It's that time of year when we look back and take stock of some of the best in Manitoba arts & culture. Ismaila Alfa, the host of SCENE on air has put together a top ten list of some of Manitoba's best musical artists and their songs.
It's up to you to decide who takes the number one spot. You have until noon Thursday, December 29 to vote for your favourite.
We'll announce the results on the New Year's edition of SCENE on air on December 31 at 5:05 p.m.
Pass the word!
Ismaila Alfa's thoughts about the artists and their songs:
Song: Un Tambour
Just love the jazzy world beat feel to this song and MarieJosee is a woman of my own heart, a percussionist singing about Un Tambour (a drum).
Song: Secret Holiday
Bean sort of came out of the blue for many people this year. I love this song from the East Kildonan singer/songwriter. It shows her use of quirky auxillary percussion in combination with her clever songwriting and sharp powerhouse voice. A really catchy track.
Artist: Dan Frechette
Song: Good Time Charlie
Dan Frechette has never written a song I don't like and I have to say, I just LOVE him playing the blues. He just has the right voice and songwriting style for it. I could choose any song from the blues album he released earlier this year Nothing to Lose but the Blues
but this one is really fun.
Artist: Imaginary Cities
The break out band of the year in Winnipeg for me is Imaginary Cities. You couldn't turn on a radio station with out hearing this track that has a great video you can check out on youtube.
Artist: Les Jupes
Song: One Solemn Oath
This tune really shows how you can add weight to a song by keeping it very simple. From the percussion to the guitar work, it's built as a foundation for Mike Petkau-Falk's heavy and comforting baritone voice.
Artist: Chic Gamine
When Chic Gamine sings, their voices make everything they touch into gold. The reason I love this song in particular from their album City City
is because of how rockin' it is at the start. Alexa Dirk's voice wails in the foreground and the silky smooth harmonies of her band mates support her and then it finishes on such a delicate note with all voices blending together and breaking down. It's an amazing song.
Artist: The Liptonians
Song: You Know I Did
Simple...I love the band! They are one of Winnipeg's most creative groups when it comes to song structure. This tune specifically makes my day just because of the baritone sax that makes it's way in at the 35 seconds mark.
Artist: Sweet Alibi
Strong harmonies and an extremely danceable rhythm force a music lover to add this new trio to their list of favourites.
Artist: Sarah & Christian Dugas
Song: Another Day
Power house brother and sister duo...need I say more? Well I will. Sarah and Christian grew up singing and playing music together and you can hear it in their harmonies. This song has such a great southern gospel feeling to it. Great Sunday morning music.
Artist: Daniel ROA
Song: Danse Pense
Daniel ROA achieved his goal with this song. He wanted to show that music that is capable of shaking what your mama gave you....can also be smart. That concept is especially realized on his song Danse Pense.
On Saturday, December 31, tune into SCENE on air to hear all this music and more.