A new phone and tablet app launched Tuesday will connect audiences with live shows and music venues throughout Manitoba.

Manitoba Live, a free iOS app, features the most up-to-date concert and festival listings through a live music calendar.

Music fans will be able to instantly find live music events by venue, date and artist, and search which shows are happening close to them at any given time.

"With so many great bands and legendary venues to choose from during Juno Week and throughout the Year of Music, we want tourists and local fans alike to find their favourite artists without missing a beat," Premier Greg Selinger said during Tuesday's announcement.

The Year of Music is a year-long celebration that will shine a spotlight on Juno week at the end of March, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in September and the BreakOut West music festival and Western Canadian Music Awards in October.

Designed by Visual Lizard and Guppy Design, Manitoba Live is being launched with contests to engage music fans and a series of pop-up concerts in unique venues featuring artists with strong fan bases, according to a press release from the province.

"Manitoba's collaborative music scene is already the envy of the country. This mobile phone app sets a new standard that we believe will get the attention of music industry associations across the continent," said Sara Stasiuk, executive director of Manitoba Music and co-chair of the Year of Music organizing committee.

"This app says it loud and proud that in Manitoba, we speak music."

Although the app has been designed to work with Apple operating systems only, it will be adapted to other mobile phone operating systems in the future, the press release stated.