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Promotional poster for Block Heater 2023, taking place February 9-12. Artwork by Geneva L. Haley.
Promotional poster for Block Heater 2023, taking place February 9-12. Artwork by Geneva L. Haley.

Block Heater returns February 9-12, 2023

Winter is coming — and we'll be bringing back the heat. The 8th annual Block Heater music festival returns this coming February 9-12, powered by ATB.

Your Block Heater lineup is here 🔥

The Jayhawks

Despite years that swirled members, memories, and dreams, one thing remained constant for The Jayhawks since forming in 1985 in Minneapolis: their sound. It’s instantly familiar, laced with clear ...

Photo by Sam Erickson.
Kid Koala x Lealani
The Milk Carton Kids
Margaret Glaspy
The Deep Dark Woods
The Jayhawks
Pierre Kwenders
Damien Jurado
Heartless Bastards
Kid Koala x Lealani
The Milk Carton Kids
Margaret Glaspy
The Deep Dark Woods
The Jayhawks
Pierre Kwenders
Damien Jurado
Heartless Bastards

Your Block Heater lineup is here 🔥

Photo by Josh Goleman.

Margaret Glaspy

When she first burst onto the indie scene in 2016, Margaret Glaspy could be counted on for delivering biting lyrics with bravado atop raw, thumping guitar. In the intervening years, her sound has ...

Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods is pictured standing infront of a deep dark wooded area! Photo by Rima Sater.

The Deep Dark Woods

In 2005, this quietly haunting Canadiana outfit was unearthed in rural Saskatchewan. A band with few fixed members, it’s a vessel for enigmatic founder and frontman Ryan Boldt, keyboard wonder Geo...

Photo by Sam Erickson.

The Jayhawks

Despite years that swirled members, memories, and dreams, one thing remained constant for The Jayhawks since forming in 1985 in Minneapolis: their sound. It’s instantly familiar, laced with clear ...

Pierre Kwenders

Language, nationality, geography, and genre pose no barriers for the force of nature that is Pierre Kwenders. The winner of the 2022 Polaris Music Prize for his mind-bending album José Louis and t...

Damien Jurado is pictured in a black and white photo playing guitar. Photo by Josh Gordon.

Damien Jurado

While some of us were joining pandemic book clubs or binge-watching obscure Nordic noir crime shows, Damien Jurado kept doing what he does best: writing songs. His latest release, Reggae Film Star...

Photo by Aaron Conway.

Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards are anything but. The band is largely the endeavour of creative powerhouse Erikka Wennerstrom who serves as frontwoman, songwriter, producer and herder of creative cats - all ro...

Photo by Corinne Merrell.

Kid Koala x Lealani

​​Stop. Everything you thought you knew about Kid Koala? That was yesterday. And Kid Koala doesn’t do yesterday. With projects ranging from a soundtrack to the breakdance-battle video game Floor K...

The Milk Carton Kids

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan shelved their solo careers in favour of a collaborative project focusing on harmonized vocals, entwined acoustic guitars and rootsy songwriting. With a rare sense ...

Photo by Josh Goleman.

Margaret Glaspy

When she first burst onto the indie scene in 2016, Margaret Glaspy could be counted on for delivering biting lyrics with bravado atop raw, thumping guitar. In the intervening years, her sound has ...

Ryan Boldt of The Deep Dark Woods is pictured standing infront of a deep dark wooded area! Photo by Rima Sater.

The Deep Dark Woods

In 2005, this quietly haunting Canadiana outfit was unearthed in rural Saskatchewan. A band with few fixed members, it’s a vessel for enigmatic founder and frontman Ryan Boldt, keyboard wonder Geo...

Photo by Sam Erickson.

The Jayhawks

Despite years that swirled members, memories, and dreams, one thing remained constant for The Jayhawks since forming in 1985 in Minneapolis: their sound. It’s instantly familiar, laced with clear ...

Pierre Kwenders

Language, nationality, geography, and genre pose no barriers for the force of nature that is Pierre Kwenders. The winner of the 2022 Polaris Music Prize for his mind-bending album José Louis and t...

Defrost those winter blues

Block Heater is your festival, your way. Featuring 32 artists and 13 separate events across 4 days, there's something to soothe every soul and warm every heart. Indoors and outdoors, downtown and just over the river: Block Heater is the family-friendly musical escape you've been waiting for. Get to know our lineup by checking out our Spotify Playlist.

Experience the musical magic this winter

Choose your own adventure at diverse Inglewood and downtown venues. Wave your hands in the air at The Palace Theatre, enjoy a glass of wine at The Ironwood, dress up at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, let the lyrics envelop you at Central United Church, dance or chill with friends at The Horizon Heating stage at Festival Hall, skate and groove at Olympic Plaza. Block Heater will recharge your soul with shows for every taste and vibe, filled with independent artists from our backyard and the globe.

Block Heater 8.0 will feature 32 artists and 13 separate events across Calgary.
Block Heater 8.0 will feature 32 artists and 13 separate events across Calgary.

Our CFMF Prize raffle is now open!

Calgary Folk Music Festival is excited to announce our Ultimate Prize Raffle fundraiser with 3 chances to win and our biggest golden tarp prize package ever including a tour-de-Folk: you could win 2 passes to the 2023 Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Regina Folk Festivals. Best summer ever? Grab your tickets now!

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