Heather Gibson, founder and producer of the In the Dead of Winter Festival, announced the festival’s 2014 lineup at a sold-out event on Oct 31st at The Company House. Headliners announced include Tanya Tagaq, Timber Timbre, Basia Bulat, and Kathleen Edwards.
“Our annual IDOW festival fundraiser, For The Dead, is always a highlight of the year and is really when most people start thinking about and getting excited for the upcoming festival,” explains Gibson. “Tying in the lineup announcement with this event just seemed natural.”
Founded by Gibson in partnership with sometime Haligonian artists Jill Barber, Amelia Curran, Rose Cousins, and Jenn Grant, the In the Dead of Winter Festival exists to bring a diverse group of acoustic musicians together, showcasing the diversity of acoustic music in the Atlantic Region, Canada, and the United States. The festival aims to not only celebrate the excellence of such musicians but also to provide venues for artists who have not yet had the opportunity to perform their music for a wider audience.
Of particular interest in this year’s lineup is the unique and varied group of headliners including Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq; folk trio Timber Timbre; accomplished singer-songwriter Basia Bulat, known for performing with the autoharp; and two-time Polaris Prize Short List nominee Kathleen Edwards.
“We’re very excited to have this incredibly talented lineup of musicians including familiar names, and some that are perhaps more unknown on the East Coast,” says Gibson. “One of the great joys in booking this festival is introducing new and interesting music to festival-goers, and the 2014 lineup will definitely accomplish that.”
In addition to the headliners listed above, other acts announced include locals such as Quiet Parade, Dana Beeler, and Stewart Legere, and many from further afield including Jim Bryson, Jadea Kelly, and Steve Poltz.
For a full festival lineup and to purchase passes, please visit inthedeadofwinter.com. In the Dead of Winter Festival acknowledges the financial support of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.