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New festival to focus on electronic music

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ELECTRONIC artists from around the world will be heading to Winnipeg this summer for a new music festival.

The first annual Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) will take place June 17-20 at several downtown venues. Organizers are planning to book about 60 different artists for the festival, being modelled after the world-famous MUTEK festival in Montreal.

So far, Mike Monday (London), Maetrik (Valencia, Spain), Voodeux (Boston), Pezzner (Seattle), Noah Pred (Toronto), Mike Gervais (Minneapolis) and Dubmatix (Toronto) are scheduled to perform during the four-day event.

Most shows will be ticketed, but MEME will host a free showcase at Old Market Square on June 19, featuring 14 artists and multimedia performances. It will be the first large-scale public event set for the newly renovated Exchange District stage.

MEME will also feature three public educational clinics focused on electronic-music composition and video performance art.

MEME is being run by Memetic, a new organization made up of several Winnipeg music promoters, producers and record labels. The group will work on booking shows year round with MEME its main focus, said spokesman Nathan Zahn.

More information about the fledgling festival will be available on Thursday when tickets go on sale. Festival passes go on sale April 1 for $40 at memetic.ca.

-- Rob Williams

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 30, 2010 D2

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