ShowbizMonkeys.com tries to bring you loads of coverage from festivals and cultural events, both from our own back yard (Winnipeg Comedy Festival) and around North America (San Diego Comic-Con, Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival). Each festival has its unique charms, and besides hopefully providing interesting things for you to read, listen to, or watch, it's also insanely fun for us. But it's been no secret on these digital pages which festival excites us the most: The Winnipeg Folk Festival -- with its genre-bending (but generally fairly rootsy) line-up of musical acts, the great landscape and climate of the Canadian prairie in July (with a hot sun, and hopefully mosquitoes kept at bay by some friendly dragonflies), and the friendliest group of volunteers and festivalgoers you'll find anywhere -- is the best five days we spend every year.
This year's festival, the 39th annual, is once again bringing in a wonderful mix of big names and up-and-comers in folk, roots, indie rock, bluegrass, and world music to Bird's Hill Park just outside Winnipeg. Top draws hitting the main stage include Feist (Wednesday), K'Naan (Thursday), Iron & Wine (Sunday), Beth Orton (Friday), and Billy Bragg (Thursday), a line-up rivalling some of the biggest festival years. Meanwhile, several names making waves in the indie rock world -- The Head and the Heart, Good Old War, Blitzen Trapper, and Bahamas, to name just a few -- come to the Winnipeg Folk Festival after playing big U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo and Coachella.
We're going to be trying to bring you as much content as we can during the weekend in as many ways as as we can think of. There will be plenty of tweeting (updates, photos, etc.) which you can follow in this space all weekend, full photo galleries and write-ups at the end of each day, plus hopefully a couple video interviews before the weekend's up (technology permitting, of course). You'll be able to find all of that in this very post.
We welcome you to follow us on Twitter (@showbizmonkeys) and Facebook (facebook.com/showbizmonkeys), and if you're at Bird's Hill Park, we want our festival coverage to be as interactive as possible. Leave comments here on this page about who you're most looking forward to see or your favourite festival moments as they happen, and be sure to tweet using the #sbm2012folk hashtag to be a part of our live feed below. One active participant from this year's festival will win a sweet ShowbizMonkeys.com prize pack at the end of the day Sunday, so if getting your voice heard isn't incentive enough, maybe free swag will be!
Here's to a weekend filled with amazing music, great weather, wonderful and friendly people, and unique experiences.
Paul Little is the founder and Managing Editor of ShowbizMonkeys.com. When not interviewing his favourite musicians and comedians, he can also be found at The Purple Room in Winnipeg, where he is Artistic Director. (@comedygeek)