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2017 Winnipeg Folk Fest Exceeds Attendance Expectations: Organizers

2017 Winnipeg Folk Fest Exceeds Attendance Expectations: Organizers

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The Winnipeg Folk Festival in this 2014 file photo. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)

The Winnipeg Folk Festival says attendance numbers for the 2017 festival exceeded their expectations.

While the festival says it’s still in the process of tallying the final attendance numbers, organizers say they can confirm more people than they’d expected came to the four-day music festival this year.

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Stocking Naloxone Kits

Winnipeg Folk Festival Stocking Naloxone Kits

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The Winnipeg Folk Festival in this 2014 file photo. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA)
Naloxone Spray
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The Winnipeg Folk Festival is stocking naloxone kits for the first time this year to respond to any opioid overdoses.

Festival medical staff were trained by a pharmacist on how to administer naloxone, which can be given in the form of a nasal spray or injection.

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Presale Tickets Going on Sale

Winnipeg Folk Festival Presale Tickets Going on Sale

Winnipeg Folk FestivalMusic lovers may just find tickets to next year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival under their Christmas tree.

Presale tickets for the 2017 festival go on sale November 28 at 10 a.m. with early bird pricing. Tickets will be available online, by calling 1-888-512-SHOW (7469), and at the Winnipeg Folk Festival offices (203-211 Bannatyne Ave), which are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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New Art Installations Planned for Winnipeg Folk Festival

New Art Installations Planned for Winnipeg Folk Festival

Biggest Little Circus
Biggest Little Circus (WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL)

Some exciting art projects are in the works to grace the campground at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival.

As part of the festival’s art and animation program, artists have been working away on creative projects to display at Birds Hill Park this summer.

One of the highlights is Biggest Little Circus, described as a high-energy explosion of circus street theatre with high skilled juggling, aerial acrobatics, and a “human changing room.” With a small cast of three, this really is the Biggest Little Circus show. A show with a whole lot of laughs, kiwi charm and plenty of lycra.

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Ryan Adams, Sam	 Roberts Band Tapped for Winnipeg Folk Festival

Ryan Adams, Sam Roberts Band Tapped for Winnipeg Folk Festival

Winnipeg Folk Festival 2016The Winnipeg Folk Festival will be home to musical artists Ryan Adams, Lord Huron, Milky Chance and Sam Roberts Band this year.

Those are just a handful of the many bands and musicians to highlight the 43rd annual festival at Birds Hill Park.

On Friday, July 8, the Los Angeles-based Bluegrass Situation will play Big Blue @ Night, where audiences will be treated to four indelible roots acts: The Foggy Hogtown Boys, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wild Reeds and three-time Grammy award nominee and founding member of the Punch Brothers, Noam Pikelny.

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New Food Vendors for This Year’s Winnipeg Folk Fest

New Food Vendors for This Year’s Winnipeg Folk Fest

Winnipeg Folk FestivalFour new homegrown food vendors will join the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year.

Twenty-six vendors in total will serve up local, organic and fair trade at the festival, running July 7-10 at Birds Hill Park.

New additions this year include Better Than Baba’s, serving up perogies and cabbage rolls, Cocoa Beans Bakeshop for vegan and gluten-free French toast, muffins and smoothies, and KYU Grill will offer a choice of meat, yam or tofu grilled skewers served in a sweet bun on a bed of ginger slaw and finished with a variety of Japanese toppings. For a cool treat, roving Pop Cart sellers will have varieties of fruity and creamy handmade ice pops.

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store Set to Close

Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store Set to Close

Winnipeg Folk FestivalThe Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store will shut its doors on December 31.

Declining revenues and changes in music-buying trends is behind the move for the store to cease its year-round retail operations.

“After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to close the music store, which we know symbolizes the end of an era,” said executive director Lynne Skromeda.

“However, we will continue to focus on what we do best — presenting our summer festival and creating opportunities to experience live music in our community.”

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