Today in festival lineup announcements, two festivals with some striking similarities: despite being two provinces apart, both are urban events that take place in lovely greenspaces named Victoria Park, both feature innovative ticketing strategies (London, ON’s Home County Folk Festival is fully ‘admission-by-donation’ and Regina’s features free afternoon workshop performances with a ticketed mainstage) and both have been fixtures of their respective communities for over 40 years.
Their lineups also reflect the diversity and quality of the folk scene in Canada and beyond. The complete lineup for London’s 41st Home County Folk Festival may be found here, and Regina’s 45th Folk Festival lineup is listed here. What’s Shapenote’s take on these lineups? We’ll be on-site for at least one of these fine festivals, and we can’t wait to roots it up to The Beauties and The Bills, Bry Webb, Trent Severn, and Whitehorse at Home County, and get our soul on to Saidah Baba Talibah and Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens in Regina — among many more great acts, of course.
Will we see you there?