The River Barge Festival dates and performers

The River Barge Festival kicks off at noon on Wednesday August 25!

Wednesday, August 25 - Roots on the River
12:00 noon – 7:00 pm

Thursday, August 26 - New Sounds / Old Friends
12:00 noon – 7:00 pm

Friday, August 27 - Gala Evening
Gala Concert begins at 6:00 pm

Saturday, August 28 - Red River Gumbo
12:00 noon – 11:00 pm

Sunday, August 29 - Family Day
Family Day!  12:00 noon – 5:00 pm

See the full schedule!


The River Barge Festival will feature a diverse line-up of local and national favourites

Al Simmons
Al Simmons’ one-man, multi-prop, music-filled, off the wall performances have elevated audiences world-wide to collective giggles and all-out guffaws. At once childlike in its simplicity and sophisticated in its execution, Al’s humour touches a responsive chord in people of every age.
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Chic Gamine
Chic Gamine use their voices as instruments, effortlessly launching into intricate string arrangements, bass-heavy rhythm sections and lush harmonies.  These multifariously talented songwriters create a sound that resonates with soul, passion and peculiar brand of humour that reels audiences in and leaves them begging for more.
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Christine Fellows
Christine Fellows is a singer/songwriter who tours internationally, creates scores for film, television, modern dance and experimental video. She has also received critical acclaim for her work as a multidisciplinary collaborator.
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The Crooked Brothers
This trio blends timeless country classic sounds, backporch blues and stomping scrapyard funk. Their sound is beautiful and warm, but with dirt under its fingernails.
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D. Rangers
D.Ranger music is the spiritual ancestry of the hillbilly roots of Rock and Roll. The D.Rangers approach their craft with an edgy, punk attitude, without losing any reverence for the traditions that started it all.
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Darrelyne Bickel
Darrelyne Bickel is a Metis Singer/Songwritter/Musician from The Pas, Manitoba whose reputation and repoitoire are growing daily. In 2009 she made it to the top six on YTV’s “The Next Star” reality show, and took home Minister Eric Robinson's Most Outstanding Manitoban Award.
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Digging Roots
Their most recent album, “WE ARE”, exemplifies Digging Roots' almost indefinable sound...somewhere blurred between the lines of roots, rock, hip hop, and blues.
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Flying Fox and Hunter-Gatherers
Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers are a sextet of classically trained musicians that have crafted their own musical niche of operatic indie jazz. Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers have a stylistic diversity that appeals to indie popsters, big-band lovers and folksters alike.
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Fred Penner
Fred Penner is a two-time Juno Award winning family entertainer.  On the stage and on his CBC/Nickelodeon show Fred Penner’s Place which ran for almost two decades, his music and comedy have enchanted little ones and delighted their parents as well.
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Greg Lowe & Jack Semple
A dynamic pair of guitarists from the Canadian Prairies where the long winters leave little else to do but stay home and play your guitar. Jack Semple of Regina and Greg Lowe of Winnipeg are veteran musicians who have much in common. They are virtuoso guitarists, and both toured with Toronto’s Premiere R&B band “The Lincolns”. Dubbed “the chess club” by the late saxophonist and longtime friend Earl Seymour, the two are anything but square. Enjoy the sounds of these two talented lads from the heartland.
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Greg MacPherson
Greg MacPherson is a singer/songwriter who has distinguished himself as one of the most compelling and distinctive voices in Canadian independent rock.
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Imaginary Cities
Imaginary Cities are Marti Sarbit and Rusty Matyas. In their own words: “We go crackle, crackle, thump and squawk… We are the music we love. We are a duo, but when we are alone together we are an orchestra.”
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Jane Testar
Jane Testar is a long-time member of the improv troupe, Outside Joke, and sketch comedy troupe, Hot Thespian Action.
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Janet Stewart
Janet Stewart is the host of CBC News Winnipeg at 5, 5:30 and 6 pm on CBC Television.
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Jazz on Wheels
The vision of Steve Kirby, director of jazz studies at the University of Manitoba's faculty of music,Jazz on Wheels features professional musicians performing for free from the back of a travelling "rolling stage."
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J.C. Campbell & Tracy Bone
J.C. Campbell is a singer/songwriter who combines blues, country, and rock for a unique blend all his own.  Tracy Bone is a Country Recording Artist who has performed all over the country, and was recently a 2010 Vancouver Olympics Entertainer.
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Jeff Robson
Jeff Robson is a host, producer, and member of the board of directors at CJUM 101.5 UMFM.
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Jessee Havey and the Quirks
Juno winner and Grammy nominee Jessee Havey has been performing all of her life. After five productive years as the lead vocalist of The Duhks, Havey is now performing solo and blazing her own musical path.
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John Scoles
With more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of the music industry, John Scoles currently serves as the President of the Great Canadian Roots & Blues Association Inc.
