Midnight Shine – This Northern Ontario roots/rock band is anchored by the melodic vocals and eloquent lyrics of charismatic singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland, with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock. Their music is not only radio-friendly, but also explores First Nations’ culture, tradition, and life in the North with depth and meaning.

Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show – Canada’s most renowned and respected conference about Aboriginal economic development, community and leadership turns 22 in 2018.

Dauphin’s Countryfest – Canada’s longest running country music festival, Dauphin’s Countryfest will celebrate its 29th anniversary in 2018. The four-day camping music festival on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park draws the biggest names in country music.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival – This popular festival celebrates 17 years in 2018, and features close to 70 comics in over 40 shows, with an attendance of 10,500+.

Winnipeg Rowing Club – At 137 years old, the WRC is one of the oldest sporting organizations in Western Canada. It has been in operation since 1881, stopping only twice – during WWI and WWII. Today, WRC offers rowing programs for all levels.

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Canstar News – Winnipeg’s only weekly newspaper chain, Canstar News is a fixture in homes throughout the city, with a weekly circulation of nearly 200,000 copies.

The Carillon – Steinbach’s newspaper serves 6000 residents in Eastern Manitoba.