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This article was published 16/6/2016 (1321 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
To me, summer doesn’t really start until I attend my first music festival of the season.
Which usually means summer doesn’t start until the second weekend in July, when I’ve snagged a sweet camping spot at Bird’s Hill Park and am preparing to find my new favourite band at the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
In recent years, I’ve tried to go to a new festival every season and last year I got to explore a few of Westman’s awesome — and eclectic — offerings.
For your summer planning pleasure, I’ve put together a list of some of the events taking place in this corner of the province over the next three months.
Dauphin’s Countryfest: June 30 — July 3
Canada’s longest running country music event is celebrating its 26th year with four days of world class performances. Countryfest lands on Canada Day again this year, and patriotic festivalgoers will be able to see Canadian twangers Dallas Smith and Dean Brody ever-so-politely co-headline the main stage on Friday night.
This year’s lineup also includes Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Dwight Yoakam, Aaron Pritchett, High Valley, Leanne Pearson, The Noble Thiefs, DJ Coop and Hunnicutt and many more.
Tickets and camping passes are on sale now at countryfest.ca.
Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival: July 22 — July 24
You don’t have to go far to enjoy some great entertainment. The 32nd annual Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival takes place on the Keystone Centre grounds and features 25 high quality acts — a large contingent of which are from right here in Manitoba.
Headlining this year is Ontario-born balladeer Ron Sexmith. Also on the docket is John K. Samson and the Winter Wheat, Dry Bones, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, Bicycle Face, 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five and many more.
Tickets are on sale now at brandonfolkfestival.ca.
Clear Lake Chamber Music Festival: July 21 — July 24
This intimate six-day festival features some of the best instrumentalists from Brandon University’s School of Music and beyond. Now in its 11th year, the Clear Lake festival kicks off with a performance by local clarinetist and pianist Alexander Tselyakov and friends at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall.
Friday through Sunday, festival musicians put on a variety of classical and jazz performances at the Erickson Lutheran Church. The event wraps up with a jazz cruise concert at the Clear Lake marina.
For information on ticket prices, visit clearlakefestival.ca.
Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa: July 29 — July 31
Every August long weekend, Westman’s annual rock festival invites music lovers from all over Manitoba and Saskatchewan to set up camp on the rolling hills around Minnedosa Lake for a three-day party.
The 13th annual Rockin’ the Fields has a star-studded lineup including Kenny Shields and Streetheart, 54-40, Sloan, Loverboy, Age of Electric and Our Lady Peace, among others.
Visit rockthefields.ca for more information.
The Harvest Sun Music Fest: Aug. 19 — 21
This small family-oriented festival in Kelwood is an annual celebration of Canadian musicians and rural sustainability. Harvest Sun got its start more than a decade ago when a Kelwood resident threw an outdoor concert for the local community.
Last year, the festival’s single stage featured performances by Fred Penner, Sweet Alibi, Nathan Rodgers, Heather Bishop, The Crooked Brother, Ingrid Gatin and many more.
The 2016 lineup is yet to be announced but tickets are available at theharvestsun.com.
Friday June 17:
The 40 — The Poverty Plainsmen hit the stage for the club’s 35th anniversary.
Brandon Pride — All ages game night at I Want That Stuff/Boardgame Empire at 1150 19th St. from 6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Saturday June 18:
The 40 — Juno award winning band Trooper performs as part of the club’s weekend long 35th anniversary celebrations.
Brandon Pride — The annual Pride march starts at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. followed by Pride in the Park at Stanley Park from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. and the day wraps up with a Glitter n’ Glow social at the Roadhouse from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Sunday June 19:
Brandon Pride — A Pride service will be held at Knox United Church at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Fun in the Sun event at Stanley Park from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.