Artist Submission

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The 37th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival is July 21–24, 2016, 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.

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.

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, please send an email to and between September 1 and December 15 that includes:

  • Your band/artist name in the subject header
  • Your name, relation to the performer (member, manager, agent, etc.) and a very short bio in the email text
  • Links to your website, EPK, videos and streamed music
  • Any opportunities to see you live in Calgary or at industry conferences


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.

With thousands of inquiries annually, in addition to our day-to-day operations, we’re simply not able to listen to everything or reply to every email, but we appreciate your interest in our festival.

Click here for a list of artists programmed over our 37-year history.