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Jazzed up

There’s a whole lot of new stuff at this year’s International Winnipeg Jazz Festival, not least of which is the guy at the helm.

It was announced in December Michael Falk would be taking over the reins as artistic director, replacing Paul Nolin, who had been with the festival for more than 12 years. Nolin resigned in 2016 to work with Banff and Lake Louise Tourism in Alberta.

Falk is no stranger to the festival; he worked on the marketing for one of the past editions, and his various musical projects (including Les Jupes and Touching) have been regular performers on the free stage at Old Market Square.

"I’ve had a lot of interaction with this festival over the years and I’ve always really loved it, and that is obviously a big reason why I took the gig," he says.

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