The dust has settled. All of the flat notes have been ironed out. The coast is clear for a successful 7th Annual Whoop and Hollar Folk Festival — Portage and area’s very own music festival — to roll out the tunes on Aug. 24-25.
Anyone following this story knows the event was scheduled to be a three-day program, but organizers found they didn’t have all their ducks in a row and ran afoul of neighbours and the RM of Portage with too little time left to keep Plan A.
Recalibrating, Whoop and Hollar organizers cut their ambitious plans back to two days and added a venue at Island Park to satisfy legal requirements. While learning to balance new requirements, “we didn’t lose a single musician or act,” says Linda Omichinski. About 60 musicians in 25 acts are scheduled
There will be no festival events on Friday night at the festival home at Cottonwood Acres — also the Omichinski’s acreage home off of Provincial Rd. 331, just west of the Hoop and Holler Bend.
All of the Sunday acts have been rescheduled to Sunday on the Island Park Oddfellows Stage from noon to 10 p.m.
There will also be a shuttle service this year.
Because of all the changes, the festival has extended early bird ticket prices to Aug. 22.
For more information visit whoopandhollar.com for complete details.
Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival schedule
Music • Art • Nature • Community
Venue 1: Cottonwood Acres (Main Festival Site)
Saturday, Aug.ust 24 — 11 a.m. to Midnight
(Festival camping begins Friday; tent campground gate open 4 p.m.-10 p.m.)
11 a.m. – gates & campground open
11 a.m. – Midnight — food vendors open
11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. — Spirit Horse Singers
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. — Opening Remarks and Indigenous Blessing
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. — Fireball Paul
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. — Two Crows for Comfort
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — The Song Circle (afternoon workshop): featuring Claire Coupland, Monika Wall, The Rainy Day Apparel, Amy Brown, and Glen McCabe
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Raine Hamilton
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. — Jelly B & The Kmart Shoppers
5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. — Mainstage break (Open Mic in Harlequin Hangout)
7 p.m. – 8 p.m. — High Gravity Stew Brew (evening workshop): featuring Raine Hamilton, Justin Lacroix, and Chris Messytone, joined by Gareth Rice and Judy & Ruby
8:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. — TWIN
9:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. — D.Rangers
10:45 p.m. – 12 a.m. — Zrada
After midnight — acoustic jam. Sessions continue
Red Barn Stage (Harlequin Hangout): jamming anytime (acoustic/unplugged, not during Red Barn sets) –
2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Lindsay Fialka
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Turn a Phrase
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. — Manon
5:45 p.m. – 7 p.m. — Open Mic
8 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. — Lindsay Fialka
9:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. — Turn a Phrase
10:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m. — Manon
Silver Maple Big Top (Workshop/Activity Tent):
12 p.m. till dusk — Creative Corner Arts & Crafts Station (under the tent)
12 p.m. till dusk — Artisan Alley Handmade Village (beside/under the tent)
1 p.m. till dusk — Hydrotherapy from Heartland Family Wellness (Pinewood Park, behind house/main building)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. — “Trash to Tunes” instrument-making workshop (under the tent)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Windchime making workshop (under the tent)
2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. — Judy & Ruby (children’s entertainment, tent stage)
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. — Meditation workshop (south green beside tent)
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. — Judy & Ruby (tent stage)
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Northern Lights belly dance troupe workshop & demonstration followed by evening show (south green beside tent)
4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Magician Chris Kitchen (tent stage)
4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. — Judy & Ruby (tent stage)
5:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. — Prairie Strummers ukulele workshop (under the tent)
Sunday, August 25th — Noon to 10 p.m.
Venue 2: Island Park (green bandshell on the southeast side of the park)
Shady Oaks Mainstage:
11 a.m. — gates open
11 a.m. – 10 p.m. — food vendors open
11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. — opening remarks
12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. — The Rainy Day Apparel
12:40 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. — Amy Brown & Friends
1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m. — Glen McCabe
2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. — Monika Wall
3:05 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. — Claire Coupland
4 p.m. – 5 p.m. — Justin Lacroix
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. — Roulette
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — ATLAAS
7:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. — Dr. Hotbottom
9 p.m. – 10 p.m. — Ashes & Dreams
Workshops and activities
This year Portage’s award-winning folk festival introduces workshops and activities under the Silver Maple Big Top that will engage all ages into nature, art, music and community. The festival gets under way at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24 and noon on Sunday, August 25 at Island Park’s southeast stage.
Circle K is sponsoring the free lunch of hot dog, chips and drink between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Plus the ever popular Cravings will be offering their best food along with Sawmill Catering who have expanded their menu to fit the 22 hours of the festival.
We are excited to offer new workshops for families. Richard Osen will be making musical instruments from discarded items, and Candis Militere will be making wind chimes. Judy and Ruby, Winnipeg Children’s musical entertainers will engage kids between mainstage acts, while Chris Kitchen will wow everyone with his magic. You’re all invited to move your body in a different way as Vicki and Bridget of Northern Lights Belly Dance Troupe will show you how. You’ll also find hula hoops to try swinging your hips to the music of Raine Hamilton and Zrada.
This year, the Mainstage goes quiet between 5:45 – 7 p.m., although the Red Barn will continue to be the stage for acoustic jamming and Ron Nordstrom will host the open mic event. During this interlude, Jerry Maksymyk’s Prairie Strummers will lead a workshop on the ukulele, so bring your own ukulele and join in.
Also, new this year, look for the Peace Pillar at Creative Corner where you can write or draw your creative mark for future folkies to see. The Cottonwood Trail will be a bustle of activity where a scavenger hunt for hidden marked stones will be ongoing. In addition, the Flaming Trolleys, a colourful marching band, will invite festival-goers to join them on a march through the winding Cottonwood Trail at various times during the day.
We have also planned for a time-out from festival activities. The Cottonwood Trail and pollinator garden will have quiet times for your personal meditation and centring. Hydrotherapy in Pinewood Park provided by Heartland Family Wellness can be another route to centering and time away. Kevin Harmer will offer a centering activity while listening to a variety of performers in the Song Circle, a musician workshop.
Once again, the Artisan Alley handmade village is back with both your favourite returning vendors and new vendors, who will be offering anything from soaps and beauty products to clothing and giftware.
Early bird entrance tickets are still available at Hills Drugstore and online at whoopandhollar.com. To avoid parking at the festival site, take advantage of the free shuttle service every two hours from Herman Prior Centre beginning at 11 a.m. As the need arises we will increase the shuttle to hourly trips, back and forth.