Festival du Voyageur

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Founded in 1969 by a group of Saint-Boniface entrepreneurs, this once three-day event, held in Winnipeg’s French Quarter, has evolved into a 10-day province-wide celebration of sights, sounds, snow and spirit. Dubbed “The World’s Largest Kitchen Party”, Festival du Voyageur celebrates the joie de vivre of the fur traders, who established the Red River Colony and the ever-growing French-Canadian community in Western Canada. The spirit and culture of the Voyageur is present in the vibrant community that comes together to celebrate, every February, their history through this event.

In honor of the Voyageur spirit, the Festival du Voyageur’s emphasis is on the beauty of winter, with numerous historical, educational and entertaining activities – truly something for every age and every taste! Last year, 85,000 people attended the festival.

This year's festival, held February 13 - 22, 2009, has 10 - 15 total festival venues, with 4 venues that still need programming including an Emerging Artists stage. 50-60 artists will perform in total. For selected artists, honorarium, transportation, accommodations and per diem are all negotiable.