Devoted to traditional and contemporary folk performers under Podolak's hand, the festival took an eclectic and ultimately controversial turn during Goldstein's term, typified by her addition to the program of world music, jazz, free improvisation, rock, dub poetry, and punk music. Guérin's appointment was seen to signal the return of more conventional programming. Among Canadian performers, Bruce Cockburn, Connie Kaldor, Alain Lamontagne, Big Dave McLean, Stan Rogers, and Spirit of the West have been among festival favorites over the years. CBC radio has recorded performances for its folk and variety shows from the outset and has offered live broadcasts of the festival's Sunday evening programs. In 1988 and 1990 festival performances were heard in the USA via the American Public Radio network.
Under the umbrella of the non-profit Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival Inc, the festival also has presented concerts during the winter season, variously employing the Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Playhouse Theatre, Le Rendezvous, and other venues. In 1982 it established Home-Made Music, a folklore and retail centre, in downtown Winnipeg.
Links to Other Sites
The website for folkwaysAlive! Check out the latest news about their collections and educational programs. From the University of Alberta’s Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology in collaboration with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
A History of Folk Music in English Canada
A historical overview of Anglo-Canadian folk music written by Gary Cristall, former director of the Vancouver Folk Festival.
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