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Johnny Cajun
Johnny Cajun has been spreading its hot blend of Cajun, Zydeco and Funk music ever since its inception in 2002. They bring a guarantee of great tunes with kickin’ rhythms and sweltering solos, fired up with some spicy surprises that will make you move to the bayou groove!
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Jon Ljungberg
Host of Breakfast Television on City TV.
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Kelly Hughes Live!
Winnipeg's only live talk show, Kelly Hughes Live! brings you all the trappings you've come to expect from the television talk show: comedy, music and celebrities. The only difference is that  it's all local heroes. It's the TV talk show without the TV.
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Larry Updike
Host of Up to Speed on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM
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Les Surveillantes
Les Surveillantes, the wry and forthcoming foursome from Winnipeg has enthralled audiences since the wintry nights of 2006. While a modern mix of bass, banjo and guitars provides the roots of their sound, their voices in harmony are the green leaves and flowers of their performance.
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Luke Doucet and the White Falcon
Former Manitoban Luke Doucet is a Rock ‘n Roller with the heart of a poet, and his guitar skills have led him to work with the likes of Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Blue Rodeo.  As much a story-teller as he is musician, Luke Doucet draws on his personal histories and in his own words: “ His palm is his family tree, and his fingers, spread wide as a web, are the means for his storytelling.”
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Magnum K.I.
Magnum K.I. is original boom bap hip hop. Built from the ground up by Winnipeg's DJ Kutdown and Ismaila Alfa.
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Manitoba Theatre Centre
MTC was Canada’s first English-speaking regional theatre, and now presents over 250 performances annually for more than 150,000 theatre-lovers.
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Marcy Markusa
Host of Information Radio on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM.
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Matthew Contois
Originally from Grand Rapids, Manitoba, Matthew Contois started learning fiddling at age 12 in the Frontier Fiddling Program. He has participated in numerous competitions, and square dances and now teaches the Frontier Fiddlers, as well as a fiddle program in Nelson House.
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Noma Sibanda & the Guerrillas of Soul
Noma Sibanda is a masterfully soulful singer-songwriter whose music is influenced by her Zimbabwean roots, Colorado upbringing, political and social activism, and human stories.
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Papa Mambo
Winnipeg's Papa Mambo started out as a spirited party band and soon became recognized as one of the most skillful, exciting and important innovators in Canada's Latin music scene. This ensemble is made up of 11 of some of Winnipeg's most sought after musicians, and has always emphasized great playing and inspired arrangements.
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PO-MO Inc.
PO-MO Inc. specializes in motion, sound, and cellphone reactive projection, interactive environments, and large-scale outdoor projections on buildings.
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Rocki Rolletti and the Junior Noodle Wave
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The Romi Mayes Band
Commonly referred to as the hardest working musician in Canada, Romi Mayes is a straight shooter with heart on your sleeve lyrics, edgy innuendo, and some serious guitar playing.
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The Scarlet Union
The front man of The Scarlet Union, Greg "Milka" Crowe has been a contributing member of the Winnipeg independent music scene since 1992. Originally The Greg Milka Crowe Band, Crowe has since reformed the band to include not only ska and reggae, but also soul and rockabilly to present a truly diverse performance.
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Sierra Noble
Sierra Noble breezes through Celtic, Bluegrass, Jazz, World beat and other styles of music with stunning ease on her fiddle, her breadth of experience in in her 20 years of life is impressive. Her talent has taken her around the world to Asia, Europe and across North America.
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Tricia Cooper
Tricia is part of Prairie Theatre Exchanges new Playwriting Unit and had two new works read at the Carol Shields festival last May.. She has also been a frequent contributor to Definitely not the Opera for CBC radio, writing comedic commentary.
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The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Established in 1947, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is one of Winnipeg’s most renowned cultural institutions. The WSO performs to over 100,000 audience members each year and more than 80 concerts from September to May.
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Trio Bembe
Trio Bembe focuses on the Latin rhythms of Cuba, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Colombia, and Spain. Comprised of dynamic vocalist Amber Epp, award-winning percussionist Scott Senior, and popular Latin band-leader Rodrigo Muñoz (guitar, voice and percussion) Trio Bembe also performs music from the jazz idiom as well as original material.
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More to come!

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The River Barge is generously supported by the Winnipeg Foundation and National Leasing


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