Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • The December 2017 issue of BeatRoute featuring vicmensa and ourhellip
  • PREMIERE! We are excited to present the brand new Peachhellip
  • Vic Mensa is currently on tour with JAYZ in supporthellip
  • Meet Rudolf Penner Vancouverite artist activist musician and person whoshellip
  • Don we now our cowboy apparel! Fa la la lahellip
  • A Steve Louie With A View brasstronaut
  • Shes the biggest and fastestrising RB star youve never heardhellip
  • Forever riding that wave of mutilation BeatRoute editor Johnny Papanhellip
  • Looking forward to our Christmas party that we are hostinghellip

Wide Cut Weekend: Third Time’s the Charm 

Friday 06th, October 2017 / 10:00
By Liam Prost 


CALGARY – Reaching deep into Canadian Roots for a third year in a row, Allison Brock and the team over at Wide Cut Weekend have a smorgasbord for you. The multi-venue music festival hits that late fall period where the shadows are long, the nights start early, but you can still hit the streets on skinny tires.  

It’s like a rootsy Sled Island, with so much content that you can’t possibly see it all, and venues stretching across the core from Inglewood to Sunalta. Bicycle is perhaps the best way to see the fest, but given the season and the relative distance, Wide Cut Weekend also offers a venue-to-venue buss service powered by everyone’s favorite party wheels the BassBus. Venues include the newly minted King Eddy spaces at the National Music Centre, as well as old favorites like the Blues Can, The #1 Legion (it truly is #1 isn’t it?) and Mikey’s Juke Joint. This year they’ve expanded to the new Mikey’s on 12th location as well. 

If you missed any acts last year, you’ll be able to revisit favorites like Matt Patershuk, Amy Nelson, and Tom Phillips. But there are a whole shwack of new artists to sink your teeth into in-keeping with the roots and singer-songwriter aesthetic. Scott Cook brings roadworn wisdom to Wide Cut Weekend for the first time, as well as the country contrast of Saskatoon songwriter Zachary Lucky, and the deep-voiced sad-sackery of the reincarnation of Townes Van Zandt himself, Richard Inman. 

In its inception, Wide Cut Weekend focused on Alberta Artists, and as it’s grown, it’s reach has broadened into Western Canada, and now, it’s bringing in acts from even further away like Eliza Gilkyson, Lynne Hanson, and Linda McRae. Several of these artists will be getting the true Alberta experience, with a few key Albertan players backing several artists over the course of the weekend. It’s a true exercise in musical community building, like a conference for roots artists. 

There’s also a renewed emphasis on gender representation at the festival.

“We’ve really upped the girl-power on the line-up this year,” board member Tara Sukut tells BeatRoute, “Almost half of our programming is [female]-fronted acts.”
Highlights include Kayla Luky and Little Miss Higgins (see our full preview in this section). 

Wide Cut Weekend takes place at multiple venues on October 12-14 (Calgary). 

, , , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.




Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 33  Our annual holiday party at ThePalominohellip
  • Were the kids in America woahoh! Hey are you athellip
  • Our beautiful December issue is on the streets now! Ourhellip
  • A lot of inspiration was taken from vintage hotography withhellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 23  Were throwing our first ever Edmontonhellip
  • Check out our review of Femme Wave Fest up onhellip
  • The amazing Ellen Doty is partnering with Monogram Coffee tohellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 13  Crystal Eyes Child Actress and WITShellip
  • Check out the review of OCSs Memory of A Cuthellip