Folk music has always been part of the Canadian cultural fabric, telling the stories of our past and shining a light into our future. It’s a genre that can be hard to define, incorporating a diverse mix of traditions, styles and instrumentation. But what holds it together is simple: a sense of soulful expression and a belief in the power of music to connect with people at their core.
At the Canmore Folk Music Festival, taking place Aug. 3-5 in Centennial Park, some of the top acts in Canada will take to the stage to celebrate the spirit of folk in the great outdoors. There will be concerts, workshops, and fun events for kids in a family-friendly, alcohol-free environment. The festival will also feature concerts off-site at the “Festival Pub” in Union Hall.
This year’s exciting lineup includes both veterans and up-and-comers. Vancouver folk rock legends Spirit of the West and Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo will be performing along with indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers, blues phenom Matt Andersen and a total of 14 other acts.
Now in its 35th year, the Canmore Folk Fest is the longest running folk festival in Alberta, drawing close to 15000 fans every August. It’s setting in the city of Canmore, nestled in scenic valley flanked by the Rock Mountains, is as beautiful as the music.
At $89.50 for an adult weekend pass, the festival is also a bargain. Weekend or Single Day passes are available now for advance purchase with a discount. Additional discounts can be had for seniors, youth, children and families.
For Canmore accommodations just a 5-minute drive from Centennial Park, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Pocaterra Inn is a comfortable and affordable choice. With free breakfast, a spacious indoor pool and a range of convenient amenities, we are your premier folk festival hotel.