Stanfest Announces New Artistic Director

For the first time in 20 years, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival is announcing a change in artistic leadership. The team is broadening and long-time Artistic Director Troy Greencorn is shifting to the role of producer. Taking the creative reins: his son and festival staffer, Chris Greencorn. “Nobody is better suited for the job,” Troy says. “Chris has grown up with this event and knows it from the inside out.” The younger Greencorn has worked with Stanfest since 2014. For the 10 years prior to that, Chris pitched in with many of the festival’s volunteer crews. “I’ve been at this as long as I’ve been able to carry wire ties,” he jokes, referring to the fasteners used to erect kilometres of orange snow fence around the festival site. Chris has made folk music the centre of his personal and professional life. He’s performed on stages throughout the Maritimes with artists…

Tidal Wave of East Coast Talent Continues in 2019

Fresh from a spectacular summer in 2018, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival is back and better than ever for another exceptional event in 2019. We’re starting things off right with an announcement sure to please die-hard Stanfest attendees: 4 stellar East Coast artists and groups joining the 2019 roster, continuing last summer’s Tidal Wave of East Coast Talent. They are: Còig, Dave Gunning, JP Cormier, and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys Còig Since their recording debut in 2014, Cape Breton quartet Còig has taken the traditional music scene in eastern Canada and abroad by storm. East Coast Music Award wins, JUNO Award nominations, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and more – the sky has been their only limit. Members Darren McMullen (things with strings, whistles, etc.), Rachel Davis (fiddle, vocals), Jason Roach (piano), and Chrissy Crowley (fiddle) mix varied influences to produce something greater than the sum of its parts, captivatingly intricate…

A For Adventure Land

Guest Post with Chris Surette and Jan LaPierre of A For Adventure Working too hard? Been a long year? Feeling the need to bust out, let your hair down and have a new experience? A for Adventure and the Stan Rogers Folk Festival have you covered. We fell in love with the amazing seaside community of Canso back in 2013 when we selected it as our home port for the Paddle to Sable Expedition, and then discovered Stanfest. We want to share Canso and the festival with you. The festival is world-class and has become one of the region’s finest events over the past 22 years. On top of the formal musical program there is incredible hiking, biking, paddling, photography, beachcombing, swimming, fishing and campfire-building. Join us in Canso on the Thursday of the festival (July 26th) and immerse yourself in unspoiled nature, outdoor adventure, friendship and music… and did…

2018 Mainstage Schedules Announced!

We know many of you have been waiting just for this! Below are the schedules for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night Mainstage peformances. Read more about each on our Artists page. Buy Tickets Friday: 7:00pm – Chuck Brodsky 7:30pm – Grace Petrie 8:00pm – Garnet Rogers & Archie Fisher 8:30pm – Irish Mythen 9:10pm – Songwriters Circle: Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, & Dave Gunning 10:10pm – Rum Ragged 10:55pm – The Kubasonics 11:40pm – Ashley MacIsaac Saturday: 7:00pm – Songwriters Circle: Rae Spoon, Seth Glier, & Paul McKenna 7:50pm – Goitse 8:30pm – Makayla Lynn 9:10pm – Martin Sexton 10:00pm – Suzy Bogguss 11:25pm – Rawlins Cross Sunday: 7:00pm – Catherine MacLellan 7:40pm – Reeny Smith 8:20pm – Joel & Bill Plaskett 9:00pm – Rose Cousins 9:35pm – Matt Andersen 10:30pm – David Myles 11:05pm – Finale Download PDF version

Back to Our Roots

Do you remember the early days? I sure do. I remember day one, and I can hardy believe that was 22 years ago. Then as now, Stanfest has always had a vision of being Canada’s Songwriter Festival. We present songwriters, some of the finest in the world. “Lifers” amongst us will remember nights under Canso skies watching Richie Havens, Guy Clark, Jerry Jeff Walker, Don MacLean, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow, Juice Newton and many, many more. In general our formula has been to steer for a rule of thirds: 1/3 international, 1/3 East Coast and 1/3 the rest of Canada. Stanfest has been an important platform for building the East Coast Music industry. We have presented the veterans and the rising stars alike. Many of those we presented as rising stars have become internationally touring, award-winning headliners at festivals around the world. I think of artists like Dave…