Community Programs

Music is powerful. Your gift can make a difference. The Winnipeg Folk Festival’s community programs nurture young talent and provide opportunities for thousands to share in the gift of music throughout the year.

Here are ways that your donation can help:

  • $50 helps to inspire imaginations through free Folk Fest-style library and community concerts for inner city families.
  • $100 brings the magic of attending the Festival through our Guest for a Day program to someone who can’t afford to buy a ticket.
  • $200 impacts the lives of youth and new Canadians as they discover the spirit of volunteering through the Apprentice and Community Folk programs.
  • $500 brings together at-risk students with established mentoring artists for a music education opportunity that builds confidence and stimulates creativity.

No matter what the size, every gift does make a difference.

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors, the powerful nature of music is reaching new audiences at our annual Festival – many who may not ever have had such an opportunity.

And far beyond our signature summer event at Birds Hill Provincial Park, the impact of music is felt through programs that benefit our broader community all year long. More than 12,000 people have experienced these initiatives in just the past year!

Programs that Benefit from Your Donation

Inspiring Youth

The Winnipeg Folk Festival brings the spirit of discovery into high schools through the Musical Mentors Program by providing students with the opportunity to build instruments out of found objects, write songs and create music videos. Participants show what they’ve created in a final performance and are given an opportunity to record their original work in a professional recording studio.

Fostering Youth Leadership

The Apprentice Program offers the opportunity for 200 youth to get involved with the Festival through volunteerism, annually. 

Training Emerging Musicians

Dozens of young musical artists participate in training and development programs each year. Numerous participants in the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Young Performers and Folk Music Camp programs have gone on to pursue professional careers. Manitoban musicians such as Del Barber, Sierra Noble, Sheena Grobb, Brandy Zdan, Jordan McConnell and Cara Luft have since come back to perform on Festival stages.

Building Community

Hundreds of free tickets to the Folk Fest are distributed through over 50 local community organizations through our Guest for a Day program. Included with the tickets are transportation, meals and a tour of the Festival in action.

The Newcomers program provides volunteer orientation and opportunities for those new to Canada or the Festival. Over 30 participants discover the Winnipeg Folk Festival and its volunteer community each year and are welcomed to return as part of the volunteer core in subsequent years.

Enriching Young Hearts & Minds

Over 3,500 children learn the value of music and artistic expression through the Family Area at the Festival and our year-round family concerts.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival offers free family concerts and Festival-style workshops in partnership with the Winnipeg Public Library at the downtown Millennium Library in the fall, winter and spring, over the holiday season at select libraries around the city as well as noon-hour concerts during the summer at Old Market Square in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District.

The Folk Exchange is our own year-round venue for concerts by emerging artists, workshops and classes and open mic nights.

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In The City Festival-Style Workshops

In The City Festival-Style Workshops

Where do you go to get your Folk Fest fix throughout the year? We host monthly Festival-style workshops all year ‘round at the Millennium Library!

Folk School Classes

Folk School Classes

Students receive hands-on instruction from exceptional instructors in The Folk Exchange – our intimate venue in the Exchange District, located at 211 Bannatyne Ave.