Press Release

March 19th 2019 1:15pm

5 exciting announcements

  1. Peterborough Subaru Partnership

  2. A Tribe Called Red to perform at 2019 festival

  3. Fred Penner to perform at 2019 festival

  4. Festival expands to 4 days in 2019!


The Peterborough Folk Festival is excited to announce a new partnership with Peterborough Subaru. 

The Peterborough Folk Festival celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2019 is excited to announce a new partnership with Peterborough Subaru .  In 2019 the festivals main stage at Nicholls Oval Park will be the "Peterborough Subaru Stage" . 

Peterborough Subaru is excited to be in partnership with the Peterborough Folk Festival. We are honoured to be celebrating our 35th anniversary servicing the Peterborough community, and showing our appreciation by supporting an incredible diverse music festival for our community in its 30th year. 

Phillip Jolicoeur, Sales & Marketing, Peterborough Subaru

"To have Peterborough Subaru join us as a partner this year is exciting and important as this new partnership will go along way in helping us continue to put on a great festival for our community" 

Ryan Kemp Artistic Director/ Vice Chair

Ground breaking and 2018 Juno Award Group Of The Year group A Tribe Called Red to perform at Peterborough Folk Festival August 17th

The Peterborough Folk Festival, celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2019 is excited to announce one of its first headlining acts ground breaking group and Juno award winning artists  A Tribe Called Red will perform on the Peterborough Subaru main stage on Saturday August 17th at Nicholls Oval Park .

The crew  has performed at high profile festival dates at Coachella, Bonnaroo, AfroPunk, Osheaga, and New Orleans Jazz Fest to list a few. In 2014, they garnered mainstream recognition when the band became the first Indigenous group to win the Breakthrough Group of the Year award at the Juno Awards (Canada’s Grammys). ATCR was also long-listed for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2012 and 2013 and its debut album was included in the Washington Post’s top 10 albums of that same year.

A Tribe Called Red promotes inclusivity, empathy and acceptance amongst all races and genders in the name of social justice. They believe that indigenous people need to define their identity on their own terms. If you share this vision, then you are already part of the Halluci Nation.    
" It's an honor to have A Tribe Called Red perform this year as we celebrate our 30th anniversary. This is definitely going to be a memorable year " 

Ryan Kemp Artistic Director / Vice Chair

A Tribe Called Red - Press Kit

please click on link below for bio and photos


The Juno Awards: Group of the Year 2018

The Juno Awards: ATCR wins Group Of The Year


CBC: CBC's 25 best Canadian albums of the year (2016)

ATCR's We Are The Halluci Nation #1

Fred Penner set to perform August 18th !

The Peterborough Folk Festival is a festival for all ages and this years featured children's performer is the legendary Fred Penner known for his television show "Fred Penner's Place " and the classic songs"The Cat Came Back" & “Sandwhiches” Fred will take the Peterborough Subaru Stage on Sunday August 18th at 1pm .

Fred’s Bio

please click on links below for bio and photos

Contact Fred

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Peterborough Folk Festival expanding to 4 days in 2019!

The 100% volunteer organized/operated festival is expanding to 4 days in 2019 with a ticketed concert on Thursday August 15th 2019 at Market Hall followed by another ticketed concert at Showplace on Friday August 16th . The free portion of the festival takes place on Saturday August 17th & 18th at Nichols Oval Park in East City.  Admission is Free but donations are encouraged .   

The festival features 4 stages and over 50 artisans / crafters , Children's Village with kid oriented activities and performances all weekend , Cameron's brewery licensed pavilion , workshops and food vendors .    

City of Peterborough RECOGNIZES Folk Festival support of local music scene

We are excited to announce that in 2019 the Peterborough Folk Festival has been recognized by the city of Peteborough by being moved to the Service Grant Program, which means the festival will generally get more funding and won't need to apply — automatically getting money, year after year. This is huge for the festival as it will signal to provincial and federal granting agencies that the City of Peterborough recognizes the importance of the festival and in turn should lead to increase funding from those sources .

“The support from the city has been amazing and this new secured funding will go a long way in the continued success of the festival for years to come”

Ryan Kemp Artistic Director / Vice Chair

So far in 2019 the festival has had a successful Peterborough Winter Folk Festival spanning 7 days , 6 venues and 30 artists . On March 25th the festival presents Juno winner and 2019 Grammy nominated Bahamas at showplace . In the past 5 years the festival has presented annually over 10+ concerts a year in addition to it’s Winter Folk Festival and the annual August Folk Festival . In addition the festival has hosted the Folk Music Ontario Retreat and hosted a Peterborough Folk Festival room at Folk Music Ontario for local musicians .

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