Calgary Folk Music Festival

April 11, 2014 09:00 ET

Calgary Folk Music Festival's General Manager Announces His Retirement

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 11, 2014) - After managing the operations of the Calgary Folk Music Festival for 15 years, les siemieniuk has announced he is leaving the position of General Manager. les has been in charge of festival operations since January of 2000 and will leave May 15, 2014. During his tenure at the Calgary Folk Music Festival he has successfully guided the festival operations, solidifying its finances and playing a central role in the transition from a yearly summer festival into a year-round operation at Festival Hall, the performance space opened in January 2012. With Festival Hall open and operating as a performance gem in Calgary as well as being a secure office for the CFMF, les has made his mark on Calgary's musical landscape.

"les carried a vision in his heart to find a permanent home for festival staff and volunteers. He lit the candle that ended up as Festival Hall. CFMF Board Chair Joe Ceci comments. "It's is an amazing legacy of his time with the folk fest."

les's lifetime of dedication and commitment to folk music and the arts in general gave way to local and national prominence as a CBC music producer. In the 2000's at a time when the Folk Festival financial and organizational footing was at risk, les stepped in and remolded a festival culture that now helps bring back over 1600 enthusiastic volunteers each year and is counted amongst best run festivals in Canada. In 2008 this success was recognized by Calgary's Rosza Foundation when les received the Rozsa Award for Excellence in Arts Management.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we acknowledge his significant contribution to the Society and how it has benefited from les's unique skills and wisdom. We know that in his retirement he will continue to be a friend of the festival and that we'll see him often on Prince's Island sharing his passion for what we do best, creating an oasis of music in the middle of the Bow.

The Board of Directors will begin an immediate search for an Executive Director for the Calgary Folk Festival Society.

Contact Information

  • Matt Olah
    Marketing Manager
    Calgary Folk Music Festival
    Office: (403)-233-0904 or Cell: (403)-899-9985
    Matt@CalgaryFolkFest.com
    1215 10 Ave SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 0W8