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Spooky Songs and Terrifying Tunes

I’ve seen nothing but candy in stores since the middle of September.  It must be the Halloween Season.  A time for candy apples, Jack-o’-lanterns, ghosts, ghouls, zombies and witches.  At Sir William Stephenson, our Halloween books are as scarce as garlic in a vampire’s kitchen.  The same could be said for steak or is it stake?  Books are one of our most popular Halloween commodities, but, we have other treats for you to enjoy this Halloween.

The library has a huge selection of music for you to listen to and set the proper mood for a party.  What Alfred Hitchcock described as “mood music in a jugular vein.”  I’ve selected a small sample of what you can find using either Hoopla or Naxos Music Library.  Apps for both services can be downloaded to either Apple or Android devices.  You can also access these services through your computer.

I’ve grouped my selections in four categories:

  • Must haves
  • Film/TV
  • Classical
  • Halloween sounds

Must Haves

Halloween without these tunes would be like Christmas without Christmas trees or laurel without Hardy.  It just doesn’t work.

“Thriller” (Album Thriller artist Michael Jackson)  thriller

“Monster Mash” (Album The Original Monster Mash artist Bobby (Boris) Pickett)

“Purple People Eater” (Album The Purple People Eater artist Sheb Wooley)

“The Time Warp” (Album Music From the Rocky Horror Picture Showshrek 2

“Werewolves of London” (Album Excitable Boy artist Warren Zevon)

“Little Drop of Poison” (Album Shrek 2 artist Tom Waits)

Film/TV

No Halloween party would be complete without these staples from TV and the big screen.

“Ghostbusters theme song” (Album Ghostbusters II)

“Jaws theme song” (Album Jaws John Williams) jaws

“Halloween theme song 1978” (The Ultimate Halloween Collection: Spooky Anthems for your Haunted House)

“Once Upon a Dream” (Album Maleficent)

Psycho – Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers

Addams Family (TV show or movie)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents Music to be Murdered By nightmare

“This is Halloween” (Album The Nightmare Before Christmas artist Danny Elfman)

“The Shining” (Album As Seen on Terrorvision Halloween Movie Hits artist The Hit Crew)

Classical

The next group of music is a selection of classical works from Naxos Music Library.

“Toccata and Fugue in D Minor” composed by Johann Sebastian Bach

“Symphonie Fantastique V Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath” composed by Hector Berlioz

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” composed by Paul Dukas

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” composed by Edvard Grieg

“Carmina Burana: O Fortuna” composed by Carl Orff

“Dies Irae” composed by Giuseppe Verdi

“Night on Bald Mountain” composed by Modest Mussorgsky

Halloween Sounds halloween

The last group is a grab bag of albums with different sound effects.  Need the sound of a cemetery, witches’ cackle, werewolf howl, the sound of hell or demons, look no further.

 

I do hope you enjoy these selections and take time to explore Hoopla and Naxos to find other composers and artists.  In closing, I will leave you with a piece of advice, particularly relevant in October, from the master of suspense himself Alfred Hitchcock;  “It is a good thing to know that if ever you are staring into the darkness and you see something staring back simply say boo and it will go away.”

Thank you and goodnight.

-Andrew

A Star is Born… Again

It’s around this time of year when movie studios begin to release the films they hope will be in the running for next year’s awards season. One of the movies that is getting early “Oscar Buzz” is A Star is Born, starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Bradley Cooper also directed the film; his first one.

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Did you know that A Star is Born is a remake of a remake of a remake? It’s true. The original A Star is Born was released in 1937. It was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and again in 1976 with Barbara Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Each version tells the same basic story of a grizzled down-and-out celebrity who mentors a new, fresh talent, and as the popularity and success of the new talent rises, the career of the established character burns out. (Sorry about the spoilers for an 80 year old story that’s been told four different times).

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In the original, the action is based in Hollywood and tells the story of a young woman who rises out of obscurity and makes it big as a star of the silver screen. Fun fact: the 1937 version was the first colour movie to get nominated for Best Picture. You can watch on WPL’s digital services Hoopla and Kanopy. In the 1954 version, musical numbers abound as Judy Garland’s character transforms from the leader of a musical ensemble into a star of movie musicals. The following remake (1976) ditches Hollywood and makes the mentor character a drug-addled alcoholic rock star (Kristofferson) who discovers the titular star who gets born (Streisand) and the usual twists and turns insue.

