Community Programs

Galaxie Young Performers Program

Don’t Miss Future Folk Sensations – Or The Chance To Be One.

Each year the Winnipeg Folk Festival presents the Galaxie Young Performers Program during the Festival weekend showcasing young talent from across Canada, the US and abroad.

The program hosts up to 45 multi-talented youth musicians aged 14-24. Participants spend their first day in sessions with mentors chosen from the Festival’s line-up, crafting and perfecting their songs and the second day performing on stage in front of a Folk Fest audience.

Countless talented artists have graced the Young Performers stage since its beginning in 2000 and many have gone on to perform as part of our Festival line-up and even on our Main Stage.


Past Mentors include: 

Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas)
Amelia Curran
Amy Rigby
Andrew Whiteman
Andy Stochansky
Andy White
Ann Louise Genest
April Verch
Cara Luft
Carolyn Mark
Catherine MacLellan
Chad VanGaalen
Christine Fellows
Damhnait Doyle
Dave Bidini
David Wax & Suz Slezak
Dustin Bentall
Fred Penner
Greg MacPherson

Heather Bishop
James Keelaghan
Jason Collett
Jason Ringenberg
JD Edwards
Jenny Scheinman
Jill Barber
John K Samson
John Mann
John Reischman
Justin Rutledge
Kendel Carson
Kim Barlow
Kinnie Starr
Leonard Podolak
Luke Doucet & Melissa McClelland
Mae Moore
Mark Berube
Michael Jermome Brown

Natalia Zuckerman
Nathan Lawr
Oh My Darling
Oliver Schroer
Oliver Swain
Paul Thorn
Rani Arbo
Rick Fines
Royal Wood
Ruth Moody & Heather Masse (Wailin’ Jennys)
Ruthie Foster
Shannon Johnson
Stephen Dudash
Stephen Fearing
Steve Dawson
Suzie Ungerleider (Oh Susanna)
Tannis Slimmon
Tim Williams
Tony Dekker

The Galaxie Rising Star Award

In 2010 Galaxie came on board to support the program and honor a participant with their Rising Star Award. The award sets out to encourage, promote and champion new up-and-coming Canadian artists.

Each year the Galaxie Rising Star Award is presented to a program participant who displays outstanding promise as an up-and-coming artist. In addition to receiving the award, the artist will have the opportunity to showcase throughout the year at Winnipeg Folk Festival events, including a spotlight at our annual Gala Fundraiser, Folk Festival in the City, opening for the Artistic Achievement Award winner.

Past Award Recipients

2013 - Haley Carr

2012 - Micah Erenberg

2011 - Owen Steel

2010 - James Struthers


Applications for the 2014 Galaxie Young Performers Program are online now. Click here for program details and to apply.

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