Hijinx Family Area

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hi Jinx Family Area  

Hijinx and the CFMF are proud to bring back our amazing family area! Read on to learn all about what we have to offer in 2019 !!!


Join our Festival Crew in the Craft Tent for some fun activities including friendship bracelets, bookmarks and creative T-Shirts. Help get your child’s creative juices flowing with a visit.


With an eclectic and imaginative style, Entangled Puppetry delights audiences with its whimsical creations. These theatre performers and multi-instrumentalists combine live music, puppetry and storytelling to create shows to enchant all ages. Based in beautiful Canmore, Entangled Puppetry is husband and wife team Tyler and Tangle McClaron. Visit us at www.entangledpuppetry.com.


Melody has been a face and body artist for over twenty years. Her love for her job shows in the amazing works of art she creates on her customers. Melody is born and raised in Calgary and is well known in the city. She delights children and adults at many venues throughout Calgary including the Calgary Zoo where you can find her most of the summer.


Perennial favourites at the Canmore Folk Music Festival, Calgary’s Green Fools are a tribe of stilt-walking clowns who stroll the site like the proverbial Pied Piper, trailing excited young fans wherever they go. From their graceful depictions of birds and faeries to their unexpected ambushes with hidden water pistols, the Green Fools will charm you, surprise you, and delight you with their antics. Bringing smiles to kids and adults alike since 1991.


Tessa Mendoza discovered the fun and fitness benefits of modern hoopdance over five years ago and she has been sharing her love of hoops with the Banff/Canmore community ever since. You may see her teaching impromptu hoop lessons in the parks, or at local artisan/farmers markets where she sells her hand-crafted clothing designs and hoops. Her workshop will reveal the secret to keeping that hoop turning on your waist.


Local clowns, Professors Bouquin and Boffin (Michelle Preston and Peter Nichol), will again be conducting juggling workshops and generally clowning around in the Family Area. Join them and learn to amuse yourself while you improve your coordination and balance, all to the beat of some amazing music.


Generously on loan from Canmore Crusiers, the Paint Bike will be returning to the Family Area this year. Fun for all ages, one of you rides while the other creates! Not-to-be-missed!


Webbing suspended between two anchors will test your balance and skill. New to the festival this year, join Paul and Melissa Shippy and their team to try out Slacklining. You have seen it in parks across Alberta. Try it out. See how you do.


Live Shows on the Family Stage 


Mandi and The Bogbeans 

 Mandi and The Bogbeans combine storytelling, silliness, guitar, violin, percussion, and audience participation to serve up a healthy serving of family fun.  

Mandi Kujawa is a storyteller, author, and musician who is very excited to team up once again with The Bogbeans for this year’s festival.  Eamonn Reil has played the Bodhran (Irish drum) for over 17 years and his wife Jane Russell began playing violin when she was 5 years old.  Classically trained, Jane has also always found ways to dive into all things folk.  Come check them out Sunday, 1:15-2:00 pm and Monday, 12:00 -12:45 pm.  Stick around afterwards for the instrument “petting zoo”, held after both sessions. 


Instrument “Petting Zoo” 

Whether you’re 2 or 92, “the zoo” enables you to explore a variety of folk instruments in a hands-on way with Mandi, Eamonn and Jane from Mandi and the Bogbeans as your hosts.  Try your hand at playing fiddle, guitar, bodhran, accordion and banjo.  Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be on the stage too.  




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