Talent shines at Calgary Folk Music Festival

Local and international musicians share stages in Prince’s Island Park

Artists from around the world gathered for an unforgettable weekend of good music and vibes at the latest rendition of the Calgary Folk Music Festival from July 21-24. The weather even co-operated, with beautiful sunshine providing a nice contrast to the rain that doused the Calgary Stampede the previous week.

With seven stages hosting performances each day, a small army of food trucks and the newly expanded Big Rock Beer gardens, Folk Fest was never short on things to do, people to see and places to be. Local artists such as Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Dudes and Corb Lund and The Hurtin’ Albertans were joined by Canadian stars including The New Ponographers and Kathleen Edwards.

Rounding out the musical line-up, cementing the Calgary Folk Festival’s reputation as a truly international affair, several artists like Irishman Foy Vance, The Tallest Man on Earth from Sweden and the United Kingdom-Ethiopian jazz group Krar Collective rocked music fans ears — in a good way .

“Our folk fest is an international festival,” says local folk favourite Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, who played the main stage on Friday night. “It’s well done, well curated, it’s a real pleasure to be a part of. And I think our city is young. There is some really cool art here, and it’s amazing to be able to bring people to the city like this and showcase some of Calgary’s musical delegates.”

Check out The Calgary Journal’s images of the Calgary Folk Music Festival from Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Photos by Jodi Brak 

jbrak@cjournal.ca