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The newest take on this well-worn tale appears to have Bradley Cooper as a country singer and Lady Gaga as a pop singer. It played at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews, and goes to show that, like interesting covers of classic songs, some stories can be told again and again (and again).

-Trevor

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Spring into some Musical Reads

As spring and summer make their way into town, one of my favourite parts of this city comes alive: its vibrant music scene. Winnipeg is home to some of the best music festivals in the country, with the Winnipeg Folk Festival and The Winnipeg Jazz Festival, not to mention some of the smaller rural festivals such as Harvest Moon, Rainbow Trout and Real Love.

The library is fortunate enough to house some of the most critically acclaimed books on music and musicians. So before you head out to Birds Hill or Old Market Square this summer, brush up on some music history, read about your favourite artist or listen to a few tunes!

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Just Kids offers a rare glimpse into Patti Smith’s remarkable relationship with photographer Rober Mapplethorpe. Her first book of prose, she describes the epochal days of New York City and The Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies. A story of youth and friendship, Smith brings the same unique, lyrical quality to Just Kids as she has to the rest of her formidable body of work- from her influential 1975 album Horses to her visual art and poetry.

You can also check out her latest book, M Train

Cash by Johnny Cash

The ‘Man in Black’ writes this critically acclaimed autobiography about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs and the people who shaped him throughout his life.

In his own words, Cash sets the record straight, dispelling a few myths along the way. He describes growing up in Arkansas, his superstardom in Nashville, playing with Elvis, his battles with addiction and his relationship with his wife, June. He reminisces about his life long friends- Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan. He talks about his gratitude for life and his thoughts on what the afterlife may bring. Filled with candor, this book shows the wit and the wisdom of a man who truly ‘walked the line’.

How Music Got Free by Stephen Witt

In his first book, Stephen Witt traces the history of digital music piracy. From the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a CD manufacturing factory worker who leaked two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to Lil Wayne, these interwoven narratives describe the moment when our lives became intertwined with the internet, and the moment when suddenly all music ever recorded was available for free. Not only a story about the history of digital media piracy, this book also serves as a history of the internet itself and its effect on our lives.

Take Me to the Alley by Gregory Porter

Take Me to the Alley is Gregory Porter’s latest album. Released in May 2016, it earned him a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Critics have described it as ‘sweet and serene’, and a harken back to his roots.

Gregory Porter plays this year’s Winnipeg Jazz Festival in June.

Livin’ On a High Note by Mavis Staples

Her latest album, Livin’ on a High Note is the fifteenth studio album by American musician Mavis Staples. Released in February 2016, Rolling Stone placed the album on its 45 Best Albums of 2016 So Far list.

Catch Mavis Staples at this year’s Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

Port of Morrow by The Shins

Port of Morrow, released in 2012, was The Shin’s first studio album in five years. Following some major line up changes in the group, the album is primarily a collaboration between frontman James Mercer and producer Greg Kurstin. Mercer’s lyrics are based on his experience of becoming a father, his family, and his memories of his childhoold in Germany, giving way to its 1970’s German pop influences. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200.

The Shins play at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in July.

-Brittany

Music to my (little) ears!

Many of us grew up singing “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” But how many times did you sing the song before you actually knew what a waterspout was?

When I was little, I thought a waterspout was the faucet in the bathtub. My mother could never understand why I didn’t want to get in the tub until the faucet was turned off–I was waiting for the spider to come tumbling out!

Singing songs with children provides a great opportunity to build vocabulary, and in many ways, music can act as a springboard to literacy. Singing can help children hear the smaller sounds that make up words — and this will help them sound out words when they start to read.

At the library, music and rhymes are a key component of our pre-school programming.  You can also borrow a huge stack of kids music CDs from any of our branches — or stream music directly to your phone, tablet or computer using Hoopla, a free online service available through WPL!

Here are some of the most popular CD’s for kids currently available on Hoopla!:

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moana

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frozen

kidzbop

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“Secret” Things the Library Can Do for You: Part 2, Totally Online Stuff

HERE IT IS. The long-awaited second installment of things you never knew about the library. Today we’ll be talking about some of the techy secrets – the things the library offers 24/7 through our website.

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I know. I’m excited, too.

