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Dispatches from the Winnipeg Folk Festival – Day 3 (Saturday)

12:30 p.m.: Arrived at Folk Fest more prepared than ever for the weather. With temperatures going to be nearing 35 celsius, I put loads of ice in my water and came prepared with a blanket to sit on. Hot days ...
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Dispatches from the Winnipeg Folk Festival – Day 2 (Friday)

11:30 a.m.: Arrived at Folk Fest again with easier than expected parking. Very impressed with how they keep the cars moving considering there are so many people here! Wandering in, we quickly discovered a fruit cart courtesy of Jardins St-Léon ...
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Fortunate Ones are a treat for fortunate festival-goers

Playing as tweeners between Elle King and John Butler Trio+ on the first night of the Winnipeg Folk Fest, Fortunate Ones, the indie-folk duo from Newfoundland, were making the crowd sway and sing as they performed tracks from their latest ...
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Dispatches from the Winnipeg Folk Festival – Day One

5:00 p.m.: I arrived at Folk Fest with minimal traffic entering the festival, which was pleasant. Thursday seems to be the slower day of the festival, since the only shows going on are at the main stage in the evening, ...
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Nine favourite folk festivals picked by the artists that play ...

Dust off those lawn chairs and roll out those blankets! It’s festival season! Whether you are checking out a local event or making a folk fest part of your destination travel, we checked in with Canadian folkies The Once, Rae ...
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Introducing the Roots Music Canada festival team for July!

Folks, I am one proud Moose today, let me tell you.  I am surrounded by the most amazing team of roots-loving writers I could ever ask for – and right now, those writers are either at folk and blues festivals ...
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Ottawa Bluesfest takes flight tonight after bird drama

Setup for this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest kicked off with a bit of feather-ruffling drama:  a killdeer nested centre stage on what would soon be transformed into the main festival grounds. That prompted an inquiry by Bluesfest organizers to Environment Canada regarding potential ...
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3 acts to catch on the Festival Place Patio in ...

Festival Place is thrilled to open the patio doors once again for the 22nd annual Qualico Patio Series. Each Wednesday, rain or shine, Festival Place in Sherwood Park, Alta., will present two acts featuring an eclectic variety of pop, jazz, world, ...
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The best festival you’ve (maybe) never heard of: Mémoire et ...

During the third weekend of July every summer, there is a folk festival in the pretty Québec town of Joliette, which is legendary, draws thousands, but is rarely talked about outside of Quebec. It’s the Festival Mémoire et Racines – ...
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Bonnie Dobson finally gets her due for “Morning Dew”

On July 7, one of the true legends of Canadian folk music, Bonnie Dobson, will be honoured at the Mariposa Folk Festival, when her most well-known composition, “Morning Dew,” will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Dobson ...