Manitoba’s major music festivals well advanced in 2022 planning process – Winnipeg

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After two long summers of virtual concerts and occasional live shows, festival season is making a comeback.

All the major music festivals in the province have all left for the summer, despite some uncertainties at the start of the year.

“Sometimes it takes 12 months to plan one of these festivals,” said Dauphin’s Countryfest general manager Rob Waloschuk.


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“Now that we’re actually doing it, it looks like we’re going to try and do it in six months to get it off the ground.”

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Tickets for Countryfest and the Winnipeg Folk Festival are on sale now.

Countryfest is scheduled for July 1-3, while Folk Fest is scheduled for July 7-10.

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The International Jazz Festival, which runs from June 14-19, will start rolling out tickets later this month.

“We’re just super excited to be able to do it again,” added Waloschuk.

It’s almost certain that the organizers will return to action with a few minor changes.

“We will need masks in our indoor rooms. We will highly recommend masks elsewhere,” said Jazz Fest executive director Angela Heck.


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In addition to COVID-19 protocols, festivals still face economic challenges like getting to and from festivities.

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“Vehicle rentals are not as easy to find. I think everyone has heard of it,” said Winnipeg Folk Festival Executive Director Lynne Skromeda.

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“We need to come up with some new plans and be a bit more creative about how we’re going to get out of this without doing things the usual way.”

This will not change the eagerness of festival-goers to return to the sun.

“We’re just going to bring back the best festival we can possibly bring,” Skromeda said.


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