Young Performers Program

Don’t Miss Future Folk Sensations – Or The Chance To Be One

Each year the Winnipeg Folk Festival presents the 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.

Applications Open in 2024

Past Mentors Include

Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas)
Alexa Dirks
Amelia Curran
Amy Rigby
Andrew Whiteman
Andrina Turenne
Andy Stochansky
Andy White
Ann Louise Genest
Annick Bremault
Aoife O'Donovan
April Verch
Brandy Zdan
Cassie & Maggie
Cara Luft
Carolyn Mark
Catherine MacLellan
Chad VanGaalen
Christine Fellows
Damhnait Doyle
Danny Michel
Dave Bidini
David Wax & Suz Slezak
Del Barber
Dustin Bentall

Fortunate Ones
Fred Penner
Greg MacPherson
Harrow Fair
Heather Bishop
Jadea Kelly
Jeremy Fisher
Jesse Matas
JD Edwards
Joey Landreth
John K. Samson
Kris Ulrich
Mark Berube
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
Michael Jermome Brown
Natalia Zuckerman
Nathan Lawr
Ndidi O
Oh My Darling
Old Man Luedecke
Oliver Schroer
Oliver Swain
Paul Thorn
Rani Arbo

Rick Fines
Royal Wood
Ruth Moody & Heather Masse (Wailin’ Jennys)
Ruthie Foster
Sacha Daoud
Sarah Lee Guthrie
Samantha Crain
Shannon Johnson
Stephen Dudash
Stephen Fearing
Steve Dawson
Suzie Ungerleider (Oh Susanna)
Tannis Slimmon
Tim Williams
Tony Dekker
Tré Burt
Trish Klein
William Prince

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