Winnipeg Folk Festival

The inaugural Winnipeg Folk Festival was held in 1974 in Birds Hill Provincial Park on Treaty 1 territory and homeland of the Métis nation, as a one-time celebration to mark Winnipeg’s 100th anniversary. It was a free event and attracted an estimated audience of 22,000 over the three-day weekend.

While our organization has grown considerably since then, the gathering in 1974 created a community and laid down important roots in Birds Hill Provincial Park that remain strong today.

Forty-four years later, the organization has grown considerably but kept true to its important musical and community roots. The summer festival’s cumulative attendance exceeds 60,000 annually and includes visitors and performers from across North America and around the world. There are nearly 2,800 dedicated volunteers who contribute well over 60,000 hours each year to create the magic that is the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

The organization has evolved from a one-weekend event in July to a year-round charitable, nonprofit arts organization with folk music at its heart, presenting dozens of concerts and events throughout the year and community support through education and outreach programs.

Winnipeg Folk Festival Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Mar 13, 2018
  Position Title : Programs and Performer Services Assistant (PPSA)   Reports to : Artistic Coordinator   Term : Contract position: April 16 – August 3, 2018 (Approx. 16 weeks) with flexibility for a longer term beginning with part-time hours in April if the applicant’s schedule allows. *Additional Evening/Weekend hours as required   Job Summary : Reporting to the Artistic Coordinator, the PPSA will provide operational and administrative support to the Artistic Department of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. This includes support for all Performer Services and Artistic programs including the 2018 festival as well as the Young Performers Program.   Specific Responsibilities : Assistance to the Winnipeg Folk Festival Artistic Department for all activities; including on-site support, performer logistics, payroll/payment processing, and third-party bookings; Organization and assistance of performers’ transportation including city/airport permits and hotel arrangements; Organization and assistance with Family Area program animators and community groups; Delivery of the 2018 Young Performers Program, including application and information management, program logistics (venue, food and beverage, supplies and equipment), participant correspondence,etc.; Assistance to all Artistic Department volunteer crews; Preparation of text and materials for website updates, applications and program book production; Administrative support to the Artistic Department as needed; Report writing, including a final report with suggestions for improvement; Assistance with special events as needed including the summer Noon Hour Concert Series.   Qualifications & Assets : Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); Training in administration and program/event planning is desirable; Ability to work calmly and politely under pressure; Attention to detail; Ability to work independently and to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; Creative and resourceful problem solver; Experience in administration and organization required; Experience working in the non-profit arts sector desirable; Valid Class 5 driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle an asset.   Work Schedule : The hours of work are generally 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday to Friday, a 35-hour week with a one hour unpaid lunch. During the weeks leading up to the festival, longer hours are required including evening and weekend work. To facilitate this, the Winnipeg Folk Festival works with staff to provide reasonable levels of flexibility.   To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter with PPSA in the subject line to by March 20, 2018.