2014 Declared the Year of Music in Manitoba

Premier Greg Selinger announces 2014 will be the Year of Music in Manitoba. (Lyzaville Sale/CBC)

Manitoba will take centre stage as 2014 is declared the Year of Music. Three national awards ceremonies will take place throughout the year, including Juno Awards week in March, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in September and the BreakOut West music festival and Western Canadian Music Awards in October.

"Manitobans know about our rich music scene, but this coming year we will show the nation and the world the thriving music we have here," Premier Greg Selinger said at a media event on Wednesday.

"The Year of Music will bring us the excitement of major national events and a wealth of fabulous music festivals."

He said these events will expand music opportunities for both audiences and performers.

"We intend to make it known that in Manitoba, we speak music," said Sara Stasiuk, executive director of Manitoba Music and co-chair of the Year of Music organizing committee.

"Manitoba has a proud musical heritage and a vibrant and talented music scene. We look forward to celebrating that in a big way next year."

As well, changes to Manitoba's liquor laws will make it possible for smaller venues, restaurants and hotels to present live music acts.

Promotional partnerships will also be developed with the province's myriad other festivals, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Brandon Folk Festival, Dauphin's Country Fest, Festival du Voyageur and more.

A Year of Music website is being developed with up-to-date information and will be integrated with Manitoba Music's live music calendar.