River Barge Festival

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An incredible line-up of local and national performers will wrap up a busy summer for Winnipeg festival goers. In its first year, the River Barge Festival will host over thirty music and performing arts acts on a floating stage at The Forks.

As part of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 Arts For All program, the inaugural River Barge Festival will be presented free of charge and feature a diverse array of singers, bands, and performing arts groups including Francophone, Aboriginal, and young artists.

“This festival is the celebration of Winnipeg as the cultural hub of Canada,” says Carol Phillips, Executive Producer of the WCCC 2010 program. “There will be something for everyone, and everyone is invited.”

Included in the line-up are singer-songwriters Romi Mayes, Greg MacPherson, and Christine Fellows. Manitoba Theatre Centre will be presenting their family-friendly show The History of Manitoba from the Beginning of Time to the Present in 45 Minutes and there will be a family day featuring Al Simmons, Fred Penner and Rocki Rolletti. On Friday, August 27th there will be a gala performance with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and local favourite Sierra Noble, and many more performances are planned.

“We are excited to see that barge on the water, and performers lighting up the stage,” said Paul Jordan, Chief Operating Officer at The Forks Renewal Corporation. “People have been meeting at The Forks for thousands of years, and it only makes sense for us to celebrate Winnipeg as the Cultural Capital of Canada right here on these shores.”

The Cultural Capitals program is a competitive, federally funded program through Canadian Heritage. The River Barge Festival was proposed as part of the winning application made by the Winnipeg Arts Council on behalf of the City of Winnipeg.
For more information visit www.artsforall.ca

The River Barge Festival Performers
August 25-29, 2010
The Forks

The River Barge Festival will feature a diverse line-up of local and national favourites. More details can be found at www.artsforall.ca

Al Simmons
Chic Gamine
Christine Fellows
The Crooked Brothers
D. Rangers
Darrelyne Bickel
Digging Roots
Flying Fox and Hunter-Gatherers
Fred Penner
Greg MacPherson
Imaginary Cities
Jazz on Wheels
J.C. Campbell & Tracy Bone
Jessee Havey
Johnny Cajun
Les Surveillantes
Luke Doucet
Manitoba Theatre Centre
Matthew Contois
Rocki Rolletti
Papa Mambo
Romi Mayes
Sierra Noble
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Trio Bembe

More performers will be added. Find full bios and updates at www.artsforall.ca

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