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Manitoba music festivals coming to downtown Winnipeg this summer

The sounds of Manitoba summer music festivals are coming to downtown Winnipeg thanks to a new twist from Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Downtown Concert Series.

This year the free outdoor concerts, which run over the lunch hour every Wednesday at Air Canada Park and Millennium Library Park from June 4 through Aug. 27, will feature performers from nine different Manitoba festivals.

“Our city and our province are home to a bevy of wonderful festivals that are attended by hundreds of thousands of people every year and we really couldn’t wait for these festivals to start,” said Signy Gerrard of the Downtown BIZ. “This year we at Downtown Winnipeg BIZ are thrilled to give workers even more reasons to leave their desks at lunch and explore the exciting area they work in.”

The festivals taking part in the series are the BIZ’s own ManyFest, Dauphin’s Countryfest, Gimli’s Islendingadagurinn festival, Aboriginal Music Week, Folklorama, Big Fun Festival, MEME, Manitoba Ahbee, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Folk Fest’s executive director Lynne Skromeda said the partnership fits lockstep with the festival’s push to bring the fun of the annual summer gathering to the city year round.

“It’s an perfect opportunity,” she said. “We have the chance to work with an organization that is really important to our city but it also gives us the opportunity to showcase our festival to a new audience in a new way.”

For a full list of who’s performing where during the concert series this summer go to

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