Crankie Festival

A project of Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous

September 21-23, 2018

Winnipeg house concert network Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous is thrilled to announce a new project, FolkSchool, and to launch the organization’s new FolkSchool, Home Routes announces the First Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival, which will take place at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, September 21-23, 2018.

FolkSchool and the Winnipeg Crankie Festival are presented by Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous, a non-profit organization supported by the Canada Council For the Arts, Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, The SOCAN Foundation, FACTOR and Manitoba Music, in partnership with Seven Oaks School Division, the B.E.E.P. Program, Wayfinders, Ralph Brown Community Centre, The West End Cultural Centre and Crescent Fort Rouge United Church.

The First Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival will bring together the finest in Winnipeg’s Musical, Spoken Word and Visual Arts communities. It will also bring together people from all walks of life to participate on and off stage in what will truly be an interactive and a collaborative festival experience by introducing the community to “Crankies,” a storytelling art form popular in the 19th Century and a forerunner of modern day film.

Crankies will add a new dimension (from the past) to the live performances. Crankies, or “moving panoramas” as they were known in the 1800s, were immensely popular with audiences throughout the world, bringing hand cranked, moving pictures to performance and story-telling.

Crankies will be a reoccurring aspect of the performances, and will feature unique cross media collaborations with different artists around the city. The weekend long workshop program will include crankie making, various acoustic instruments and vocal styles as well as jams hosted by local music organizations.

Evening Main Stage Variety Shows, occur the weekend of Sept 21-23, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, and day time events occur at the Main Stage on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 22-23. All performances feature established and celebrated Folk Musicians from Winnipeg and abroad.

Headlining acts from Winnipeg include:  The Small Glories; Del Barber; Scott Nolan; Red Moon Road; The D.Rangers and Mariachi Ghost. As well, a feature performance by Al Simmons on Saturday afternoon.

Out of Town acts include Anna and Elizabeth, (VA)  who have almost single-handedly resurrected the “crankie” and who recently they have signed with Smithsonian Folkways Records.  Sue Truman (WA) who is an Appalachian musician based in Seattle and is a respected crankie maker. Linda McRae (BC/TN), who is a Singer/Songwriter and founder of Express Yourself Writing Workshops for At Risk Youth & incarcerated Individuals. Randy Woods aka. Peter Paul Van Camp — the Personable Poet, the Dimestore Rhymester, the Only Performing Poet from Coshocton, Ohio (BC) and É.T.É who were born from the meeting of three young musicians from classical, jazz and traditional Quebec backgrounds.

The First Annual Winnipeg Crankie Festival takes place Sept 21-23, 2018 in Winnipeg at The Crescent Fort Rouge United Church (525 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg)  is open to all ages. Ticket pricing and options are below, full schedule times and details to be announced.



  • $5.00 wristband – access to all daytime programming, including workshops and afternoon concerts all weekend long!!!
  • $50.00 Weekend Pass, access EVERYTHING!!! (workshops, daytime and evening shows);
  • $100.00 FAMILY PASS access for your family, no matter the size into EVERYTHING


Tickets go on sale June 19th and are available for purchase online at


FOLKSCHOOL / CRANKIE FESTIVAL INVITE; Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous welcomes the public and all media for a demonstration of a Crankie as the team makes the official announce and shares more details about FolkSchool and The Winnipeg Crankie Festival June 19th at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church from 1:00 -2:30pm.

SEEKING COMMUNITY PARTNERS: If your community would like to investigate how Home Routes FolkSchool can fit into your programming, please contact Andrew Galloway at Home Routes Folkschool (431) 999-7090.



The FolkSchool project will extend Home Routes’ mandate of creating dynamic social performance opportunities that serve and promote professional creators of original music, to teaching folk music to the next generation and beyond.

The project is initiated with the goal of creating a year round program of folk music Instruction with equal access for everyone across Canada, with particular focus on serving at-risk youth.

Home Routes FolkSchool exists to:

  • Give access to folk music education to under-served, and at risk youth;
  • Create opportunities to for people to connect with local and traveling musicians;
  • Engage with community members of all ages;
  • Nurture new music creation;
  • Protect/preserve/promote traditional folk music while embracing the creativity and spirit of the arts; and to
  • Support folks-roots musicians.

Home Routes FolkSchool goal is to:

  • Create a year round schedule of music education taking place during the day and       evenings, at different locations in cities, towns, and neighborhoods throughout Canada;
  • Offer a multi-faceted, dynamic curriculum of traditional and contemporary music, including lessons, workshops ,and classes in various instruments, song-writing, dance, and performance at schools, community centres, and cultural centres nation wide;
  • Develop new musicians into professional level performers;
  • Enrich and enhance existing programs to deliver equal opportunity and access to quality music arts programing;
  • Enable access to Folk Music Education to community members who would  otherwise not have it, with a focus on at risk youth;
  • Create opportunities coast-to-coast in Canada to connect people and music that would not have been possible without FolkSchool;
  • Create partnerships across Canada, becoming a vital part of the National Music Education strategy;
  • Recruit, organize, train, and support volunteer ”Champions” who will kick start the word of mouth and the student recruitment process in a community.


If you agree that music connects us all, and is a powerful tool that nurtures creativity, and serves as a progressive force in a community,  and would like to investigate how Home Routes FolkSchool can fit into your programming, please contact Andrew Galloway at Home Routes Folkschool (431) 999-7090.


Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous was incorporated as a not-for-profit arts organization in February of 2007 to create new performance opportunities for French and English speaking musicians and audiences in rural, remote and urban, communities across Canada, hosted by volunteers in their homes and other community venues. Follow Home Routes on twitter @homeroutes or “like” on facebook.