Not being from Canada, I’m not exactly clued in to the musical going-ons of our gigantic neighbor to the north. But the Winnipeg Folk Festival, scheduled for July 7 through 11, is definitely something I should know about, despite the fact that it’s far away… oh, wait, Winnipeg is only a two-hour flight away. Never mind, it isn’t that far. Huh.
The festival, which has been around since 1974, recently released their 2010 lineup, and what a lineup it is.
Blog favorite Andrew Bird is who first caught my eye, but the rest of the lineup is incredibly solid. Other featured acts include the Avett Brothers, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, Debashish Bhattacharya, The Duhks, The Dodos, Emmylou Harris, Geoff Muldaur, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Sarah Harmer, a tribute to the Mississippi Sheiks (ever wonder where Bird’s line of “she’s got blood in her eyes for you” come from? do some Googling), The Swell Season, Tao Seeger, The United Steel Workers of Montreal, The Wailin’ Jennys, William Elliott Whitmore, and Works Progress Administration.
In addition to five days of music, the festival also has an outdoor art exhibition, art throughout the campgrounds, and a handmade craft village. Oh, yeah, and there’s a “quiet campground”, too, for people who don’t want their sleeping area to be an all-night party.
Single day, five day, and camping passes are available for sale now.
BRB, guys, trying to figure out how to get to Canada.