2015 Press

Calgary Folk Festival Musicians Literally Light Up Festival Stage

Posted by The Calgary Eyeopener on 21 July 2015

A man crowd surfs as A Tribe Called Red performed at the 2014 Calgary Folk Music Festival. (Submitted by Ashley Thompson) It could be the most folkie science project in the history of the universe. This week at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, a grad...

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Calgary Folk Festival: Rhiannon Giddens pays tribute to women performers

Posted by Eric Volmers on 21 July 2015

rhiannon giddens courtesy dan winters While she seems to be doing her best to hide it, Rhiannon Giddens seems a little annoyed by a question about her genealogy. It seemed a natural enough tangent to explore. After all, the singer has been open about...

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Dollar, Economy Pack Double Hit to Calgary Folk Fest

Posted by Stephanie Froese and 660 News Staff on 21 July 2015

The Calgary Folk Festival gets underway Thursday and organizers are hoping that ticket sales will pick up. Debbi Salmonsen, the festival director, told 660News they are feeling the effects of the local economy as ticket sales were down about 10 per cent by Tuesday. “This week we’ve...

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Falling oil prices hit 36th annual Calgary Folk Festival

Posted by Gary Bobrovitz and Masha Scheele on 20 July 2015

CALGARY – The Calgary Folk Music Festival is feeling the effects of a soft economy due to low oil prices. This year, ticket sales for the four-day event are down 10 to 15 per cent from last year. “There have been years where by this time we were...

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Why wearing a pseudo-indigenous headdress is not OK at Calgary Folk Fest

Posted by Roger Kingkade on 20 July 2015

Osheaga posted its headdress ban on Facebook, saying they have "spiritual and cultural meaning" to First Nations. Anybody who follows the continental cultural road show that is the music festival circuit knows that funky fashion trends are a big part of the experience....

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Getting down with alternative energy sources at Calgary Folk Fest

Posted by Helen Pike on 13 July 2015

  A photo taken from the stage of a crowd enjoying tunes from a previous Folk Fest A photo taken from the stage of a crowd enjoying tunes from a previous Folk Fest A University of Calgary study is counting on some “good vibrations” to...

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Down, but not out: Businesses hold post-Stampede hope

Posted by Cindy White and Stephanie Froese on 13 July 2015

Some downtown Calgary businesses hope the remaining big events and festivals of the summer will encourage people to open their wallets and spend more in the city’s core. Maggie Schofield, executive director of the Calgary Downtown Association, told 660News the lower spending reported as Stampede...

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76 performers from 16 countries in this year's Calgary Folk Music Festival line-up

Posted by Christine Leonard on 6 July 2015

A Tribe Called Red performs live during last year’s Calgary Folk Music Festival  A Tribe Called Red performs live during last year’s Calgary Folk Music Festival. One hip-hop highlight that will be performing for 2015 includes Calgary duo Dragon Fli Empire. Photo: Sebastian Buzzalino CALGARY —...

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Folk fest grows its presence

Posted by Shannon Sutherland-Smith on 30 June 2015

Folk fest has long been a force in the festival season, but now it is enjoying influence in all seasons. "As an organization, we’ve taken several risks over the past few years,” says Calgary Folk Music Festival executive director Debbi Salmonsen. “With taking a risk...

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Calgary families yearn for youth spot in local music scene

Posted by Helen Pike on 18 March 2015

Youthmusic There’s a lot of talent pent up in young Calgary musicians but some parents who opt to play roadie instead of soccer mom or dad worry that without a solid all-ages venue there aren’t enough opportunities for kids to join a musical community. Jason Klapak...

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