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Festival du Voyageur to feature singles and karaoke night, more performers

The new Universite de Saint-Boniface Portage tent will offer a karaoke night, singles night, a board game night and market days for artisan craft sales.

The new official voyageurs will be unveiled Feb. 20 along with the honorary Capot recipient.

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The new official voyageurs will be unveiled Feb. 20 along with the honorary Capot recipient.

This year’s Festival du Voyageur is the festival of more — with more performers and more for visitors to participate in than ever before.

The annual winter and cultural celebration running from Feb. 12 to Feb. 21 revealed its 2016 program on Tuesday.

Event Director Julienne Desaulniers said in addition to boasting 140 artists—the most of any music festival in the province—this year’s festival is “very different and very fun” in other ways.

A new tent with capacity for around 300 people will host numerous special events, including a Singles night on Valentine’s Day.

“It’s going to be hilarious, there’s going to be slow dancing, (live) dating game shows, it should be a really fun thing for folks to do,” Desaulniers said, adding it was inspired by the spring’s “Singles night at Safeway… but Voyageur style.”

He said it’s the perfect event for “lumbersexual” sympathizers or anyone particularly fond of sashes.

Spokesperson Ginette Lavack Walters said other events like the Across the Board Game Café hosted board game night and karaoke night do even more to “create something participatory for festival goers.”

“(They) could actually be the show,” she said.

The 47th edition of the festival will also feature the first outdoor exhibit by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The walls of Fort Gibraltar will feature a portrait exhibit meant to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the Manitoba and the history of the struggle of women’s rights in the province.

Festival passes are available through online presales, the ticket line at 204-233-2556 and at Safeway stores across Winnipeg.