Operation Manatee Presents Regina Folk Fest Survival Guide 2018

Summertime! Folk Fest! Good vibes and live music!

So, for the past few years (uhh… like 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, plus all this: 2011 – night one, 2011 – night two, 2011 – night three, 2011 – Storytime), I’ve gotten just a bit excited about Regina Folk Festival.

It’s just a big ol’ happy hippy good time, in the middle of the city, and it’s something that has brought me a great deal of joy over the years. Whether you’re a long-time festival-goer who bought 2018 tickets while at the 2017 festival, a first-time attendee, or someone kind of on the fence of maybe / we’ll see, hopefully, this helps provide a bit of insight and helps you get the most out of your festival time.

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Operation Manatee Presents Regina Folk Fest Survival Guide 2017

Regina sucks! This is a mantra I used to hear, growing up. Kids my age were generally sad (and somewhat misinformed) that there was little to nothing going on in Regina. To be fair, there used to be far less going on than there is now.

I don’t hear these exact words anymore (different vibe, different tribe perhaps), but Regina has still seems to have a reputation for being an uneventful small town, among some of the people who live here, but definitely among people in bigger centers.

We know better. There’s Cathedral Village Arts Festival (one of the largest arts festivals in Canada, by the way), Mosaic, Fringe Fest, Bazaart, Market Under The Stars, a plethora of arts trade shows each year, not to mention so much live music, you constantly have to pick which shows you can make and which you have to skip, every single night of the week. For a relatively small city, we’ve go a lot of music and art going on!

Well, it’s time again for my personal favourite of several well-liked annual arts events: Regina Folk Festival is just a few short days away! This festival is just lovely! I pretty much walk around like a big, dumb kid, with a big ol’ smile on my face, the whole time! You see dozens of artists, big-and-small, there are free workshops throughout the weekend, people are dancing, there’s yet another big arts market, you run into people you haven’t seen in ages, or people you only seem to see at Folk Fest (looking at you, Echo), and you get to do it all outside, in our quaint little Victoria Park, right downtown! I’m smiling already.

Each year, I see some ill-equipped, lovely festival goers, so this one is for you!

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Operation Manatee #165

I’m still riding the post-Folk Fest high. Around 30 hours of live music, meeting up with old friends, acquainting new ones, and so many snapshots. I wish every weekend were Folk Fest! The Monday afterward kind of feels like this cross between good memories and the horrible realization that it’ll be a whole year until the next one. Plus school is starting again soon, if you’re into that kind of thing (or if your wife is a school teacher), it very immediately starts to feel like summer is over.

Between all of this buzzing around my mind, my desire to get through some of the great music I haven’t played on the air yet, and you just know Cory will have found one or two recent releases from somebody super cool, I think we’ll have a pretty eclectic show tonight.

Tune in from 11:00 to midnight, pour yourself that end-of-the-day drink of something nice and warming, and enjoy!

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Operation Manatee Presents Regina Folk Fest Survival Guide 2016

I’m dusting off my summer hats, digging out my older, more festival-worn Birks, lining up my beads, stocking up on film, curating playlists, and just getting in the mood for the single most fun weekend in Regina!

This is the weekend I look forward to the most, every year. People are smiling and singing, music is playing, you’re out in the fresh air, with friends – new and old, no judgments are made. Yep. It’s pretty great. Don’t just go and expect the will of the universe to provide though (actually, you could probably get away with that, at this event)! Take these as handy tips to aid you in your delightful time.

Those who remember previous years’ Survival Guides (or those who don’t: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012), know that traditionally, I’ve focused on the settlers. This one is for the nomads, so there are two categories below…

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