CANSO: The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, otherwise known as Stanfest, is the annual three-day folk music festival held in Canso, Nova Scotia. For 2018, Stanfest was held from July 26th to July 29th.
Troy Greencorn, an organizer for Stanfest, said attendance numbers were up 10 percent this year.
“This year’s Stanfest was great,” Greencorn said. “Good weather, larger crowds, and great audience feedback.”
Stanfest started in 1997 around the same time as Celtic Colours. Greencorn said Stanfest was designed for the summer and Celtic Colours for the fall to balance them. Greencorn also noted Stanfest was created five years into the fishery downturn.
“In a big way it was about economic development, and getting visitors to the region. Then of course it was the artistic part of it, getting musicians together, and creating a big festival for the region,” Greencorn said.
This year’s Stanfest held a large amount of East Coast artists, said Greencorn, alongside other Canadian and international artists. He also said that they surprised the audience with an appearance from the Men of the Deeps. The Men of the Deeps are a male choral ensemble comprised of former coal miners from Cape Breton.
Greencorn said that the organizers of Stanfest take a month to wrap-up the festival, and then in September started the process again.
For more information on Stanfest, go to www.stanfest.com.