Now in its 19th year, the Winnipeg Folk Festival is pleased to once again present the Stingray Young Performers Program.

Open to emerging musicians ages 14-24. This training and performance program offers a day of workshops and mentoring with professional musicians hired to perform at this year’s festival.

Participants also have the opportunity to perform on stage to the Festival audience.

It’s a chance to interact and exchange ideas with young musicians with the same musical interests and we hope those who take part will come away inspired to pursue a future in music.

WHO: Musicians – singer/songwriters, bands, vocalists & instrumentalists aged 14 – 24

WHERE: At the internationally acclaimed Winnipeg Folk Festival, July 5-8, 2018

WHEN: Program dates: July 4-6, 2018

WHAT: An Unforgettable Musical Experience – A learning and performance workshop, this program starts off with professional development classes and mentoring sessions and finishes at the Winnipeg Folk Festival site where participants will showcase on the Young Performers Stage. Enjoy the experience of a captive audience eager to discover new talent.

Past Mentors have included: Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), The Crooked Brothers, Jim Bryson, Joey Landreth, JD Edwards, Cara Luft, A’oife O’Donovan, Old Man Luedecke, Matt Epp, Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves), Matt Peters (Royal Canoe), Chad VanGaalen, Kim Barlow, Andy White, David Wax, Steve Dawson, Greg Macpherson, Ruth Moody & Heather Masse (Wailin’ Jenny’s), Amelia Curran, Tony Dekker (Great Lake Swimmers), Jill Barber, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Kinnie Starr,  John K Samson (Weakerthans), John Mann (Spirit of the West), Christine Fellows, Dave Bidini (Rheostatics),  Catherine MacLellan, Andrew White (Apostle of Hustle), Jason Collett, Carolyn Mark, Fred Penner and many more.

Information and applications can be found on our website or contact program assistant at

Deadline to apply is April 20th, 2018