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Archived News 2010

Dauphin's Countryfest 2010
Canada's longest running country music festival kicks off in Dauphin on July 1, offering music fans some of the best in country music as well as a variety of other genres. Dauphin's Countryfest, now celebrating its 21st year, hits the north side of Riding Mountain National Park, 10 km south of Dauphin, and runs for four days of local, national, and international entertainment on three separate stages.

This year's festival features a strong group of Manitoba performers, including country singer/songwriter Bryce Pallister, all-female bluegrass quartet Oh My Darling, fiddlers the D'Aoust Brothers, bluegrass monsters The D.Rangers, blues/roots guitarist extraordinaire Chris Carmichael, and indie rock outfit Take With Audio.

Other headliners include Keith Urban, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Kellie Pickler, Aaron Pritchett, Shane Yellowbird, Terri Clarke, and The Higgins.

Canadian Country Music Hall Of Honour For Ray St. Germain

Ray St. Germain will be inducted to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour in a special induction ceremony on Friday, September 10th in Edmonton. The announcement was made by the Canadian Country Music Association on June 8 in Toronto.

“We felt it suitable that in 2010 we would honour ten artists who were pioneers and ground-breakers in our rich country music history as there were so many deserving of this induction – and what a list it is!” said Jill Snell-de Cartier, Chair of the Hall of Honour Electors Committee.“These visionaries are all legends and treasured Canadians – each carved their own path and helped pave the road for the incredible talent we see growing in this flourishing market each year. We look forward to seeing these talented recipients and their families in Edmonton this year at the Hall of Honour ceremony, sure to be this year’s most moving CCMA highlight. Congratulations to one and all on this remarkable achievement.”

Donna & Leroy Anderson, Willie P. Bennett, Marie Bottrell, Eddie Eastman, Don Harron, Fred McKenna, Wayne Rostad, Joyce Smith and Hal & Ginger Willis will also be inducted on September 10th.

Ray is an award winning recording artist and stage show performer/producer. He recently wrote his autobiography "I Wanted to be Elvis, so What was I doing in Moose Jaw?" Ray has plans to release a new album this year, entitled "We All Make Mistakes Sometimes.”

Ray has been seen nationally on CBC, Global, APTN and CKY as a performer, television producer/singer/host. Ray was also the radio host/program manager at NCI FM.

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Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing And Tell

It’s a “country meets kids” mash-up at the next Bluebird North songwriters’ showcase at Winnipeg’s Park Theatre & Café on June 8.

On the card for the next Bluebird North concert event are some of Manitoba’s biggest icons, packing huge musical muscles, incredible vocal chops and formidable talent.

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a songwriters' showcase presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.). Every show features a different line-up of talented Canadian songwriters, who take turns sharing songs and stories in an informal, acoustic atmosphere. In Winnipeg, Bluebird North is produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney for the S.A.C.

The June 8 event features Doc Walker frontman Chris Thorsteinson, country singer/songwriter Bryce Pallister, legendary children's performer Fred Penner, and Phil Deschambault with Ash Koley. QX104 FM radio personality Troy Westwood, aka singer/songwriter Little Hawk, will host the event.

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C-Weed Band is Cebrating 35 Years of Music
The C-Weed Band is celebrating 35 years of music with the release of their greatest hits albumn Magic in the Music.

Magic in the Music can be found at CD Plus stores across Canada at the end of May, at Ma & Pa stores across the prairies, and online at

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