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Artists to say so long to Walters

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Winnipeg's music and cultural community will gather at the the Burt next week to say farewell to Kevin Walters.

The longtime promoter and friend to musicians and agents alike died from cancer earlier this week.

The 54-year-old was responsible for some of the biggest events on the Canadian calendar coming to Winnipeg, including the Grey Cup in 2006 and the Juno Awards in 2005 and 2014, as well as countless local festivals and concerts.

He also had a long career managing sound-recording programs at Manitoba Film & Music.

The doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thursday with the official program starting at 7 p.m.

The lineup is subject to change but Chic Gamine, Keith and Renée and Harlequin will perform at the ceremony. There will also be a blessing from Fred Penner and Barbara and Clarence Neepinak.

That will be followed by a half-hour of visiting and then the bands will hit the stage with an open-stage concept, said Kevin Donnelly, general manager of the MTS Centre who worked with Walters for a quarter-century.

There will be a cash bar with the proceeds going to the Kevin Walters Foundation, which assists Winnipeg musicians.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 28, 2014 A7

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Updated on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 12:29 PM CDT: Fixes to say Clarence Nepinak.

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