Winter Roots Roundup

Welcome to the official home of the Winter Roots Roundup Festival! The 8th edition of Winter Roots took place from Wednesday, February 1st – Saturday, February 4th, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Winter Roots Roundup IX will take place in February 2018 and the artists have been booked. Stay tuned for our formal announcement this fall!

To view the 2017 lineup of events, please check out our Events Schedule.


About Winter Roots Roundup VIII

Since 2009, the Winter Roots Roundup has celebrated the best in folk, roots, and blues music in an Edmonton-based festival format produced in conjunction with UAlberta’s Sound Studies Initiative and the Moses and Frances Asch Collection of Folkways Records. Our mandate is to honour the work and philosophy of Folkways Records founder Moses Asch, whose life was shaped by an unshakeable belief in the power of “anything that is sound.”  This year we are broadening the scope of our commitment to Asch’s legacy by exploring the theme “Moving Music in our Communities.”

Music’s singular capacity to move us as humans – to stir us emotionally, to stimulate our minds, or to mobilize us in favour of a cause or conviction – is no new revelation. But the double entendre in our chosen theme is sincerely meant; we have let ourselves be led by questions about the ways music moves in and through communities, cities, and societies, inside and outside of established performance contexts.

Singer, songwriter, arts advocate, and multi-instrumentalist Linda McRae will perform at this year’s Women of Folkways concert.

The Roundup remains anchored by our always-fabulous Women of Folkways concert – featuring Toronto’s Shawna Caspi and Victoria/Nashville’s Linda McRae (known to many for her work with Spirit of the West), and hosted by our own Dana Wylie.  As collaborators on a concert celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Myhre’s Music, we’re thrilled to help commemorate the enduring and defining impact of the Myhre family, whose shop on 118th Avenue has served several generations of Edmonton music-makers, and remains a cornerstone of our city’s acoustic music scene.

Alive Inside will screen on Feb. 4, 2017 at the Metro Cinema.

Winter Roots is also featuring a number of events outside of the concert setting, all of which explore some aspect of music’s multifaceted role in shaping our world. These include: a screening of Michael Rossato-Bennett’s new film Alive Inside, which documents music’s power to combat the effects of dementia and memory-loss; a panel discussion about the growing role of artistic and creative programming in work with vulnerable individuals and communities; healing songwriting workshops, led by Linda McRae, with clients of the Bissell Centre and the Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre; and a talk by Ms. McRae on her work doing similar workshops in schools, correctional facilities, detox centres, and women’s shelters throughout North America.

Please join us for this rich variety of events highlighting the numerous and multifaceted ways that music enriches, enables, and empowers us as individuals, as communities, and as societies.