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We are proud to be a part of an incredible community that includes volunteers and artists.

They are truly the backbone of Folk Fest and set the stage for the Festival to be the beautiful celebration of people and music it is. To be able to recognize iconic artists with the Artistic Achievement Award and devoted volunteers with the Glass Banjo is a tremendous honour for us.

Awards Received

International Folk Music Awards - Clearwater Award

2017 - 2018

Manitoba Tourism Partnership Award with Birds Hill Provincial Park

#4 on BizBash Top 100 Events in Canada - Music Event

2016 - 2017

Best Family Program at a Festival by Canadian Music Week

Best of Winnipeg: Reader's Choice Award - Winnipeg Free Press

#7 on BizBash Top 100 Events in Canada list

RV West Reader's Choice for Favourite Festival You'd Like to Attend WIth Your RV - Manitoba

Well done, Winnipeg! We have been voted one of the top 20 places to visit in the world by National Geographic in 2016! And their extra-special mention of Folk Fest had us feeling all aglow!

2015 - 2016

Travel Manitoba Award for Volunteer of the Year: Jane Graham

Voted Favourite Manitoba Festival by The Uniter

#9 on BizBash Top 100 Events in Canada list

2014 - 2015

Volunteer Manitoba Awards – The Friesen Family: Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Family IMPACT Award

Tourism Winnipeg Awards of Distinction: Large Business of the Year Award

Voted Favourite Manitoba Festival by The Uniter

2013 - 2014

A Greener Festival Award for sustainability initiatives

Volunteer Manitoba Awards – Harry Paine in the Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Community Award category and Karen Dana in the William Norrie Award for Outstanding Community Leadership (Urban) category

Voted Favourite Manitoba Festival by The Uniter

2012 - 2013

Syverson Monteyne Architecture Awarded 2012 Prairie Wood Design Award for La Cuisine and Site Office Complex

2012 Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development Excellence in Sustainability Awards Honourable Mention in the Category of Pollution Prevention and Product Stewardship

Syverson Monteyne Architecture – Award of Excellence 2012 Prairie Design Awards for design of La Cuisine


Manitoba Tourism Awards - Event of the Year – co-won with Folklorama

Aging Recognition Award for Guest for a Day program from Manitoba Council on Aging for extraordinary contributions to intergenerational interaction

Western Canadian Music Award – Talent Buyer of the Year for Chris Frayer

Golden Carrot award. Nominated by Food Matters Manitoba for contributing to food sustainability in Manitoba.


Tourism Winnipeg’s Award of Distinction, recognizing the contribution of the festival to Winnipeg’s tourism industry.


Ava Kobrinsky and Mitch Podolak received Arts Award “Making a Difference” from Winnipeg Arts Council for creation of the Winnipeg Centennial Folk Festival. Presented by Sam Katz at the 2010 Mayor’s Luncheon of the Arts


Event of the Year from Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Nominated by Travel Manitoba.

Winnipeg Folk Festival signed the Manitoba Food Charter and initiated the L.O.F.T. (local, organic, fair-trade) program in the vendor and Folk Fest food areas.

Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram awarded a Regional Citation from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects Awards of Excellence for the Winnipeg Folk Festival Site Master Plan


Premier’s Volunteer Service Award to festival’s 30-year volunteers

Three Signature Awards from Advertising Association of Winnipeg to design firm Relish Design for 2007 Folk Fest advertising campaign posters and program book.

Up! Value Award from West Jet – Event Category winner


Uptown’s Best of Winnipeg – Best Festival

Folk Alliance – Best Festival


Uptown’s Best of Winnipeg – Best Festival


Western Canadian Music Award – Retail Store of the Year


Prairie Music Award – Retail Store of the Year


Signature Award – Best Poster Design

Glass Banjo

The Glass Banjo Award is the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s highest honour, recognizing volunteers, supporters, partners and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to making the Festival what it is.

Past Recipients


Bob Martin
Redd Line Jewellery


Bob Frayer


The Schwab Family
Long & McQuade


Trudy Schroeder
Rene's Septic Services


The Singleton/Hiebert/Sultz/Helene Family
The Fairmont Winnipeg


Gord Finch Site Electrician
Sound Art


Bill Merritt Past General Manager
Premier Greg Selinger Province of Manitoba


Terry Sargeant Past-President
Big Rock Brewery Sponsor


Manitoba Hydro Sponsor
The Potter Family Site Crew


Inland Audio Visual Sponsor


Ron Oswald Board Member
Jack Cram and Francene Adelman Daytime Stage Coordinators
Canwest Global Foundation Sponsor


Andy Szukiewicz Birds Hill Provincial Park Maintenance Manager
Assiniboine Credit Union Sponsor


Danielle Carignan and Alexander Svenne La Cuisine Coordinators


Mayor Glen Murray City of Winnipeg
Suzi and Rich McClear KAXE Public Radio


Randy Woods Main Stage Host
“Peter Paul Van Camp” Winnipeg Free Press


Winnipeg Foundation
Darlene “Toots” Toews Graphic Designer


Brenda Douglas Past-President CBC


Birds Hill Provincial Park
Michael Handler Past-President


Mitch Podolak Founder
Harry Paine La Cuisine Coordinator
Rosalie Goldstein Past Artistic Director


Burkhard Weiss Festival Tents
Jon Singleton Treasurer and Board Member
Beth Shore Board Member and Travel Agent


Karen Lawlor Past Staff and Main Stage Coordinator
Jane Graham Past-President
Bob Smith Site Manager


Kim St. Hilare
David Landy Photographer


Karen Dana La Cuisine Coordinator
Leslie Hambleton La Cuisine Coordinator

Artistic Achievement Award

The Artistic Achievement Award is presented annually to an artist who has performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, who has demonstrated musical excellence, who reflects the values of our organization and who has contributed at an exceptional level to the field of folk music and to the community as a whole.

Past Recipients

  • 2016: Loudon Wainwright III
  • 2015: Arlo Guthrie
  • 2014: David Lindley
  • 2013: Ani DiFranco
  • 2012: Sarah Harmer
  • 2011: Oscar Brand
  • 2010: Leon Redbone
  • 2009: Billy Bragg
  • 2008: Richard Thompson
  • 2007: Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • 2006: Odetta
  • 2005: Bruce Cockburn
  • 2004: Loreena McKennitt