The Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival will release its summer festival lineup tonight during its final Open Mic & Jam Night of the season.

Dubbed the “Lineup Release Party”, the fun gets underway at the Royal Canadian Legion at 7 p.m.

René Jobin of local band Proper Operation and local radio personality will MC as Whoop & Hollar unveils its 2019 festival playlist that will feature over 60 musicians.

The 7th annual Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival of music, art, nature, and community is set for the August 23-25 will feature 25 acts from across Manitoba—including one act from Toronto, ON—will play

the three-day festival. Whoop & Hollar’s largest group of performing acts to date promises to be

as fresh and musically diverse as ever.

The festival aims to support and showcase local Indigenous talent as part of its core mission and

values. Roulette and Glen McCabe are Indigenous Manitoban artists slated to perform this year.

Just after noon on festival Saturday, the mainstage program will open with a 30-minute

performance by the Spirit Horse Singers—a Long Plain First Nation drumming group—who will be

joined by traditional jingle dancer Micheline Berard.

Artistic Director Josh Wright describes this year’s lineup as the perfect mix of Americana roots

music and contemporary indie folk. Festival-goers can also look forward to a crowd-pleasing

variety of pop, blues, and rock, with even some undercurrents of Franco-Manitoban, Eastern

European, jazz, bluegrass, and soul.

“Friday evening will feature more uptempo bands, Saturday will feature the usual eclectic blend

of songwriters and bands, and Sunday will be laid-back with an afternoon of singer-songwriters,”

says Wright.

ATLAAS, D.Rangers, Justin Lacroix, and Raine Hamilton are among the list of better-known

names on the bill. Dr. Hotbottom, a funk/soul supergroup featuring members of The Bros.

Landreth and Dirty Catfish Brass Band will close the mainstage Friday night. Zrada, a high-energy

world music act influenced by Ukraine and Eastern Europe will close Saturday night.

Acts featuring members from Portage la Prairie and area include Fireball Paul, Manon, The Rainy

Day Apparel, Ashes and Dreams, Roulette, TWIN, and Lindsay Fialka.

Two fusion workshops will bring together musicians on-stage for a live improv session during the

Saturday afternoon “Song Circle” and Saturday evening “High Gravity Stew Brew,” which will be

joined by regular local musicians Chris Messytone and Gareth Rice.

Early Bird Tickets are now on sale until August 1st at Hill’s Drug Store in downtown Portage la

Prairie or on the festival website. Performer details can also be found on the festival website at

But the Lineup Release Party starts with the open mic tonight. If you haven’t been, or haven’t been lately, you owe it to yourself to re-engage.