WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada
– Crowds flocked to Birds Hill Provincial Park this past weekend for the 43rd
annual Winnipeg Folk Fest held July 7-10. The beautiful weather and diverse artistic lineup made it a memorable weekend for all attendees.
The festival opened with an all-Canadian lineup on Thursday night with hometown roots act The Crooked Brothers
, a delightful set by the French Canadian chanteuse Coeur de Pirate
and a fine rock-‘n’-roll time with Sam Roberts
. Throughout the weekend, festivalgoers gathered at Main Stage to see live performances by artists of all genres including high energy sets by Milky Chance
, Ryan Adams and the Shining
and Artistic Achievement Award recipient Loudon Wainwright III.
Big Blue @ Night was transformed on Friday night for The Bluegrass Situation North, presented for the first time in Canada and culminating in a bluegrass version of The Eagles’ iconic record Hotel California
, played in its entirety. On Saturday night, things turned into a phenomenal outdoor dance party with international acts Boogat
, Yemen Blues
, The Funk Hunters
and Vaudou Game
Renowned for the once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, Winnipeg Folk Fest delivered once again many magical moments in its workshops throughout the weekend, including Native North America
presented by APTN where Indigenous artists such as Willie Thrasher, Duke Redbird and Willy Mitchell
shared powerful stories, poetry and music. Saturday’s packed Young Americans
workshop featured indie-folk acts The Head and the Heart
, San Fermin
and Wild Child
and the Under the Covers
workshop on Sunday was the chance for many artists to pay homage to musical greats Prince, Merle Haggard, David Bowie and Guy Clark.
On Saturday, the Winnipeg Folk Festival presented its Glass Banjo Awards to invaluable partner MTS
and the late Bob Frayer
, a longtime volunteer of the festival also known as “Origami Bob”. The awards recognize festival supporters and volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the organization over the years.
The closing night of the festival on Sunday was marked by the crowd-pleasing performances of indie-pop New Yorkers Lucius
and indie-folk favourites Lord Huron
as the sun was setting in beautiful Birds Hill Provincial Park ending another unforgettable edition of Folk Fest.
annual Winnipeg Folk Fest took place over four days at Birds Hill Provincial Park. While overall attendance was slightly down, Friday paid attendance was up by 16% and Saturday paid attendance was up by 21% over last year’s edition.
annual Winnipeg Folk Fest will be held July 6-9, 2017.
About Winnipeg Folk Festival
With one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals as its signature event, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round, not-for-profit arts organization that presents live music, arts events and community programs. The 43rd annual Winnipeg Folk Fest ran from July 7-10, 2016 in Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada on Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis nation.
For more information please contact:
Irina Ivanov Bissonnette
Manager, Marketing & Communications