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Calgary Folk Music Festival

Where Calgary Staff Picks For The 2013 Calgary Folk Music Festival

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

Steve Earle performs this weekend. Photo: courtesy Calgary Folk Music Festival

Steve Earle performs this weekend. Photo: courtesy Calgary Folk Music Festival

From July 25 – 28, the Calgary Folk Music Festival showcases a plethora of musical acts covering folk, roots and rock genres. See a variety of local and Canadian musical acts as well as international performers this weekend. Where Calgary staff share what they’re most looking forward to at this year’s festival. (more…)

Guide To The 2013 Calgary Folk Music Festival

By ADELE BRUNNHOFER

The crowd at The Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Lynne Hawrelko.

The crowd at The Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Lynne Hawrelko.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival takes over Prince’s Island Park Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28. The diverse musical event features a wide range of established and upcoming folk, blues, rock and world music acts from local to international. Artists perform throughout each day on the mainstage as well as several side stages. A variety of food kiosks, a sizeable beer garden and a laid-back community feel help make this festival one of the city’s signature summer events.

The Location
Located on the Bow River just north of Eau Claire Market, Prince’s Island Park is a beautiful urban green space and a popular location for musical and cultural events as well as picnics. Despite being damaged by June’s unprecedented flooding, the Folk Festival’s hundreds of loyal volunteers have fully cleaned the festival site. Most festival side stages will be set up in their usual spots.

The Music
2013 headliners include Alabama Shakes, M.Ward, Kurt Vile, Mexican Insitute of Sound, Steve Earle, Thievery Corporation (more…)

5 Free Tours To Take at Doors Open YYC

Go behind the scenes at the EPCOR CENTRE for free this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scotiabank Saddledome or wondered where the costumes for the Alberta Ballet are made? Doors Open YYC, or DO YYC NAKED, is part of an international concept that grants the public access—free of charge—to buildings and spaces that they might not otherwise have the chance to see.

The Nat Christie Centre, home of Alberta Ballet. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.

The Doors Open Calgary Association (DOCA) is hosting the first annual Doors Open YYC event this Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. The public is welcome to participate in exclusive tours and insider information sessions at 35 locations with the aim of increasing appreciation and knowledge of the city’s historical and culturally rich places and spaces.

Take the opportunity to go behind the scenes all over the city, from the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the new Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building at the University of Calgary to the Talisman Centre, National Music Centre and Calgary Transit facilities.

WHERE  recommends checking out:

Go behind the curtain at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts for a backstage tour. (more…)

Long Weekend Roundup August 31 – September 3

Calgary’s annual BBQ On The Bow is this Sunday. Photo: John Rajic.

Friday, August 31  After a stellar opening last weekend, the international Hidden Gems Film Festival continues this weekend at the Cardel Theatre with three film screenings. On Friday at 7 pm, the award-winning Bengali film Ranjana, Ami Aar Asbo Na tells the story of an unconventional relationship between an arrogant, aging celebrity singer and an aspiring small-town songstress. On Saturday, Graamam tells the story of a widow challenging the patriarchal system in India in the mid 1900s, and in the Bangladeshi MeherJaan, a girl who fell in love with an enemy soldier reunites with her daughter almost four decades later. Tickets $12 per film, call 403-457-3036 for more information.

Friday also marks the grand opening of Canada’s second Free People clothing boutique at Chinook Centre. The American label is known for it’s bohemian California-chic apparel and accessories. (more…)

Editor’s Picks: Must-See Performances at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Second only to The Calgary Stampede in its size and cultural importance as a summer festival, the 2012 Calgary Folk Music Festival invades Prince’s Island Park July 26 through 29.

The crowd at the CFMF. Photo: Dave Kenney.

Though festival attendance is rite of summer treasured by dedicated, perennial fans, the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s talent roster is a serious draw as well. Rock ‘n’ roll crooner Chris Isaak is the consummate showman; piano troubadour and film-score composer Randy Newman exists in his very own American folk music genre; and Saturday-night headliner Gillian Welch (in duet with guitarist Dave Rawlings) turn country music into something sweet and soulful. (more…)

Discover the Calgary Folk Music Festival

The crowd at The Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Lynne Hawrelko.

One of Calgary’s most beloved summer events, The Calgary Folk Music Festival, runs Thursday through Sunday at Prince’s Island Park. Music fans and families flock to the city’s large urban park to enjoy the warm weather, take in music and comedy performances on seven stages, sip suds in the beer garden and savour the tastes of numerous food kiosks. The festival’s Johanna Schwartz gives Where Calgary the inside scoop on what 2012 festival attendees absolutely must see.

Twilight Stage programming
On Friday and Saturday night our Local 501 Stage 4 becomes the Twilight Stage, where the vibe is an up close and personal dance party. On Friday it’s funk night with Blitz the Ambassador, Shad and Melvin Gibbs Elevated Entity. On Saturday (more…)

Hot Date: Must-See Live Music in Calgary Tonight

Photo: Commonwealth Bar & Stage

SIT Interiors plays host tonight to the Calgary Folk Music Festival kick-off party, where local band Eve Hell and the Razors will perform their unique brand of ’60s surf and rockabilly. The band will also perform this coming weekend at the festival. Craft beers by Village Brewery will be served. Admission is free, show starts at 7 pm. SIT Interiors 820 11 Ave SW.

Two of Calgary’s hippest 17th Avenue eateries, Una Pizza and Wine and Ox and Angela, are holding a customer appreciation night at Commonwealth Bar and Stage tonight. Local bands the Nix Dixons and Double Fuzz will be perform. Complimentary appetizers and drink specials, the event is open to the public. The celebration will include complimentary appetizers and drink. Tickets are $5 at the door, event begins at 7 pm. Commonwealth Bar and Stage 731 10 Ave SW.

Musician and songstress Carla Olive hosts the new singer-songwriter open mic at Café Koi. The intimate café features a diverse menu of Asian-fusion dishes with numerous vegetarian options. Delicious cocktails like the Rising Sun sake martini are a must-try. Café Koi 1011 1 St SW.

Hot Entertainment: Weekend Round-Up

Tonight until 11pm at the Bandstand Stage along Stephen Avenue Walk (between 1 St SE and 1 St SW), CJSW 90.9 FM will be presenting the New West Fest. Local bands will perform while CJSW DJs spin tunes and broadcast live on location.

Also this evening, at 8 pm at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington, the Calgary Folk Music Festival presents a screening of the film Searching For The Wrong Eyed Jesus with the film’s narrator, gonzo folk musician Jim White, in attendance for a Q&A and acoustic performance. (more…)