In The Future...The First-Ever Golden Boy Music Festival! John K. Samson As Poet-In-Residence! Joanna Newsom As Shreeky!

>> Thursday, 1 April 2010



Toronto has NXNE. Calgary = Sled Dog. And for Vancouverites, Sasquatch is a quick US-border-crossing trip south.

And Winnipeg? Well, of course there’s the fantastic, immensely popular five-day folk festival, but when it comes to indie-rock (slash indie-film) festivals, the Gateway to the West is sorely lacking. Until now.

The Golden Boy Music Festival takes place over The Civic Long Weekend – July 31st to August 2nd – in Oakbank, Manitoba at the town’s Bill Blaikie Amphitheater. Organizers for the inaugural three-day event have thrown around some serious green, attracting such indie luminaries as Broken Social Scene (headlining the Saturday!), Vampire Weekend (headlining the Sunday!!), and The Weakerthans (headlining Monday!!!). Day passes are a lofty $71.50 with a full festival pass running for $175 plus service fees and taxes. Presale starts April 31st, so be ready! At a capped attendance of 10,000, these’ll be snapped up fast.

The full lineup, which includes a robust mix of local, national, and international acts on side and main stages, is as follows (full schedule to-be-released):


  • A.C. Newman
  • Air
  • The Awkward Stage
  • Basia Bulat
  • Benni Hemm Hemm
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Cadence Weapon
  • The Choir Practice
  • El Guincho
  • Elliott Brood
  • fanshaw
  • Grappling Hook
  • Haunter
  • Islands
  • Japandroids
  • Jenn Grant
  • Jim Guthrie
  • Jimmy Ray
  • jj
  • La Roux
  • Leif Vollebekk
  • Library Voices
  • The Lytics
  • mum
  • Myxolodian
  • Nathan
  • The National
  • Nickelback
  • Passion Pit
  • Patrick Watson
  • The Raveonettes
  • Said The Whale
  • She & Him
  • Shout Out Out Out Out
  • Sunset Rubdown
  • Superchunk
  • Tegan & Sara
  • Todd Hunter
  • Tokyo Police Club
  • Vampire Weekend
  • The Weakerthans


And speaking of the Weakerthans, John K. Samson has been named the University of Winnipeg’s first-ever Poet-In-Residence. According to English Department Chair, Fitzwilliam Darcy, the decision was easy, “Samson’s work speaks for itself; his keen insight into the inner workings of this unique, complex, and unquestionably great city are tremendously beautiful and occasionally heartbreaking. The department is thrilled to have a wordsmith like John on board.” The residency runs over the summer, so don’t worry Weakerthans fans, Samson & the boys will be back in the studio come fall!

And speaking of the fall, I just gotta mention this since her new record has been flooding my ears of late: Joanna Newsom has jumped on board the Kevin-Smith-penned, Michael-Bay-helmed live-action Care Bears movie, with filming expected to get underway sometime in late-September. No stranger to acting – Newsom landed the starring role in MGMT’s really-weird-even-for-them “Kids” video – the elfin singer is assuming the role of Shreeky, main henchwoman of the Care Bear’s unfeeling nemesis, No Heart. Versatile SNL funnyman Fred Armisen will play Beasley.

Always loved that Good Luck Bear.

7 comments:

Prince Nikka 1 April 2010 at 06:21  

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Rieds 1 April 2010 at 09:06  

I read that Jar Ymmij is on deck too... no?

Phil H 1 April 2010 at 09:49  

I heard that Joe Pesci is supposed to make a surprise appearance and sing his Christmas album in its entirety.

Good times, can't wait! Oh wait.

Ben 1 April 2010 at 10:32  

Jennifer Jones is debuting her new band, "Hack Weight", at the Golden Boy fest as well.

Mykael 1 April 2010 at 11:14  

This just in: Shane Doan's band - Right Wing Jets - are in talks to co-headline Monday night! Featuring Teemu on the synths and Tkachuk on the, well, actually, he'll just be enjoying the food.

Anonymous,  1 April 2010 at 19:52  

Love how Nickelback is thrown in the middle on the line up!

Buy P90X 27 January 2011 at 00:36  

Featuring Te emu on the synthesis and Telemachus on the, well, actually, he'll just be enjoying the food.

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