Back in April, we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Canmore Folk Music Festival. Though, with that announcement, we also made a promise: to come together to share music and celebration with all of you this summer. Today we’re excited to announce just that! It’s different, without a doubt, but we’ve been working hard to put together a (almost) festival weekend that we think you’re going to love.
The August long weekend will combine old traditions with the new normal for a fusion of nostalgia and exploration. Above all else, this unique festival weekend is an opportunity for us to come together in celebration. There are several ways to get involved, from tuning into our virtual show or taking part in this year’s one-of-a-kind contest.
Before we dive into the details, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your endless love and support during these unique times. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we hope you enjoy this year’s programming! Here’s the scoop:
All Weekend: Mountain FM Folkie Take-Over
Every year on Folk Fest weekend, you can hear the faint melody from the main stage throughout town. The music and the energy fills the air and is just one of the many sweet, familiar feelings we all know and love.
This year, we’re taking a more decentralized approach. Throughout the entire long weekend, Mountain FM will be playing the music of past Folk Fest performers for you to enjoy wherever you like. A non-stop line-up of legendary folk artists we all know and love sounds like the little slice of normalcy we’ve all been craving. Tune in via 106.5 Mountain FM.
All Weekend: Caught On Paws T-Shirt Contest
During festival weekend each year (and all the time, really), we get the pleasure of seeing the current Folk Fest T-shirts everywhere we look. This time around, for the (almost) Folk Fest, we’d like to invite you to toss on any Canmore Folk Festival T-Shirt no matter where you are.
Snap a photo of you in your shirt and tag us on social media over the festival weekend! One lucky winner will win 2 FREE tickets to the 2021 Canmore Folk Music Festival, the second choice of tarp real estate (the silver tarp), and 2 FREE festival shirts. Get creative and show us the Folkie energy we’ve been missing all year!
Visit https://canmorefolkfestival.com/t-shirtcontest/ for all the details!
Saturday, August 1, 1 – 3 pm: Retrospective Festival Takeover With CKUA
Tom Coxworth and Andy Donnelly will be hosting an exceptional 2-hour segment on CKUA that we cannot wait to witness. The takeover will be a festival retrospective, including archival interviews, music, and more from past festivals.
Whether you’re a long-time folkie or you’ve never been to the festival, this stroll back through time will be immensely meaningful and filled with words and tunes that remind us why we adore folk music, storytelling, and the vibrant tapestry they weave together.
Sunday, August 2, @ 2 pm MT: The Launch Of The Great Paws Virtual Show
On the Sunday of the festival, we will be launching a special 90-minute video that will feature an astounding roster of talented artists. The roster includes Amelie Patterson, Amythyst Kiah, Celeigh Cardinal, Danny Michel, Devin Cuddy, Elk Run & Riot, Irish Mythen, Jim Cuddy, Locarno, The McDades, Sam Polley, Shakura S’Aida, and The Small Glories.
These past festival performers have been asked to submit a song that has a connection to the Canmore Folk Fest. Perhaps they were inspired to write the song because of the festival, maybe it reminds them of the festival, or maybe it just makes them feel connected to all you folkies in some kind of way.
We simply cannot wait to see what everyone has put together for the occasion. We will be sharing more details in the coming week, so check back often!
Monday, August 3, @ 7pm MT: The Finale, Different But The Same
Four Strong Winds and The Mary Ellen Carter and the two songs that have brought the Canmore Folk Festival to close every year for as long as we can remember. Because there’s nothing we love like a little tradition, we’ll be launching two compilation videos of our two finale songs.
The videos will include the voices of some of the artists mentioned above as well as some local talent. Tune in, sing along, and toast to festivals past, present, and future. These videos will be released via our social media platforms. If you don’t partake in social media email us so we can send you a direct link!
We’ve sure been through a lot together, Folkies. We can’t wait to share this historical year with you.
Thanks to our funders and sponsors, we’re able to offer the entire 2020 festival for FREE! A heartfelt thank you to: TD Bank, Epcor, Alberta Foundation of the Arts, Canadian Heritage & SOCAN Foundation.
“TD is very proud to be returning as the presenting sponsor of the Canmore Folk Festival this year,” said Robert Ghazal, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, Prairie Region. “While we all wish we could listen to live music with the backdrop of the beautiful Three Sisters mountain in view, we are very happy to be able to still come together virtually and support amazing local musicians. Music has the power to unite us and bring us together. While we may be physically apart, we can all be together through our shared love of music and community.”
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