Winnipeg Folk Fest, July 5 2012

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a year-round arts organization that presents one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals each July.

The inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival was held in 1974 as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary. The festival was free and attracted an estimated audience of 22,000 over the three-day weekend. While the festival has grown considerably since then, the gathering in 1974 laid down important roots in Birds Hill Provincial Park and with the community that remain strong today.

The festival’s cumulative attendance now exceeds 70,000 and includes thousands of visitors from outside of Manitoba and performers from across North America, and the world. The organization has more than 2,600 dedicated volunteers who contribute well over 55,000 hours of labour each year to create the magic that is the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival generates $25 million in economic activity and creates 244 jobs for the province of Manitoba. The impact on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Manitoba is estimated at $14.1 million. The GDP represents the estimated net economic activity generated from this signature Manitoba event.*

Over the years, the Winnipeg Folk Festival has evolved from a one-weekend event to a year-round arts organization and community asset with folk music at its heart. Today, the festival presents concerts and events throughout the year, supports the community with education and outreach programs, and operates a folk music store and performance space in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. The Winnipeg Folk Festival is a not-for-profit charitable organization.

 http://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/

Winnipeg Folk Festival 2012 Bird Design
Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012 website with all the artists


Standing in line for really good food

 

The new (2011) La Cuisine building backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest is made from recovered and reused materials

 

The new (2011) La Cuisine building backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest is made from recovered and reused materials

 

careful with that sunburn!

 

 

Breakfast starts at 9am

 

 

Backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012, Greg and a nice girl give out Free Hugs

 

FREE HUGS

 

 

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012 Free Hug Girl

 

 

The “Kool-Aid” drinky tent; Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012, featuring such flavours as Peach, and Mystery!

 

 

The amazing and energetic Greg Rekus

 

The new (2011) La Cuisine building backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest is made from recovered and reused materials

 

These squares are meant to look like the tarp field as seen from above.

 

 

 

Backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012

 

La Cuisine

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Groening and a fellow bean chopping volunteer backstage at the Folk Fest

 

More bike parking is needed I guess

 

Backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

Ka-Zeus, the guy with all the kazoos on his hat.

 

Abstract Beer Tent

 

 

 

Backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012

 

Doug Darling poses for the camera

 

Winnipeg Folk Fest Food tent

 

 

 

Mom hauls the kids around on a wagon

 

 

Some people dress rather oddly at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

Enjoying some alone time, by herself

 

Huge crowds at the Winnipeg Folk Festival

 

 

 

 

Winnipeg Folk Festival 2012

 

The drainage ravine is where kids love to play, for some reason; Winnipeg Folk Festival. Are they building a cairn?

 

A superhero shows up to assist with the rock piling

 

Gina and Heather. Gina helped build my bike from Natural Cycle!

 

 

Toddler looks back

 

Jaxon Haldane and a small concerned looking child

 

 

 

Winnipeg Folk Festival 2012

 

Huge crowds at Winnipeg Folk Festival

 

taking a nap in the trees

 

 

The old and new generations

 

The dogs need some water

 

…and here is a picture of some trees. Yes, I still like photos like this.

 

Stripes on pants, stripes on tents

 

Roving musicians backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival 2012

 

 

The message board has a few messages

 

Note stuck up with flame tape

 

that’s some good tent knot rope tying

 

Pink wig girl!

 

Chantel Marostica, funny stand up comedy person, and Kevin Lee Burton, filmmaker art dude

 

Winnipeg Folk Fest at Birds Hill Park

 

Trudging towards the sunset. Wouldn’t this make for a good record cover or something? Just saying…

 

 

The porta potties in the middle are pink.

 

 

some excellent head dress, horn cup fashions at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

Bubbles!

 

I heart Haiti

 

Huge crowds at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

 

Hula Hoop dancing girl at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

 

 

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012

 

 

Take a break, in a hammock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch Podolak smiles as Billy Bragg plays “There is Power in a Union”

 

Billy Bragg at the Winnipeg Folk Fest 2012

 

Having a great time at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

sleeping in the middle of the crowd

 

More excellent fashions at the Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

 

Winnipeg Folk Fest

 

La Cuisine up late preparing for tomorrows hungry tummies

 

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