Winnipeg Crankie Festival

Founded in 2018 by Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous, with the support of Artfest and Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, CrankieFest features nightly weekend shows and daytime programming, all geared towards family and audience participation. The festival celebrates crankies, which are the forerunner of modern film, and combines visual art, music and the written word to create an interactive experience for all ages. It is one of only a handful in North America celebrating crankies and the art of storytelling within one festival.

We have been working hard behind the scenes to produce an online 3rd Annual Festival however, due to new COVID-19 restrictions in our hometown of Winnipeg, we have had to make the difficult decision to move the event to the Spring of 2021 in order to keep everyone safe.

We would like to thank our Crankie Festival partners who worked with us this year and we look forward to working with them again in the Spring of 2021 to present the 3rd Annual Event. Thanks again to the Crescent Fort Rouge Arts Centre, The West End Cultural Centre, and our technical partners Audioworks, as well as The Village Idiots, along with the great cast of characters we had engaged for this year’s event.

It is extremely important to us to maintain a system of producing and supporting Manitoba artists, and we are excited to present all of the amazing aspects of the WInnipeg Crankie Festival with our new partners, using various exciting platforms, in the new year.

Stay tuned for festival dates, line-up and schedule coming in early 2021!

"Congrats on making Winnipeg the Crankie Capital of Canada!"

Sue Truman

"We loved every minute of the time we were there. It was just wonderful... so much talent... Thank you so much again for inviting us. It was quite a privilege to be part of such a wonderful show."

Edward & Gillian Campbell

"It's hard to imagine how Crankie Fest could have been-or could be made to be-much better than it was, given the attributes and restrictions of the site and tireless energy of the organizers. I want to commend the organizers and the volunteers. There were a lot of moving pieces to this weekend event, confined to a relatively small space, and it seemed to all come off seamlessly.”

Bruce Steele

Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous
137 rue Walnut Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3G 1P2

Phone: (204) 480-3380
Toll-free: 1 (866) 925-6889
Fax: (204) 786-6259

Winnipeg Crankie Festival
137 rue Walnut Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3G 1P2

Toll-free: 1 (866) 925-6889

Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous acknowledges that we operate on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe, Ininew and Dakota peoples, and on the homeland of the Metis nation. We have produced thousands of concerts across Canada, a land home to well over 600 First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities.