Folk Musicians, Organizers Gathering in Winnipeg

Folk Musicians, Organizers Gathering in Winnipeg

By David Klassen

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is giving you something to do this weekend besides shovelling snow.

Organizers are welcoming the national folk community to the city for three separate events, which began on Thursday.

“For the next few days, we just might be the folk centre of the universe,” said Tamara Kater, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

In celebration of Winnipeg hosting the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards, the Folk Festival is gathering a wide range of talent to perform year-round.

The 6th annual awards gala is tonight at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre. The day will start off with a film screening of “One Warm Line” at Cinematheque, followed by a free workshop titled Songs About Working People at the Folk Exchange. An award nominee showcase was held last night to a thrilled crowd at the West End Cultural Centre.

The Western Folk Festivals Collective, which gathers 60 organizers from 15 festivals across Western Canada, will come together to ‘talk shop.’ The three-day event, which began on Thursday, is the largest gathering of folk-minded organizers held so far. The agenda covers a number of topics, including best practices in festival operations and board governance.

More details are available at WinnipegFolkFestival.ca.


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