Edmonton and Calgary music festivals add up to a fun weekend in Alberta

Posted by Marsha Lederman on 24 July 2015

Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq is performing at Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo. Her extraordinary live show is worth any price of admission. (J.P. MOCZULSKI For The Globe and Mail)

What a weekend for music in Alberta.

In Edmonton, the Interstellar Rodeo has a superb lineup that includes last year’s Polaris Prize winner, Tanya Tagaq, (whose live show is so extraordinary it alone is worth any price of admission) as well as indie folk superstar Father John Misty, Canadian legend Buffy Sainte-Marie and the screaming edge of soul, Charles Bradley. Also in the lineup is the just-for-the-rodeo trio of Luke Doucet, Kathleen Edwards and Joel Plaskett – the Interstellar All-Stars.

Ms. Edwards, who is steamy good live, recently bowed out of the music business to start a coffee shop in suburban Ottawa – so rare opportunities to see her perform should be taken advantage of.

Meanwhile down south, the Calgary Folk Music Festival also has a terrific lineup, including Buffy Sainte-Marie as well as Richard Thompson, the Mavericks and Lucinda Williams.

Choose either festival, Alberta – you can’t lose. Or maybe put your car wheels on a gravel road (or Highway 2) and check them both out.