The Crankie Festival Returns!
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous is ready to crank up the fun for Winnipeggers, at the Fourth Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival.
The Winnipeg Crankie Festival runs November 5 – 7, 2021, with live performances at The Cranktuary: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg) and The West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg). The WECC concert will also be streamed online at SideDoor.
Each year the festival introduces first-time attendees to Crankies, also known as moving panoramas, which are an old storytelling art form that was popular in the 18th century. Scrolled art is mounted on hand-cranked spindles held together in a frame. As the story is told, the cranks turn the spindles, and the picture moves with the story, creating a uniquely era-transcendent experience for the audience.
Bringing together the best in music, art, whimsy and story from Winnipeg’s musical, literary, dance and visual arts communities, The Crankie Festival unites folks from all walks of life and invites them to participate on- and off-stage for an interactive and collaborative festival experience.
The Winnipeg Crankie Festival features musicians, writers, poets, and storytellers, as well as visual artists in dynamic cross-media collaborations with different artists from Manitoba and beyond — all brought together by the humble Crankie.
Headlining artists in The Cranktuary include; Mariachi Ghost, Boogat, Burnstick, The Small Glories, Big Dave McLean, Al Simmons, Romi Mayes, Keri Latimer, Al Simmons, MJ Dandeneau, Walking Wolf, magician Brian Glow, and many more.
The concert on Friday, November 5 will feature a live and interactive Mexican-flavoured show with The Mariachi Ghost, streaming a visually adventurous performance from Crescent Arts Centre in Winnipeg; and Boogat, streaming their hot Latin funk from Montréal.
New at the Crankie Festival this year: Prairie Panorama, a series of creative collaborations celebrating rural Manitoba’s creative community.
Prairie Panorama brings the most important elements of the Crankie Festival beyond Winnipeg, featuring a series of five concerts in rural Manitoba communities with original work from a local visual artist created to illustrate a specific song.
In Flin Flon, Killarney, St.Boniface, Clearwater, and Gimli, emerging artists have been paired with established mentor artists to write an original song. Their song has been given to a local visual artist to create a Crankie to illustrate the song’s story.
The creation and presentation of these Prairie Panorama works will be captured in a series of five short documentaries and podcasts, which will be featured in Winnipeg at the Crankie Festival, as well as online, to celebrate and share perspectives from some of the diverse artistic talent in Manitoba.The Prairie Panorama Crankies and songs, as well as others featured at the Winnipeg Crankie Festival, will also be showcased later at rural community art galleries.
Tickets will go on sale on Tuesday October 19, 2021 at 9:00 AM CST.
Capacity is limited due to COVID-19 and advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended. Crankie Festival cannot guarantee tickets will be available at the door.