By Kayla Beattie
CALGARY — Taking place in the breathtaking Bow Valley, the Canmore Folk Music Festival has been the longest-running folk music festival in Alberta and is nothing short of charmingly authentic in both its motivation and follow-through.
Since 1978, the festival has been attracting attendees far and wide, striving to continue the timeless legacy of folk, blues and roots music. Although Canmore, AB, is a town of only 12,000 residents, the festival averages an attendance rate of over 17,000 annually and takes place over the Heritage Day long weekend in August.
Canmore Folk Music Fest breaks the traditional mould of Friday-Sunday performances and instead opts for Saturday-Monday shows. The festival site lies within the protective glow of the surrounding mountains in Centennial Park of downtown Canmore.
With 18 acts from across Canada performing, the festival’s music is as diverse and enthralling as the scenery itself. Standout acts this year include the Deep Dark Woods, the Strumbellas, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Dany Michel and Cowboy Junkies.
Throughout the weekend, the town of Canmore comes alive with various activities in constant motion, which appeal to a wide array of demographics. Events include: The Grizzly Ultra Marathon, kids concerts and activities, pancake breakfasts, songwriting workshops, a downtown street dance, tasty food stands, art vendors and much more.
Canmore Folk Music Festival’s wholesome and inclusive disposition is evident in its alcohol-free grounds, family-friendly activities and dedication to the simplicity of outstanding music — a definite must-see for anyone intent on basking in the beauty of the Rockies and enjoying the eternal sincerity that folk music possesses.
The Canmore Folk Festival runs from August 2-4 at Centennial Park (Canmore). For more information, visit canmorefolkfestival.com.AB, Alberta, Canmore, Canmore Folk Music Festival, Cowboy Junkies, Dany Michel, Deep Dark Woods, festival season, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, the Strumbellas