With so many festivals happening each year, one might imagine it challenging to effectively differentiate one from another.
Honestly, you really aren’t going to find anything like this at any other festival — just imagine the possibilities!
Of course, there’s all your favorite festival activities too: camping, food trucks, free phone charging stations, well-stocked restrooms and much more, all facilitated by over 2500 super-friendly volunteers.
But wait! It’s not all about access to toilet paper and chummy folks picking up after us (okay, maybe it is for some) — the main topic of conversation here is the performers!
In our research, we found 30+ female artists and bands slated to perform at Winnipeg Folk Festival 2018, spanning a variety of genres inclusive of and going beyond the guise of folk, which we’ve spotlighted here in all their glory.
From living legends (can you believe Sheryl Crow is performing?!) to revered artists of the current generation (Courtney Barnett is simply the best) to those wholeheartedly embodying the DIY spirit (we still need to catch a show of Gaelynn Lea’s), this year’s lineup will is one that we anticipate being talked about for a long time to come.
See how many of your friends already like each artist’s page and be the first in your crew to rave about your new fav — trendsetting is a cherished endeavor!
10 String Symphony (Progressive Acoustic Folk | Nashville, TN)
Amythyst Kiah (Southern Gothic Folk, Singer-Songwriter | Johnson City, TN)
Courtney Barnett (Indie-Rock | Melbourne, Australia)
Elle King (Soul, Rock, Blues | Los Angeles, CA / Brooklyn, NY)
Ferron (Folk | Richmond, BC, Canada)
Fortunate Ones (Folk | St. John’s, NL, Canada)
Front Country (Country, Folk, Roots | San Francisco Bay Area, CA)
Gabrielle Shonk (Indie-Folk | Québec City, QC, Canada)
Gaelynn Lea (Folk | Duluth, MN)
Harrow Fair (Folk, Roots | Ontario, Canada)
Jadea Kelly (Folk, Americana | Toronto, ON, Canada)
Julien Baker (Indie-Folk | Memphis, TN)
Kacy & Clayton (Folk, Americana | Glentworth/Fir Mountain, SK, Canada)
Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band (Folk, Swing, Gospel | Toronto, ON, Canada)
Lanikai (Indie-Pop | Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Las Cafeteras (Chicano, Folk, World | East Los Angeles, CA)
Lilly Hiatt (Americana | Nashville, TN)
LuLu and the TomCat (Family | Roland, MB, Canada)
Mama Kin Spender (Singer-Songwriter, Roots | Fremantle, Western Australia)
Mandolin Orange (Folk | Chapel Hill, NC)
Mo Kenney (Pop, Folk, Rock | Waverley, NS, Canada)
Natalie MacMaster (Cape Breton Fiddle Music, Celtic | Cape Breton, NS, Canada)
Phoebe Bridgers (Indie-Folk | Los Angeles, CA)
Rising Appalachia (Folk, Soul, World | Atlanta, GA / North Carolina, Louisana)
Roger Roger (Folk, Roots, Singer-Songwriter | Winnipeg, MB, Canada)
Sheryl Crow (Country, Folk, Pop | Nashville, TN)
The Lumber Jills (Fiddle, Step-Dance | Moncton, NB, Canada)
The LYNNeS (Americana, Folk, Singer-Songwriter | Ottawa, ON, Canada)
The Strumbellas (Indie-Folk, Alternative Pop | Toronto, ON, Canada)
The War and Treaty (Folk, Gospel, Roots | Albion, MI)
Valley Queen (Rock & Roll, Roots | Los Angeles, CA)
Wallis Bird (Folk | Berlin / London / Dublin)
Waxahatchee (Indie-Folk | Birmingham, AL / Philadelphia, PA)
More about Winnipeg Folk Festival
It’s the moment you walk down the forested path and see Snowberry Stage. It’s dancing with your toes in the soft grass. It’s kicking back on your tarp with your hat tipped over your eyes, listening to the music while the sun warms your cheeks. It’s running into old friends and making new ones. It’s discussing the music, in-depth and openly. It’s taking the time to enjoy each other’s company and appreciate the things that are truly important in life.
The Winnipeg Folk Fest is the culmination of everything great about our local folk community. For four days every July, we gather at Bird’s Hill Park to celebrate and enjoy exceptional music with our friends and family. You’re home at the Winnipeg Folk Fest.
2018 Winnipeg Folk Fest, July 5-8
We have evolved from a one-weekend event in July to a year-round arts organization with folk music at our heart. We present dozens of concerts and events throughout the year and support our community with education and outreach programs. We are also a not-for-profit charitable organization.