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Folk Festival Society of Calgary

The Folk Festival Society is a not-for-profit and registered charitable organization founded in 1980 that produces music and cultural events all year: a summer festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival since 1980; a winter festival, Block Heater since 2016; educational programming such as our annual Boot Camp; and concerts at our own venue, Festival Hall in Inglewood, as well as partner venues across Calgary. The organization is powered by 2000 volunteers, governed by 13 volunteer Board of Directors and a staff team of 13 oversees all operations.

Charitable registration: 127909141 RR0001

Our strategic pillars

Share our passion for music

Create exceptional experiences

Maintain a vibrant & sustainable organization

Foster community spirit

Safer Spaces

A safer space is a supportive and non-threatening environment where the physical, mental, and emotional safety of the people within it are the highest priority. 

Through our ongoing work with community organizations, Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) and Sagesse, we have developed and implemented a Safer Spaces policy. We are committed to providing a harassment-free space for everyone, regardless sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, age, language, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, or otherwise.

All disclosures, anonymous or otherwise, are investigated by the anti-abuse committee or the on-site organizers before action is taken. Any actions and cases will not be discussed publicly.

If you have any questions as to enforcement, review process, disclosure process or have a suggestion to improve our safer space policy please contact us at

2021-2022 Board of Directors

David Frid

Jed Teigan

Karin King

Kerry Lynn Okita

Lisa Hari

Lisha Hassanali

Monique Minvielle

Peter May

Shayne McBride

Sheldon Lachambre

Shaad Oosman

Timothy Neis