M. Ward, Craig Terlson's top pick for July 7 at the WFF (myspace.com)
The Winnipeg Folk Festival kicked off on Wednesday night, July 6, at Birds Hill Park, and runs to Sunday, July 10.
To deal with the staggering amount of talent the festival is offering up this year, SCENE has enlisted some astute festival veterans to give you daily recommendations.
Today's insider advice is brought to you by Winnipeg writer and illustrator Craig Terlson
. Festival Credentials:
My first Winnipeg Folk Fest was in 1991, six weeks after the birth of my son. He attended too, but I am not sure what he remembers...though, he is a musician now, so hmmm?
I have been volunteering since 2001 on the Campground Box Office Crew. One of my favorite volunteer stories is about a young woman who hitchhiked, with her German Shepherd, from Vancouver. She arrived a rainy night only to be told that her dog could not go into the festival campground. (Trust me, the dog wouldn't have enjoyed it, unless maybe he could drum). She was wet, and the dog looked really tired.
I was on shift and told my crew that we needed to find them a place. The three of us piled into my car and drove over to the Birds Hill Camping area. The park rangers politely informed us that while they allowed dogs in that area, like the rest of the park, they were full.
A couple of people overheard us and came over to say that the woman and her dog could camp next to their tent. Everyone, including the Shepherd, agreed. I think he had a pretty good Fest.
I have collected a lot of these stories over the years, and have always been amazed at the quality of community that so often emerges here at the Fest.
Recommendation: My pick for Main Stage Thurday night has to be the brilliant singer-songwriter M. Ward. Along with his gorgeous lyrics, Ward creates a blanket-smooth vibe that washes over you like waves at Grand Beach.
Ward's voice and soft guitar melodies are going to be a perfect compliment to the Manitoba night sky.
If he sings Chinese Translation ("...what do you do with pieces of a broken heart?"), you better be prepared... as the entire crowd may levitate.
Craig Terlson volunteering at the folk fest (Andy Terletski)
Craig Terlson is an Winnipeg illustrator and writer.