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Calgary Folk Music Festival's 9th annual Block Heater music festival returns February 15-17, 2024.
Calgary Folk Music Festival's 9th annual Block Heater music festival returns February 15-17, 2024.

Block Heater returns February 15–17, 2024

Your worries will melt away this winter: the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Block Heater 9.0, powered by ATB, blows into Calgary like a balmy chinook wind February 15–17, 2024.

Our Block Heater winning 50/50 ticket number is:
B-140050

🔥 Your Block Heater headliners 🔥

The Devil Makes Three

If Tennessee whiskey has you drinking in heaven, you might be under the influence of The Devil Makes Three. This longstanding Americana triumvirate— Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean– ...

Tanika Charles
Rich Aucoin
Dominique Fils-Aimé
Odario
The Devil Makes Three
Tanya Tagaq
Daniel Romano's Outfit
Vieux Farka Touré
U.S. Girls
Jesse Roper
This is the Kit
Matt Holubowski
Tanika Charles
Rich Aucoin
Dominique Fils-Aimé
Odario
The Devil Makes Three
Tanya Tagaq
Daniel Romano's Outfit
Vieux Farka Touré

🔥 Your Block Heater headliners 🔥

Dominique Fils-Aimé

Montreal-born, Haitian descendent Dominique Fils-Aimé’s triptych of albums devoted to African-originated music is a single history of the journey from darkness to light, told in three parts: from ...

Odario

Odario (Garfield) Williams is a voice, a soothing set of frequencies, sometimes delicately spoken into the pop filter of a CBC microphone, allowing the proximity effect to fill your ears with the ...

The Devil Makes Three

If Tennessee whiskey has you drinking in heaven, you might be under the influence of The Devil Makes Three. This longstanding Americana triumvirate— Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean– ...

Tanya Tagaq

Often categorized as an avant-garde singer/composer, Tanya Tagaq’s visceral, haunting and, at times, animist vocal performances redefine and, ultimately, annihilate genres. Tagaq taps into a time ...

Daniel Romano's Outfit

Long one of Canada’s most prolific and idiosyncratic artists, Daniel Romano and his Outfit have honed their mastery of decades of rock n’ roll styles into a kinetic live show that has set a standa...

Vieux Farka Touré

Vieux Farka Touré embraced the challenges of performing under the shadow of his father, legendary desert blues Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré, and the moniker “The Hendrix of the Sahara” since s...

U.S. Girls

“These dashboard memories” breathes Megan Remy on the opening track ‘Only Daedelus’ from her latest album Bless This Mess, and dashboard memories are an ideal description of the album. Recalling ...

Jesse Roper

These days Jesse Roper spends the bulk of any given year relentlessly touring. He covered Canada coast to coast and much of Europe last year. Having established his band, the Roper Show, as a poli...

This is the Kit

A quiet is the new loud approach to songwriting permeates the sound of This Is the Kit, a band name that essentially serves as an alias for British singer/songwriter Kate Stables. Most often label...

Matt Holubowski

There’s something playful, wistful, and hopeful in Québecois songwriter Matt Holubowski’s songs. His pop dreaminess reveals an idealism honed from his work as a humanitarian volunteer, exploring t...

Tanika Charles

Who would have the gumption to beat out more well-established artists for Polaris longlist and JUNO award nominations with a debut full-length album? That someone would have to be Tanika Charles, ...

Rich Aucoin

To call Rich Aucoin energetic is to sell him short. Calling him a human dynamo still underestimates the seemingly limitless reserves at his ready disposal. This is a musician who paired the record...

Dominique Fils-Aimé

Montreal-born, Haitian descendent Dominique Fils-Aimé’s triptych of albums devoted to African-originated music is a single history of the journey from darkness to light, told in three parts: from ...

Odario

Odario (Garfield) Williams is a voice, a soothing set of frequencies, sometimes delicately spoken into the pop filter of a CBC microphone, allowing the proximity effect to fill your ears with the ...

The Devil Makes Three

If Tennessee whiskey has you drinking in heaven, you might be under the influence of The Devil Makes Three. This longstanding Americana triumvirate— Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean– ...

