Musical Retreat: Manitoba Artists Collaborate in the Whiteshell

Musical Retreat: Manitoba Artists Collaborate in the Whiteshell

Heather Thomas - ATLAAS
Heather Thomas of ATLAAS (HANDOUT)
JP Hoe

A three-day co-writing retreat later this month will inspire and Manitoban musicians to find their next song.

The second annual songwriter development series is being put on by Manitoba Music August 22-24 in a tranquil cabin setting in the Whiteshell. The few days will be used to incorporate co-writing, songwriting mentorship, demo recording, and discussions on the business of professional songwriting.

Mentors include JUNO-winning artist Alexa Dirks (Chic Gamine, Begonia), Western Canadian Music Award-winning producer/songwriter/performer Dana “Rusty” Matyas (Imaginary Cities, The Waking Eyes), and acclaimed singer/songwriter JP Hoe.

This year’s session features a diverse group of performing songwriters spanning several genres, including R&B/pop act Heather Thomas of ATLAAS, Francophone artist Jocelyne Baribeau, folk/pop artist Katie MacDonald, pop/roots artist Mitchell Schimnowski, country artist Quinton Blair, and yacht rocker Roman Clarke of The Middle Coast.

— Staff