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A med­ley of Man­i­to­ban and Cana­di­an folk, roots, coun­try, and blues artists will per­form at the 8th annu­al music fes­ti­val on Aug. 27 & 28

It’s look­ing like a promis­ing sea­son ahead for out­door sum­mer events in Man­i­to­ba, and the Whoop & Hol­lar Folk Fes­ti­val will cap it off on the week­end before Sep­tem­ber Long.

The award-win­ning fes­ti­val returns to its usu­al for­mat and venue near Portage la Prairie on August 27 & 28, and recent­ly announced its ever-eclec­tic line­up of per­form­ing acts that include Jérémie & The Deli­cious Hounds, Scott Nolan, Ila Bark­er, and Bob­by Dove.

Be sure to check out Whoop It Up with UMFM — an inter­view series host­ed by Beer For Break­fasts Broose Tul­loch, who will be speak­ing with just some of the artists play­ing this year’s festival!

We are excit­ed for a sol­id revival and cel­e­bra­tion of live music and art at Whoop & Hol­lar this year,” exclaims fes­ti­val artis­tic direc­tor, Josh Wright. It feels like this will be a post-pan­dem­ic renais­sance, if you will, with all the new works and cre­ations of many tal­ent­ed musi­cians and songwriters.”

While Whoop & Hol­lar tra­di­tion­al­ly show­cas­es local artists from across Man­i­to­ba, the fes­ti­val will fea­ture artists from out-of-province or who have recent­ly set­tled in Man­i­to­ba from over­seas. Whoop & Hol­lar is thrilled to wel­come tour­ing artists from Toron­to and the Ottawa-Gatineau region this year,” says Wright. Fes­ti­val-goers will also get to trav­el the world with new Man­i­to­ban artists, who have recent­ly moved here from places as far as Mon­tréal, QC; Buenos Aires, Argenti­na; and Bris­bane, Australia.”

In addi­tion to the pri­ma­ry gen­res of folk, roots, indie, and blues music typ­i­cal­ly offered at the fes­ti­val, music fans can look for­ward to ele­ments of coun­try, funk, pop, soul, jazz, flamen­co, Métis fid­dle, world fusion, and children’s music.

Each year, Whoop & Hol­lar ensures the fes­ti­val line­up is care­ful­ly curat­ed to include Indige­nous, Fran­coph­o­ne, and female-lead per­form­ers; a bal­ance of emerg­ing and sea­soned per­form­ers; and a col­lab­o­ra­tive, on-stage work­shop where artists get to net­work, per­form each other’s songs, and cre­ate new sounds together.

Whoop & Hol­lar has always focused on rep­re­sent­ing the diverse cul­tures and back­grounds of Man­i­to­ban musi­cians in par­tic­u­lar, and this year is no dif­fer­ent,” adds Wright. Love, peace, inclu­sion, and diver­si­ty have always been impor­tant to us and are per­haps even more so in this day and age.”

The full per­former line­up, ear­ly bird tick­ets, and all fes­ti­val infor­ma­tion can be found at www​.whoopand​hol​lar​.com.

Whoop It Up…With UMFM Series Episodes:

Episode 1: Chris Ghi­doni
Episode 2: Scott Nolan

Episode 3: Fes­ti­val Co-Founders Lin­da Omichin­s­ki & Josh Wright
Episode 4: Onna Lu

Episode 5: Lisa-Marie Ser­afin
Episode 6: JC Camp­bell
Episode 7: Rob Knag­gs
Episode 8: Tay­lor Abra­hamse
Episode 9: Judy And Ruby
Episode 10: Mor­gan Grace
Episode 11: Toad Turner/​Prairie Soul Acoustic