Stan and Nathan Rogers (courtesy Nathan Rogers) and Nathan Rogers onstage. (Justin Lee)
The people of Canada take Stan's songs so personally and so individually that it's hard to not share in the joy of them.
—Nathan Rogers, musician
Few names loom as large over the Winnipeg Folk Festival as legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers.
If you stay until the very end of the festival, you're sure to hear a rendition of his classic song "The Mary Ellen Carter", which closes out the weekend each and every summer.
But this year, the 30th anniversary of Stan's untimely death, the connection between the Festival and the iconic artist is stronger than ever.
Nathan Rogers, Stan's son, will be hitting the main stage on Friday night to play a selection of his father's best-loved songs.
"My own relationship and my family's relationship with the Festival - I hope to see it renewed," Rogers says. "The people of Canada take Stan's songs so personally and so individually that it's hard to not share in the joy of them."
An accomplished singer-songwriter in his own right, Rogers now calls Winnipeg home. In fact, he was brought to the city by a job offer from none other than Mitch Podolak - the man who started the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
"Mitch offered me a job, I looked around Winnipeg, and I realized that it was where I wanted to be," says Rogers, "the city is a fantastic place as a musician and artist because it's so competitive but also amazingly supportive."