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Prince’s Island Park

Guide To The 2013 Calgary Folk Music Festival


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…)

Weekend Round-up August 24 – 26

Friday 24 – Sunday 26  The annual Expo Latino festival of local Latino and Hispanic culture kicks off Friday night at Prince’s Island Park. The festival features local and international dance troupes and musicians, including headlining Chilean superstar Americo, 7:15 pm Saturday. Food and merchant vendors on site. The festival runs Fri 6 am – 11 pm, Sat 11 am – 11 pm and Sun 11 am – 9 pm. Admission $15 per day, $30 for the weekend, available at the gate. Seniors and children under 12 free.

Courtesy CJSW 90.9 FM

Saturday 25  Head to Olympic Plaza on Saturday evening for CJSW 90.9 FM’s second summer concert series, 7 pm until 10 pm. The concert features performances by western-punk group Agnostic Phibes, folk rocker Ship Shape, folk-pop singer Forest Tate and experimental indie-pop outfit Boreal Sons. Admission is free.

Saturday 25 – Sunday 26  The Calgary Dragon Boat Race and Festival begins at North Glenmore Park, 7305 Crowchild Trail SW. Teams of 22 people race along the Glenmore Reservoir in 12-metre-long boats. Winners qualify for the Canadian Dragon Boat Championship in Vancouver. Various live music and dance performances take place throughout the festival. Admission is free. Free parking available at North Glenmore Park and Mount Royal University. Shuttle buses run between Mount Royal University and the festival site until 6 pm, daily.  – Sarah Sussman 

Weekend Roundup August 10 – 12

Enjoy Calgary’s beautiful August weather at these great outdoor events this weekend and relax on Sunday by watching the Summer Olympics’ closing ceremonies.


On Saturday, the Afrikadey! Festival at Prince’s Island Park celebrates Calgary’s rich African culture, 10 am until 10 pm. Merchants and food vendors will be set up around the park, and the main stage features a star-studded lineup including Sudanese hip-hop act Emmanuel Jal and contemporary Ethiopian ensemble Krar Collective. Tickets $25 adult, $20 youth, available at the gate.

MARDA GRAS Sunday Aug 12

Experience that vibrant New Orleans Mardi Gras atmosphere right here in Calgary at this weekend’s annual Marda Gras festival. The event will be held between 33rd Avenue and 34th Avenue SW in the Marda Loop neighbourhood. (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: Shakespeare in the Park

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Photo: David Cooper

Following a one-year hiatus, Mount Royal University’s Shakespeare in the Park returns to Prince’s Island Park for its 25th anniversary and a five-night performance run of Shakespearian classic A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Set in a magical forest—Prince’s Island Park—the play follows the romantic intrigues of four Athenian lovers and a troupe of actors who are put under a spell and manipulated by the faeries of the forest. The production features a cast composed of Mount Royal Theatre Arts students and is directed by Victoria’s Belfry Theatre artistic director Michael Shamata.

Performances run Wed to Sun until Aug 10 at 7 pm. Weekend matinees at 2 pm. Weather permitting. No performances July 25 – 29. Admission is by donation.

– Sarah Sussman