“The 30th annual Winnipeg New Music Festival launched into its fourth decade by paying homage to its past, present and future — and you might never know there’s a global pandemic still raging at its very doorstep.

Showing a true-grit, “the show must go on” spirit, the plucky WNMF presented its first online concert Lineage Saturday night with two subsequent programs running through Friday, Jan. 29 being offered exclusively via live stream due to the ever-looming presence of COVID-19. Varying “cohorts” — in the “Before Times,” we called them “chamber ensembles” — were led by WSO music director Daniel Raiskin who also co-curates the WNMF with WSO composer-in-residence Harry Stafylakis…”