Tanya Tagaq

Often categorized as an avant-garde singer/composer, Tanya Tagaq’s visceral, haunting and, at times, animist vocal performances redefine and, ultimately, annihilate genres. Tagaq taps into a time ...

Choose your own musical adventure

Take in concerts and the Festival’s trademark collaborative sessions in Inglewood, the East Village and downtown. From intimate performances to big bashes, there's something for everyone at this year's festival. Plus you can bring your skates for an evening of free performances at Olympic Plaza in partnership with Chinook Blast.

Performers get the party started at Block Heater as audience members smile and dance at the Palace Theatre in Calgary, Alberta.

Marquee artists at modest prices.

We've been gassing up the perfect cozy weekend to get your musical engines revving – indoors and outdoors, downtown and just over the river. You’ll be over the moon and singing amongst the stars with our sizzling lineup of 27 artists from from four continents and eight countries, including our own Albertan backyard.

Combo pass now available for Friday & Saturday at Block Heater!

Festival fans rejoice! We’ve got the perfect option for venue hoppin’ – our Block Heater Friday/Saturday combo pass! Bounce between performances downtown at Central United Church, The Palace Theatre and the Royal Canadian Legion #1.

And on Saturday we’ve included our collaborative sessions in the afternoon at Festival Hall and the Ironwood Stage & Grill plus we've curated a free concert in partnership with Chinook Blast at Olympic Plaza in the evening. Check out our full schedule and don't miss a moment of the magic!

For only $80, you can catch up to 22 artists across nine Block Heater events. We’ll bring the heat, you bring your jacket: these shows are only a block or two apart but be sure to dress warm for the journey, folkies!

Check out our 50/50 raffle and you could win big!

Looking to support our local live music scene? Our Block Heater 50/50 raffle is now live and you could take home half the jackpot! Tickets on sale now until February 17. Must be 18 years or older and a resident of Alberta to win.

AGLC #: 674289

Block Heater volunteers

Returning volunteers have been reached out to to confirm their intentions - check your inbox! If you are new to Block Heater, join the waitlist.

The Calgary Folk Music Festival returns July 25-28

Mark your calendars and tell your cousin you won't be making it to their summer wedding, the 45th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival, July 25–28, powered by ATB, is going to be massive. We're already working away on our biggest festival yet, and we can't wait to see you on the island.

Stay tuned for our next announcement and flash sale, coming mid-March.

Arts market and food vendor applications are now open! All applications must be received via the online application form by March 19 (arts market) and March 31 (food vendors).

Upcoming concerts

*FREE* Chinook Blast Opening night w/ Ginger Beef, Kris Demeanor, Ruby Singh

Feb 3, 2024 · Olympic Plaza

Jenn Grant live at Festival Hall, April 12

Apr 12, 2024 · Festival Hall

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Allison Russell live at the Bella Concert Hall, March 1 2024

Mar 1, 2024 · Bella Concert Hall

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Land of Talk live at Festival Hall - May 3

May 3, 2024 · Festival Hall

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Allison Russell live at the Bella Concert Hall, March 1 2024

Mar 1, 2024 · Bella Concert Hall

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Land of Talk live at Festival Hall - May 3

May 3, 2024 · Festival Hall

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*FREE* Chinook Blast Opening night w/ Ginger Beef, Kris Demeanor, Ruby Singh

Feb 3, 2024 · Olympic Plaza

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Jenn Grant live at Festival Hall, April 12

Apr 12, 2024 · Festival Hall

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Allison Russell live at the Bella Concert Hall, March 1 2024

Mar 1, 2024 · Bella Concert Hall

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Land of Talk live at Festival Hall - May 3

May 3, 2024 · Festival Hall

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*FREE* Chinook Blast Opening night w/ Ginger Beef, Kris Demeanor, Ruby Singh

Feb 3, 2024 · Olympic Plaza

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Jenn Grant live at Festival Hall, April 12

Apr 12, 2024 · Festival Hall

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