Get Set for Folklore Festival in Thunder Bay

Kaminari Wan Taiko Japanese Drummers — at FOLKLORE FESTIVAL. Jamie Bananish ©2014
Kaminari Wan Taiko Japanese Drummers — at FOLKLORE FESTIVAL. Jamie Bananish ©2014


THUNDER BAY – LIVING – One of Thunder Bay’s best spring events is the annual Folklore Festival. The Folklore Festival attracts a growing crowd of visitors every year. Get ready, Folklore Festival 2015 is on this weekend, May 2-3.

Kyler kicking up a pose.....
Kyler kicking up a pose, this eleven year old has poise and personality to boot!

There is a lot to do this weekend at Folklore. Including The Imbayakunas on Saturday night. The feature entertainers from Ecuador and Toronto will take to the stage and bring their special HOT style of music to the Folklore stage.

“Travel the World in 48 Hours” at the 42nd Folklore Festival May 2-3 at the Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, Ontario presented by the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association. Tantalizing international foods, incredible entertainment, “shop-the-world” booths, an activity-packed Children’s Area, and local artists on site await you.

Win a FREE “Trip for 2 anywhere Porter flies”, courtesy of Porter Airlines.

Dance to “The Imbayakunas” from Ecuador and Toronto playing “Music of the Andes” and “HOT Latin Rhythms” Sat. 7:30pm. Get ready for the most colourful Festival our Region has to offer—the Folklore Festival 2015!

Visit www.folklorefestival.ca for more information.
Adults $5, Seniors/Students $3, Children 4-12 $1, Under 4 FREE

Saturday May 2 12 to 11pm
Sunday May 3 12 to 7pm

Folklore Festival’s Jeanetty Jumah shares, “The first festival started at TBMA and was small because of the venue with 200 or so involved from what I understand”.

Munzeroy Dancing at Folklore
Munzeroy Neekan celebrating Aboriginal Culture at Folklore Festival

“I started volunteering over 20 years ago and in the earlier years we hoped for 4.000 to 6,000.  With more use of Social Media, the growth of TBMA, closer TBMA-school and youth connections, the increased promotional support of participating groups and a proactive approach to media coverage, we have seen the numbers rise dramatically.  Keeping our prices the same for all the years since I started volunteering  (just my knowledge) except for one year, has also contributed to increased numbers.  Families, seniors and students can afford to come especially with the free activities in the Children’s Area.   There are very few affordable events for families in Thunder Bay.  Folklore also takes pride in being accessible.  This is why I personally believe visitors come yearly to Folklore Festival.”

Ukrainian Dancers at Folklore Festival
Ukrainian Dancers at Folklore Festival

Folklore Festival Grows and Grows

2009 over 13,000 over 2 days

2010 over 13,000 over 2 days

2011 over 11,000 over 2 days

2012 over 13,000 over 2 days

2013 over 16,000 our 40th Anniversary Celebration over 3 days Friday’s Children’s Day was added

2014 over 14,000 over 3 days