The Manitoba Marathon is excited to have many talented artists gracing the participants and spectators with home grown talent on race day! Perfectly situated out on the course to keep you moving and motivated! Here are this year’s performers on the Manitoba Marathon course!

 To view the course entertainment map & legend, click Course Entertainment Map











Fubuki Daiko

 Fubuki Daiko reinvents traditional Japanese drumming with their eclectic and energetic performances that are part martial arts athleticism, part meditation, and all rhythm. For over twenty years, they have performed at festivals, concert halls, and schools across North America.  Collaborations with a wide range of groups including the Winnipeg Singers, Moses Mayes Family Funk Band, the Northern Plains Ballet, and Ron Paley’s Big Band, have continued to fuel their pursuit of excellence and innovation in this ancient art form. The core members of the group each have over 25 years of taiko experience and received their formative training from the founder of North American Taiko, Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka. After performing at Carnegie Hall with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and leaving with Tanaka’s blessing, they relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba where they expanded into the current professional touring ensemble.  The group’s self-titled CD received a Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Recording.

Photo by: Grajewski Foto




Artist: Neil Keep

Neil Keep’s voice is a bring-the-house-down, show-stopper. Whether tender, jagged, playful, mocking, brooding, belting – he is engaging, musical & communicating at all times.

Neil has performed jazz all over of Winnipeg with local legends: Merv Mauthe, Ron Paley, Jonathan Alexiuk – and since 1990, done well over a thousand solo shows with backing tracks. He is in high demand as a hands-down favourite at retirement residences and currently a member of three bands: The BMW (Bavarian Musik Werks); Ricky Bogart, and; “The InClines: Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline”, a touring tribute show where he does backup harmony with sister Karen, solos and comedic schtick to the delight of audiences across western Canada.










New Horizons Band

The Winnipeg New Horizons Band is an adult learning band and a member of the New Horizons International Music Association. The philosophical basis for the association and its members is to provide opportunities for adults with limited or no musical experience, as well as those who have been inactive, to make music in an enjoyable and supportive environment. The only requirement is your desire to play a concert band instrument and they will help you with the rest.












Philip Spevack

Phil Spevack is a very active volunteer within the Winnipeg community and a talented local musician. Below are some of Phil’s highlights from over the years:

Partner, Grant & Wilton Coffee House – Concerts

Shamus, Temple Shalom

Systems Professional – 40 years

Avid Curler and Tennis Player

Multi-Faith Outreach

Lieutenant Governor’s “Make a Difference Community Award”

Check out some of his news articles to learn more:









Ryan Van Belleghem

Ryan Van Belleghem is a Canadian singer songwriter, born in the mosquito-infested forests of Northwestern Ontario. Many times a year, he emerges from the jack pines, and ventures back to shore from his kayaking trips on Lake of the Woods in his hometown Kenora, Ontario. He then makes his way to the central prairies of Winnipeg, Manitoba. As an architecture student, sculptor, ex-football player, pinterester, and wannabe graphic designer, Ryan’s life has been and continues to be full of adventures that have crafted his musical career and style.

Ryan’s music has been inspired by such artists as Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Eric Church, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Ben Harper, and The Tragically Hip. He has also worked with a number of inspiring artists such as Jason Collett, Dustin Bentall, Ian Tamblyn, and Jeremy Fisher, who have helped craft his quirky-funk-folk-pop Canadian style.











Ted Meseyton “The Singing Gardener”

Ted Meseyton, writes Singing Gardener columns in The Graphic Leader, the local Portage la Prairie paper, and in Grainews out of Winnipeg, a national farm publication by subscription.Ted mostly writes and sings his own original material and also does some yodeling, having taken yodel lessons as a mature student from a Bavarian yodeler. Some of Ted’s song titles are:

The Canadian Weather Song,

A Smile is so Contagious,

I’m Proud to sing O Canada,

That’s Who We Are,

The Prostate Song