The RAS Report: September 2014

To mark the occasion of his 25th anniversary as a solo artist, Winnipeg singer/songwriter/storyteller Steve Bell just released a four-disk project called Pilgrimage, and accompanying book. He’s also the focus of a new feature-length doc, and is currently touring Canada. www.stevebell.com

Find more info about Pilgrimage here:

Listen to tracks from Pilgrimage here:

Watch the music video for radio single Turn It Around:

Northern Ontario rock band Midnight Shine is releasing its sophomore album Northern Man during a whirl-wind week in Toronto that kicks off with a concert at Hard Rock Café tonight, and an appearance on Canada AM on October 2. www.midnightshineonline.com

Listen to the new single Over You here:

Don Amero, who is currently touring with Steve Bell, is thrilled to be one of the performers lined up for this year’s Huron Carole. An annual concert series put on by Canadian actor, musician and activist Tom Jackson, the Huron Carole raises funds and awareness for Canada’s hungry. Watch for a concert coming soon, to a city near you! www.donamero.com

Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees is a documentary co-produced by Wookey Films & Nüman Films. It will screen at the acclaimed imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto on October 24.

Watch the Treading Water trailer here:

Production is hopping in Manitoba this fall, with a number of feature films and TV series being shot simultaneously. Sunnyside is a hilarious six-episode sketch comedy series produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures that will air on City beginning in the new year. @sunnyside_tv

The Pinkertons is a 22-episode crime procedural series produced by Rosetta Media and Buffalo Gal Pictures. It draws from real cases of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency at they solve crimes throughout the ‘Wild West’ of the 1860s. Starring Angus Macfadyen, Martha MacIsaac, Jacob Blair, and the lovely little town of Grosse Isle, Manitoba, playing the role of Kansas City! www.pinkertonstheseries.com

Canadian songstress Sheena Grobb just released her enchanting new album, The Breakless Heart. A labour of love, the music featured is centred around several years of emotional exploration, and is truly unforgettable. The album was mastered by Abbey Roads studios in London, and will surely move you in some way. www.sheenagrobb.com

The annual BreakOut West music festival and conference happens October 2-5 in Winnipeg. More than 70 musical acts are ready to take the stage at venues around the city. It all kicks off Thursday night with a special concert at Fort Gibraltar featuring Dan Mangan, and wraps Sunday night with the Western Canadian Music Awards. www.breakoutwest.ca