Winnipeg Folk Festival Celebrates Banner Year in 2017
WINNIPEG, MB. – Another year and another successful Winnipeg Folk Festival.
The 44th edition of the Winnipeg Folk Festival wrapped Sunday at Birds Hill Provincial Park with thousands of people singing along to the traditional finale songs.
We are still awaiting the final attendance numbers but, Winnipeg Folk Festival can confirm that attendance targets were exceeded and are expecting the 2017 festival to be in the top three best festivals in their history. The Festival Campground sold out on the first day of the festival.
The Barenaked Ladies ramped up the fun festival cheer on Sunday evening leaving all with bright smiles and sweet memories to take home. They jumped, they joked, they made up songs about being from Manitoba, and celebrated the festival volunteer who drove them to the festival.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were filled with concerts and once-in-a-lifetime workshop collaboration on the daytime stages. Highlights include the Colours, Color and Couleur workshop on Green Ash stage Friday. The grass in front of the stage was full of colourful folkies taking in the music and powerful songwriting of Charlotte Cardin, City and Colour, Damien Jurado and John K. Samson & The Winter Wheat.
Choir! Choir! Choir! taught the audience at Spruce Hollow stage on Friday to sing “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and had Bruce Cockburn himself come out to sing along with them.
Peter Yarrow of iconic folk band Peter, Paul and Mary took to Bur Oak stage Sunday for a concert that guided the audience on a trip down memory lane. Yarrow played a heartwarming rendition of “Puff the Magic Dragon,” welcoming children to join him on stage to sway and sing along.
The 45th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival will take place July 5-8, 2018.
Kevin Klein, MyToba New with files from the Winnipeg Folk Festival