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









Artist: Ashes and Dreams

Inspire. Uplift. Spread positivity. This is the mission statement of Ashes and Dreams, and its touring show, the Chillout Groove Experience. Ashes and Dreams specializes in an imaginative blend of ethereal pop music created by Lisa Saunders (born + raised in Portage la Prairie, now based in Winnipeg) and her UK co-writer, Liv Mircea.

Lisa tours with Manitoba bandmates Kris Kosie (bass) and Paul Claxton (keys), allowing Ashes and Dreams to bring their musical creations to life.The band has received international airplay, TV placements & performed at festivals, community events & coffee houses.Dance amidst a sea of captivating lights, unwind, let go of frustrations, and enjoy bonding with others in a Chillout Groove Experience.









Big Heist Brass Band

Big Heist Brass Band is a high energy, six piece brass band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Playing their own takes on different pop, rock, and funk tunes as well as a growing selection of originals, Big Heist Brass Band always looks to bring excitement to their audiences and to get people dancing and having a good time.










black-eyed SUZIE

black-eyed SUZIE core members, mother-daughter duo Christine and Jara Marek, are reinventing themselves following a 3-year hiatus and recent move to Winnipeg MB. Building on the many songs never heard or recorded, the group has been busy developing the rich eclectic indie sound the former family band was known for combining haunting melodies with rich harmonics and atmospheric rhythms that captivate audiences young and old alike. Subtly dark with gothic undertones, black-eyed SUZIE’s songs speak of finding some beautiful truth in the unpleasant. Coming from remote communities scattered across the vast Canadian landscape, each member brings their rural roots. These experiences are intertwined with some of the unconventional bass and percussive riffs and alternating classical to contemporary melodic vocal treatments that take you on a journey into the backwaters of Canadian life.







Artist: Disraeli Dreamers

Disraeli Dreamers comes from the thriving Winnipeg music and arts scene, home to some of the most innovative and talented artists to ever walk the earth. Their sound is diverse and hard to easily categorize, moving effortlessly from funky jams to punk-inspired high-energy rockers. They have been compared to bands like Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age. Their goal is simple: make music that moves your body and rocks your soul! Comprised of veteran musicians, The Dreamers aims to create tunes for a broad audience that makes you dance, and makes you feel. Passionate, creative, intense, and full of energy, Disraeli Dreamers’ mission is to create good vibes that will resonate with you long after the songs are over and the night is done.

Disraeli Dreamers released their sophomore EP, Insomnia Island in early 2018. The record was recorded at the famed Studio 11 in Winnipeg, and produced by Jason Gordon (Kanye West, Inward Eye). The album as a whole has been generating positive reviews from music critics. The single, ‘Little Lie’, was featured in the UK-based A&R Factor’s award-winning music blog. Insomnia Island comes off the heels of The Lucid, the debut EP from Disraeli Dreamers, which was released in May of 2017. The lead single, ‘So Long Ago’, became a favorite on college stations across Canada and the United States, garnering indie radio play on 35 stations. Disraeli Dreamers were selected as top 50 finalists in Canada in the Jim Beam Make History Talent search, which was coordinated through Canadian Music Week. The band also made CBC Searchlights Top 100 bands during their 2018 search, as voted on by fans and industry personnel.









DJ Abi

At a young age, DJ Abi found himself immersed with talent all around him. He found himself among fathers of the Dj scene, such as Lil Phil and DJ Terra. With their massive appeal to pull in a crowd, Dj Abi found himself inspired by the greats.  DJ Abi has acquired a lot of range and motivation to bring his talents to the decks after being exposed to the Electro scene, as well as the Hip hop scene early on. He was able to distinguish himself by creating his own unique style, described as Hip hop meets Electro and Jungle. After performing alongside Grasshopper, a world renowned DMC 3 time champion, he found himself well-versed in the game of scratching records. As well, he was honoured to play along the monumental stylings of the Frek Show Crew. These experiences couldn’t help but shape the way he saw music. After a hiatus in the late 90’s, he has come back to throw down his fresh style, fusing together his take on the Hip hop scene and the Electro world like never before. As he progresses to make permanent marks on the scene, DJ Abi is ready to make some big waves as his beats never hesitate to move a crowd.










Everything+ is a folk/indie duo with a passion for songwriting and sharing their music. Andrea Dicks and Dylan Summers met while pursuing music degrees and have been fast friends ever since. With pop, folk, and alternative influences, Everything+ brings a unique sound to their covers and original music. Aptly called “everything plus,” the band brings many instruments to the stage from trumpet to acoustic bass guitar to ukulele. A new feature to the Winnipeg music scene, the duo combines rich music with compelling lyrics to create a fresh, new sound.















 FONTINE is an up and coming artist in the Winnipeg music scene. Actively writing and perfecting her craft, she is excited to begin her musical career surrounded by such a creative and supportive community here in the city she now calls home.











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









Madeleine Roger

Madeleine Roger is a folk singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. While accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, it is her artistry as a songwriter that can silence a room, uniting her magnetic voice with vivid lyricism and a maturity beyond her years. A former thespian and a lifelong traveler, she is prone to absorbing stories and questioning the way that things are, creating songs with imaginative melodies and honesty that bares truths about being alive.

Along with appearances in her folk/roots duo Roger Roger with her twin brother Lucas, Madeleine has performed at music festivals and stages across Canada and Europe including The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival, The Calgary Folk Club, Campbell Bay Music Festival, Festival Du Voyageur, Homeroutes house concert tours, etc.

“Madeleine’s voice stays with you, reminiscent at times of a young Joni Mitchell.”
– Mojo



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.









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Look for the SAIKEL team on the course near Crescent Drive, ready to cheer you on and get you excited!










Artist: Suzanne Bird

Suzanne Bird is a Manitoba Métis singer-songwriter and three-time Juno nominee. Suzanne creates a soulful, bluesy vibe with her gorgeous and powerful voice – which encompasses a range from blues to folk to rock, with influences of jazz and Indigenous roots. The depth of her storied lyrics evokes strength and beauty; her heartfelt harmonies evoke spirituality and charm.









DJ Lazer Wolf

DJ Lazer Wolf (aka Tatiana Carnevale) learned the fine art of DJ-ing from the amazing Mama Cutsworth through her DJ Academy for All Women and Non-Binary Folks. Since then, she has been having tons of fun sharing her passion for playing music at venues like the Good Will, ANAF Club 60, and the Centennial Concert Hall. A lover of all tunes eclectic, feel good, and upbeat, Lazer Wolf loves spinning pop, indie, dance, top 40, R&B, and lots and lots of Cher and Beyonce. By day, she works for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and during the rare moments when she’s not doing something musically-related, she can be found riding bikes and petting dogs.












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