 

A lot of times when I have to tell someone there’s a waiting list for a book they want they seem so disheartened. “But don’t give up!” I say, “there are audiobook versions! And eBook versions! And eAudiobook versions!” Often they end up with the book they want, just not how they expected.

(I know it can be daunting to get set up with a new format, but remember, you can always ask us for help.)

So here’s a super quick run down of the online and downloadable info and entertainment you can get through us, in case it helps you find something fun, interesting, or informative. It can all be found through our website as shown below, or through our eMedia Guide.

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I drew the red arrows myself.

 

Warning: A lot of these services have nonsense names, so it’s easy to get confused. But you’ll get used to it!

 

More than 5000 eAudiobooks!

I’ve just recently become reacquainted with the joy of being read to. It’s a fabulous way to squeeze more reading into your life, since you can do it bussing or driving, or while doing housework, cooking, or gardening. We offer two ways to find thousands of electronic audiobooks – through OverDrive and Hoopla (more about both below).

 

TV and movies! And music!

hooplaHoopla also offers free streaming of movies, TV shows, and popular music. No holds, wait lists or fines. Hoopla! A different music service, called Naxos Music Library has tons of classical, folk, world and jazz music.

 

Magazines!

zinDownload full-colour, complete issues of magazines, like US Weekly, National Geographic, Mental Floss, Newsweek, Cosmo and more straight to your tablet with Zinio for Libraries. And then they’re yours to keep forever!

 

eBooks, so many ways!

We are a library, after all, and books are a big part of what we do. Some of our eBooks can be read right in your web browser (no apps to download or set up). This is offered through: Overdrive,  McGraw Hill, Tumble Books, and Bookflix.

McGraw Hill eBooks offers eBooks in lots of subjects like business, computing, nursing, languages and sciences chemistry, mathematics, psychology, accounting and computing.

tumblebooklogoTumble Book Cloud and Tumble Book Cloud Junior have eBooks, read-alongs, classic works of literature and audiobooks for EAL audiences, high-schoolers, and elementary school kids. Read-alongs are especially great for those still struggling with reading, or for EAL students. There are never any waiting lists for these.

Tumble Book Library is also great for kids as they are animated, talking children’s picture books adapted from print books, but made interactive with quizzes, puzzles and memory games.

BookFLIX does something pretty unique, in that it pairs classic storybooks with related non-fiction books, so kids can learn new things in the context of their favourite stories.

frodWe also subscribe to two downloadable eBook services – Overdrive and Freading – so that you can download books to your mobile device (smart phone, tablet, or eReader) and take them wherever you go. Overdrive is great for popular, newer titles. Using it is very similar to print books, though, in that the library pays per copy of each book, so you might find yourself on the waiting list for something in demand. Freading is great for when you want to find an ebook right away as they offer unlimited use of the books we purchase from them.

Did you already know any of these secrets??

 

Happy reading (and watching, and listening)!

– Erica

What’s New in the Local History Room

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It’s time to take a look at the exciting new arrivals in the Local History Room collection.  First, a new display about the history of Winnipeg transit is available for viewing, thanks to collaboration with the City of Winnipeg Archives, City of Winnipeg Transit Department, and Manitoba Transit Heritage; which have all contributed photos and artefacts.  Come by and have a look.  We also have books about the history of Winnipeg Transit for you to enjoy.

Cover image for On the frontier : letters from the Canadian West in the 1880sOn the frontier : letters from the Canadian West in the 1880s is an updated edition of William Wallace’s collected correspondence with his family in England during the early period of the West’s settlement.  This kind of literature where history is seen through everyday personal observations is a pleasure to read as it provides insights about the ordinary struggles and experiences of 19th century prairie life.  For a newly arrived settlers in the Canadian West, the geography (just getting to your new homestead is not a simple task when you do it by ox car) and the weather (freezing winters, thunderstorms, and prairie fires only added to the challenges of the hard work necessary to survive) were always on the mind as they worked to make build a home in their adopted country.

