I attended my first ever Winnipeg Folk Festival since I moved in this city 12 years ago and I can't believe I waited that long to experience it. The entire weekend was filled with wonderful music, great weather, friendly people and happy vibes all over. I specifically wanted to go to see Dallas Green of City and Colour live and he did not disappoint. Aside from that I also got to discover various bands/groups that created music from all over the world -- Rura from Scotland, DakhaBrakha from Ukraine, Esme Patterson from the USA and local favourites, Begonia & Bruce Cockburn from Manitoba. The entire festival was not just about music but also about the people. There is a lot to be said with the general vibe of the crowd. Everybody was in such a relaxed positive mood - from babies chasing bubbles, to the young ones dancing bare feet and the elderly eagerly moving from one stage to another. This one is definitely a highlight of the summer and I can't wait to be back next year!
The start of the summer has been filled with a lot of out-of-town adventures. One of the most memorable one would have to be this group hike I did with local art learning collective, From Here and Away. We started the afternoon meeting up at the Falcon Trails Resort which is a beautiful property situated east of the province. Led by Emily Christie (from Falcon Trails Resort) and Adam Kelly (From Here and Away), our group did a 2-km hike to the Juniper cabin situated by High Lake. When we arrived, we had the opportunity to discover the cabin and use all its amenities -- from swimming lakefront, building a bonfire, canoeing to the Ontario border and using the eco-sauna. After the hike, my friends and I decided to head to Kenora, Ontario (another 45 min drive) to grab some local craft beers to cap the night. The entire experience was both engaging and relaxing and I highly recommend signing up / joining one if you're from Winnipeg.
We had a long weekend here in Winnipeg for Canada Day and so I was able to spend time outdoors, biking around city-wide festivities. First stop of the day was fuelling up with coffee and croissants at Thom Bargen Sherbrook. Afterwards, my husband and I biked our way to the infamous Portage and Main intersection downtown where a living Maple Leaf was formed on the ground by thousands of volunteers. We also made our way to the St Boniface neighbourhood to check out some new street murals. The rest of our day was spent around the Forks checking out all the activities and concerts, with special mentions to Synonym Art Consultation's preview of their Wall to Wall (mural) event series, free postcard-making by Letter Peddler Press and From Here and Away's 'Where is Home for you?' photo map idea. Ended the night with an outdoor concert at the main stage and of course, the fireworks display for Canada Day!