Festival Du Voyageur is looking a bit different this year! The beloved Winnipeg winter tradition is back after going fully virtual for COVID in 2021, with some notable changes. Instead of all performances taking place at tents on the festival grounds with one admittance fee, you will now purchase tickets for individual time slots to enjoy the park, and for specific performances down the street at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain. Furthermore, they are also offering a hybrid event format, to allow people to enjoy the programming from home.
Let us break it down.
Morning and Afternoon Park Tickets
On the official festival website, you can purchase tickets for either a morning or afternoon time slot at Fort Gibraltar. This will get you admittance to the festival grounds where you can enjoy entertainment such as traditional fiddlers, the ice sculpture showcase, hand-rolled maple taffy, and sleigh rides. This is the perfect option for families and festival traditionalists, with all the familiar programming Winnipeggers have come to expect from the festival.
Véronique Demers and Émilie Chartier, Jane Cory and Kyle Burghout, Alexandre TÉtrault, Michael Audette, Madame Diva, Brad Moggie, Double the Trouble, The New Customs and Tayler Fleming, all accomplished fiddle players.
Featured Events and Attractions:
Historical Interpretation at Fort Gibraltar presented by Université de Saint-Boniface
Concerts in the Boîte à chansons presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries
Feu d’infinité supported by The Winnipeg Foundation
Ice Sculpting Workshop presented by Qualico
Children’s Playground and large slide presented by Manitoba Hydro
Horse Sleigh Rides and Snowshoeing presented by Cabela’s
Tente de réchauffement (warmup tent) presented by Cabela’s
Winter Trading Camp
National Snow Sculpting Symposium
P’tchi Symposium presented by Conseil jeunesse provincial (CJP)
Souvenirs and merchandise
Child (5 and under): $5
Youth (6-17): $10
If you want to watch the Jigging or Fiddling Contests, you need to purchase separate tickets for the events, which will be held at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain.
Youth (17 and under): $5
Jigging Contest: Saturday the 26th, 12–3PM
Fiddling Contest: Sunday the 27th, 12–3PM
Down Provencher at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, you will be able to buy tickets to individual performances by world class musicians and artists. There will be early afternoon events (typically from 1PM–3PM) such as Gérald Laroche + Coulée and Fontine + Ila Barker, as well as evening performances (typically from 8PM–10PM) such as Jocelyne Baribeau + Sierra Noble, Alpha Toshineza + Les Surveillantes, and Petit Canada, among others. Buy your tickets soon, as some shows are already sold out!
Youth (17 and under): $5
Varying, check website for details.
Festival at Home
Building on 2021’s programming, festival organizers are offering a number of events and activities that can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of home.
Here are some of the events and activities on offer:
Online Performances presented by Air Canada, Bell MTS and Sirius XM
Virtual Tente Forest presented by The Winnipeg Foundation
Minut Michif presented by The Winnipeg Foundation
Meal and Cocktail Take-home Kits
Online Boutique & 2022 Merchandise
Pea Soup Competition presented by Roquette
They have also set up a Virtual Kids Zone on their website, with quizzes, music and colouring pages to keep the little ones busy.
For more info on any of these events, visit their website at https://heho.ca/en/pressrelease-fdv2022/.
Will you be back at Festival Du Voyageur this year, in any capacity? We hope to see you there!
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