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If you are planning on doing any travelling this summer, you may want to think about investing a few bucks on TripIt, a fantastic app that helps organize all your travel information. From flight itineraries to car rentals to hotel confirmations, TripIt easily gathers all this info into one spot on your mobile device.

Although there is a free, ad-supported version for both iPhones and Android, this is one of those apps you shouldn't feel bad for buying. If you are a Gmail user, TripIt will automatically scan your inbox for any travel related info, making any trip you are planning a breeze to set up in the app and instantly creating a helpful itinerary for your time away. While the auto-monitoring feature is only currently available to Gmail users, it doesn't take long to get your info into the app if you use another mail service. A must-have for anyone who is planning on getting away this summer.


MEME 2013 Audio Workshops

More than just a multi-day free festival in the heart of the Exchange, the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) also explores the interplay between technology, visual art and music. Set for Aug. 15-18 at the Cube and various venues around town, the festival continues to expand its focus and programming.

Since its inception, a strong component of MEME has been its collaboration with Manitoba Music and Precursor Productions to deliver audio training for individuals who want to explore the creation of electronic music. For $25, enthusiasts are mentored during the daylong workshop by local electronic producers and international guests who are performing at the festival. This inexpensive introduction to production should be appealing to a broad range of Manitobans, from aspiring producers looking to get tips from world-class performers to individuals looking to create their own music. The workshop takes place at Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald St., on Saturday, Aug. 17. The deadline to register online is Aug. 16. Spots are limited, so don't wait too long or you'll miss out on this opportunity.


Stream of the Week: Don Amero -- Young Forever

Set to make his mainstage debut at Dauphin's annual Countryfest on June 29, local singer/songwriter Don Amero is also releasing a new radio single this week. From his critically acclaimed fourth album, Heart On My Sleeve, which was nominated for both a 2013 Juno and a 2013 Western Canadian Music Award, Young Forever, is the latest single from the hardworking Amero and is a reflection on getting older. A video for Young Forever is available on YouTube.


Video of the Week: Greg MacPherson -- Forcefield

With a performance scheduled for June 28 at The Windsor, Winnipeg's Greg MacPherson recently unveiled a new music video for the track Forcefield. After working with Nicholas Friesen and Rod Bailey on his first two videos, MacPherson and his band decided to shoot their new video themselves on an iPhone. While the singer's other two videos were top-notch (head over to YouTube if you haven't seen them), the DIY video they shot for Forcefield while on tour in British Columbia is both picturesque and well executed.


Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 27, 2013 ??65519

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