ACU & WFF Present So Long, Bannatyne
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Join us for some much-needed Festival workshop vibes at Burton Cummings Theatre on November 20, 2021. This Manitoba 150 celebration event was set to take the stage at the 2020 Festival but due to COVID-19 we’ve turned it into its own event featuring a broad selection of Manitoba’s incredible talent. Backed by a custom house band led by Jonny Moonbeam and Friends, artists will cover another Manitoba artist and then share an original song. This night will take us on a multi-genre journey through the history of Manitoba music, both old and new.
COVID-19 has been difficult on so many local artists as they have not been able to play shows or connect with their fans in person. By purchasing a ticket to this event, you’re supporting our local artists as they get back on stage!
jonny moonbeam & Friends
- Andrina Turenne
Andrina Turenne is a singer, songwriter, and musician born and raised in Winnipeg with strong ties to her Franco-Manitoban and Métis roots. She started singing at a young age, learning traditional songs and harmonizing around campfires with family and friends. She has worked as a recording artist and touring musician for over two decades and has participated in the creation of many musical projects, including JUNO award-winning roots band Chic Gamine.
- Boy Golden
Boy Golden has a purpose: enjoy each day and make good music. Founder and minister of The Church of Better Daze, he wants to help people seeking to improve on yesterday’s themes. His songs, like hymns, are hopeful, fresh and upbeat. Boy Golden wants to unite us all in a hazy dream under one roof.
- Dana Waldie
Raised in a French speaking household by music-obsessed parents, Dana Waldie’s youth was rich with melody and language. At age 16, the Manitoba artist was inspired by the sounds of her musician father’s folk and roots records. In recent years however, Waldie’s sound has transformed, exploring a shimmering, R&B-laced reimagining of her mother’s beloved French Yé-ye, blending the alien beauty of Nao with the bi-lingual pop of Charlotte Cardin. Synthetic and warm, soulful and cool, Waldie’s music defies easy categorization, shaping familiar sounds into glittering new forms.
Genre: Indie Folk/Pop/R&B
Diaphanie means “the art of recreating stained glass on translucent paper”. its tremulous nature defies genre and makes each song part of the ephemera, never permanent. Led by writer/singer Heather Thomas (ATLAAS, Bunny), Diaphanie was born out of a desire to slough off the shackles of a high risk/low reward music industry system and forget that music is a business. Every song is an exploration of styles and moods, and a meeting of different minds, bound together by the throughline of Thomas’ expressive and ethereal voice.
FONTINE crafts sanguine lyrics that tell of loves past and present, often using themes of nature to ground her songwriting. Her identity as a Nehiyaw Iskwew goes back to early memories of visiting the family farm on Cowessess First Nation reserve. Through songwriting, beading, and exploring the natural world, FONTINE is working to uncover the roots buried for years, and become a part of a wider community of songwriters.
- Joanna Miller
- JP Hoe
JP Hoe’s big, bold, blue-sky voice is the product of hundreds of days on the road. He’s a dyed-in-the-wool troubadour type who knows he’s only as good as his last show. He’s played gigs all over the world, connecting with audiences via his soul-on-sleeve lyrics, but also his down-to-earth unpretentious charm.
Kwiat (kwai·uht) is a classically trained Métis and Polish avant-pop artist bringing a fresh theatrical sound to the Canadian music scene. With sophisticated vocals and elaborate piano melodies, the Winnipeg-based songstress captivates audiences through raw, intimate, and dramatic performances.
- MJ Dandeneau
Genre: Indie Folk
MJ Dandeneau is a Métis woman of French and Anishinaabe descent from the Red River Nation. Her mother comes from the Red River Valley (Ile de la Cross Nation) and her father comes from Penetanguishene, Treaty 61. She is an accomplished bassist, director and producer. MJ is nationally recognized with recording awards such as JUNO, WCMA, CFM she has recently been awarded the Indigenous Full Circle Award, one of the Manitoba Arts Council prestige prizes in the Arts.
Rayannah bends noise into music by running voice, breath, synth and percussion through loop pedals. Underscored by intricate beat-making, her evocative lyrics in French and English rise above dense soundscapes, pulling listeners into a world both dark and sweet.
- Rusty Matyas
Rusty Matyas is a producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He’s been a member of numerous successful acts including The Weakerthans, the Waking Eyes, Imaginary Cities, and The Sheepdogs. Rusty’s work can be found in hundreds of singles and albums – including Leonard Sumner, Sierra Noble, JP Hoe, and more!
- The Lytics
Born in a South End, Winnipeg basement in 2008, The Lytics started more as a pipedream than a possibility. Growing up on a steady diet of early nineties hip hop and R’n’B, the three youngest members of the group, Andrew ‘Andrew.O’ Sannie, Anthony ‘Ashy’ Sannie and Mungala ‘Munga’ Londe honed their rhyming skills on torrented Pete Rock, J.Dilla and Dj Premiere instrumentals downloaded on to an old family computer.
Their early recordings, rapped through salvaged microphones glued back together and taped to coat racks mimicking mic stands were crude, muddled and amateur, yet showed the youthful exuberance that they would eventually hone and garner critical acclaim for.
Meanwhile, eldest of the group, Alex ‘B-Flat’ Sannie — brother to Anthony and Andrew — was a burgeoning young producer, making beats for some of Winnipeg’s best rappers and providing the aspiration and inspiration to his younger brothers’ perspiration.
As all good stories go, Alex would join his brothers and newly adopted cousin Munga with the goal of taking the group to the next level. They would eventually add local Dj and family friend, Lonnie ‘Ce’ Compayre and their pipedream all of a sudden had legs.