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2013 Young Performers Showcase The Future of Folk

by aanationtalk on June 27, 20132744 Views

June 26, 2013

WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Canada – The Winnipeg Folk Festival is proud to present the Galaxie Young Performers Program. Now in its 14th year, the program has seen hundreds of youths between ages 14 and 24 develop their musical talents through this mentorship and performance opportunity.

This year’s group of 41 performers were hand-selected by a jury of industry professionals to work their songs with mentors Jason Collett; Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet of Whitehorse; and Allison De Groot and Vanessa Kuzina of Oh My Darling. They will spend Thursday, July 11, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church working on their music with the mentors, then take the stage and perform at Shady Grove on Friday, July 12, from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM.

Past participants of the Galaxie Young Performers Program have gone on to take their music to new levels. In 2013, the Festival is pleased to welcome the following program alumni as part of the main Winnipeg Folk Festival line-up:

• Del Barber: 2008
• Vanessa Kuzina of Oh My Darling: 2005
• TJ Blair of the Magnificent 7’s: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006

This is Galaxie’s fourth year as a presenting partner for the Young Performers Program. Their involvement reflects a strong commitment to supporting emerging musicians. As a result of Galaxie’s support, all Canadian artists selected for the program have received bursaries. Galaxie is a music network that offers 100 channels of commercial-free music on TV, mobile and online to subscribers across North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

2013 Galaxie Young Performers Program Participants


Sc Mira
Stephanie Haderer
Tyler Wagar
Winnipeg, MB

The Blue Rubies
Ben Mak-Wiebe
Cory Sulyma
Josh Mak-Wiebe
Madison Reimer
Stony Mountain, MB

Eli Hunter Band
Dennis Pearson
Eli Hebl
Hunter McCullough
Two Harbors, MN

Haley Carr
Eric Burke
Haley Carr
Ivan Burke
Winnipeg, MB

Young Folk
Andrea Rocha
Cody Iwasiuk
Darren Hebner
John Baron
Kailey Bradco
Brandon, MB

Solo Artists

Adam Hanney, Winnipeg, MB
Austin MacMaster, Winnipeg, MB
Binaeshee-Quae, Pic River, ON
Brett Ticzon, Winnipeg, MB
Cassidy Mann, Winnipeg, MB
Charlotte Kosc, Argyle, MB
Cole Moreau, Winnipeg, MB
Dana Lee, Steinbach, MB
Drew Friesen, Winkler, MB
Emma Mayer, Winnipeg, MB
Hugh Scanlon, Winnipeg, MB
Ila Barker, Winnipeg, MB
Katie MacDonald, Brandon, MB
Krista Janzen, Winnipeg, MB
Logan McKillop, Onanole, MB
Luke Reimer, Blumenort, MB
Marisolle, Winnipeg, MB
Mikayla Zacharias, Winnipeg, MB
Railroad Tye, Steinbach, MB
Rebecca Lappa, Edmonton, AB
Rhianna Rae, Stonewall, MB
Richard Inman, Grunthal, MB
Ryan Van Belleghem, Winnipeg, MB
Savanna Lawson, Fort Madison, IA

About the Winnipeg Folk Festival

With one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals as its signature event, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round, not-for-profit arts organization that presents live music, arts events, and education and outreach programs designed to benefit the community. The Festival also operates a performance space and music store in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. The 40th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival takes place July 10-14, 2013, in Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada.

For more information please contact:
Margaret Koshinsky
Manager, Marketing Communications
204-231-0096 or cell: 204-223-9328



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