Prairie Wind Music Festival

The morning after

Our approach to non-planning our trips always includes having a list of music festivals and dates handy so we can be on the lookout for where our trajectory might intersect a festival. Most recent example: if we bypassed Winnipeg on our  first pass (planning to double back to visit later), we could attend the Prairie Wind Music Festival in Cypress River. To continue a theme from the previous post, Neil Young wrote about this town – the town where his dad grew up – in his song ‘Prairie Wind.’

Nature may have decided to play a joke with the festival name – a volunteer told us they’d had wonderful weather for six years, but that trend came to an abrupt end this year. Hey, we’re hardy Vermonters so intermittent rain and temps below 10 C (40’s F) weren’t enough to deter us. But we had to take a break from the outdoor stage area when the 100 kph 60 mph) wind kicked in. (It’s the prairie, after all…) And we were totally thankful when the volunteers moved the whole festival indoors to the adjacent Cypress River Arena and Curling Rink. The changeover took only about an hour or so out of the schedule, gave everybody a chance to dry out a little bit, and the show went on (as it must!).

Festival goers heading to the tents in the rain

And it was a great show! The festival featured a wonderful and fascinating mix of local and regional Manitoba bands of many genres. True to form, the folk duo sang an original tune about not building walls. The self-described outlaw country band from Winnipeg did an original about making it in Nashville. Also from Winnipeg, the hip hop band rapped about John Deere tractors. The funk band had everybody up and dancing.

Within minutes of our arrival in the on-site camping area we met Jan, Rich and Tim. They are part of a group of friends who all met each other at music festivals. This group now connects most weekends at different music festivals throughout Manitoba. We continued to meet more of the group throughout the weekend. Hanging with these folks was a blast!

Clockwise from top left: Trish, Derry, Linda, Elden, Rich, Sue, Doug, Les, Rob, Rob, Wiley, Laura (in centre)

After a day of trying weather was made fine by great music and even more enjoyable by new friends, we woke to a gorgeous, cool, sunny morning in the prairie, very glad to have come to the Prairie Wind Festival!

For anyone who’s interested, more Manitoba prairie and Prairie Wind Music Festival pix…

4 thoughts on “Prairie Wind Music Festival”

    1. Thanks Leslie! We really enjoyed meeting you and your group. Loved the aspens around Minnedosa! We’re enjoying Canada so far. Lots more to go!

  1. Hi, it was truly super to meet your both and hear about your adventures. Hope you’re enjoying the hiking in Riding Mountain and that you find some warmer music festivals down the road. Two tiny corrections to your photo caption, it’s ‘Laura’, nor Lauren. And…the dog is Wiley. He’s a regular at many festivals! If you do make it back to Winnipeg, the Human Rights museum just opened an exhibit on Mandela. Sounds very interesting.
    Take care!
    Trish and Rob

  2. Thanks Trish and Rob! We really enjoyed meeting you as well. And thanks for the corrections – done. Can’t believe we forgot Wiley…

    If all goes well, we’re planning to head to Winnipeg in the morning and visit the museum. We’ll certainly check out the Mandela exhibit.

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