Folk Fest in the City Supports Community Programs, Nurtures Local Music Community
November 22, 2016
Manitoba has earned a reputation for its folk and roots music. Internationally-acclaimed acts like The Bros. Landreth, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Duhks, Fred Penner, Chic Gamine, Del Barber, and many many more have been winning awards, hitting the charts, and taking over stages across the globe. One of the oft-cited reasons for many artists is something we happen to have in our own backyard: the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
For over four decades, Folk Fest has been an inspiration for countless artists. The venerable organization also takes a bit more of a hands-on approach to the role of fostering a strong and vibrant scene. It presents several community programs throughout the year, including music classes, mentorship opportunities in schools, and initiatives geared at developing young artists, like the Stingray Young Performers Program.
Several participants from community programs like the Young Performers Program have gone on to careers in music, including the likes of Cara Luft, Sierra Noble, Del Barber, Sc Mira, Cassidy Mann, The Middle Coast, and Madeleine Roger, just to name a few.
To support these programs, Folk Fest puts on its popular annual charity fundraiser, Folk Fest in the City, which is set to bring some of that festival magic to The Fairmont on November 25. Featuring live music and and a family-style meal prepared by Executive Chef Eraj — the event also includes a silent auction with some pretty tasty prizes.
The music comes courtesy of homegrown favourites, Western Canadian Music Award winning roots act Sweet Alibi and bedroom country/pop act Micah Erenberg.
Find out more about the event at winnipegfolkfestival.ca/support/folk-fest-in-the-city/