Applications will open in the spring!
Don’t Miss Future Folk Sensations – Or The Chance To Be One
Each year, the Winnipeg Folk Festival presents the STINGRAY Young Performers Program during the festival weekend showcasing young talent from across Canada. A jury of industry professionals selects 35 to 40 multi-talented musicians aged 14 to 24 and offers mentorship and workshopping opportunities with festival performers who will share a wealth of knowledge about the industry, in addition to technical skills and songwriting tips. The participants will then showcase what they learned on Shady Grove stage in front of a festival audience.
We aim to nurture musicians in the community and provides career stepping stones so they may one day lend their voices to inspire a younger generation. The popular program started in 2000 and sees hundreds of applicants each year. Young artists use the program as a springboard to launch their careers and many have gone on to play the festival as part of the main lineup; artists such as Brandy Zdan, Cara Luft, Crooked Brothers, Daniel Champagne, Del Barber, Richard Inman and Sweet Alibi.