Cover image for Law, life, and government at Red River. Volume 1, Settlement and governance, 1812-1872Law, life, and government at Red River. Volume 1, Dale Gibson is an original take on the history of the Red River settlement and its diverse population that focuses on the evolution of its governmental and legal system.  Up until the Red River Resistance and Manitoba’s entry into Confederation, the colony was run by the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), which struggled at times to create legal institutions that could fairly serve justice to the diverse people that worked and settled in the vast territory it controlled.  The result was a unique form of government that struggled to govern the colony up to 1870, gradually adapting to represent the First Nations and Metis peoples and the different groups of settlers that gradually came.  In addition to giving a good portrait of ordinary life, its challenges and complexity, the book covers an extensive list of legal cases that the nascent court had to deal with, including accusations of corruption, treason and infanticide.

Relics of interest : selections from the Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection is a publication from the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature that highlights treasured artefacts from the HBC collection with the aid of beautiful photographs and detailed descriptions that provide historical context.  These include an ivory statue of the SS Baychimo, Inuit art, tools, and a rifle from the company and even an Halkett boat: an early example of an inflatable boat made around 1850.  A brief historic of the HBC and its evolution up to the 20th century is helpfully included.

“If you grew up in Transcona between the 1950s and 1980s you likely will know the name Edna Perry”.  Thus was dedicated a street in honour of the person whose autobiography: Prairie girl’s life : the story of The Reverend Edna Lenora Perry has just arrived on our shelves.  Edna grew up during the Great Depression in rural Manitoba, her parents both coming from well-off families but now were largely penniless.  Starting out as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse, she fell in love with a British soldier stationed in Canada and followed him to war-torn Britain.  Returning to Manitoba in 1947, she became a school principal and then one of the first female Anglican ministers in 1981.  This is a simple and tender tale of local a woman who touched many lives and has been justly recognized for it.

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Another good example of  local history is Memoir of a Smoke Eater, by veteran firefighter Renald Laurencelle. Laurencelle tells of his personal experiences, sometimes terrifying, other times funny, during his 31-year career in the St. Boniface Fire Department. Laurencelle joined Number 2 Fire Hall in 1966 and learned the ropes while coping with tragic situations where fatalities occurred, witnessed famous fires like the one that consumed the St. Boniface Cathedral, and forged life-long friendships with his fellow smoke eaters.  The book is not only a valuable piece of personal history, but an homage to a generation of firefighters who had to face tough situations without many of the technological innovations that are now part of present-day firefighting.

Winnipeg has a celebrated musical history with many local household names, but readers now have the opportunity to discover a lesser-known but no less authentic era of our musical scene.  Musician and author Sheldon Birnie has recently released Missing like teeth : an oral history of Winnipeg underground rock 1990-2001, which tells the story of this decade in Winnipeg’s (as well as Brandon’s) underground musical scene, especially its punk rock wave.  The author paints a vivid picture of the gritty and innovative time, centered in barrooms and basements of community centres, through a series of interviews with local artists (including members of bands like Kittens, Propagandhi, and the Weakerthans) who helped shape a new genre, some who grew in popularity from modest basement gigs to become well-known bands.

If you would like to meet the author in person, Sheldon Birnie and members of the University of Winnipeg’s Oral History Centre will share how oral history can be used to capture stories and characters like those found in his book.  The program is entitled Oral History and the Arts: Documenting the Winnipeg Underground Rock Scene and will be held in the Carol Shields Auditorium at Millennium Library on Thursday June 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Louis-Philippe

February is Album Writing Month!

mouse-sheetmusic_640Back in 2004, 4 friends decided to see if they could write 14 songs during the month of February. The challenge, inspired by the National Novel Writing Month challenge, was intended to overcome the tendency many people have of being over-critical of their own work by forcing themselves to push out new music. The next year, they opened up the challenge to other people online, and 25 people participated. Last year, over 1000 people from around the world wrote over 10,000 songs as part of the February is Album Writing Month challenge.

If you’ve been thinking you’d like to write some songs, FAWM is a great opportunity to do it together with a supportive global community at your side. Some people focus on lyrics, some record and share fully-developed demo recordings, and many do something in between. There are experienced and extremely talented musicians, and there are people who are putting their first lyrics to paper who have never picked up an instrument before. Some people don’t write or record any music at all; they just listen to the cool free music and provide encouragement. All are welcome.

songwritingfordummiescoverIf you’re new to songwriting, a book like Songwriting for Dummies by Jim Peterik  might be a good starting point. If you’ve written a song or two before, books like Writing Better Lyrics by Pat Pattison or Melody in songwriting by Jack Perricone might help you improve your skills and give you a few more ideas for your next tune. Or maybe some of these titles  will suit you. Don’t forget to grab a rhyming dictionary too!

