Winnipeg Folk Festival Breaks Records Under Sweltering Weekend Heat

Winnipeg Folk Festival Breaks Records Under Sweltering Weekend Heat

Winnipeg Folk Festival
The Winnipeg Folk Festival saw record attendance this year. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

The music wasn’t the only thing sizzling at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival as revellers basked in sunshine and balmy temperatures all weekend long.

The 45th annual festival wrapped up Sunday with headliner Sheryl Crow taking to the stage in Birds Hill Provincial Park.

Organizers say this year’s four-day festival broke records and attracted 73,000 people — an increase of about 1,000 compared to 2017.

Other big acts included Elle King, Passenger, and John Butler Trio+, indie-rockers Courtney Barnett and The Strumbellas, along with Folk Fest favourites Bahamas and A Tribe Called Red.

A new 50-50 raffle this year was well received and will see proceeds going to site improvements for future years.

The 46th edition of the Winnipeg Folk Festival is July 11-14, 2019.

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