Calgary Folk Music Festival day four in photos

Borel Sons, Mo Kenney, The Provincial Archives and Nick Sherman

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Tiny Ruins

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David Bromberg, Jaron Freeman-Fox, The Polyjesters and Oliver Swain

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Old Man Luedecke, Matt Patershuk and Glen Skuthorpe

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Little Miss Higgins

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Astral Swans, Boreal Sons, Great Lake Swimmers and Andy Shauf

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Jill Barber

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Hydra

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The Jayhawks

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                                                                                                                 — JOSH NAUD

 

 

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Call of the Wild

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Mo Kenney

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Little Miss Higgins

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Astral Swans

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Andy Shauf

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                                                                                                    — SHANE ARSENAULT

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Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 28th, 2014 at 10:54am

Calgary Folk Music Festival day three in photos

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Deep Dark Woods

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Art Bergmann, Mary Gauthier and Waco Brothers

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Martha Redbone Roots Project

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The Debo Band, Fishbone and St. Paul and the Broken Bones

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Typhoon

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Jason Isbell

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                                                                                                                         — JOSH NAUD

 

 

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Boreal Sons

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Chad VanGaalen

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Seun Kuti

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Bruce Cockburn

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                                                                                                            — SHANE ARSENAULT

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Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 27th, 2014 at 2:14pm

Calgary Folk Music Festival day three in review

“Follow the stars.” This isn’t spiritual advice given to me by one of the side-stage dancers, this is practical advice given to me by my friend Nick. In order to know which workshop to attend throughout the day Saturday, his approach was to check the festival schedule on his phone, and go to whichever stage had gotten the most stars. That worked out pretty well, as it led us to a jam session between David Bridie, The Lone Bellow and Typhoon, which turned out to be one of the best of the day. Typhoon is the type of band that should be in every workshop — big horn section, and absolutely no hesitation to jump into other people’s songs. It left us all talking about whether they’d ever record an album with The Lone Bellow.

The next few hours were … Read More

Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 27th, 2014 at 1:59pm

Calgary Folk Music Festival day two in review

Friday at Folk Fest seems to be when things start really kickin’. More of the jam zones start happening, and there seems to be a bit more variety. When I arrived, it was already fairly busy around the park. Luckily, I was in time to see Lee Fields and the Expressions. That show was wonderful. Lee Fields knows how to put on a show. The soul was resonating through the crowd (at least the people dancing on the sidelines, I don’t know about the people snoozing in the middle of the crowd, on their tarps). It was a ton of fun, and even the audience participation was pretty much mandatory in the dance zones. Fields may be one of the best performers of this weekend. He has been a soul performer for so many years, and it is definitely time that he gets … Read More

Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 26th, 2014 at 12:11pm

Calgary Folk Music Festival day two in photos

Great Lake Swimmers

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Rufus Wainwright

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A Tribe Called Red

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Doug Paisley

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Wakefield Brewster:

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Amos Lee

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                                                                                                                         — JOSH NAUD

A Tribe Called Red

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Fishbone

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The Debo Band

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Lee Field

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

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                                                                                                              — SHANE ARSENAULT

 

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Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 26th, 2014 at 12:02pm

Calgary Folk Music Festival day one in review

Thursday was the first day of the Folk Fest, and I think it may just be the best way to start off the early weekend. I am assuming this is an early weekend, because the Folk Fest is like a mini vacation. People seem to pack a lot when venturing out onto Prince’s Island Park for four days of music, food, comedy, and a bunch of people hula hooping. The tarps come out, as well as the lawn chairs, and home-made coffee and sangria. I usually bring a tote-bag with an umbrella and sunscreen. That’s pretty much all you need.

Anyway, the festival started off right. I arrived at 6 p.m., just as Doug Paisley started to play. His songs have more of a minimal country/folk feel, and remind me of old Gram Parsons records at points. His songs sounded very melancholy, and … Read More

Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 25th, 2014 at 10:49am

Calgary Folk Music Festival day one in photos

Hey Rosetta!

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Basia Bulat
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Doug Paisley
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Trampled By Turtles
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                                                                                                                             JOSH NAUD

 

 

Hey Rosetta!
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Basia Bulat
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Valeria June
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Holyberry Soap Shop
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St. Paul & the Broken Bones
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Art Bergmann
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Andrew Bird
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                                                                                                               — SHANE ARSENAULT

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Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 25th, 2014 at 10:39am

Calgary Public Library recognized as an innovator

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The Calgary Public Library (CPL) was recently recognized by the Urban Libraries Council as one of its 2014 Top Innovators for Serving Communities in Crisis for its leadership in responding to the 2013 flood. The library worked with the Calgary Emergency Management Agency to open libraries in evacuation centers, and offered computer access to displaced community members to enable them to connect.

Following the flood, the library foundation’s city-wide book drive, 20,000 Books under the Bow, resulted in a world record of over 270,000 books, DVDs and CDs donated on a single day.

If that’s not enough to impress you, the CPL is also innovative in the services it provides to Calgarians — it is now offering free downloadable music … Read More

Comments (2)      more in Arts     |     posted Jul 17th, 2014 at 9:53am

Earthship creator to lecture in Calgary

Mike Reynolds, Earthship Biotecture creator and subject of the 2007 documentary Garbage Warrior is visiting Calgary on Saturday, July 19 for a day-long conference on Earthship architecture and how humans can use ecologically sound housing designs to meet our basic needs.

Reynolds and his specialist construction crew has been in Picture Butte near Lethbridge since June 29 working on the first Earthship home they have ever built in Alberta. Reynolds says that the house is nearly finished. They will remain onsite until August 1 completing the house.

Earthships are built primarily from discarded auto tires filled with earth to create a low, thick walled structure heated by solar energy through a wall of … Read More

Add comment      more in Environment     |     posted Jul 16th, 2014 at 3:28pm

Stampede Hangover Picnic

Lemon Bucket Orchestra

 

Trumpeter Michael Louis Johnson

If you're not excited by the mere mention of a klezmer-gypsy-punk street dance party parade, then maybe it's hopeless for you. 

On July 15, the first annual Stampede Hangover Picnic will wind its way through Calgary streets, with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra from Toronto. The band will play an acoustic set in Olympic Plaza starting at 6:15 p.m. and then trumpeter Michael Louis Johnson will lead a bike/board/blade parade which ends at the ContainR site in Sunnyside, where there will be more music from LBO and Calgary's Delirium street.party.brass until 9 p.m.

The event is open to all ages and is pay-what-you-can. You're encouraged to bring food and drink to share, so don't be a … Read More

Add comment      more in Music     |     posted Jul 11th, 2014 at 2:33pm

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