Emerging Artists Connect with Manitoba Showcase in Portage la Prairie

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Manitoba Music and Indigenous Music Development Program are partnering with the Manitoba Arts Network (MAN) to connect emerging artists with mentors for the RBC Emerging Artists program at Manitoba Showcase 2022. The four-day event runs October 27 - 30 at the Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment in Portage la Prairie, offering mentorship and pitches for different communities in Manitoba. 

This year’s participants include Ben Stopfel, Clayton Rudy, Greg Personius, Jay Alaska, Jesse Bandura, Kwiat, and Mic North

The mentors include award-winning artist Rhonda Head, Indigenous Music Development Coordinator Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, and artists Dawn Marie Chartrand and Gator Beaulieu.

Manitoba Showcase is an annual visual and performing arts conference that features some of the best Canadian artists, from a wide range of genres, for Manitoban presenters and galleries, connecting them with future opportunities and collaboration.  

Other musicians from Manitoba taking part in this year's showcase include Beaulieu, Chartrand, JP Hoe, Madeleine Roger, Nelson LittleThe Stanley County Cut-Ups, and more.


Ben Stopfel

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Ben Stopfel’s folk-inspired and honest songs are all about learning to make peace with melancholy. With themes of loneliness, anxiety, and the daunting fear of the unknown, Ben’s soothing yet emotive vocals tell a story that is entirely his own, yet relatable to anyone who has ever felt the lonely ache that comes with growing older.

Clayton Rudy

Clayton recently joined Winnipeg-based psych rock band Mahogany Frog on bass and synth. His previous projects include Toronto-based Bowie tribute band Life On Mars (guitar) and political rock outfit Iron Age Mystics (bass). A Fransaskois who recently returned to the prairies, Clayton’s full artistic energy is focused on bringing the heft of Mahogany Frog’s 2021 and 2022 double length releases onto the stage while diving into the writing project for next year’s expected LP.

Greg Personius

Emerging artist Greg Personius calls Opaskwayak Cree Nation home and is an active community member and a proud new father to his first child. Inspired by music such as country legends, music is everything to him.

Jay Alaska

Jay Alaska is a Canadian artist & producer born & raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Not afraid to show any sides of himself, his wide and bubbly personality allows all types of backgrounds to relate to his music. From hard beats with jaw-dropping lyricism, to upbeat pop like R&B flows, his broad range of music and flow capability is sure to captivate you.

Jesse Bandura

Jesse Bandura is a singer-songwriter, recording artist born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bandura infuses his love of country and rock into his music. Jesse got his first guitar at age nine and has honed his craft playing live across Western Canada over the past 14 years. Bandura’s musical style has been linked to Jason Aldean, Steve Earl and Kidd Rock. Bandura has a new single, set for release Sept 2022, guaranteed to keep you country!


Kwiat (kwai-uht) is a Metis Polish avant-pop artist, heavily influenced by post-romanticism. With sophisticated vocals and elaborate piano melodies, the Winnipeg-based songstress captivates audiences through raw, intimate, and dramatic performances.

Mic North

Mic North is a Black/Indigenous artist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. North has used music as a tool to change his life and make it out of the streets and gang culture in Winnipeg. Mic North has worked with Peter Jackson from Toronto and currently has a hit single 'TIGT' that is climbing the Indigenous Top 40.

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