in Canada "If not for you" was released in 2011.

We're Playing "Gonna Give it up" and "Hope Must Survive".

Links: Website | Myspace

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