Peg City Car Co-op + Rainbow Trout Music Festival

Rainbow Trout Music Festival celebrated an exciting milestone this summer: 10 years!

We partner with some pretty neat organizations. We love connecting with their communities, investing in their projects, and helping them literally move things from Point A to Point B with our vehicles. Rainbow Trout Music Festival used two of our vehicles to haul gear out to Rosseau River for their three-day event. Here’s a little reflection on how the fest went this year, straight from the mouth of the Trout:

“Much like wine and cheese, Rainbow Trout Music Festival gets better with age.  Like the past numerous years, RTMF’s camping passes sold out before the festival began, reiterating our claim of being one of Manitoba’s most-anticipated festivals.  

Our ten-year anniversary marked the first year we reached out to a diverse group of non-profit organizations to offer them 10 free day passes.  This was a success and an initiative that we will continue to expand upon. This past festival marked the second year we had ASL interpretation for Saturday’s programming; however, this year we expanded the interpretation to all of Saturday’s daytime programming as opposed to select sets.

An increase in festival art and animation budged allowed us to offer more collaborative art installations and projects to further unite our attendees. A highlight of the art and animation programming was the raku fish pottery, graciously run in the August heat by Elise Nadeau from The Edge Gallery.  Participants were able to paint and glaze their own trout memento to take home.

RTMF’s lineup truly had something for everyone.  From acoustic, to hip-hop, to danceable synth-pop that kept attendees dancing into the night.”

(2018 RTMF; top photo by Michelle Panting, bottom photo by Hitomi Iwatani)

“No Rainbow Trout Festival is complete without the annual Carpet Beach Open Mic.  This year we had an even greater diverse crew of performers including juggling, stand-up comedy, and an adorable father/daughter duo who stole the show.

The cherry on top of the weekend, if we had to choose, would be the forever-fabulous Sunshine Brunch drag performance where a performer channeled their inner Marilyn Monroe and popped out of the life-size RTMF birthday cake, which was one of the many collaborative art projects this year.

As always, we couldn’t have delivered such a memorable festival experience without the help of our volunteers, organizers, board, sponsors, and land owners.  Here’s to the next 10 years!”

(2018 RTMF; top photo by Hitomi Iwatani // 2017 RTMF; bottom photo by Jen Doerksen)

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