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Prairie Barge Festival

Manitoba and Saskatchewan artists team up for three days of music, art and culture showcasing the diverse talent of the Prairies.

Featuring performances from a diverse collection of acclaimed artists, including JUNO Award-winning soul/pop outfit Chic Gamine, alt-country favourites The Deep Dark Woods, 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee marijosée, singer/songwriter and former Waltons front man Jason Plumb, and a spectacular outdoor performance from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, with more acts to be announced.

An outdoor art market will host celebrated local visual artists and craft producers. Saskatchewan’s Larry Trask (soapstone sculpting), Sherri Hrycay (milliner), Gwen Fehr (beeswax candles), and Manitoba’s Boomerang 360 (clothing), Blokland Pottery, One Plus One Designs, and 129 Designs (jewelry) will be among the professional creative producers representing a variety of creative disciplines.

The family-friendly free weekend will offer a little something for everyone, including the evocative magic of Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers & School of Contemporary Dance, the improv comedy stylings of Hot Thespian Action, blues and folk jams, and a special projection of the Labour Day Classic courtesy of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Prairie Barge Festival Complete Line Up


Beginning at 7:30pm
7:30 Leanne Zacharias
8:00 Riel Gentlemen's Choir
8:10 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, opening song by Jason Cullimore
8:20 Jason Plumb & WSO 


2:00pm marijosée
3:00pm Keiffer McLean
4:00pm League of Wolves
5:00pm Mise en Scene 
6:00pm The Pistolwhips
7:00pm Yes We Mystic 
8:00pm Deep Dark Woods 
9:00pm Chic Gamine

Also featured throughout the day: Hot Thespian Action and Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers.

Sunday - Moved inside The Forks Market due to rain

11:00am -1pm  Outdoor Pancake Breakfast ($5 for pancakes and sausages from Pancake House)
11:30am Riel Gentlemen's Choir
12:30pm Rosie & the Riveters
1:00pm Floating Folk Jam featuring:

  • Allyson Reigh
  • Alexis Normand
  • Daniel & Daniel of Red Moon Road and guests

2:00pm Blues on the Barge Jam featuring:

  • Joey Landreth
  • Jack Semple
  • Sol James and guests

Also featured throughout the day: School of Contemporary Dance

3:00pm Live projection of the Labour Day Classic: Winnipeg Blue Bombers  vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Prairie Barge Festival is presented by founding legacy partner, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and Creative Saskatchewan.