The first annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival is something to get cranked up about this September

Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous Folk School is hosting the first annual Crankie Festival at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church and it’s happening from September 21 to 23. 2018. This festival features many folk artists and musicians from Winnipeg and beyond.

What is a “crankie”? A crankie is an old storytelling art form popular in the 19th Century and a forerunner of modern day film. This art form uses a long illustrated scroll that is wound onto spools on each end. The spools are loaded into a box that has a screen for viewing. The scroll is hand cranked as the story is told, which can be accompanied by a song or a spoken word. This art form is starting to make a comeback hence this festival. The first annual Crankie Festival will be interactive and collaborative festival experience and is open to all ages.

Featured Winnipeg/Manitoba headlining acts include The Small Glories, Del Barber, Scott Nolan, Sheena Rattai and Daniel Peloquin Hopfner from Red Moon Road, The DRangers and Nathan Rogers. There will also be a feature performance by Al Simmons. Joining the lineup from Winnipeg are Grace Haribi, Heather Bishop and Double The Trouble. Also performing are Canadian singer-songwriter and fiddle player Sierra Noble, along with Manitoba artists Romi Mayes, Walking Wolf Singers, and Jess Reimer and Jeremy Hamm.

Out of town acts include Anna & Elizabeth from Virginia, U.S., who almost single-handedly have resurrected the “crankie” and recently signed with Smithsonian Folkways Records; Sue Truman, an Appalachian musician based in Seattle and a respected crankie maker; Linda McRae (BC/TN), a singer/songwriter and founder of Express Yourself Writing Workshops for At Risk Youth & incarcerated Individuals; Peter Paul Van Camp — the Personable Poet, the Dimestore Rhymester, the Only Performing Poet from Coshocton, Ohio (BC) and É-T-É who were born from the meeting of three young musicians from classical, jazz and traditional Quebec backgrounds.

The full weekend schedule, ticket pricing and options and can be found on the website.

To get you and your kids “crankied,” check out the website for more information on the free Crankie Making Sessions/Workshops, that are geared towards children, and are going on from August 28 to September 17.

On September 5, Home Routes Folk School and The Winnipeg Crankie Festival are hosting a “Crankie Jam” volunteer drive. Join festival organizers from 7 to 10 p.m. at the West End Cultural Centre and drink craft beer, eat cheese squares, salami and crackers, meet new friends and enjoy the community. During this event guests will find out about crankies; can be part of the acoustic jam session; can make a crankie and learn about volunteer opportunities for Home Routes Folk School and The Winnipeg Crankie Festival.

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To purchase tickets, go HERE.

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