In an annual tradition beginning way back in 2009, ShowbizMonkeys.com has set up shop in early July at Birds Hill Park near Winnipeg to cover the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Artist photos, video clips, interviews with some absolute music legends; it was an incredibly fun 11-year run.
Then, as we all know, the world shifted.
Fred Penner has been bringing music to the ears of children worldwide for over 40 years. He's a multiple JUNO Award Winner, a Member of the Order of Canada, and helped teach a generation of Canadians about everything from folk music to curiosity and creativity through his long-running CBC show, Fred Penner's Place.
February 17 saw the return of metal titans Soulfly to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Along for "The Summoning" tour were thrashers Toxic Holocaust, and on this date we also received a metal barrage from X Method, Bears with Technology, and Cause of Death.
Hawksley Workman has been making albums since the late 90s (his first full-length, For Him and the Girls, came out in 1999) and he's been releasing new music every year or 2 since then.
Let's start with some honesty: the original version of this 2019 Winnipeg Folk Festival preview piece was almost complete when a couple accidental clicks of the mouse sent hours of work into the digital ether.
Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of just over half a million people – smaller than all but one other province.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival celebrates its 45th year in 2018, and here at Showbiz Monkeys, we're celebrating our 10th year in a row of covering this much-loved prairie music festival.
Max Cavalera is most famous for being the lead singer (growler) and composer for Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Killer be Killed, and formerly of thrash-metal pioneers Sepultura. In 1994, Max created a one-off side project with English musician/producer Alex Newport called Nailbomb.
The summer festival season in Manitoba, on the Canadian prairies, is always an exciting time.