What's going on Saturday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Posted by Jon Rowe on 29 July 2017

What's going on Saturday at the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Tanya Tagaq brings throat singing to Stage 4, while BADBADNOTGOOD follow it up with hip-hop jazz.

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq POSTMEDIA NETWORK

Sonic Liberation Front at Rigstar Stage 5, 3:20 p.m.

It’s always worth checking out workshops featuring some later evening headliners playing together. In this case, BADBADNOTGOOD and Tanya Tagaq share the stage with Cris Derksen, a former Tagaq collaborator who builds intense cello compositions using looping pedals, and Betty Bonifassi, whose lent her powerful voice to tracks by DJ Champion. 

Samson is best known as the prairie songwriter behind The Weakerthans, who have been on hiatus since 2015. However, Winter Wheat, Samson’s second solo album, features two other Weakerthans members on it. “Strangely, this album is technically more like a Weakerthans record than my first solo album,” Samson told the AV Club.


Tagaq tweeted yesterday that her musical training came from “ironically singing to guitar solos from ’80s hair bands,” an amazing revelation. It’s not really self evident that that’s the case for the throat singer, who has brought the Inuit art to the mainstream through albums like the 2014 Polaris-winner Animism and this year’s Polaris short listed album, Retribution.

BADBADNOTGOOD at National Stage 4, 9:05 p.m.

The band’s name came from their Humber College professor’s assessment of the band’s covering of hip-hop instrumentals for a class project. It’s been nothing but good for the jazz students since then, as they’ve collaborated with Tyler the Creator and Wu Tang’s Ghostface Killah. IV, BADBADNOTGOOD’s latest album, has the band “moving away from their hip-hop roots to a more lounge-y R&B style,” according to Pitchfork’s review of the album.