Announcing the 2022 Winnipeg Folk Festival Lineup!
It has been almost three years since festivalgoers left their community at Birds Hill Provincial Park, but the Winnipeg Folk Festival is back for July 7 to 10, 2022.
As Winnipeg Folk Festival began curating the 2022 lineup it was important to invite back artists meant to play the cancelled 2020 festival. Tash Sultana, Australian self-taught multi-instrumentalist, will bring a memorable live performance. As well, the Grammy-nominated experimental pop band Japanese Breakfast, Polaris Music Prize winner and Grammy-nominee Lido Pimienta will return to the lineup for 2022.
In addition to acts supposed to play in 2020, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is thrilled to bring Grammy award-winning alternative rock group Portugal. The Man, multi-Grammy award-winning and legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy, JUNO award-winning Canadian indie rock band The Strumbellas and 2021 Polaris Music Prize winner, hip hop artist Cadence Weapon and 2022 Grammy award-winning artist Arooj Aftab for “Best Global Performance”.
For the first time, Thursday night will see performances on both Main Stage and Big Blue @ Night. Big Blue @ Night will be adding an additional day with shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It is opening on Thursday with singer-songwriter Weyes Blood and multi-instrumentalists Kurt Vile & The Violators.
“We are so excited to get back out to Birds Hill Park with an incredible lineup for the return of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. With the support of our incredible community throughout the pandemic, we’ve been able to make a strong homecoming by bringing artists from all over and who appeal to all ages and all music lovers,” said Chris Frayer, Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. “The incredible talent we have lined up will really highlight our artistic vision of presenting strong and diverse talent that will resonate with our audience.”
Over four days of incredible performances with 60+ artists, some highlights to note:
Celebrating talent right here at home. You’ll hear country Americana artist Bobby Dove, rock ‘n’ roll favourite Boy Golden, Juno-nominated Del Barber, the sanguine lyrics of FONTINE, self-taught indie musician JayWood, singer-songwriter and performing artist Leith Ross and the deep baritone vocals of Richard Inman.
Indigenous artists include the aforementioned FONTINE as well as Polaris Music Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher. Arctic soul band The Trade-Offs, Inuit throat singers PIQSIQ, multi-instrumentalist and R&B artist Sebastian Gaskin and traditional hoop dancer Shanley Spence.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Harrison teams up with musician, songwriter and producer Adrian Belew to play the Talking Heads Remain in Light, the band’s fourth studio album. Remain in Light, released in 1980, was acclaimed by critics, who praised its sonic experimentation, and rhythmic innovations.
The Winnipeg Folk Fest is ecstatic to be bringing live music and the community back to our home away from home at Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Tickets to the 2022 Winnipeg Folk Festival are on sale now. Adult day tickets start at $80 and full weekend passes at $234. Festival Campground and Quiet Campground passes sold out in 2019 and the festival is well on its way to selling out for 2022. Tickets and volunteer opportunities are available at winnipegfolkfestival.ca.