Mitch Podolak was a true visionary in every sense of the world and was the driving force behind the formation of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. He also went on to help form the Vancouver Folk Festival and played a hand in creating the folk fests in Calgary and Edmonton. As if those weren’t enough festivals, Mitch also co-founded the Winnnipeg International Children’s Festival and was instrumental in the founding of the West End Cultural Centre, certainly a musical mecca in our fair city. He was also the executive Director of the very successful Home Routes concert series and was a friend to musicians, artists, activists and good folks everywhere.
We cherish the time that we got to share with Mitch when he was at UMFM programming Music Is The Weapon, which was the weekly musical component of the Alert! Radio program. This broadcast features some of our favorite segments from that program.