Time to Whoop and Hollar again


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Portage la Prairie Folk Festival co-ordinator Linda Omichinski is ready to whoop and holler about this year’s festival line-up.

“We have really captured our community’s diversity in this line-up,” she said.

She and husband Mitchell are hosting the third annual festival on Fri., Aug. 5 on their 4.5 acre property (33165 PR 331) located near the Hoop and Holler bend in the Assiniboine River — about a 10 minute drive southeast of Portage la Prairie. The gate opens at 5 p.m., with about eight hours of music planned.

Supplied photo Dancers at last year’s Whoop and Hollar Festival enjoyed music under the stars.

This year’s Whoop and Hollar Festival begins at 6 p.m. with a blessing and drum song by The Women of Mother Earth Network members. The women will also be cooking and serving bannock and stew for volunteers and for sale to guests.

“It’s very exciting for us to be working together,” Omichinski said.

The local community’s Aboriginal roots will also be highlighted by performers Lucien Spence, who is currently based out of Portage la Prairie, and members of Winnipeg’s Eagle & Hawk.
Omichinski said Portage la Prairie’s Francophone history will be represented by Winnipeg’s Kelly Bado, a bilingual singer-songwriter-interpreter who was born in Ivory Coast.
Local favourites Chris Messytone, who plays the accordion, and singer Helen White will take the stage at 9 p.m.

Omichinski is looking forward to Winnipeg’s Ego Spank, which is billed as hot funk yoga, and includes former Doc Walker guitarist and singer Murray Pulver, who grew up in the Portage area.

Other acts are Winnipeg’s Keith and Renee and Featherfall (a.ka. Dagen Perrott), a young hip-hop artist and rapper from Winnipeg.

“We have a wide range of genres,” Omichinski said.
High Gravity Stew Brew, slated for 11 p.m., is a mish-mash of all the genres, and Omichinski said it’s usually magical.

Because the festival’s music is likely to continue until the wee hours, she recommends that guests consider camping out on the property.

If there’s enough interest, a shuttle bus might be available to carry people out from Winnipeg and back.

Close to 200 people attended last year’s festival, and Omichinski said the organizers are hoping to top that this year.

The festival will go on rain or shine. Omichinski said the stage is covered and folkies are usually a hardy group.

For information on the festival, to volunteer or order tickets, visit www.portagefolk.com

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Andrea Geary

Andrea Geary
St. Vital community correspondent

Andrea Geary is a community correspondent for St. Vital and was once the community journalist for The Headliner.

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