The seed was planted when in 2007, the Fournier and Deringer sisters, both families with roots stemming back to Montmartre, but at the time living over 4 western provinces, went on a little road trip. Their destination was The Winnipeg Folk Festival. The six women were overwhelmed by their experience; a weekend of being steeped in music, camaraderie, and culture.
Having recently visited Montmartre Saskatchewan, Marie Anne was inspired to one day bring such a festival to Kemoca Regional Park, adjacent to her hometown. When in 2008 Marie Anne relocated to Montmartre, she called on her old WFF travel companions, and the seedling began to sprout.
In July of 2010, the dream came to fruition with the 1st Annual All Folk’d Up in Montmartre Folk Festival taking place to a small crowd of approximately 350. With community members and old hometown family and friends returning as volunteers, it came together to everyone’s delight.
Now as the festival is going into its 8th year of production the number of performances has increased to over 15 that span various musical genres and styles. The Festival Committee plans on selling over 1000 tickets this year and strives to find innovative ways to promote the wonders of rural Saskatchewan and the incredible talent pool that they have lined up this year.
All in all, life is good. Share the experience!
Don’t forget to bring festival chairs (no high backs) or a blanket, bug spray, rain gear just in case, and sunscreen. There is NO ATM located on the festival grounds, but there is one at the local Plainsview Credit Union in the main business area in town.
What not to bring:
Oversized umbrellas, large coolers, outside alcohol, drugs, weapons, laser pointers, pets (with the exception of service animals), drones, kites and frisbees.
Remember the “show will go on” rain or shine, so please be prepared for the weather. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather.
Smoking is only permitted in “designated areas.”
Alcohol is to be consumed only in beer gardens and no open alcohol is permitted to leave the festival grounds. There is ZERO TOLERANCE for underage alcohol consumption.
The Festival is handicap accessible, including accessible porta potties.
You must have a ticket to receive a wristband. Wristbands that have been tampered with will be deemed VOID. Festival patrons with wristbands are free to come and go without restriction. Children must be accompanied by a ticket holding parent or guardian to receive a wristband.
Also, it is important that all attendees recognize that once you enter festival grounds you are consenting to photos, videos and audio recording being taken/made and possibly released for publication, exhibition or reproduction for the use of new, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, social media and website. You thus waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties.
CAMPING: KEMOCA REGIONAL PARK – Phone 306-424-7275 Pool – 306-424-2322
Kemoca Park is a wonderful multi-activity park located right in the community of Montmartre. This regional park has a little something for everyone, whether it’s swimming, golfing, walking, camping, picnicking, barbecuing, playing baseball and basketball or spending time with the kids on the new play structure. Kemoca Regional Park is open from the May to September. The Park charges a daily entrance fee that is waived with the purchase of an annual regional park sticker, good for all Saskatchewan Regional Parks.
General camping (non-serviced) is available in a beautifully grassed area available at $15.00 per night.
Those who camp have free access to modern bathrooms, showers, a covered picnic area, a walking trail, a 400-metre track, beach volleyball, all baseball diamonds, horseshoe pits, a basketball area and a great children’s playground.
For reservations, campers are requested to phone and have their name put on the camping list so the park knows approximately how many campers are coming. Please call (306)-424-7275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org after April 11, 2017. A one night deposit is required for all campsite reservations. Cancellations to be made seven days prior to date of reservation or deposit will be forfeited.
For more info go to: www.montmartre-sk.com/KemocaPark
The festival offers a children’s pavilion which runs in the afternoons on Saturday and Sunday and offers activities such as: face painting, balloon animals, sing-a-long, crafts and water activities when the weather permits. There is no additional fee for this area.
Glenavon Fat Lady’s Bar and Grill 306-429-2217
Emerald Park Sleep Inn Regina East 22 Great Plains Road, Emerald Park 306 791-1925 “Official Host Hotel of the All Folk’d Up Music Festival, offering Festival Rate Rooms!”