first_imgRIP: CANADIAN FOLK VISIONARY MITCH PODOLAKThe father and inspiration behind many of Canada’s annual folk festivals, Mitch Podolak died late Sunday night at St. Boniface hospital in Winnipeg, son Leonard Podolak confirmed on his Facebook page. He was 71 and is reported to have died died from complications related to septic shock.Podolak was a legend in the community he helped foster and build, having spent 55 years in the folk music business. A co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, he was also a formative figure in helping launch festivals in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and to the east in Canso, NS, and Owen Sound, ON. He also helped create the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival, Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre and other staples in the music community. READ MOREMitch Podolak, founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, has died, his family says. (Sandra Thacker/CBC) Login/Register With: MAN OF THE PEOPLEMitch Podolak attended his final music workshop Sunday.The 71-year-old, whose legacy includes co-founding the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the West End Cultural Centre, died of complications from septic shock after witnessing one more jam by local musicians and family members in his hospital room.“We played some songs for him. It was Bright Morning Star I learned from (British folk act) the Oysterband. I sang him that and he was gone,” said his son Leonard Podolak. READ MORE‘A TRUE VISIONARY’: CO-FOUNDER OF WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL DIESThe Winnipeg music community is mourning the death of Mitch Podolak. Podolak was a co-founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and founder of the West End Cultural Centre.Facebook was flooded with stories Sunday evening of the impact he had on the community.Winnipeg Folk Festival wrote: ‘Words cannot express how much he will be missed. More than one of our founders, he was a father, a friend, a leader, a mentor, a true visionary. We owe so much of who we are to him.” READ MORE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment MITCH PODOLAK, FOUNDER OF WINNIPEG FOLK FESTIVAL AND WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE, DIESManitoba’s music scene is mourning a legend after the death of Mitch Podolak. Tributes to the founding artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and founder of Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre have poured in after word began to spread that he died on Sunday.“It’s been amazing to watch the tributes come in,” Leonard Podolak, Mitch’s son, told Marcy Markusa, host of CBC Manitoba’s morning radio show Information Radio on Monday. READ MOREFYI Music News LogoJAY AYMAR’S PERSONAL REFLECTION ON MITCH PODOLAK’S LEGACYSinger, songwriter and guitarist Jay Aymar pens a touching eulogy for his friend Mitch Podolak who died Sunday in Winnipeg. Mitch Podolak (Photo by Rodney Smith)center_img Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter The world lost one of its premiere folk music ambassadors this weekend: Mitch Podolak. Imagine Mt. Rushmore without Lincoln.  This is a huge loss.Personally, I’ve lost a spiritual advisor, intellectual jouster, artistic curator, employment counselor, employer, breaded veal cutlet impresario and eventually – a friend.I’ve just put the finishing touches on my first political album entitled A War for Love. The second song, Songs of Peace and Freedom, was inspired by one of our conversations. READ MORE CANADIAN MUSIC SCENE ICON, WINNIPEG FOLK FEST FOUNDER MITCH PODOLAK DIESA giant in the local Winnipeg and Canadian music scene has died. The West End Cultural Centre and Winnipeg Folk Fest have both confirmed that their founder, Mitch Podolak, has died.“It is with profound sadness that we share of the passing of the founder of the West End Cultural Centre, Mitch Podolak,” the WECC posted on social media. READ MORElast_img

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