Fire & Water Music Festival showcases free children’s performers in the Artisan Square. Stop in and check out some great artists and fun activities.

Adam’s Wacky World

Sure, Adam Rosner grew up playing music, went to theatre and Groundlings improv school and spent years rocking around Winnipeg. But the last eight years working as a substitute teacher and stay-at-home-dad have taught him some new things – like how to captivate kids and get them to sing! Since deciding to focus on kids’ entertainment in 2014, Rosner has quickly established himself as one of Manitoba’s most delightful performers, with a gregarious stage show suited for kids of all abilities and ages. It helps that he has all sorts of talents: he can sing, he can tell stories, he can even do magic! Whether he’s leading the whole crowd in a dance party or pulling a prop from his big bag of tricks, this is one show your family won’t want to miss.

Double the Trouble: Bluegrass/Alt. Country

Double the Trouble are the perfect reflection of what is to be of this land. Being fluent in both official languages, these identical 12-year-old French-Metis and Cree twins along with their dad on guitar perform Traditional Metis fiddle tunes mixed with contemporary music. For the past 7 years, Luc and Aidan Wrigley’s unique style and sound have been leaving their audiences amazed and wanting more. At the age of 11, they recorded a full album and toured the Prairie Provinces from Winnipeg to Jasper. Most recently they have performed at Club Regent Event Centre for the 8th annual First Nations Caring Society and traveled to North Dakota to perform at the Icelandic State Park as part of a yearlong celebration of the Metis. Double the Trouble will be performing in February at the Festival du Voyageur then flying to Calgary in March to perform at the Maple Sugar Festival. A second album is in the works as well as the filming of a short documentary which will highlight the recording of their first original song “Juniper Woods”.

The Janzen Boys

Father-and-sons trio, The Janzen Boys, got their start busking as a rootsy, harmony-singing family playing in various places around Winnipeg, Manitoba. It wasn’t long, however, before there was a demand for more. After racking up almost 4000 views on YouTube in the University of Winnipeg’s Uniter Fiver contest for new bands, they were chosen for a finalists showcase at Winnipeg’s iconic West End Cultural Centre. From there the ball started to roll and soon their schedule was filled with house concerts and festival gigs all over the province.

The following summer, the Boys wrote the story and music for a play that they performed, with the help of other groups in the community, for the 2015 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. This resulted in multiple sellouts, a 4-star review from the CBC, and a positive mention in The Winnipeg Free Press in an article entitled “Has the Fringe been Politically Neutered?”

In early 2015 they sat down with local producer JP Laurendeau to create a 4 song EP called Roads. The EP features The Janzen Boys’ family harmonies along with the musical talents of Ariel Posen and Ryan Voth of The Bros. Landreth.

The band took their Blink’s Garden play on the road in August 2016 to the Edmonton Fringe Festival, where they performed to more sell out audiences. In addition to the Fringe Festival the band kept busy on the summer festival circuit, performing at The Teddy Bear Picnic, Dauphin CountryFest, The Fire and Water Festival in Lac du Bonnet, and the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.?

More Artists and Activities are being added, check back soon to find out what else will be happening!