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Sur­round­ed by the West­ern Man­i­to­ba Cen­ten­ni­al Audi­to­ri­um, and Bran­don University’s schools of music and edu­ca­tion, Hatch fea­tures cre­ative site-mak­ing as part of its trans­for­ma­tion of a school park­ing lot into a com­mu­ni­ty focused music and art event. Due to the nature of the site, only 500 tick­ets are avail­able per day.

While tak­ing place on the uni­ver­si­ty cam­pus, the event is for all in Westman.

Know­ing that Bran­don is a grow­ing city and hav­ing a vision for how music, art and com­mu­ni­ty can come togeth­er to change lives, Hatch is focused on bring­ing peo­ple togeth­er and cre­at­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty for guests to have uplift­ing, cel­e­bra­to­ry expe­ri­ences. We look for­ward to Hatch becom­ing a deeply loved sta­ple in the West­man annu­al calendar.

The debut line­up of artists includes a col­lec­tion of cel­e­brat­ed for­mer Bran­don artists who have gone on to big things across North America:

  • Field Guide (Dylan Mac­Don­ald, for­mer­ly of The Mid­dle Coast)
  • Cal­gary-based Roots/​Country trail­blaz­er JJ Shiplett
  • New Orleans-style par­ty out­fit The Dirty Cat­fish Brass Band
  • Pro­duc­er and song­writer (and for­mer­ly of The Mid­dle Coast) Roman Clarke

Oth­er musi­cal per­form­ers include JUNO nom­i­nat­ed roots pow­er­house duo The Small Glo­ries, and up and com­ing singer-song­writer Cas­sidy Mann, fresh off a tour with Dono­van Woods.

For­mer Bran­don sax­o­phon­ist Sean Irvine joins Touch­ing for their first per­for­mance since putting out two albums, Iso­la­tion Blues and lit­tle­worlds. JUNO-nom­i­nat­ed Burn­stick is a hus­band-and-wife duo com­prised of Fran­coph­o­ne-Métis singer-song­writer Nadia, and Jason, a Plains-Cree guitarist.

Con­tem­po­rary dancers Sophie Milord & Jace Hodges will cre­ate an impro­vised per­for­mance in one of Hatch’s cre­ative stage spaces. Visu­al artist Casey Koyczan’s play­ful work will sur­round the audience.

Long­time Mon­tréal-based vio­list Jen Thiessen has recent­ly returned to Man­i­to­ba. Orig­i­nal­ly from Austin, Man­i­to­ba, Jen has trav­eled the world play­ing clas­si­cal new music and is now the Artis­tic Direc­tor of Vir­tu­osi. She will be lead­ing per­for­mances by Dai­ly Alice and Clas­sics By Candlelight. 

Addi­tion­al artists will be announced over the com­ing month.

Hatch part­ners with land­scape archi­tect Mark Bauche (HTFC Plan­ning & Design) for cre­ative site design that enhances guest’s expe­ri­ence with immer­sive space-mak­ing creativity.


$30 per day

$50 for both days

Avail­able at hatch​fest​.ca


HTFC Plan­ning & Design – Foun­da­tion­al Partner

Bran­don University

West­ern Man­i­to­ba Cen­ten­ni­al Auditorium

Vic­to­ria Inn Brandon

Man­i­to­ba Arts Council