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NAC Supporting Winnipeg Folk Festival

Winnipeg Folk Festival

WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Folk Festival will be part of a collaboration with the National Arts Centre (NAC).

The ambitious initiative called NAC Presents Across Canada will help support nearly 40 concerts in 10 cities across Canada in 2017-2018, including Winnipeg Folk Festival concerts, to help build the careers of emerging Canadian musicians. NAC will support a number of Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Hear All Year concerts in the fall/winter season.

The creative force behind the project is Heather Gibson, the new Executive Producer of NAC Presents, who joined the NAC six months ago after a successful career in the music industry. Immediately upon her arrival in Ottawa, Gibson saw the opportunity to build a network of live music organizations to support the career development of emerging Canadian musicians. She began travelling the country in her new role, and within a few months had made partnerships in St. John’s, Charlottetown, Halifax, Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary, Vancouver and Whitehorse.

“NAC Presents is a fantastic all Canadian music series that was founded six years ago here at the National Arts Centre. It brings some of Canada’s best emerging musicians and songwriters to the NAC stages in Ottawa,” said Gibson.“NAC Presents Across Canada will start to build a network of music organizations and community promoters that work together to promote talent, help artists develop audiences across Canada, and create touring opportunities and will build national networks for both the artists and the organizations involved,” said Gibson.

NAC Presents Across Canada concerts will showcase a wide variety of Canadian emerging musicians in all genres. The series is programmed collaboratively between Heather Gibson and the artistic leadership in each partner organization. The programming will focus on emerging Canadian talent.

“We are proud of Heather Gibson’s national ambition,” said Peter Herrndorf the President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. “We like to say that ‘Canada is our stage’ at the NAC and Heather Gibson is living up to that ideal by creating opportunities for artists right across the country. She’s a powerhouse, this project didn’t take long to come together, Heather Gibson has only been at the NAC for six months,” said Herrndorf.

The National Arts Centre is Canada’s home for the performing arts, and NAC Presents across Canada will allow the institution to deepen its engagement with the contemporary music scene in every region. NAC Presents Across Canada will also help support the development of emerging artists, and in turn, will support the development of audiences in Canada for emerging music, which strengthens the artistic life of our nation.

NAC Presents Across Canada will mirror the NAC Presents series of all-Canadian music at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa where throughout the year more than 90 concerts by emerging and established Canadian artists are presented on all four of the NAC’s performance stages.

-Winnipeg Folk Festival

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Spencer Fernando is a columnist and reporter for MyToba News. You can read more of Spencer’s writing at his website SpencerFernando.com
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