News & Reviews

The Reel Can Talks with Folk Fest ED Debbi Salmonsen

Posted by Joel Schulz on 24 June 2016

Last Thursday, at Festival Hall, The Reel Can sat down with Debbi Salmonsen, Executive Director of the Calgary Folk Music Festival[http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/], where we had a candid conversation about this year’s festival and the challenges facing the manager of one of North America’s most successful events. This...

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Patterson on a roll with new album

Posted by Cole Carruthers on 23 June 2016

Amelie Patterson Amelie Patterson, Silkerodt Photography Banff native Amelie Patterson is releasing her album Roll Honey Roll and kicking off a summer tour in her very own hometown. She’ll perform at Banff’s Wild Bill’s Saloon on July 4, with the album set for release...

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9 things to do in Calgary with kids this summer

Posted by Alex Mlynek on 9 June 2016

*1. Calgary Folk Music Festival* This 37-year-old festival, which features a wide variety of music despite its name, is known for its family-friendly culture. In fact, it’s a tradition for many people (known as “tarpies”) to line up at Prince’s Island Park for hours to get...

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Lilac Festival kicks off great start to Calgary's summer festival season

Posted by Salmaan Farooqui on 5 June 2016

Calgary’s Mission district came alive Sunday with scorching temperatures bringing big crowds to celebrate Lilac Festival. Long considered the unofficial start to Calgary’s festival season, Lilac Festival’s vendors, performers and food brought in the crowds, with 4 St. S.W. being packed with strolling visitors as far...

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Top 5: Summer festivals in Calgary

Posted by Salmaan Farooqui on 5 June 2016

Matt Eyre has tons of fun at the annual 4th Street Lilac Festival in Calgary, AB The first weekend of June has just finished, it’s sunny and hot outside, and a near record crowd estimated at more than 100,000 took over 4th Street for...

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The Great Canadian Music Festival

Posted by Raina Rose on 4 August 2015

I have played at a number of music festivals. From the smaller folk fests to hippie jam fests, and everything in between. These are the jewels in the crown of summer gigs. Usually they pay a little bit of money and provide you...

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Calgary Folk Music Festival: We were spoiled this year

Posted by Gerry Krochak on 27 July 2015

Lucinda Williams performs at the Calgary Folk Festival in Calgary, Alta. on Sunday July 26, 2015. Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network Although a little rain must, and did, fall into the lives of the resilient Calgary Folk Music Festival faithful, this was it ... the...

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Calgary Folk Festival: Pet-a-Palooza and storytellers add a little something extra

Posted by Steven Hunt on 26 July 2015

The one thing the Calgary folk festival has always lacked – dog energy – has been resolved. That’s not because dogs are allowed onto Prince’s Island Park, where the music fest found itself in fine form Saturday afternoon, as thousands of folkies strolled and lingered...

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Saturday night at the Calgary folk festival goes down easy like Sunday morning

26 July 2015

  NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 14: Joey Ryan (L) and Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids and perform during the 2015 Americana Honors & Awards Nomination Ceremony at Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on May 14, 2015 in...

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Calgary Folk Music Festival 2015 Day Three

Posted by Ana Mihajlovic on 26 July 2015

Buffy Sainte-Marie at Calgary Folk Music Festival. Photo: Sebastian Buzzalino June 25, 2015 CALGARY — The third day of the Calgary Folk Festival was beautiful and enjoyable despite strong winds. Festival-goers came out in droves and were treated to many excellent performances. The Los Angeles folk...

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