Winnipeg Folk Festival


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Winnipeg Folk Festival

Second weekend in July
The largest event of its kind in North America, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is essentially a music festival featuring bluegrass, gospel, jazz, Cajun, swing, Celtic, and other performers from Canada and around the world. Held at Birds Hill Park, about 19 miles northeast of Winnipeg, the festival has seen performances by such world-renowned artists as Odetta, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Cockburn, Pete Seeger, Eric Bogle, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Billy Bragg. There are concerts, jam sessions, a juried handicrafts village, children's performances, and folk dancing. The festival was started in 1974 by Mitch Podolak, a veteran in the folk music field, and although it only lasts for three days, it also operates on a year-round basis as a folklore and music center.
CONTACTS:
Winnipeg Folk Festival
203-211 Bannatyne Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3P2 Canada
204-231-0096; fax: 204-231-0076
www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca
SOURCES:
GdWrldFest-1985, p. 36
MusFestAmer-1990, p. 234
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