The 2014 Winnipeg Folk Festival Lineup

>> Saturday, 15 March 2014

The 2014 Winnipeg Folk Festival lineup dropped today (by now you've likely seen it), but just in case here is the full list of artists partaking in the province's biggest music festival / picnic party of the year.

What say you, Dear Readers, of the lineup? Who are you excited to see?

Going for the full weekend? Just a day or two?

The event runs from July 9th to 13th this year.

Aaron Burnett
Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers
Ani DiFranco
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Bonnie Raitt
The Both (feat. Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)
Boy & Bear
The Bros. Landreth
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Calypso Rose
Cara Luft
Chic Gamine
Como Mamas
Corb Lund
Daniel Bachman
Daniel Romano
Danny Barnes
David Myles
The Deep Dark Woods
Della Mae
Elephant Revival
Fox & Branch
Geomungo Factory
Grace & Tony
Gustavo with the Green Fools
Guy Forsyth
Hiss Golden Messenger
Hurray For the Riff Raff
Jake Shimabukuro
James Hill
James McMurtry
Jaron Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything
Joan Baez
John Hammond
JP Hoe
Kacy & Clayton
Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Langhorne Slim & the Law
Left Lane Cruiser
Les Poules Colin
Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five
Marie-Claude McDonald
Martha Redbone Roots Project
Mexican Institute of Sound
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
Mr. Mark
Noura Mint Seymali
Oliver Swain's Big Machine
Palenke Soultribe
The Relatives
Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Hendersen
Ruth Moody
Samantha Martin & The Haggard
Sand Skyscraper
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion
Scarlett Jane
Shakey Graves
Sharon Van Etten
The Sheepdogs
Shinyribs Shovels & Rope
Spirit Family Reunion
Sweet Alibi
The Strumbellas
The Wilderness of Manitoba
The Wood Brothers
The Wooden Sky


Anonymous,  16 March 2014 at 12:31  

Yet again another sub-par lineup. They seem to be cutting the artistic budget back every year, recognizing that most will go regardless of who is playing, so why try hard to build a quality lineup that gives good value for money?

Anonymous,  16 March 2014 at 13:39  

First off - I love your blog. This is required reading for me to assess what is happening in Wpg for local live music. You carry the torch that Uptown Mag abandoned when the Freep wrecked it.

On the WFF Lineup, I'm a die-hard FF attendee who has been going consistently for 20+ years. I'm getting to the point where WFF is projecting itself as a rather successful, corporate monolith - with all the product placements to go with it - yet as those aspects grow more prominent - I find the music is becoming less of a focus for the line up.

This lineup is intriguing at best, and I'm seriously considering giving WFF a pass this year, to go explore other music festivals either in Canada or in US. WFF is just not giving me the value and bang for buck that I used to enjoy.

It's been quite a few festivals since the days where a lineup was chocked full of artists I needed to buy recordings from - for last few years, it was growing increasingly rare that I would witness a WFF show that motivated me to race to the record store tent and buy someone's CD. I suspect I'm not alone..

The WFF needs to take it up a few notches and stop banking on the return patronage of those loyalists who go each and every year - no matter how "meh" the lineup is for any given year.

I'm once again finding this a "meh" lineup and maybe I need to do other festivals this summer to see if I can appreciate the WFF again.

Keep doing this wonderful blog work! Thanks!

Anonymous,  17 March 2014 at 09:28  

Regina has a nice little folk festival... Better organized, much more intimate performances, and significantly cheaper without sacrificing a quality lineup

Joe C.,  17 March 2014 at 12:11  

there are *some* decent acts here...but just not enough.

kale,  17 March 2014 at 16:51  

rainbow trout looks better, in my view

Bernie,  17 March 2014 at 18:48  

Ouch. I don't remember the last time the lineup was this weak.

Anonymous,  18 March 2014 at 10:07  

yup. weak. still going regardless.

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