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The Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val is thrilled to announce the high­ly antic­i­pat­ed line­up for its 49th fes­ti­val tak­ing place from July 11 – 14, promis­ing an extra­or­di­nary cel­e­bra­tion of music that will cap­ti­vate audi­ences with excep­tion­al tal­ent and passion.

Among the diverse range of artists and gen­res grac­ing the stages, Philadel­phia quin­tet Mt. Joy stands out as a force to be reck­oned with. Since their for­ma­tion in 2016, they have made a sig­nif­i­cant impact on the music scene, cap­ti­vat­ing lis­ten­ers with their unique sound and heart­felt lyrics. After their incred­i­ble per­for­mances in 2018, The War And Treaty returns to the fes­ti­val. This musi­cal duo, formed by Michael Trot­ter Jr. and Tanya Trot­ter in 2014, has become one of the most strik­ing coun­try and soul acts in Amer­i­can music. They were recent­ly rec­og­nized with two Gram­my nom­i­na­tions for Best New Artist” and Best Amer­i­can Roots Song”.

Adding to the excite­ment, the fes­ti­val will wel­come coun­try music star Orville Peck who is now back on tour and the Seat­tle-based group Band of Hors­es with their gor­geous­ly ragged epics, raw emo­tions, and unpol­ished punk-rock spirit.

Anoth­er incred­i­ble fea­ture of the line­up is the leg­endary Lucin­da Williams, a mul­ti-Gram­my-win­ning artist, who in 2023 released her six­teenth stu­dio album, Sto­ries from a Rock n Roll Heart. This remark­able album is a tes­ta­ment to Williams’ resilience, hav­ing recov­ered from a stroke in 2020 that affect­ed her motor skills. Folk leg­end Tom Pax­ton and the Don Juans is mak­ing a tri­umphant return to the fes­ti­val stage from his last per­for­mance in 2003

Fans of folk music will be delight­ed by the inclu­sion of the Amer­i­can band Bon­ny Light Horse­man, who is made up of the tremen­dous­ly tal­ent­ed core trio Anaïs Mitchell (play­wright and song­writer behind Hadestown), Eric D. John­son (also known for Fruit Bats), and Josh Kauf­man (song­writer, pro­duc­er and posi­tion play­er). Cow­boy Junkies, known for rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing the music scene in 1988, will take the stage in a spe­cial per­for­mance span­ning their entire career. 

Join­ing the line­up are Gram­my Award-nom­i­nat­ed singer-song­writer Noah Cyrus, Amer­i­can singer-song­writer Joy Oladokun, renowned musi­cian Grace Pot­ter, the elec­tri­fy­ing musi­cal adven­tur­er Shakey Graves, and the tal­ent­ed Cana­di­an actor and musi­cian Noah Reid, known for his work on the tele­vi­sion series Schit­t’s Creek.

With over four days of incred­i­ble per­for­mances by 70+ artists, here are some highlights:

Cel­e­brat­ing Man­i­to­ba’s local talent:

  • Ariel Posen, roots and rock artist, 
  • Lei­th Ross, from past sold out Win­nipeg con­certs, indie rock singer-songwriter,
  • Madeleine Roger, folk singer-songwriter,
  • Roman Clarke, known for his funk-inspired beats, smooth and ele­gant vocals, pow­er­ful songs and his ener­getic performances,
  • Ruth Moody, award win­ning and mul­ti-instru­men­tal­ist singer-song­writer, and 
  • The Stan­ley Coun­ty Cut-Ups, a quin­tet that cov­ers all the blue­grass bases.

Indige­nous artists include:

  • Caley Watts, Cree roots artist,
  • Elis­apie, Inuk artist who blends her cul­tur­al her­itage with con­tem­po­rary ele­ments, such as in her album, Inuk­ti­tut, fea­tures ten clas­sic rock and pop songs from the 60s to the 90’s trans­lat­ed into Inuktitut,
  • Med­i­cine Singers, whose music is in the Native Amer­i­can pow­wow style,
  • Tia Wood, alter­na­tive R&B artist of Tik­Tok fame, 
  • Wyatt C. Louis, coun­try music artist with an indie and roots twist, and 
  • Zoon, the musi­cal project of Daniel Monkman, their sopho­more album Bek­ka Ma’i­in­gan is a broad explo­ration of their Indige­nous experience. 

Inter­na­tion­al artists include:

  • B.C.U.C. (Ban­tu Con­tin­ua Uhu­ru Con­scious­ness), from South Africa, they will move the audi­ence – both phys­i­cal­ly and emo­tion­al­ly – with an explo­sion of pas­sion, funk and rhythm,
  • Etran de L’Aïr, North­ern Niger band whose name trans­lates to“the stars of the air”, from Agadez, an urban cen­tre of the desert renowned for elec­tric gui­tar and the desert blues”,
  • Ibibio Sound Machine, is a large inter­na­tion­al ensem­ble, based in the UK, who blend West African funk and elec­tron­ic bass music with cos­mopoli­tan confidence,
  • Nadah El-Sha­z­ly, artist from Egypt, whose music is a blend of 19th cen­tu­ry Egypt­ian con­cepts and mod­ern elec­tron­ic idioms,
  • Shooglenifty, Fes­ti­val favourite from Scotland,
  • Steph Strings, Aus­tralian singer-songwriter,
  • Tiffany Liu, pro­fi­cient pipa play­er from Chi­na, and
  • The Gro­gans, Aus­tralian group who have show­cased their musi­cal ver­sa­til­i­ty, cov­er­ing blues, surf, garage rock, punk and psych. 

Set against the pic­turesque back­drop of Birds Hill Provin­cial Park, this year’s fes­ti­val, July 11 – 14, 2024, is set to be a tru­ly unfor­get­table expe­ri­ence. To dis­cov­er Your next big artist, the full line­up and artist infor­ma­tion is avail­able at win​nipeg​folk​fes​ti​val​.ca

Tick­ets to the 2024 Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val are on sale now. Adult day tick­ets start at $90 and Tier 2 full week­end tick­ets are $288. Tick­ets are sell­ing fast and will be mov­ing to Tier 3 soon, buy now and save. Tick­ets and vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties are avail­able at win​nipeg​folk​fes​ti​val​.ca