Red Moon Road will be performing in Hygge House (Red Moon Road/CBC)
That's the challenge actually, how to keep your instruments in tune and not cracking.
—Daniel Jordan, musician
The pop-up restaurant may have served its final meal, but Winnipeggers have another reason to head down to the River Trail this weekend.
On Sunday, February 17, several warming huts along the frozen waterway will become live music venues thanks to a partnership between The Forks and Manitoba Music. It set the stage for acts like Red Moon Road, The JD Edwards Band, The Lucas Sader Project, Haley Carr, DJs Hunnicutt and Co-op and fiddler Melissa St. Goddard to spend the afternoon playing sets for those skating and walking between The Forks and Osborne Village. Artists were selected with assistance from local music festivals and promoters.
Sara Stasiuk is the executive director of Manitoba Music, she says since this is the first year live music has been featured on the ice, they decided to start small. "We've got six static locations including the DJs. Assuming it all goes smoothly, we'll try to expand it more next year."
In what she calls "somewhat structured busking" the musicians will play a series of approximately 25 minute sets over the course of the afternoon, taking breaks as needed to warm up. "We've identified a few of the huts that seem to be a little more shelter based, for artists to be outside in the elements. So they're going to be playing in or near the hut depending on the design and using them as their headquarters," she explains.
Daniel Jordan of Red Moon Road is looking forward to taking part in the event, the band has had some practice playing winter music festivals with annual sets at Snowdance on the ski hill at Falcon Trails Lodge. And he has some advice for those who haven't had the chance to play outside in the winter before.
"That's the challenge actually, how to keep your instruments in tune and not cracking. Luckily we have some older "campfire" instruments that can handle it," he says. "We strongly advocate mini gloves - sometimes with the tips cut off - something warm to hold in between songs, be it coffee, hot chocolate or an unsuspecting band member's skin, a clip-on tuner and songs that encourage dancing for circulation's sake."
Performances as part of Manitoba Music on Ice will run from 1-4 pm on Sunday, February 17.
DJ Co-op offers his Playlist to get you dancing on the frozen River Trail.
Check out the winning warming hut designs.