Winnipeg Folk Fest

Winnipeg Folk Festival Bug

Another new Winnipeg Folk Festival friend! The live background music while this guy makes a trek across my shirt is making it a lot more dramatic than it actually is.

Ever heard of a folk festival social media team? Me neither. Well not until this year I hadn’t.

I’ve been volunteering at the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the past 5 years and my previous jobs were pretty rad, but they were nothing compared to this year. Not only does the festival hook you up with free passes, they feed you three heaping meals of nutritious goodness daily for the entire festival.

This year I joined the media crew on the social media team. I had the privilege of being able to tweet and Instagram throughout the entire festival on the Winnipegfolk accounts. My role was pretty simple, cover some of the festival stages, feature different artists and wander through the site capturing moments and meeting lots of interesting people.

Needless to say the crew and experience was pretty awesome. The one and only downside was the lack of cell and data coverage in Birds Hill Park (located about 20 minutes north of Winnipeg). The network was completely overloaded due to a 4 times increase in cellular and data traffic compared to the previous year. Not only did this kill our interaction levels (as none of the attendees could get online), I’d have to trek across the festival grounds to the media tent at the main stage to access wifi for every update. This was particularly fun when assigned to the Big Blue stage on the opposite end of the festival site.

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Coverage issues aside, it’s really awesome to see organizations like the Winnipeg Folk Festival embracing the digital age, recognizing the power of new media and social sharing. Oh, and did I mention they have a killer iPhone app too?

I’m already counting down the days until #wff2014. I’ll leave you with some of my favourite moments below in the meantime. Otherwise see you next year Winnipeg Folk Fest!

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Selfies

An entire photo post of self-portraits? Who is this guy! Well, a big part of first year curriculum at Emily Carr University of Art + Design is internal reflection and expression through self-portraits. You need to know where you’re coming from before you know what you’re going to say, right?

Two Dolla Holla. My alter ego as part of a performance piece and experience work. 2012.

Two Dolla Holla. My alter ego as part of a performance piece and experience work. 2012.

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New Old Photo Work

I’m in the process of finally getting around to uploading my work and to kick it off I thought I’d share some of photos I’ve taken over the years. The first few are a good example of why backing up your computer is an important thing to do. I lost the originals in a laptop crash quite a while ago, but thanks to the magic of Facebook I at least have the low res versions. Check a few of them out below or view the full gallery here.

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This Is Poster Feature

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The talented Suzy at Poster, a blog documenting the lives of creatives living in Winnipeg Manitoba, did a December feature on yours truly. I’m still blushing. Check out the post and all of the other amazing work they feature at This Is Poster.