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We pay trib­ute to our friend and com­rade Mitch Podolak, who sad­ly passed away yes­ter­day. Mitch was a true vision­ary in every sense of the world and was the dri­ving force behind the for­ma­tion of the Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val. He also went on to help form the Van­cou­ver Folk Fes­ti­val and played a hand in cre­at­ing the folk fests in Cal­gary and Edmon­ton. As if those weren’t enough fes­ti­vals, Mitch also co-found­ed the Winnnipeg Inter­na­tion­al Chil­dren’s Fes­ti­val and was instru­men­tal in the found­ing of the West End Cul­tur­al Cen­tre, cer­tain­ly a musi­cal mec­ca in our fair city. He was also the exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the very success­ful Home Routes con­cert series and was a friend to musi­cians, artists, activists and good folks everywhere.

We cher­ish the time that we got to share with Mitch when he was at UMFM pro­gramming Music Is The Weapon, which was the week­ly musi­cal com­po­nent of the Alert! Radio pro­gram. This broad­cast fea­tures some of our favorite seg­ments from that program.

Rest easy Mitch, you will be missed.