Winnipeg Folk Festival Turns 30

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What began 30 years ago as a one-time free campout in the wilds of a small Manitoba provincial park has evolved from a modest outdoor event into one of the pre-eminent music festivals in the world, and a summer tradition for many throughout North America. Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Winnipeg Folk Festival continues to offer its audiences an impressive array of talent from around the world, representing all of the ever-widening continuum that is “folk music”.

With seven daytime stages, and a Main Stage every evening, the Festival features approximately 60 acts representing over 200 musicians. This year’s headliners include the likes of Bob Geldof, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg, Leon Redbone, John Hammond, and Buddy Guy.

Manitoban acts have always been an important part of the Folk Festival line-up, and this year is no exception. R&B performer Mark Reeves, folk popsters Nathan, sultry songstresses the Wyrd Sisters, children’s entertainers Al Simmons, Just Kiddin’, 4 Corners, and Aaron Burnett, singer/songwriters Don Freed, Alana Levandoski, Heather Bishop, and Sam Baardman, and aboriginal artists Shingoose and Burnt are some of the local talent that will be gracing the many stages at this weekend’s festival.

Find out more about ticket prices, performer’s schedules, and more at: www.winnipegfolkfestival.com.

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