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, the US and abroad.
The program hosts upwards of 35 multi-talented youth musicians aged 14-24. Participants spend a day in sessions with mentors chosen from the Festival’s lineup, crafting and perfecting their songs and a 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 lineup and even on our Main Stage; artists such as Brandy Zdan, Cara Luft, Crooked Brothers, Daniel Champagne, Del Barber, Richard Inman and Sweet Alibi.
Program runs from July 5-7, 2023
The program includes full days of mentorship and the opportunity to perform on stage at the 2023 Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Sessions and workshops are held in the city from July 5-6, 2023.
Performances take place on July 7, 2023, the Friday of the Festival at Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba.
*Program fee is $200 per applicant, which includes a 4-day ticket to the festival and backstage access for Friday. Bursaries will be available for Canadian applicants
Who Can Apply?
Musicians aged 14 to 24 - singer/songwriters, instrumentalists, vocalists or bands. Returning participants welcome.
Please Note: All performers, and participants must participate in the full program, and fall within the age range.
For more information email:
How to Apply?
Apply online! (link coming soon)
You will need to submit the following:
- Performer and/or group information
- Include contact information and details for each member
- Bio describing your musical style, influences and inspirations
- Three-song recording (MP3s preferred) with at least one original song
Past Mentors Include
Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas)
Ann Louise Genest
Cassie & Maggie
David Wax & Suz Slezak
John K. Samson
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
Michael Jermome Brown
Oh My Darling
Old Man Luedecke
Ruth Moody & Heather Masse (Wailin’ Jennys)
Sarah Lee Guthrie
Suzie Ungerleider (Oh Susanna)