The harvest came and went in 2020, but there was no Harvest Moon festival in the little Clearwater, pop. 70, give or take some.
It was the first time since the agricultural and mainstream cultural gathering began in 2002 that there was no music, no workshops, no influx of hundreds of guests into the southern community, at 100 kilometers southwest of Winnipeg and not far from US-Canada. frontier. A successful one-day event took place in Winnipeg, but the Clearwater grounds remained quiet as the pandemic grew noisy.
Now, after a year-long hiatus, a rejuvenated Harvest Moon is looming on the horizon, which runs September 17-19. A series of 500 tickets will go on sale Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., reserved for customers fully vaccinated at least 14 days before the start of the festival.
And those lucky ticket holders will be treated to an eclectic and stacked lineup, with 18 artists scheduled to take the stage.
There is a bit of everything, says producer Stu Anderson, representing a diverse range of sounds and backgrounds that should help make the 20th edition of the festival one to remember.
On deck are festival favorites Ridley Bent, Scott Nolan and Andrina Turenne; Royal Canoe, fresh from their recent album Shelving; The Stanley County CutUps bluegrass quintet; emerging singer-songwriters Leith Ross, Ila Barker, Mason Weselowski and Fontine; folk-roots group The Sturgeons; multi-genre artist Leonard Sumner; the instrumental act There; the pensive and upbeat styles of Slow Leaves; DJ Boogey the beat; the Lytics, the titans of local hip-hop; Cute sins; The Lites of Hank Williams; and Mouraine, an artist based in Alberta who shared the stage with some of the hip-hop elite.
“We’re really excited about how it all turned out,” said Anderson, who notes that organizers only took festival planning seriously in the summer, once her outfit became a possibility. more realistic. “Normally we meet in January or February and the lineup is ready in the spring.”
While music is a key draw and has made Harvest Moon a sold-out for years, Anderson said this year’s festival, like all of those before, will aim to bring rural and urban communities closer together and to develop knowledge on topics such as sustainability and food production. During a drought season, these conversations are a priority across Manitoba.
It is on these ideas that the festival is rooted. âIt started with a group of people in an area talking about sustainability,â he says.
It has become something more, with the Harvest Moon Society operating year round in Clearwater while supporting local entities such as the curling rink and the memorial hall. The humble festival easily drew more than 1,500 guests into the community each year before the pandemic.
For starters, only 500 tickets are made available for the 2021 edition, with a limit of six tickets available per order. Weekend passes are sold for $ 100, or $ 115 with camping.
The festival brass are planning to release a second round of tickets, Anderson said, but a decision will be announced in the coming weeks.
Those hoping to attend will need to have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the festival start date. âWe followed the directions of the province and the community of Clearwater as to what they wanted,â said Anderson.
If tickets cannot be snagged, the festival will be broadcast live in order to remain accessible to a wider audience – a welcome holdover from last year’s live event.
Precautions will be in place throughout the festival, and festival organizers say they are “prepared to adapt our plans as needed in the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape in Manitoba.”