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This article was published 24/5/2016 (1371 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Ontario balladeer Ron Sexsmith and Winnipeg singer-songwriter John K. Samson will headline this year’s Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival, it was recently announced.
The 32nd iteration of the "Under the Trees" spectacle will run from July 22-24 at the Keystone Centre. The final schedule has yet to be finalized, according the BFMAF website.
In addition to Sexsmith, who released "Carousel One" to critical acclaim this spring, and Samson, the former Weakerthans frontman, the 2016 lineup includes: Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five, Prairie duo The Small Glories, Scott Nolan, Richard Inman, Jess Rae Ayre, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Celtic Rock group Dust Rhinos, Chuck Copenace Group, Sol James, Bicycle Face, Brandon teen rock band The 204, Michell Mozdzen, Matt Zimmerman, Nova Scotian Kev Corbett, Emmy Cloney and Dale Brown, Nathan Rogers, Logan Jax Oxenham (formerly Lindsay Jane), 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, Allison Brown and Uncle Dan Henschell, and Shelley-Lynne and Richard Hardinge.
Weekend passes are available at an early bird rate of $69 ($59 for students and seniors). The regular price for the weekend is $80, with day passes costing $40 for Friday and $45 for Saturday and Sunday.
Of the 23 acts on the bill this year, 19 hail from Manitoba.
The weekend will also feature the Under the Canvas community marketplace for artisans and craftspeople to share and sell their work, a full slate of food vendors, and camping on the Keystone Centre grounds.
Campground passes cost $15 for an individual and $25 for a family.
Applications to volunteer for the festival can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Orientation meetings for volunteers are scheduled for June 23, 24 and 25. Volunteers who work two four-hour shifts get a free weekend pass, discounted camping, a T-shirt and an invite to a volunteer appreciation party.
Last year, about 3,000 turned out to the three-day show, a significant spike following a rainy weekend the year previous.
For more information, visit brandonfolkfestival.ca or the Facebook page titled Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival.
» The Brandon Sun