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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.

To view the full fes­ti­val sched­ule or to pur­chase tick­ets, vis­it our web­site!