‘Hatch’ music and art festival joins back-to-campus celebrations

Colourful poster promoting a festival called Hatch. Poster includes the dates of the festival as Sept. 8 and Sept. 8, the festival website at hatchfest.ca where one can buy tickets for $30 per day or $50 for the weekend. The poster also includes the lineup, which is FIELD GUIDE • JU SHIPLETT DIRTY CATFISH BRASS BAND THE SMALL GLORIES • ROMAN CLARKE CASSIDY MANN • BURNSTICK TOUCHING • DAILY ALICE SEAN IRVINE • SOPHIE MILORD + JACE HODGES CASEY KOYCZAN • CLASSICS BY CANDLELIGHT ..plus dance, comedy, art, and more!
Hatch is an independently-produced pop-up block party coming to the BU campus. All are invited, but only 500 tickets are available.

The Brandon University campus will welcome a new, two-day music and art festival this September — and there are only 500 tickets available.

Put on by Winnipeg producer Michael Falk, who previously put on a similar pop-up block-party style event in that city, Hatch combines great music with immersive art experiences.

Hatch will be located in parking lot 2A of the BU campus, and is open to the entire community (18+). The space, nestled in between the School of Music, the Education Building, and the WMCA, will be transformed by creative landscape architecture. Access will be from 20th Street.

Hatch will be held Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9 — the weekend after Orientation and before Homecoming.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit hatchfest.ca.

The official press release is below.

Hatch is set to … hatch!

New festival coming to Brandon September 8 and 9, 2023

A new festival is being launched in Brandon, MB by longtime Manitoban arts and music producer Michael Falk.

Hatch is a two day block party style festival taking place on parking Lot 2A of the Brandon University campus.

Surrounded by the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, and Brandon University’s schools of music and education, Hatch features creative site-making as part of its transformation of a school parking lot into a community focused music and art event. Due to the nature of the site, only 500 tickets are available per day.

While taking place on the university campus, the event is for all in Westman.

Knowing that Brandon is a growing city and having a vision for how music, art and community can come together to change lives, Hatch is focused on bringing people together and creating an opportunity for guests to have uplifting, celebratory experiences.  We look forward to Hatch becoming a deeply loved staple in the Westman annual calendar.

The debut lineup of artists includes a collection of celebrated former Brandon artists who have gone on to big things across North America, including:

  • Field Guide (Dylan MacDonald, formerly of The Middle Coast)
  • Calgary-based Roots/Country trailblazer JJ Shiplett
  • New Orleans-style party outfit The Dirty Catfish Brass Band
  • Producer and songwriter (and formerly of The Middle Coast) Roman Clarke

Other musical performers include JUNO nominated roots all-stars The Small Glories, and up and coming singer-songwriter Cassidy Mann, fresh off a tour with Donovan Woods.

Former Brandon saxophonist Sean Irvine joins Touching for their first performance since putting out two critically acclaimed albums, Isolation Blues and littleworlds.

JUNO-nominated Burnstick is a husband-and-wife duo comprised of Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter Nadia, and Jason, a Plains-Cree guitarist.

Contemporary dancers Sophie Milord & Jace Hodges will create an improvised performance in one of Hatch’s creative stage spaces. Visual artist Casey Koyczan’s playful work will surround the audience.

Longtime Montreal-based violist Jen Thiessen has recently returned to Manitoba. Originally from Austin, Manitoba, Jen has traveled the world playing classical new music and is now the Artistic Director of Virtuosi. She will be leading performances by Daily Alice and Classics By Candlelight.

Additional artists will be announced over the coming month.

Hatch partners with landscape architect Mark Bauche for creative site design that enhances guest’s experience with immersive creativity.

Michael Falk’s company Head In The Sand is best known as a record label. From 2009 to 2016 they released albums by Iceland’s Apparat Organ Quartet, Royal Canoe, Rococode, Les Jupes, VIKINGS, Ismaila Alfa, and more. Since then the company has shifted its focus to artist management and special events. Recently, Falk has been producing concerts for the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (including the WSO’s concerts at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium), and previously produced Jazz Winnipeg’s festival. In 2016, Michael produced SpaceLand, a pop-up block party event that was well-loved, the idea sticking in the back of his mind, wanting a new life. And here we are.


  • $30 per day
  • $50 for both days

Available at hatchfest.ca


  • HTFC Planning & Design – Foundational Partner
  • Brandon University
  • Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
  • Victoria Inn Brandon
  • MB Association of Landscape Architects
  • Prairie Architects

Hatch is 18+.

For more information, including individual artist assets, please contact Michael Falk:




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