Welcome to Calgary Folk Music Festival’s fifth annual Block Heater, presented by ATB, happening in the heart of Calgary’s Inglewood and East Village. Over thirty-five artists — from the homegrown to the far-flung — perform in concerts and collaborative sessions at five uniquely Calgary venues: the Central Library, Festival Hall, Gorilla Whale, Ironwood, King Eddy, and Studio Bell. Cure your winter cabin fever and wander from stage to stage featuring everything from the truest folk to the newest hip hop while enjoying a Big Rock beer. February is also Black Future Month which includes a special film presentation and featured artists at Block Heater.
Home to The National Music Centre’s expanded collection, which includes more than 2,500 rare instruments and artifacts, engaging exhibitions, and will include stages on three floors.
Performances take place Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 on three stages: ATB Canada Music Square (1st floor), Flipp Realty Hall (2nd floor), and Big Rock Stage (5th floor).
Located in the historic Garry Theatre in Inglewood, the Ironwood Stage and Grill brings live music to its 160-seat room every night of the week. The venue is active in the city’s bustling music scene, working with a range of local acts and organizations.
Performances take place on Thursday, February 20 and Saturday, February 22.
Calgary’s newest library features an oval-like form and an interior with a large central atrium with a skylight. The fully accessible building is elevated one floor above street level to accommodate a light rail trackway below as well as a public plaza.
Performances take place Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22 in the Stand & Command Stage (1st floor).
711 4 Street SE
Situated in the heart of Downtown Calgary steps from Studio Bell, the King Eddy and the Central Library in trendy East Village, Hilton Garden Inn’s rooms feature modern decor and thoughtful amenities like a mini-fridge, microwave and complimentary WiFi. Open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, their Garden Grill & Bar offers an array of fresh and delicious food. The Pavilion Pantry, open 24/7, offers grab and go snacks and toiletries.
635 Confluence Way SE
Alt Hotel Calgary East Village is located just steps from the Bow River and all of the area’s amenities, dining establishments and attractions. It’s a 5 minute walk to the Central Library and Studio Bell. Take in the energy of a completely revitalized neighbourhood just minutes from downtown. It features modern rooms with comfortable beds, spa-style showers and super-fast Wi-Fi plus a gym and cool lobby.
209 4 Ave SE
It’s a newly redesigned east downtown four-star hotel that's a 10 minute walk to Studio Bell and the Central Library and connected to the +15 Skyway. It boasts beautiful rooms, a pool and 24-hour gym plus The Shoe & Canoe Public House.
Black Future Month (BFM) explores African diaspora roots, music, and culture through an Afrofuturism lens by connecting and celebrating a Black artist renaissance. Linking past and present, BFM examines and revises historical events to envision black futures through innovative cultural expression.
At Block Heater 2020, AfrotroniX, Son Little, Cécile Doo-Kingué, Élage Diouf, Sunny War, Lynn Olagundoye and Karimah electrify with nu-soul, Afrofuturism, raw country blues, R&B, electric 12-bar grooves, African blues, funk and gritty soul in concert, collaborative sessions, and a film and panel discussion.
Block Heater takes place across Calgary's downtown core, with a number of partner venues.
Tickets for Block Heater are for entry to a multi-venue music festival and you are not guaranteed entry into a specific performance. Each venue has a predetermined allocation of capacity. If you cannot get into your venue of choice, there will be space for you at one of the other venues. All performances are first come, first served. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Yes, all of the venues for Block Heater are licensed.
All of the venues for Block Heater are all ages.
You are welcome and encouraged to capture your Block Heater experience with small cameras and mobile devices. Please respect other audience members and artists by using discretion while shooting and leave your tripods and long lenses at home. Photos you take must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, event volunteers may alert you. Due to artist copyright issues, we do not permit patrons to record any performances, audio or video.
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Yes, pending capacity.
Sorry, all Block Heater tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
- Festival Hall: Street level access. No stairs.
- Gorilla Whale: Street level access. No stairs.
- Ironwood Stage & Grill: Street level access. No stairs.
- Studio Bell: All exhibition stages and performance areas are fully accessible, and two large elevators make getting around easy. The entrances and hallways are also barrier-free, using high-contrast, tactile signage for ease of navigation.
- King Eddy: Fully accessible with a ramp at main entrance.
- Central Library: From entry ramps on the west side to an elevator on the east side, the Library is accessible for all
All venues are a combination of seated and standing. We will do our best to accommodate those with reduced mobility and/or persons who require seating as needed. Note: Canada Music Square has limited seating. If you require a seat, please see one of our volunteers and we will do our best to accommodate.