Artist Submissions

We accept artist submissions from September 1 - December 15.

THE FESTIVAL IS A CURATED, PROGRAMMED EVENT THAT DOESN'T ACCEPT UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS. WE REMAIN CURIOUS AND INTERESTED IN HEARING NEW MUSIC, THOUGH. IF YOU HOPE TO GET ON OUR RADAR, CHECK BACK SEPTEMBER 1 FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REACH OUT TO US FOR FUTURE YEARS.

The 38th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival is July 27–30, 2017, at Prince's Island Park. Of the 70 artists programmed annually, about half are Canadian (approximately 12 from Alberta), a third from the U.S., and the rest from outside North America. A wide variety of artists and musical genres are presented.

The Festival can’t cover flight costs, so a late July Western Canadian tour and/or travel support make a possible play here more economically feasible for artists and us.

We aim to program a high quality, diverse festival. Each fall, we begin with priority lists that far exceed the number of artists we can realistically program and then discover more amazing music by keeping our ears and eyes open, attending festivals and conferences, talking to colleagues, etc. We rarely repeat artists to give others an opportunity and to present a fresh program to the audience.

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We have a mind-boggling number of enticing options for very few spots, so we are only able to include a small percentage of artists who might fit here/want to perform here.

With thousands of inquiries annually, in addition to our day-to-day operations, we’re simply not able to listen to everything or acknowledge receipt but we appreciate your interest in our festival. We will be in touch if we’re able to make an offer.

Click here for a list of artists programmed over our 38-year history.