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Winnipeg Folk Festival gets underway Thursday

WINNIPEG—Canadian folk music icon Bruce Cockburn, 11-time Grammy Award-winning producer and musician Daniel Lanois—whose production credits include U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, among others—and Canadian pop music favorites the Barenaked Ladies are among the performers taking the stage for this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival.

The festival gets underway at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 6 and wraps up Sunday evening, July 9 at Birds Hill Provincial Park about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Winnipeg on Provincial HIghway 59.

Besides evening main stage concerts, festival-goers Friday through Sunday can take in a variety of more intimate performances throughout the day at one of nine small stage tents set up across the festival grounds.

A variety of children's activities, ranging from face painting and puppetry to games and crafts, are offered throughout the day Friday through Sunday, as well.

Ticket prices at the gate range from $73 (Canadian) for Thursday night's opening show to $249 for full festival four-day tickets.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, check out the festival website at