Canada, the UK and the US are represented in a deep mix of genres — roots, jazz, spoken word, indie, world music — at Festival Hall and other Calgary venues at the Festival’s enticing fall series.
Texas-born, Nashville-based Hayes Carll kicks everything off September 5 and 6 (sold out) at Festival Hall with his endearing wit and incisive take on the Texas outlaw tradition.
The series continues on September 13 at Festival Hall with the vinyl release of Cover Art, its 40th Anniversary compilation. The album features 21 Alberta artists beautifully interpreting iconic songs and artists from its 4-decades long history, recorded over 10 days at the National Music Centre. Held in conjunction with the Inglewood Night Market, this free-of-charge celebration includes live music and memorabilia.
On September 19 at the Palace Theatre, revel in Rhye’s sensual, hushed deep R&B grooves and organic arrangements.
On October 8 at Festival Hall, be enveloped into The Once’s lush maritime roots and harmony-driven soundscapes.
Have your mind blown and your soul reborn with relentlessly creative pioneering slam poet, musician, author, filmmaker and visual artist C.R. Avery & the storm collective on October 11 at Festival Hall.
Martin Sexton brings his influential and fiercely independent soulful blues-gospel-country-rock to Festival Hall October 19.
Visionary Brooklyn-based San Fermin’s pop-minded melodies and lushly avant-garde arrangements will be on full display October 30 at Commonwealth.
Pioneering British folk rock guitar god and brilliant songwriter Richard Thompson’s incisive originals tap into deep human emotions, excoriate the quackery of religious leaders, and critique politics. See him with twice Grammy-nominated folksinger Eliza Gilkyson as she tours her 20th album, Secularia, October 31 at the Bella Concert Hall.
Hamilton’s ferocious guitarist Terra Lightfoot delivers slow-burning soul ballads and hard charging rock numbers, along with roots-groove-rock opener Sam Weber, November 2 at The Gateway.
On November 7 at Festival Hall, witness The Young’uns irresistible English folk music interpretation, built on soaring a capella harmonies and impish humour.
The East Pointers refine their Celtic roots with masterful pop hooks, deep acoustic grooves, trance-like trad breakdowns and three-part harmonies November 8 at The Gateway.
Dance to Toronto's dozen strong original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive Lemon Bucket Orkestra November 9 at The Gateway.
Enjoy the dynamic live show, effortless harmonies and anthemic melodies of JUNO-nominated duo Fortunate Ones November 14 at Festival Hall.
Witness Grammy-nominated Alex Cuba’s sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs November 15 at Festival Hall.
The magical annual seasonal Charlie Brown’s Christmas is back November 30 in a beautiful new venue, the Bella Concert Hall. Original drummer Jerry Granelli and a charming local children’s choir perform the original score as he shares stories.