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By Staff

Programming Highlights




Hot Rize Travelling Bluegrass Revue

All day on Big Bluestem

Hot Rize Travelling Bluegrass Revue feat. Pete & Joan Wernick, Bryan Sutton and David Grier, Nick Forster & Danny Barnes, Tim O'Brien, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers


Borscht Tales and Tunes with DakhaBrakha 

Folk School Tent

2:45 – 4:00 PM

Making borscht and telling stories and singing songs from the Ukraine.


Choir! Choir! Choir!

Spruce Hollow

4:30 – 5:45 PM

Choir! Choir! Choir! will teach “Lovers In A Dangerous Time” by Bruce Cockburn. Bruce to show up to lead song at the end.


Camper Van Beethoven performing Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart and more

Big Blue @ Night - 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

They will perform their first major-label album in its entirety, plus more iconic songs. The 1988 album caught attention for its eclecticism, with the band mixing, folk, ska, Americana, psychedelic rock, and Eastern European sounds. The innovation on this ablum framed the band as one of the most influential indie-rock bands of the 1980s. 




Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprits

Bur Oak

2:15 - 3:45 PM

This special curated, collaborative Canada 150 project of the Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina, Vancouver and Canmore Folk Music Festivals will celebrate key songs from Canada’s history, performed by seasoned and emerging artists who represent diverse genres, cultures, regions and generations. They’ll share stories and reflections of Canada’s history and character through common songs that have been carefully selected by the five artistic directors. These songs and the artists in the project will commemorate Canada’s exceptional stories, cultures, artists and people.


Cris Derksen Trio, DJ Shub and Mélisande [électrotrad] are the core touring group, with Choir! Choir! Choir hosting the show with an audience sing-along. These artists will be the lynchpin to collaborate on up to 20 additional quintessential songs. For our workshop, Charlotte Cardin, Cécile Doo-Kingué, Old Man Luedecke and Diyet will each take the lead in 3 songs and other artists on stage – set up in an in-the-round session format – will back them/collaborate.


The repertoire celebrates traditional Canadian songs from our history plus key Canadian songbook compositions by trailblazers, messing with genres and perspectives as songs are reimagined. For instance, a French traditional group might learn a 50-year-old country ditty; an Indigenous cellist could reinterpret a blues song and pop singers may contribute their take on a classic Newfoundland tune.


Dub Step Pow Wow

Spruce Hollow

4:30 – 5:45 PM

DJ Shub and Cris Derksen Trio will mix traditional Indigenous music with modern electronic beats. Dub Step Pow Wow workshop presented by Digital Drum.


Bluegrass Album Hour: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo by the Byrds

Big Bluestem

2:45 - 3:45

Sweetheart of the Rodeo is the sixth album by American rock band The Byrds released in 1968. It was the first album widely labeled as country rock released by an internationally successful rock act. The album garnered much attention as they stepped away from their psychedelic rock roots to take on a full country rock album. Joining us for this album hour are Andrew Combs, Hot Rize, Leonard Podolak, Luke Roberts, Matt Haeck, The Suitcase Junket and The Small Glories.

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