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New Brunswick's turn to rock the Games

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The East Coast vibes continue tonight with a slate of artists from New Brunswick taking over the Canada Games Festival Main Stage.

To welcome them to Winnipeg, a local group will kick off the night (as has been the pattern for most of the festival days). Lanikai, the project of former Imaginary Cities member Marti Sarbit, will warm up the crowd with its retro, soul and pop-influenced sound, starting at 5:05 p.m.

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Singer-songwriter Raphaël Butler is the first New Brunswick artist to take the stage.

Up next is Moncton-based francophone singer-songwriter Raphaël Butler. Butler has been on the road since launching his first EP in 2015, performing all over Canada and in France. He recently represented New Brunswick at the International Francophonie Games in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition, Butler’s EP, J’feel Comme Une Machine, was nominated as Francophone Album of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards — the six-song record has an East Coast vibe, but also carries a strong country twang. Butler currently is working on his first full-length album.

Canadian country-music veteran Mike Plume will follow Butler. Plume has spent time as a songwriter in Nashville, but his personal style is more Steve Earle than Toby Keith. The Moncton-born performer was raised in Bonnyville, Alta., and his rural Canadian roots are evident in his heartfelt songs, which range from down-home folk to rough-edged country, with some smooth ballads to boot.

All-female indie-folk-pop trio Les Hay Babies — which performs songs in both English and French — will take the stage at 8 p.m.

The three women, who all grew up in small Acadian villages, first met while performing as solo artists at a New Brunswick music competition; they bumped into each other again at another music competition, and Les Hay Babies was formed. The group has released one EP and two full-length records, their most recent being 2016’s La 4ième dimension.

Three-time Maple Blues Award-winner Matt Andersen of Perth-Andover, N.B., will close out the night’s music. Andersen has been living the life of a full-time musician for more than 10 years and, in that time, has released 10 records and earned respect from musicians and fans alike for his sensational guitar skills and booming, soul-filled vocal performances.

In addition to his Maple Blues Awards, Andersen is also a two-time Juno Award nominee and has won two European Blues Awards, as well as the prize for best solo performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge.

A fireworks display brings an end to the show at 10:30 p.m.

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