By David Klassen
Folk singer Ani DiFranco will be honoured by the Winnipeg Folk Festival at an annual gala fundraiser on November 22.
DiFranco will receive the 2013 Artistic Achievement Award at Folk Festival in the City, joining past recipients Sarah Harmer, Leon Redbone, Loreena McKennitt and Billy Bragg.
The award is given out to those who have made exceptional contributions to folk music and the community. DiFranco first appeared at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1992 and is an advocate for social and environmental sustainability and steers her business with those values. DiFranco founded Righteous Babe Records, which fosters other emerging artists and helped to develop many careers including fellow Folk Festival alumni Utah Phillips, Andrew Bird and Toshi Reagon.
Tickets to the annual fundraiser — held at The Fairmont Winnipeg — are $150 and are on sale now through the Winnipeg Folk Festival office at (204) 231-0096 and online at WinnipegFolkFestival.ca. Corporate tables of 10 are available for $1,500. A tax receipt will be issued for the charitable portion of the ticket price. Proceeds will support the festival’s education and outreach programs