The Regina Folk Festival fascinates me, it truly does. Rooted in Regina since 1969, Summer in the Queen City just wouldn’t be the same without joining 20,000 of your closest friends inside Victoria Park the second weekend of every August for three days of music, art, dance and culture.
From the the arts market, food court and children’s area ...to the Daytime Stage workshops, Main Stage performances and the local, national and world-renowned music - it truly is a Festival that has it all. While this may seem like common knowledge for the seasoned festival goer, in the spirit of this blog, I wanted to take some time to showcase what I feel are some of the greatest qualities that this amazing homegrown event offers:
The intimacy and collaboration found in the daytime workshops
Prior to the Mainstage concerts taking place in the evening, three Sunlit Stages throughout Victoria Park (amidst arts vendors, food trucks, children’s entertainers and countless dancing) host free daytime workshops where artists are paired together for a songwriters circle style jam session. This unique concept not only gives the audience the opportunity to hear the stories behind stripped down versions of the songs they love; it’s also a rare opportunity for performers of varying genres, style and popularity to get to know each other by doing what they all do best together in unison. For a glimpse
of who you’ll be able to see during the 2015 workshops that includes Basia Bulat, Birds of Chicago, Blue Rodeo and Jeffery Straker just to name a few.
The open air atmosphere
Whether its the sun shining brightly or the cool breeze that hits you at just the right moment, there’s something to be said about enjoying live music outdoors. As an almost entirely outdoor event (the After Hours parties
are usually indoors) the Regina Folk Festival offers a unique and memorable environment to find your new favourite artist or reminisce with an old favourite. Driven by community and powered by its volunteers, it’s also a welcoming space with ample amounts of room, easy to understand signage and helpful staff should you need any sort of assistance or guidance.
Opportunities for local talent
What continues to make the Regina Folk Festival shine is their tireless commitment to local talent. Originally starting out in the Daytime Stage workshops local musicians and bands have started to make their way to appearing on the Mainstage. The one place where a captive audience of thousands is able to see first-hand why we are home to some of the finest music makers in the country. 2015 will be no different as (for example) Queen City bluegrass success story, The Dead South share the stage with prominent acts such as Vance Joy, Jenny Lewis, The Sheepdogs.
Short of giving you all an exhausting history lesson when you understand that Victoria Park was once a barren, treeless square it really is quite beautiful. Home to hand-planted trees, stunning Summer scenery and City Square Plaza, it’s become the hub of bustling downtown activity for many major events including the Regina Folk Festival. Easily accessible and with ample room to dance, Victoria Park is the prime location for an event that encourages us all to just enjoy ourselves and let our spirits shine!
It’s more than just a festival, it’s a community
Witnessing first-hand packed rooms of hundreds volunteers eager to lend a hand, the Regina Folk Festival has become a historic staple in the arts & culture of our City. So much in fact, that the festival itself is now more of a community than an event. Whether its lovers proposing, family’s spending fun-filled days together or friends making memories, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this one of a kind festival in the heart of Regina.
It really is true, nothing does compare to the Regina Folk Festival. May it continue to entertain and inspire its audiences for many years to come!
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to witness this amazing event first-hand August 7-9!
Regina Folk Festival 2015
. Be there.