A sure and welcome sign of spring is the advent of lineup announcements for summer folk festivals, and — regardless of the temperature — spring has sprung in Winnipeg. One of the largest and longest-running festivals in the country (and a favourite here at Shapenote) announced its lineup early this morning. It’s full of heavy-hitting female artists like Ani DiFranco (recently awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg — check out our photo album here), Bonnie Raitt, Buffy Saint-Marie, and Joan Baez, whose iconic songs will close out the festival on Sunday evening’s mainstage.
There’s tons of other music to discover and experience, too. The Shapenote staff is really excited about the eclectic world-folk sounds of Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything (check out our review of his CFMA-award-winning album here), and indie cross-over acts like Hiss Golden Messenger, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, and Sharon Van Etten. We also can’t wait to hear stellar songwriters like David Myles, Daniel Romano, and JP Hoe, and get our folk on to Hurray for the Riff Raff and Shovels and Rope — all introduced via the dulcet tones of CBC’s Grant Lawrence.
And there are always new artists to discover, from locations as diverse as Sweden, Australia, and Siberia. Check out the full lineup here, and stay tuned for more festival lineups coming soon. Bring on the sun!