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  In the Dead Of Winter

In the Dead of Winter festival is an acoustic based festival that is held annually in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on the last weekend of January and in Wakefield, Quebec on the second weekend in February. The Halifax festival began in 2006 at the legendary Khyber Club with one small stage and eleven artists. The Wakefield festival began soon after, in 2009, at the Black Sheep Inn.

The goal of the festival is to bring a diverse group of acoustic musicians together to not only perform but to also meet one another in a professional environment. The festival aims to showcase the diversity of acoustic music in the Atlantic Region, Canada, and the United States. It is of particular importance to the festival to not only celebrate the excellence of our musicians but to also provide venues for artists who have not yet had the opportunity to perform their music to a wider audience.

The In the Dead of Winter Music Festival is organized by a small group of musicians and event producers. The 2015 festival is being organized by Heather Gibson, Don Brownrigg, Amelia Curran, Dana Beeler, and Georgia Richards.

The festival was founded by Heather Gibson with Halifax musicians Jill Barber, Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, and Amelia Curran in 2006. Past performers include Ani DiFranco, Joel Plaskett, Shawn Colvin, Hayden, Bahamas, Mary Gauthier, Kathleen Edwards, Basia Bulat, Timber Timbre, Tanya Tagaq, Matt Mays, Old Man Luedecke, Jim Bryson, Royal Wood, Oh Susanna, John K. Sampson, Ndidi Onukwulu, Alejandra Ribera, Brandi Disterheft, and Jolie Holland.

In the Dead of Winter Music Festival is a registered non-profit association.

We call ourselves IDOW, not ITDOW. Just sayin'.

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