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The 2nd Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival, held at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church November 8-10, 2019 promises to expand on the inaugural edition as a new, interactive and participatory festival, where audience members can immerse themselves in music and art.

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival is one part Folk School, and one part Show, brought together by a simple machine, used in some way in most cultures of the world dating back to the 1700’s sometimes known as a moving panorama, and more recently known as a Crankie.

In co-operation with ArtsFest, and Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous is bringing together the best of Winnipeg’s music, visual art, theatre and written words.

Crankies are used to give pictures to stories, poems, songs, and all styles of creative writing. The person telling the story also cranks the dowels, and the picture moves with the story. The can be back-lit, or made with quilts, as large as a stage back drop, or small as a match box. They can be about anything, and the art can be in any style, they can accompany any story, poem or song. In the spirit of collaboration, participation, and inspiration they are the theme of the festival.

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Daytime Programming

Saturday Nov. 9th & Sunday Nov 10th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The daytime time programming will take place all throughout the church. It will comprise of instructional workshops in cartooning, crankie-making, shadow puppetry, among other forms of visual art. There will also be workshops on many acoustic instruments such as fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass, step dancing, throat singing, as well as creative song-writing workshops.

Also during the day we will have feature sessions with songwriters in the round, a silent movie showcase, with local musicians playing the soundtrack they create, live, as well as concerts, and demonstrations.

On Sunday the daytime programming will feature the “Open Crank” where festival attendees can get up with festival musicians to perform their Crankie that was made over the weekend, or in the last year.

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Evening Programming

Friday Nov 8th

The Friday Opening Show, or “The Crankie Celebration Show”” will be a collaborative evening hosted by one of Winnipeg’s premier multi-instrumentalists and composers, Daniel Koulack, and his band The Knappen Street All Stars.

Special guests include The University of Manitoba Womens Choir, The Friesen Family, who were featured in the Rainbow Stage hit show ”Strike”. Singer/Songwriter and historian Ted Longbottom, and Manitoba musical enigma, David Graham, who blew the audience away at last year’s Winnipeg Jazz Festival, in an impromptu vocal jam with Bobby McFerron.

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Saturday Nov 9th

Home Routes Presents:  The Prairie Vaudeville Revue 2019

The Prairie Vaudeville Revue carries on the great tradition of family variety entertainment.  The art form known as vaudeville, where an average evening of entertainment consisted of dynamic singing, comedy and music combined with novelty, magic, circus and dance. 

The show is curated and directed by Grant Simpson, 40 year veteran of vaudeville in the Yukon where he performed in and ran a 25 person vaudeville company that ran for over 40 years. 

The show will feature international singing-comedy sensation Gillian Campbell, the epitome of a vaudevillian leading lady.   It will also feature Al Simmons, Peter Paul Van Camp, Howard Swan, Shauna Jones, Annie Avery, Grace Hrabi, Jesse Popeski, Scott Nolan and other amazing performers will join the cast.

The Prairie Vaudeville Revue.  Celebrating the halcyon days of Winnipeg entertainment.   

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Sunday Nov 10th

Sunday Evening will mark the continuation of a Winnipeg tradition started by Winnipeg Singer, Emma Cloney, which will live on at The Crankie Festival, called The Prairie Kitchen Party. Along with Emma’s band The New Customs, The show will be an in the round with home grown Grammy and Juno award winners, The Duhks, Red Moon Road, and Winnipeg producer and singer/songwriter, Scott Nolan. It promises to be an evening of great musical collaborations and stories.

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