Calgary Folk Music Festival

Calgary Folk Music Festival

August 19, 2014 09:00 ET

Expect the Unexpected: Live at Festival Hall (and beyond)

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 19, 2014) - The Calgary Folk Music Festival kicks off its second fall season with a concert and special programming series. All shows are at Festival Hall - 1215 10 Ave. SE, except Ryan Adams at the Jubilee Auditorium and Cold Specks at SAIT.

Audience members can choose their own adventure: purchase a ticket for 5 or more fall shows and receive 15% off. Tickets are available at

The new initiative, Folk U, introduces youth to all aspects of presenting and performing a professional music performance. Instruction includes sound mixing and stage management, collaboration, arranging and songwriting tips, and open mic performance opportunities following each educational program.

Adam Cohen

Sept. 8

We Go Home, Cohen's upcoming fifth album, highlights keenly observed songs in his strong baritone with beautiful instrumentation.

Clinton St. John CD release with guest Laura Leif

Sept. 12

St. John celebrates the release of his third, Chad VanGaalen-produced solo album, The Minor Arkhana; illuminating his intimate, rich and haunting sonic world. Laura Leif's music can be gentle, whimsical or gritty, sung and performed on ukulele, guitar and drums.

Jazz YYC presents Illumin8 - Rubim de Toledo double bill - The Bridge CD Release Party and Miles Davis' Bitches Brew Tribute

Sept 19. Tickets/info:

Rubim - who penned the theme song for CBC Radio's Tonic - will showcase work from his new CD The Bridge and pay tribute to the legendary Miles Davis' album Bitches Brew.

Kirby Sewell Band

Sept. 21

One of Canada's premiere, soulful blues vocalists, Calgarian Sewell celebrates the release of his CD Girl With a New Tattoo.

BIG/Alberta Culture Days

Sept. 26 - 28 - The lot behind Festival Hall

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with local theatre, live performances, film and art: vendors, kid-friendly activities, food trucks and a beer garden.

Folk U kickoff reception

Sept. 26

Session announcements and musical performance.


Sept. 26

Some of Calgary's coolest original artists play songs by notable Alberta songwriters. Axis of Conversation, Wakefield Brewster, Barnaby Bennett, Kenna Burima, the 6L6s, Polyjesters, JJ Burnett, Astral Swans, Laura Leif and Michael Dunn - each do two songs written by artists from across the musical spectrum: the Dudes, James Keelaghan, Jr. Gone Wild, the Cape May, Feist, Field Day, Anne Loree, Corb Lund, the Stampeders and even Nickelback!


Oct. 2

We're answering the universal cry for advice assistance with HELP!, the chance to seek real life, funny and irreverent advice from a panel of semi-distinguished life-livers: star of CBC's Heartland and community activist Michelle Morgan, the Calgary Herald's Mike Bell, musician and CBC Radio host Chris dela Torre.

Ryan Adams

Oct. 10. Jubilee Auditorium

Tickets: Ticketmaster

Mixing the heartfelt angst of a singer/songwriter with the cocky brashness of a garage rocker, Ryan Adams follows his increasingly prolific muse.

The Strumbellas

Nov 7

Their "folk pop-grass" is characterized by a reverence for old country and bluegrass, plus rhythmic melodies, unpretentious songs, soaring vocal harmonies and a fun-loving stage demeanor.

The Campbell Brothers perform A Love Supreme

Nov. 14

The electrifying Campbell Brothers celebrate and interpret the 50th anniversary of Coltrane's seminal A Love Supreme.

Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five with Muerte Pan Alley

Nov. 19

Her timeless sound evokes the scent of a BBQ smoker, the swelter of a juke joint and a small town sweaty barn dance. Muerte Pan Alley delivers electric, hypnotic gritty blues and roots.


Nov. 20 - panelists tba.

Cold Specks

Nov. 29. SAIT's Gateway

Her songs' vibrant textures and brooding atmospheres tint her ruminant lyricism and emotionally resonant 'doom soul.'

Charlie Brown's Christmas featuring Jerry Granelli's trio

Nov. 29, 8:00 pm

Nov. 30 - 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Family show with a children's choir

Renowned drummer Jerry Granelli of the Vince Guaraldi Trio performs the live original score of A Charlie Brown Christmas, with Simon Fisk and Chris Gestrin.

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