Welcome to the Norseman Festival

Bush plane Fly-By  |  Entertainment  |  Guest Speakers  |  Local Vendors and Artisans

Community Group Events  |  Family Fun Kid’s Activities  |  Fireworks and More!


To all those who participated in the 2017 Norseman Festival

The Norseman Festival Committee would like to thank all those patrons that came out to support their local festival. We are thankful that the rain didn’t seem to deter our dedicated visitors. This year we were very excited to have a large number of community groups participating, their involvement has allowed the festival to grow by providing new and exciting activities. We are greatly looking forward to next year’s Festival and bigger and better things. The Norseman Festival was made possible by our wonderful volunteers and supporting businesses and organizations….Thanks You! 

WHAT’S NEW –  2018 Norseman Festival

Winnipeg’s Black River Drifters to perform at this year’s Norseman Festival

BRD serves up Americana roots rock, deep dark ghost stories, big harmonies and down-to-earth and at times unhinged guitar work.

Leo Kopelow (lead guitar) Ryan Cyr (vocals, drums) Don Norman (vocals, guitar) Kevin Morin (bass)

Black River Drifters draw on the past but are reinventing the leading edge of alt-country/roots rock. Often compared to Jason Isbell, Ryan Adams and The Old 97s, BRD’s debut album Hearts Gone Cold received praise from local and national press when it was released in 2015. In the words of the Winnipeg Free Press’ Jeff Monk the hard folk sound and darker lyrical subject matter reveals a mature feel… a whole new realm of listenability. The album earned four stars from the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, who described it as Very good, very low-down”, while Exclaim called them “back-road ramblers that deliver a good swift punch to the ears”.

The band’s sound is framed by principal songwriter Don Norman and realized by the powerful dual lead vocals of Norman and drummer Ryan Cyr, whose soaring combined harmonies can make a room stop. Cyr and bassist Kevin Morin (bass) hold down the rock-solid rhythm section and Leo Kopelow’s down to earth and at times unhinged lead guitar ties the package together.

The expectations are high for Black River Drifters’ latest release, Drive by Feel. The album was launched digitally on all major platforms in February, and has earned new listeners from around the globe. Tracks are already being picked up by college radio. The band is currently promoting their upcoming CD release in May at the iconic Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club in Winnipeg. The release will be followed up by a fall tour.

Sean Taylor Band

The Sean Taylor Band is an energetic, 6-piece party band that loves nothing more than making great music for our listeners to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for country, rock, or pop; our wide array of music will keep you singing all through the night. So bring your dancing shoes and your best singing voice and party all night with us

Canada’s Best Journey Tribute

Ultimate Escape is a Canadian band, based out of Winnipeg MB., with a show dedicated to the band Journey. Showcasing hits such as “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)”, “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin'”, “Lights”, and “Don’t Stop Believing”. The band has also gone deep into the vaults and have picked not only the hits, but some of their personal favourite “deep” tracks.

With an all-star lineup that proves night-in and night-out that they take live performing seriously and bring it to an extraordinary level. In a very short period of time Ultimate Escape has quickly earned the reputation of being the best dedication to the band Journey, bar none.

Ultimate Escape has performed for thousands of people, and has always left audiences begging for more. If you have a passion for live music, you don’t want to miss seeing this band in concert…You’ll love it!!!!!


Take a trip back to the first Norseman Festival in 1992.  Events include the Norseman Fly-by, Float Pumping and Floatplane Loading competitions.

On June 28th, 1992, CF-DRD powered up for it’s last ride, crossing Howey Bay in Red Lake and returning to the maintenance base where it was recently overhauled. Shortly after, it was mounted on a pedestal in the new Norseman Park. It continues to be the symbol of Red Lake, and a nod to our rich aviation history.

This is a home video of that day. We hope friends, pilots, Red Lakers, and Norseman enthusiasts might enjoy the nostalgia of these clips.

Vendor Application Form 

The Festival Market will be open to vendors wishing to sell food products and goods that are locally/regionally/Canadian Grown or made, while Takeout Vendors will sell hot foods/ready to eat foods.   A Vendor application form is now available for download.


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The Norseman Festival Committee – P.O. Box P.O. Box 122, Red Lake, Ontario, P0V 2M0, Canada