An impressive 25-band line up combined with the picturesque prairie landscape in Cypress River, Manitoba, sets the scene for the 2nd annual Prairie Wind Music Festival on Saturday, June 1.
Located in the heart of rural Manitoba, the event brings families and friends together for a full day of world class music, camping, food, and activities for everyone.
This year’s bill features music from all genres including Del Barber, The JD Edwards Band, Vanessa Kuzina of Oh My Darling, Bad Country, The Reverend Rambler, Red Moon Road, Marcel Desilets Trio, The Bros Landreth, Carly Dow, Nadia Gaudet, and many more.
You can enjoy a pulled pork roast at 5:30 p.m., or support the many vendors including flavoured corn specialists ‘Corn on the Curb.’
Set on a picturesque prairie scene, the Cypress River Resource Center grounds host the event.
Last year’s successful inaugural event drew crowds from all over the prairies. Attendees and musicians alike enjoyed the setting, tunes and atmosphere, including Karli Colpitts of The Reverend Rambler Band.
“From the moment the Rev and I walked up to this magical little prairie scene with the sun shining, everyone greeting us with warm smiles and the music playing, we knew it was going to be a wonderful day,” said Colpitts. “Fourteen hours of music, sunshine, amazing food, dancing, camping, and good times, we absolutely cannot wait for this year’s festival already. The hospitality that the town puts on for this event is amazing.”
The event is organized by the non-profit, volunteer-driven Cypress River Resource Centre (CRRC). CRRC purchased and revitalized the closed-down elementary school, transforming it into a destination for people from all over Manitoba. CRRC even hosts long term LPN training courses with students from Brandon-based Assiniboine Community College.
“Small but mighty, the festival hopes for intimacy, uniqueness, production quality, and hospitality,” says Pam Griffin, one of the festival’s volunteer organizers. “Visitors will enjoy the opportunity to see some of Canada’s hottest musicians alongside new, local talent in an intimate setting, and to celebrate the joys of music and community. Rock, blues, country, old-time, jazz, children’s music… the Festival will have something for everyone!”
All proceeds from the festival go to community projects. The event runs from noon until night. Tickets are available at the gate for $40 for adults, $20 for children 4-12 years old, or $100 for a family pass. Free primitive camping all weekend with each ticket.
Cypress River is located about 130 km southwest of Winnipeg along Highway #2.
In case of inclement weather, an indoor venue (the rink) is reserved. So, you can head to Cypress River – rain or shine!