With a loud "hé ho", Festival du Voyageur has unveiled the programming for its 2016 festival. Now celebrating its 47th year, Manitoba's premier winter festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional tunes to country to indie rock to roots.
Beyond the beard growing and the warmth of caribou, the February institution is a busy music festival, offering music fans a celebration of Franco-Manitoban culture with music taking centre stage. The 10-day event, which kicks off on February 12, boasts over 140 musical acts, including plenty of homegrown talent.
This year's impressive list of artists includes some of the hottest local names in both French and English, including Adam Hanney & Co., Alpha Toshineza, Al Simmons, ATLAAS, Attica Riots, C-Weed, Ca Claque, Carey J. Buss, Carly Dow, Del Barber, Dirth Catfish Brass Band, Dust Rhinos, Eagle & Hawk, FINN, French Press, Heartbeat City, JD and the Sunshine Band, Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds, Jocelyne Baribeau, Justin Lacroix Band, Kayla Luky, Kelly Bado, Kevin Roy, LuLu et le matou, Madame Diva, Marijo, Okay Mann, Patti Kusturok, Quinton Blair, Raine Hamilton, Rayannah, Red Moon Road, Roger Roger, Sc Mira, Sean Burns, Sweet Alibi, The Lytics, The Madtrappers, The Mariachi Ghost, The Middle Coast, The Noble Thiefs, The Proud Sons, The Revival, The Treble, Vikings, Vince Fontaine, William Prince, Yes We Mystic, and many more. See the complete lineup
Some of the touring headliners hitting FdVoyageur stages include Coeur de Pirate, Les Hay Babies, Shred Kelly, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, and more.
Manitoba Music will also hold an event in conjunction with Festival this year. The third edition of Rame à la rencontre will include showcases of Francophone artists from Western Canada as well as some industry panels. Stay tuned to manitobamusic.com/francophone for details.