Join us 24-26 March 2023 for the 5th Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival

Get ready to crank up the fun at the 5th Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival. The Winnipeg Crankie Festival will be held in-person on March 24-26, 2023 in Winnipeg, MB at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church.

***POSTPONED***

Hi Everyone – Unfortunately Cathy and the band have been caught in the snowstorm on their way back from The Pas. This means we need to postpone tonight’s concert and move it to tomorrow evening (Monday, November 7). if you have tickets for tonight’s concert, they are good for tomorrow. This also means that the workshop that was supposed to be Monday is now canceled. If you have tickets for the workshop, you can use those tickets to attend the concert. If you had tickets to both the concert and workshop, please contact us on Monday and we’ll refund your workshop ticket. As well, if the rescheduled concert date doesn’t work for you, please contact us on Monday for a ticket refund.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these changes, but we hope that band will arrive safely for the Monday night concert.

Winnipeg Crankie Festival

Cathy Jordan and The Crankie Island Song Project Manitoba Tour Nov 3-7, 2022

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival and Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, with  the generous support of The Canada Council For The Arts proudly presents Cathy Jordan and The Crankie Island Song Project in Flin Flon, The Pas & Winnipeg November 3-7, 2022 (see ticket links below).

***UPDATE***

Hi Everyone – Unfortunately Cathy and the band were caught in the snowstorm on their way back from The Pas on Sunday. This means we had to postpone the Sunday concert and move it to Monday, November 7.  If you have tickets for Sunday, they are good for Monday.  This also means that the workshop that was supposed to be Monday is now canceled.  If you have tickets for the workshop, you can use those tickets to attend the concert.  If you had tickets to both the concert and workshop, please contact WECC on Monday and they will refund your workshop ticket.  As well, if the rescheduled concert date doesn’t work for you, please contact WECC on Monday for a ticket refund.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these changes.

Update: We can report that band arrived safely in Winnipeg late Sunday night.

Winnipeg Crankie Festival

CATHY JORDAN has been the front-woman with traditional super group Dervish for nearly 30 years, and has dedicated her life to the nurturing and preservation of traditional music, and in particular, traditional songs. During her lifetime she has collected hundreds of these songs which otherwise might lay undiscovered and unsung, gathering dust in the archives.

Her latest project – THE CRANKIE ISLAND SONGS – sees her collaborate with visual artist PETER CRANN in order to add yet another dimension to these beautiful gems. Any entwining of Cathy and Peter’s talents guarantees a project worth getting excited about. Cathy, after all, is one of Ireland’s most distinguished creative musical forces of any genre or era. And Peter is that ever so rare triple-threat of gentleman, artist, and craftsman in one, with a gift for evocative simplicity.

This latest collaboration between the pair – named after a piece of vintage magic-making machinery, the memorably monikered CRANKIE BOX – bears all the hallmarks of both.

Cathy and Peter will be accompanied by Rick Epping (Harmonica Concertina, Banjo), Anna Houston (Cello), Seamie O’Dowd (Guitar) and Claudia Schwab (Fiddle).

 

Tour Dates

Nov 3 Flin Flon Community Hall – Concert – Click here to buy tickets

Nov 4 Flin Flon, Johnny’s Social Club – Workshop/Jam  – Click here to buy tickets

Nov 5 The Pas, Kelsey Community School – Please e-transfer $20.00 per ticket to pasarts@hotmail.com

Nov 6 WECC, Winnipeg – Concert – Click here to buy tickets

Nov 7 WECC, Winnipeg – Workshop/Jam – Click here to buy tickets

 

What is a Crankie?

A Crankie is a moving panorama, an old storytelling art form that was popular in the 18th century. Scrolled art is mounted on hand-cranked spindles held together in a frame. As music plays or a story is told, an artist cranks the spindles so that the picture moves with the story, creating a uniquely magical experience for the audience.

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival features musicians, writers, poets, and storytellers, as well as visual artists in dynamic cross-media collaborations with artists from Manitoba and beyond — all brought together by the humble Crankie.

The festival brings together the best in music, art, whimsy and story from Winnipeg’s musical, literary, dance and visual arts communities. It unites folks from all walks of life to participate on- and off-stage for an interactive and collaborative festival experience.

What is a Crankie? See for yourself!

Watch The Small Glories perform their song Long Long Moon, while Home Routes’ Leonard Podolak operates the Crankie he created to go with the song