You can view videos about songwriting and music theory through the lyndaLibrary service, available through our website – especially helpful if you’re more of a visual learner, and it’s great to be able to hear the results immediately.

One of my favourite parts of the FAWM challenge is listening to the new songs posted by participants. If you’d like to do this, but recording yourself singing or playing an instrument seems daunting, there is help to be had! The Library is offering a Basic Home Recording workshop on Saturday, January 23rd at the Millennium Library. The program has just filled up as of this writing, but you can call 204-986-6450 to get on the waiting list in case there are any cancellations.

guerrillahomerecordingcoverThere are plenty of books on home recording available at the library too, but Guerrilla Home Recording by Karl Coryat stands out as an excellent example with great practical advice for those of us recording on a budget. If you want to take your finished audio recording to the next level, then check out Mastering Audio by Bob Katz; it’s widely regarded as possibly the best book available on the subject.

lyndaLibrary  has resources for recording and music production, too. There’s a course called Audio Recording Techniques, a great introduction to the free recording program Audacity, videos covering mixing and mastering, and more.

There are still a couple of weeks to prepare for this year’s challenge, so if you’re inclined, sharpen those pencils, tune those guitars, and get those creative gears turning. I’ll be there, and I hope to see you there too!

Dennis

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Operation Tender Trap

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Without Valentine’s Day, February would be …well, January.  Jim Gaffigan

Can you feel the temperature rising as the countdown to Valentine’s Day begins? As a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Love your mission is to show your partner and/or family how much you really care. With less than 2 weeks to prepare an ambush you need some ammunition for your love arsenal.

Did you know that preparing food for someone is a significant act of love? Why not cook up an intimate dinner for your dearly beloved(s)?

Showcase your talents by fashioning a festive setting. Candles, flowers and wine are the usual suspects but you need to sell your artistic side and create a “tablescape”.  Decide on a pink and red theme. Borrow vintage floral patterned plates or scout thrift stores for mismatchedto make the table setting less fussy and more fun.

Enlist your children, nieces and nephews (because it’s their special day too) and construct homemade hearts to scatter over the table. Find lots of ideas for making delightful cards, love tokens and more lovely things for friends and family in:

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Valentine Things to Make and Do  

 

 

 

Proclaim your passion with a perfect menu that says “Je t’adore”. Consult some of the following cookbooks:

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Valentine Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family

 

 

celebrate     Celebrate! by Sheila Lukins

 

 

 

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Handmade  Gatherings by Ashley English

 

 

 

Set the mood and stock up your CD player with sexy standards from crooners such as Sinatra or modern troubadours like Buble.

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Search Naxos music database for “Valentine Classics” or Hoopla for streaming music by hot new artist Sam Smith . Beware because this may lead to dancing, what George Bernard Shaw called the  “perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.”

But can a heartwarming meal, bouquet of flowers or even a kiss convey the depth of your devotion? Cap it all off with the power of words and compose a sonnet dedicated to your heartthrob. Or recite a sure fire love poem from Love Poetry Out Loud 

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Give in to the schmaltz. Resistance is futile.

Jane

Make it a Wicked Summer

118188_WIC_240x208_1(1)On Broadway and around the world, Wicked has worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of over 50 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times).  Wicked is set to return to Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall August 20-30… but before you go, you’ll want to do some reading first!

Many have heard of the musical Wicked, but did you know that it started life as aWicked Munchkinland Tour book? Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire is the author’s revisiting of the familiar Wizard of Oz story. In it, he steps away from the childhood tale and adds darker twists to his spin. The story centres on Elphaba, the girl who grew up to be the Wicked Witch of the West, and develops through three sequels. Son of a Witch follows Elphaba’s son Liir. A Lion Among Men picks up the plot several years later, and is told through the perspective of the Cowardly Lion. Out of Oz closes the series with the story as seen by Rain, Elphaba’s granddaughter. This long, dark tale is available on CD and in print, perfect to while away the hours on a long road trip. Musical fans may want to check out the Broadway cast recording, or flip through Wicked: the Grimmerie by David Cote, a companion to the Broadway musical.

