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www.uptownmag.com Too legit to quit music After a series of setbacks last year, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival gets back on track for 2012 Aug. 17 - 19, Oroseau, Man. Jen Zoratti tival and Fishing Derby, which goes down this weekend at the beautiful Oroseau camp- ground, one hour south of Winnipeg. It's a cheeky nod to the circumstances surround- ing 2011's RTMFwhich, asmany Uptown read- ers will no doubt recall,was shut downdue to last summer's strict backcountry travel ban. The RTMF crew was left scrambling to find a new venue a week before the festival was to start and, when it did find a new home, it S eems legit. That's the unofficial tagline for the fifth annual Rainbow Trout Music Fes- music preview RAINBOWTROUT MUSIC FESTIVAL us it was a no go," recalls festival organizer Ben Jones, 29. "We had porta-potties. We had security. We had everything but a piece of paper. "After last year got shut down, we decided didn't have secure permits. "You could tell the RCMP felt bad telling Jenny Berkel Jones and his co-organizers were a bit wistful about having to change the way the festival was designed."We liked being a nomadic fes- tival, one that didn't have a proper home," he says. "We enjoyed that it was off-the-cuff, a bit wild. We loved using the quarry sites around Manitoba. They're so beautiful, but they're unused." Still, there's security in stability, and "this year's absolutely a go," Jones assures. In to go the 100% legit route. Finding the proper piece of land for a festival is quite tough — who knew?" Despite finding a home at Oroseau for 2012, The Empty Standards WINNIPEGFOLKFESTIVALCONCERTS addition to offering a full weekend of dan- cing under big Prairie skies, bonding over bonfires, and fishing and camping along the scenic Roseau River, festival-goers will be able to catch 23 of Manitoba's finest acts, including singer/songwriter Jenny Berkel, noise-rockers Pop Crimes, indie popsters Mit- ten Claps, indie rock outfit Mise en Scene, country/roots quartet The Empty Standards, hip hop heavyweight Rob Crooks and more. "The lineup is a diverse one,"Jones acknow- Mise en Scene ledges."It's completely multi-genre, featuring everything from hip hop to electronic to folk to blues. (RTMF is) trying to do two things: one, promote local talent and two, make sure that a wide cross-section of music is represented." the RTMF as a three-day camping trip and pack accordingly (read: bring lots of water, as there's no potable water on site; bring warm clothes for the evening, etc.). The Tallest Poppy will have a food stand, but there will also be fire pits available for those who want to cook their own grub. Other notable points: the festival has a strict No Djembe policy, so leave your hand drums at home, hippies. Along with the 50-odd band members and Jones encourages festival-goers to treat the 50 volunteers that help make the RTMF happen, Jones expects about 300 campers to attend the event, along with another 300 day-pass holders each day. "It's been really exciting and surprising to UPTOWN August 16, 2012 9 see (the festival) grow," he says. "It started on a lark — I was on a camping trip with the guys from Ultra Mega and The Empty Stan- dards and we came up with the idea." As a budding non-profit organization, A.C.NEWMAN NOVEMBER 2 WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE // $20.00 + fees TICKETS – Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store (211 Bannatyne at Albert) or visit ticketmaster.ca WINNIPE GFOLKFES TIVAL. CA DOORS 7:15PM // SHOW8PM Classes starting Sept.10 for Seniors, Adults, Young Adults, All Mediums, All Skill Levels, Day & Evening forum art institute.ca Open House & Registration Saturday Aug. 25, 1 - 4, to Sept. 6 Teens, and Children RTMF also holds concerts and fundraising events throughout the year, and is planning for the future with an eye toward commun- ity development, sustainability and longev- ity. Seems legit, indeed. "We're working now to become a co-op," Jones says. "With last year getting shut down,wedecidedwe'd either stop doing it or do it—I don't want to say properly, because a nomadic festival should be allowed to work — but properly in the sense that we don't get hassled, and the bands don't get hassled. "We're continuing to grow year by year, but at a slow enough pace that we don't lose sight of our goal — which, of course, is to promote Mani- toba music." For more full festival details — including who's playing, where to get tickets and how to get there — check out rainbowtroutfes- tival.tumblr.com/. 160812-239098-EP 150812-240052-EP

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