Arriving to Bird's Hill Park and the Winnipeg Folk Festival grounds a bit late on the first night of the festival unfortunately meant missing some very talented artists in Snowblink and James Vincent McMorrow (luckily this wasn't our only opportunity to hear either of them, as they'll both be part of the "Your Indie Heart" workshop on Friday afternoon). We did, however, arrive in time to hear the calming vocals coming out of one Justin Rutledge, who has the early track on "Best 2012 Folk Fest Discovery" (granted, it's only day #1).
Headlining Wednesday night was one of the festival's biggest names, indie pop darling Feist. And, as is custom with her live performances, she did not disappoint. Playing one of the more lengthy sets in recent Winnipeg Folk Festival memory, she mixed things up with both high-tempo and low-key numbers, and throwing in some familiar hits (though not all the ones she's known for) with lesser-known tracks to the casual fan. Those non-radio hits tend to be some of our favourite Leslie Feist songs, so we're not complaining about that in the least.
With the festival deciding to change things up this year by getting Winnipeg-based comedians to host the main stage festivities (great idea, by the way!), that meant Kids in the Hall's Kevin McDonald took to the stage in between acts for his first of two nights as emcee. In embracing the spirit of the festival, he even brought out the guitar and sang a bit. Frankly, we're happy to see Kevin McDonald do pretty much anything, as we're big fans at ShowbizMonkeys.com (which our ever-growing Kevin McDonald interview section would indicate).
Enjoy the Wednesday (basically all Feist) photos below, and we'll be back again Thursday night with a wrap-up and photo gallery from a main stage that features Good Old War, Royal Wood, Billy Bragg, and K'Naan.
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