Whenever the Winnipeg Folk Festival announces its lineup, the weather always seems to get a little warmer. So big thanks to the venerable organization for bringing some much-needed warmth and laying out the first blueprint of summer.
The 44th annual festival, which will take over Birds Hill Park July 6-9, will offer audiences four nights and three days of musical discovery, including a stellar line-up of celebrated Manitoba talent.
The list of homegrown music acts hitting festival stages features acclaimed wordsmith John K. Samson & Winter Wheat, vocal powerhouse Begonia, powerhouse folk duo The Small Glories, banjo virtuoso Leonard Podolak, folk/country artist Richard Inman, singer/songwriter Carly Dow, hip hop artist Bubba B the MC, fiddle-playing twins Double the Trouble, children's artists Seanster and the Monsters and Mr. Mark, and JUNO-winner Joey Landreth. There's sure to be plenty of chances to see local talent throughout the weekend, including the popular Manitoba artists workshop and the Stringray Young Performers Program.
Touring acts converging on the hallowed festival grounds include marquee names like City and Colour, The Shines, Feist, Brandi Carlile, Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, Daniel Lanois, and many (many) more. Click to see the full lineup
So get your early bird tickets and stay tuned for the schedules to be released in June, and start mapping out your summer of live music.