35th Calgary Folk Music Festival ready to rock
The 35th Calgary Folk Music Festival kicks off Thursday afternoon at Prince’s Island Park, with 76 artists from 16 countries performing over the four-day event.
New this year is the special aboriginal program Great Spirits, which will bring musicians to Calgary from Australia and across North America.
“This year we only have 13 repeat artists – everyone else is brand new to the festival,” said Kerry Clarke, artistic director of the Calgary Folk Festival.
The festival will feature Jill Barber, Hey Rosetta!, Bruce Cockburn, Amos Lee and HYDRA, among others.
Even the 13 artists who’ve been to the folk festival in previous years will have a different experience this year, Clarke said.
“People will get to see them in a different kind of setting and format because they’ll be collaborating with other artists they’ve never met before,” she said.
This year’s folk festival will also have increased programming, as compared to last year.
“We have increased programming on Thursday afternoon, so we have two stages running, the main stage and the twilight stage,” Clarke said. “We have added free programming in Eau Claire during the day.”
Founded in 1980, the Calgary Folk Music Festival has welcomed locals and visitors alike to Prince’s Island Park for family-friendly fun and music from all over the world.
Clark expects attendance to top 53,000 people over the four-day event, with approximately 13,000 people each day.
“It’s going to be a fun, sunny weekend with a lot to see and do,” she said.
Tickets are still available at the gate for the festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday. Clark said Calgarians can purchase tickets for Thursday night, Friday night and Sunday night.