2011 Press

Bonnie Stiernberg, Paste: Calgary Folk Festival Recap

27 July 2011

I’m not accustomed to seeing my breath at a summer festival. I imagine I’m not the only one. For most of us, “festival season” conjures up images of sweaty and sunburnt crowds, but at the Calgary Folk Festival in Alberta, Canada last weekend, I found...

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Lana Gay, Radio 3: The Calgary Folk Music Festival Highlights, Photos and Gallery Part 1

Posted by Johanna on 27 July 2011

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Within my first 36 hours in* Calgary* I strolled through the impressive *Cantos Music Foundation* collection, saw the plans for the upcoming *National Music Centre*, did a live music pub crawl, rafted down the *Bow River* with Dan Vacon (The Dudes[http://radio3.cbc.ca/bands/The-Dudes]) and Kris Demeanor (Cutest Kitten Ever) and experienced *The Calgary Folk Music Festival* in the...

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Jonathan Dekel, Spinner: Calgary Folk Fest 2011 stays true to its roots

Posted by Johanna on 27 July 2011

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This year, perhaps more than any other in its three decade history, the organizers of the Calgary Folk Festival were faced with a conundrum. As acts such as Mumford and Sons[http://www.spinner.com/tag/MumfordandSons/],Fleet Foxes[http://www.spinner.com/tag/FleetFoxes/] and Bon Iver[http://www.spinner.com/tag/BonIver/] enjoy an unexpected rein at the top of the charts -- a clue that indie-folk's popular...

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Jeremy Klaszus, Swerve Magazine: The Folkie Land Grab

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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It was a telling moment. Folkie singer-songwriter Connie Kaldor was emceeing the mainstage at the 2007 Calgary Folk Music Festival. Caught up in the good vibes, Kaldor urged those near the stage to make room for strangers. “This is  Calgary, a friendly place,” she...

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Drew Anderson, Swerve Magazine: Highlights of the Folk Fest

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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It’s difficult to decide what to see at a festival with so many stages and so many great acts. It’s even more difficult to actually see the bands and the workshops that make the list. There are people to see, bands to watch,...

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Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald: Mazel Tov!

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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Preview Socalled plays the Calgary Folk Music Festival's main stage tonight at 6: 30 p.m. Geoff Berner plays Stage 4 Sunday at 3: 15 p.m. Mazel Tov!, featuring Berner, Socalled and Yemen blues, will be held at Stage 5 Saturday at 12: 55 p.m. Geoff Berner...

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Lisa Wilton, Calgary Sun: Rip-roaring start for Folk Fest

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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The Calgary Folk Music Festival kicked off Thursday and proved once again why it’s one of the most successful music festivals in the country. Though folk purists may balk at the lack of traditional folk acts playing the Folk Fest in recent years, artistic director...

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Ryan Krochko, Where Magazine: Opening Night: Calgary Folk Fest nails it

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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The Calgary Folk Music Festival opened yesterday to a packed crowd of 12,000 for an evening-only performance at Prince’s Island Park. The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band kicked off the festival with their high-octane delta blues performance. “Where we’re from, we tell it like it...

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Swerve Magazine: Dressed to Thrill: The Calgary Folk Fest Part 1

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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Last night kicked off The Calgary Folk Music Festival and thanks to the beautiful sunshine and a comfortable temperature, the folkies were in fine fashion form. Sunglasses were the must-have accessory, as were sun hats, feathers, sandals and even a bit of plaid hanging...

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MIke Bell, Calgary Herald: Mike Bell's best bets for Saturday's Folk Fest

Posted by Johanna on 26 July 2011

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Wait. Which is the one where you run for six hours and always get beaten by that skinny, shoeless guy from Nigeria or wherever? It’s that one. The Calgary Folk Music Festival is that long, hilly race, where strangers...

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