2018 Stingray Young Performers Program

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is announcing today the roster of young musicians from across Canada selected to participate in the Stingray Young Performers Program. During the festival on Friday, July 6, Shady Grove stage will be taken over by 43 emerging artists who were hand-picked by a jury of industry professionals. This special program nurtures young talent and gives these performers the opportunity to share their songs in front of a Winnipeg Folk Fest audience, eager to hear them before they hit the airwaves.

The young performers will spend Thursday, July 5 learning from industry professionals from the 2018 festival lineup. The mentors spend this time sharing knowledge of the industry, technical skills and giving songwriting tips. This year’s mentors are Andrew James O’Brien & Catherine Allan of Fortunate Ones, Andrew Penner & Miranda Mulholland of Harrow Fair, Jadea KellyJeremy Fisher and Lynn Miles & Lynne Hanson of The Lynnes.

This program has made a great impact on the careers of many young artists. Since 2000, the program has seen several artists go on to have successful music careers and some who have come back to play as a part of the Winnipeg Folk Fest main lineup; artists such as  Brandy ZdanCara Luft, Crooked BrothersDaniel ChampagneDel BarberRichard InmanSweet Alibi, and from the lineup this year, Kacy & ClaytonMicah Erenberg and Roger Roger.

This year, a total of 43 artists were selected and make up 26 solos, three duos, one trio and two groups. The 2018 Stingray Young Performers are:

Anna M Johnson Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Annika Marie Altona, Manitoba, Canada
Ava Wild Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Avery Penner Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Ben Heffernan London, Ontario, Canada
Ben Stopfel Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Cole Shway Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Dana Lee Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada
David Delorme & Liam Allan Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Emily Kohne & Mitchell Schimnowski Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Erika Fowler Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Ezi Margolis Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Hellena Rezai Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
John Muirhead Noval, Ontario, Canada
Katie MacDonald Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Keltie Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
Kenzie Jane Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Kira Gregory Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Lhasa Petik Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Lindsay Thomson Kenora, Ontario, Canada
Mitchell Mozdzen Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Nic Dyson Dugald, Manitoba, Canada
Noah Derksen Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Olivia Lunny Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Scott Dick La Salle, Manitoba, Canada
St. Arnaud Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sydney Beau Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Taylor Janzen Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Tinge Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Tuva Bergstrom Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Victoria Turko Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Walking On Ropes Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Stingray Music has been a proud presenting partner of the program since 2010.