Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous Presents
The 4th Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival
November 5 & 6, 2021

Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous is ready to crank up the fun for Winnipeggers, at the Fourth Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival.

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival runs November 5-6, 2021, with live performances at The Cranktuary: Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg) and The West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg). The WECC concert will also be streamed online at SideDoor.

Each year the festival introduces first-time attendees to Crankies, also known as moving panoramas, which are 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 the story is told, the cranks turn the spindles, and the picture moves with the story, creating a uniquely era-transcendent experience for the audience.

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

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


Headlining artists in The Cranktuary include; Mariachi Ghost, Boogat, Burnstick, The Small Glories, Big Dave McLean, Al Simmons, Romi Mayes, Keri Latimer, Al Simmons, MJ Dandeneau, Walking Wolf, magician Brian Glow, and many more.

The concert on Friday, November 5 will feature a live and interactive Mexican-flavoured show with The Mariachi Ghost, streaming a visually adventurous performance from Crescent Arts Centre in Winnipeg; and Boogat, streaming their hot Latin funk from Montreal.

Complete artist biographies and program information are available for media at
Home Routes

Prairie Panorama

New at the Crankie Festival this year: Prairie Panorama, a series of creative collaborations celebrating rural Manitoba’s creative community.

Prairie Panorama brings the most important elements of the Crankie Festival beyond Winnipeg, featuring a series of five concerts in rural Manitoba communities with original work from a local visual artist created to illustrate a specific song.

In Flin Flon, Killarney, St.Boniface, Clearwater, and Gimli, emerging artists have been paired with established mentor artists to write an original song. Their song has been given to a local visual artist to create a Crankie to illustrate the song’s story.

The creation and presentation of these Prairie Panorama works will be captured in a series of five short documentaries and podcasts, which will be featured in Winnipeg at the Crankie Festival, as well as online, to celebrate and share perspectives from some of the diverse artistic talent in Manitoba.The Prairie Panorama Crankies and songs, as well as others featured at the Winnipeg Crankie Festival, will also be showcased later at rural community art galleries.

For more information on Prairie Panorama, click here.

Festival Schedule

Friday November 5th West End Cultural Centre
Burnstick Al Simmons Romi Mayes
Deborah Lyn Neufeld Big Dave McLean Visual Artist: Debra Lyn Neufeld

Friday November 5th Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
aka The Cranktuary
The Mariachi Ghost Brian Glow Boogat

Saturday November 6th Crescent Fort Rouge United Church
Prairie Panorama Showcase
Al Simmons Alexandre Tétrault Andrea Gorda Andrina Turenne
Del Barber Hailey Hunter Imrianna Jones Kael Sauerborn
Keri Latimer Madeleine Roger MJ Dandeneau Sarah Hiede
The Small Glories Walking Wolf The Heide Sisters with Del Barber

Visual Artists:
Andrea Gorda Candace Lipischak Chris Cooper James Culleton
Leonard Podolak Melanie Wesley Mike Spencer


Tickets will go on sale on Monday October 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM CST.

Tickets can be purchased at the following link:

COVID Safety Protocol

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival believes a healthy community is at the heart of everything we do. In accordance with the Manitoba Government and Manitoba Health protocols. These practices are meant to keep all of us safe to enjoy all the art and music that Winnipeg has to offer.

All performers, crew, staff, volunteers and patrons must show proof of vaccination and photo ID before they can enter the venue.
Face masks are required on all premises for all ages 5 and up.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.
Please do not attend if you have COVID symptoms


West End Cultural Centre Crescent Arts Centre Manitoba Arts Network
Union Metis Federation Gimli Film Festival Flin Flon Arts Council
St Boniface Museum Harvest Moon Audioworks
Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council Small World Music NorVa Centre

Michael Falk


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.

The Winnipeg Crankie Festival is open to all people. Come and enjoy the many ways to participate.

Canadian Heritage
Manitoba Arts Council
Assiniboine Credit Union

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