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Memorable Manitobans: Mitchell “Mitch” Podolak (1947-2019)

Community activist.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 21 September 1947, he was founding artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival (1974) and founder of Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre. In recognition of his community service, he was inducted into the Order of the Buffalo Hunt (1986) and Order of Manitoba (2015) and received an honorary doctorate from Brandon University (2015). He died at Winnipeg on 24 August 2019.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Matthews Anglican Church / Elim Chapel / St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church / West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg)


Mitch Podolak, founder of Winnipeg Folk Festival and West End Cultural Centre, dies,” CBC News, 26 August 2019.

We thank Sheila Grover and Mark Podolak for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 September 2020

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