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Beck, Broken Social Scene to headline Winnipeg's Interstellar Rodeo

Some musical heavyweights will take to the stage at this year's Interstellar Rodeo festival in Winnipeg.

Multiple Grammy-winner Beck makes 1st Winnipeg appearance at Aug. 18 to 20 music festival at The Forks

Festival programmer Shauna de Cartier tells CBC reporter Laura Glowacki about about Interstellar Rodeo's lineup this year and about the work that went into booking Beck. 1:00

Beck, Broken Social Scene and Father John Misty are among the musical heavyweights set to take to the stage at this summer's Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg.

"We are so super excited," said Shauna de Cartier, president of Six Shooter Records and Interstellar Rodeo programmer of this year's lineup.

This is the third year for the outdoor music festival in Winnipeg, which will once again take place at The Forks.
This summer, Beck will perform his first concert ever in Winnipeg at Interstellar Rodeo. (Getty Images)

Beck's Saturday performance at the festival will mark the multiple Grammy Award-winner's first time ever playing in Manitoba. 

De Cartier said it took five years of negotiating with his representatives to finally get Beck to agree to play in the city.

"We couldn't be more proud and more thrilled to bring one of the most iconic musicians to Winnipeg for the first time," de Cartier said.

"The stars aligned...It's such a great coup for us."

According to Interstellar Rodeo, Beck has never played a Canadian show between British Columbia and Ontario in his three-decade long music career.

Beck is expected to play new material from an upcoming album.

Also performing on Saturday is Manitoba Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner. De Cartier said she "burst into tears" hearing him play last summer.

Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner impressed organizers so much last year when he performed during sets they gave him an official slot at this summer's Interstellar Rodeo. 3:41

As of Tuesday, Sumner is the only local artist in the festival's lineup but organizers say there will be more when the festival releases its full lineup — seven more artists have yet to be confirmed.

Canadian progressive rock collective Broken Social Scene will take Festival Stage at The Forks Sunday to close the festival. They are expected to play long-awaited new material.

Other Interstellar Rodeo 2017 highlights:

  • Aloe Blacc
  • Sarah Slean
  • Danny Michel
  • The Dead South
  • Yola Carter
  • Shakey Graves

"They're such an important band for Canadian music. They really broke the indie scene wide open," said de Cartier.

The band's new album, Hug of Thunder, is set for release July 7. It's their first since 2010.

On Saturday, de Cartier said audiences will be blown away by new material from Canadian indie rockers Rheostatics, who are back together and making new music after officially disbanding in 2007. De Cartier, who once managed the band, said their music is better than ever.

Interstellar Rodeo takes place at the Festival Stage at The Forks Aug. 18 to 20.

After a multi-year hiatus, Broken Social Scene is back with a new studio album this July. They are one of the headliners at this year's Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg. (Getty Images)

The festival will continue its tradition of offering wine pairings to go with various artists but plans to introduce more pop-up bars to help reduce lineups.

Weekend passes for the festival go on sale May 10 at 10 a.m. CT. The first 1,000 tickets will be sold at a 25 per cent discount, said de Cartier.