Winnipeg Folk Festival 2013
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Every year since 1974, people have flocked to the fields of Bird’s Hill Park just north of the city and erected a temporary town of tents, stages, and all the amenities one might need to enjoy the occasion. The festival has grown a lot, but the fundamentals remain the same: it is all about the people and the music.
The iconic Winnipeg Folk Festival sign dangles above Main Stage.
Ways to ensure a good view of Main Stage include utilizing the huge video screens, dancing your way up to the front, or, in this case, binoculars.
Patrick Watson himself.
The Cat Empire closes off a night at Main Stage with a full blown dance.
Big screens and big speakers make sure the people at the back can still enjoy Main Stage late into the night.
There were a lot of upgrades to the festival site this year, including new buildings for all the local food vendors (pictured here in the back) and two new stages: Little Stage In The Forest and Spruce Hollow.
Del Barber hosts the “Songs I’m Gonna Steal” workshop.
Barefoot and free.
Lots of smiles as Whitehorse hosts the “No Depression” workshop.
Intimate stories of festivals past were told at the “40 Years Of People” workshop – but it just couldn’t be finished without a good ol’ folk jam by the whole group.
At the “1974” workshop, performers from the first Winnipeg Folk Festival reunited in a wonderful celebration of the festival’s 40th anniversary. Pictured here, everyone gathers around Bob King and his daughters; the original spirit of the festival was unmistakably palpable.
Mitch Podolak, one of the original founders of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, gets up to offer a few sentimental thoughts of reflection after a successful workshop.
Reliving childhoods by dancing under a giant parachute.
Rich Aucoin jumps into the crowd during his engaging performance.
Dancing the evening away at Big Blue At Night.
A couple plays a game of Connect Four at Big Games in the festival campground.
Crowds gather for a midnight game of Folk Fest Feud in the festival campground.
Mind Of A Snail Puppet Co. came all the way from Vancouver to tell stories to the folks at Pope’s Hill. With a guitar, some beatboxing, a guiding voice, and a loop they use layered transparencies to project a puppet show for the festivalers to enjoy. You may have also caught them at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival the week after.
Xavier Rudd giving thanks to his audience; the appreciation is mutual.