Date: May 1st, 2016

Contacts: Michelle Lander-McKenzie, Folklore Festival Coordinator

(345-0551) Cell 474-6702

Jeanetty Jumah, Chair, Promotions (622-3710)



Folklore Festival 2016 proved another outstanding success with well over 13,000 people "Travelling the World" at the 2-day event

The weather smiled on Folklore bringing huge crowds to the Food Court and Main Stage areas on Saturday and Sunday. The bustling crowd enjoyed 19 International Food Booths plus the TBMA Liquor Booth, the talented performers who graced the Entertainment on the Main Stage, a Childrenís Area packed with all free activities, superb exhibits, "shop-the-world" booths, Goodwill Ambassadors, and artists. The very popular Childrenís Area extended their hours to accommodate the non-stop lines of happy children. The ATM machine needed refilling by Saturday night, and the Liquor Booth had to restock by 2pm Sunday as many Imported Beers sold out. The Flights of Beers proved a great addition. The HOT Band "Ti Amo", our Saturday night Feature Entertainers, brought in many visitors and drew people of all ages to the dance floor with their great variety of music. Their lead singer and the entire band rocked the house.

The enchanting and lively Opening Ceremonies, the "Parade of Nations" featured 14 different performances from areas all over the world including high-kicking Le Stelle Alpine Italian Performing Arts Association dancers, Munzeroy doing a fast traditional First Nations Grass Dance, Morganís School of Highland Dancing with performers of all ages, the beauty of the India, and many more.

With highflying Ukrainian dancers, the awe-inspiring First Nations Dancers performance with 10 drummers and 11 dancers, world class Middle Eastern belly dancing, two huge Pipe Bands, Kiikurit Finnish Folk Dancers, the Kaminari Wan Taiko Japanese Drummers, the Filipino Tinikling Dance, and new to Folklore, the hot Edwinís Panamania Latin Street Dancing, and World Danceís Flamenco, with returning Flamenco guitarist, Matt Sellick, and so many more beautiful performances on the Main Stage, Folklore showcased the rich diversity of Canada with respect and pride.

Tantalizing international foods drew enormous crowds of visitors to the Food Booths both days. Temptations of Filipino shiskababs, Ethiopian foods, Italian Cultural Centre favourites, Polish cabbages rolls, Portuguese, Lebanese, Bangladeshi, Indian, French, Mediterranean, Thai cuisine and more, saw many happy visitors savouring authentic delicious foods as they "Travelled the World in Foods".

The winner of the free Porter Airline Trip for 2 anywhere Porter flies was Heidi Hrycyk of Thunder Bay.

A big thank you to all the visitors, sponsors, the local media for their support, entertainers, Food Booth groups, exhibitors, artists, ambassadors, the Folklore Festival Committee and our wonderful volunteers who helped to make Folklore Festival 2016 a tremendous success. We look forward to our 44th Folklore on May 6-7, 2016.