First of all, thank you to the Anishinaabe, nehiyawak, Dakota, Lakota, Nakota peoples as well as the Métis/Michif Nation who are the original stewards of this land who welcome (or tolerate) us on Treaty 4 land. Thank you to those who use Victoria Park on a daily basis who made room for us to host the festival.
Now that the Monday tear down crews are all done the festival is officially over and it is time to tell you folks how much we at the RFF appreciate you!
50 years of the festival has made this wonderful weekend of music and fun have incredibly strong bones, muscles, flesh and you all ensure that its heart is stronger than ever. This year was one of reflection on the past and dreaming of the future and it was so incredibly special to do it with all of you. At the festival the hard workers and the dreamers are one in the same; all our contributions are different in many ways but all come together to create the whole. Why do the best times have to come to an end?
Thanks a 50 million to our kind-hearted volunteers, tireless team leaders, nurturing staff, adaptable contracts, visionary board, tasty artists, talented vendors, welcoming community partners, & generous sponsors and funders. As well as a huge thank you to our festival families, lovers, little folkers, pets and everyone else we inadvertently missed.
We would also like to send a heartfelt thank you to the past 50 years of everyone who has contributed to the RFF in whatever way that took shape. We would not be here without you.
Let’s get better and more bad ass-er next year! The fun hasn’t stopped just because we are half a century old. Only 361 more days until the 51st RFF and we simply cannot wait.
Photo by Rae Graham