[Space Junkies]Folk Festival to feature Canadian artists in week-long outdoor concert series



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  The Summer Serenades series will feature an exclusively Canadian lineup, although performers will be coming in from across the country

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  The Calgary Folk Music Festival will be bringing live music back to Prince’s Island Park in July with a week-long series of outdoor concerts featuring Canadian acts such as The Cowboy Junkies, Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta.

  Thirty-six acts will play Prince’s Island Park from July 22 to 28 in a series called Summer Serenades. Artistic director Kerry Clarke says the concerts will be vastly different from the traditional Calgary Folk Music Festival. Performers will only be playing on the main stage area and there will be no artisan market, beer gardens, family area or day stages. Capacity will be limited to 15 per cent of usual attendance, or 1,500 per night.

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  “It’s really about carefully managing expectations,” Clarke says. “It’s going to be fun but safe. This really is more like a series of concerts even though it’s right around our traditional dates. That’s why we were careful to change the title. This isn’t the 42nd annual Calgary Folk Music Festival, this is a really wonderful series of live concerts put on to bridge (pandemic times) to hopefully what we will be back to in 2022.”

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  The concerts will be held weekday evenings plus afternoons on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. Tickets, which go on sale June 18, will not be sold individually but as tarp-space to cohorts of four people, who will be seated on “home base” tarps and blankets in different zones. There will be a two-metre distance between each home base.

  There will also be increased sanitation and masks will be mandatory.

  The Summer Serenades series will also feature an exclusively Canadian lineup, although performers will be coming in from across the country. Alongside the Cowboy Junkies, The Jim Cuddy Band and the Afro-Colombian artist Lido Pimienta, other acts will include singer-songwriter Dan Mangan, hip-hop artists The Halluci Nation and Shad, DJ Skratch Bastid, Toronto husband-wife rockers Whitehorse and singer-songwriter Hawskley Workman. Albertans Marlaena Moore, Amy Nelson, Aya Mhana, Dragon Fli Empire, Jr. Gone Wild, the Blake Reid Band, Wyatt C. Louis, Major Love and R&B singer-songwriter Kate Stevens are also scheduled to perform.

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  “We were looking for a really wide range of styles and approaches and cultures,” Clarke says. “People with short careers, people with long careers. We have got some of our favourites, some of our standard-bearers, and some new people. We’re really trying to represent the diversity of Canadian music.”

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  The acts will be arriving from various regions across the country. Singer-songwriter Frazey Ford and Ndidi O, indie-pop band Lightning Dust, recent Juno-winning roots artist Pharis & Jason Romero and folk-electronic act Moontricks will be coming from British Columbia. Acclaimed Peguis First Nation songwriter William Prince will be on hand, as will fellow Manitobans Leaf Rapids and Cree multi-instrumentalist Sebastian Gaskin. Ontario-based artists such as blues-guitarist Terra Lightfoot, Tom Wilson and iskwe, former Staggered Crossing singer Julian Taylor and Fiver, the solo project from former One Hundred Dollars vocalist Simone Schmidt, will be featured. Cape Breton folkies Villages will also be performing, as will Montreal singer-songwriter Common Holly.

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  Not unlike the folk festival, the concert series will also introduce audiences to new performers they likely haven’t seen before. That includes Toronto teen indie-rockers Moscow Apartment and jazz and soul singer Dominique Fils-Aime from Montreal.

  “She put out a trilogy between 2018 and 2021,” says Clarke about Fils-Aime. “So she is prolific, even for a fairly new artist and she’s an artist who I think will have an impact. Then there are local artists like Aya Mhana who has been in Calgary for four years and plays the oud and doesn’t have a ton of songs. Wyatt C. Louis is really lovely but, again, really new in his career. So that’s the kind of range of acts we have.”

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  Clarke stresses that safety will be a priority for the concert series.

  “There’s probably fewer people that can be in these audiences than there is during a normal day at Prince’s Island Park,” she says. “We are doing something cool but within the pandemic. It’s different expectations but it’s live music.”

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