- Education & Outreach
Folk Festival in the City
We’re pleased to announce that Ani DiFranco will be presented with the 2013 Winnipeg Folk Festival Artistic Achievement Award at our gala fundraiser – Folk Festival in the City, on November 22. This award is presented annually to a past Festival performer who has made exceptional contributions to folk music and the community.
Since her first appearance at the Festival in 1992, she has left an undeniable impression on our audience with her socio-political folk songs. In addition to her musical talent and social advocacy, she is a pioneer in the music world as one of the first artists to own and operate her own record label, Righteous Babe Records. In this capacity, she has fostered other emerging artists and helped to develop many careers including fellow Winnipeg Folk Festival alumni Utah Phillips, Andrew Bird and Toshi Reagon.
Ani will be presented with the award and treat guests to a performance at Folk Festival in the City, our annual fundraiser in support of our many education and outreach programs. The event takes place on Friday, November 22, 2013 at The Fairmont Winnipeg. Tickets are $150 and on sale now! Ace Burpee will host, and The Bros Landreth, Haley Carr, and our own “minstrels,” The Mariachi Ghost, will also be performing.
The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00PM, then dinner at 7:00PM.
Last year, the event raised over $49,000 with the support of nearly 400 attendees and our incredible donors and sponsors. All funds raised go towards Winnipeg Folk Festival education and outreach programs.
Your Support Will Help:
- Engage at-risk students by providing a creative outlet for them to explore music under the mentorship of professional musicians;
- Provide Festival tickets to local community organizations;
- Offer advanced training for youth and new Canadians as they discover the spirit of volunteering through the Apprentice and Community Folk Programs at the Festival;
- Invest in the training and development of young performers;
- Provide opportunities for emerging artists to perform;
- Share the gift of music with free concerts at the Millennium Library;
- Teach thousands of children the value of music and artistic expression at the Festival’s family area.