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Those looking for more family-friendly entertainment can head to the original inspiration. L. Frank Baum wrote the well-known classic Wizard of Oz on which Maguire’s books are based. The original is available at the library in many formats—book, graphic novel, CD, movie score, DVD, and streaming video. But did you know he wrote at least a dozen other titles in the series? WPL has many of them, including Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, and Glinda of Oz. Go back to the source and find out where all the popular characters originated and what happened to them!

So read up, then check out the musical Wicked this summer!  You won’t regret it!

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World Cup Fever!

World Cup fever has hit Winnipeg, or at least my home! There’s nothing like spending a whole month immersed in the beautiful game. For Euro 2012, I wrote a blog post for people interested in armchair travelling, highlighting authors from all competing countries. This time around, I thought I would explore the music of the games. Football is often called the beautiful game, so why not enjoy it with some beautiful music?

I’ve pulled together list of CDs from almost all 32 countries participating in the finals. For those of you who prefer to stream/download your music, visit Winnipeg Public Library’s hoopla page. We’ve gathered a long list of music from around the world, again focusing on competing countries. After you’ve logged in, scroll down to the end of the music page. I know you won’t be disappointed!

Brazil
Os Mutantes – Fool metal Jack
Dom La Nena – Ela
CéU – Caranava sereia bloom
Sérgio Mendes – Bom tempo

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Mexico
Río Roma – Otra vida
Tommy Tores – 12 historias en vivo
Buitres de Culiacán Sinaloa – Simplemente buitres
Los Ángeles Azules – Cómo te voy a olvidar

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Cameroon
Sally Nyolo and the original bands of Yaoundé – Studio Cameroon

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Netherlands
Armin van Buuren – Intense

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Australia
Boy & Bear – Harlequin dream
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Xavier Rudd – Spirit bird
Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu – Gurrumul

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Spain
Alejandro Sanz – La música no se toca
Buika – En mi piel
DePedro – DePedro
Andy & Lucas – Desde mi barrio

En mi piel Spain

Colombia
Choc Quib Town – Oro
Aterciopelados – Lo esencial Atericiopelados
Cumbia

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Ivory Coast
Magic System – Toutè kalé
Dobet Gnahoré – Na Afriki

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Japan
Hiromi – Voice
The Rough Guide to the music of Japan
Kodō – Heartbeat
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Nanda Collection

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Greece
The Rough Guide to Greek Café
Rebetoven – Rebetoven
Greece: A musical odyssey
Potergeist – Muddy Mermaids

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Italy
Gigi D’Alessio – Ora
Il Volo – Il Volo
Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari – Chocabeck
Marco Calliari – Al faro est

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England
Ellie Goulding – Halcyon
Emeli Sandé – Our Version of Events
Coldplay – Ghost Stories
Little Mix – Salute

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Uruguay
Jorge Drexler – Amar la trama
Vayo – Tango universal

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France
The Rough Guide to Paris lounge
Air – Le voyage dans la lune
Carla Bruni – Little French songs
Féfé – Le charme des premiers jours

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Switzerland
Alain Morisod & Sweet People – Si c’était à refaire

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Ecuador
Ecuador Manta – Alborada

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Argentina
Bajofondo – Presente
Astor Piazzola – Astor Piazzola Remixed
Frederico Aubele – Panamericana
Pablo Aslan’s Tango Grill

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Iran
Niyaz – Sumud
The Rough Guide to the music of Iran
Acoustic World: Iran

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Nigeria
Sean Kuti – Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt80 
King Sunny Adé – King of Juju

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United States
Danny Schmidt – Man of many moons
James Cotton – Cotton mouth man
Hurray for the Riff Raff – Small town heroes
Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite – Get up

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Ghana
C.K. Mann & his Carousel 7 – Funky highlife

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Portugal
Amália Rodrigues – The queen of fado
Pedro Moutinho – Encontro
Ana Moura – Desfado
Mariza – Terra

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Belgium
Stromae – Racine Carrée
Adamo – De toi à moi
Kate Ryan – French Connection

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Algeria
Speed Caravan – Kalashnik Love
Cheb Mami – Layali
Indir – Neveo
Houria Aïchi – Renayate

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Russia
Chirgilchin – Collectible
Lube – Svoi
Larisa Segida – Jeans River
Traditional music from East Siberia

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South Korea
Kayo: Collection of the best known popular songs of Korea
Girls’ Generation – The boys

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— Barbara