Newfoundland and Labrador has a population of just over half a million people – smaller than all but one other province.
Bahamas is Afie Jurvanen, a Toronto, ON-based singer/songwriter raised in quiet-lake-surrounding city of Barrie. It was there that his industrious nature picked up a few tricks on the guitar. He adopted the moniker Bahamas for his 2009 debut record Pink Strat.
Hey kids! It's Fred Penner! The legendary Canadian singer/songwriter has spent the past four decades entertaining children and adults alike. In the late 70s he captured national attention with his rendition of Harry S. Smith's "The Cat Came Back". In 1985, His engaging and endearing live show made its way to national television.
Red Moon Road are on the fast track to becoming Canada's favourite campfire band. Their sound is rooted in tradition but capitalizes on the genre's ability to transcend time. The folk trio spent their summer plucking, strumming, and singing for festival-goers across the country.
Tegan and Sara, the Canadian folk pop twin sister duo, have been performing together for almost 20 years and making records for nearly 15. With six studio releases under their belt, floating mostly between indie folk and rock, the sisters' seventh record (Heartthrob, released on January 29, 2013) takes them head on into a commercialized pop sound.
Friday at the Winnipeg Folk Festival is always the first full day, with daytime workshops and concerts taking place at the various smaller stages throughout the festival grounds. While the workshop idea isn't completely unique to Winnipeg, for many artists, it's not only a new idea but in some cases, even intimidating.
Not wanting to repeat the mistakes of the previous day -- especially with our Thursday choice for "Artist of the Day", Good Old War, leading off the night -- we arrived to Bird's Hill Park for Day 2 of the Winnipeg Folk Festival before the first notes chimed off the main stage.
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).
Emma-Lee has a voice that has to be heard to be believed. Seriously. Her voice is phenomenal. While there are plenty of artists, Canadian and otherwise, who can write well-crafted songs, there are very few who can combine that with a range and tone like Emma-Lee's.