Folk fest blown out by mighty wind

Folk fest blown out by mighty wind

Before it was evacuated on Thursday night, people were having a blast at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. They were just getting warmed up with the furious fiddling hurdy-gurdy goodness of the Quebec supergroup called Solo; and a smokin’ set of Haitian samba from Lakou Mizik – and then Mother Nature stepped in. A sudden […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Best of the folk fest

MUSIC PREVIEW: Best of the folk fest

The dominant event across most genres this weekend of course is the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, a veritable staple of the city’s music scene since 1980. In fact, there’s usually a dearth in gigs over the weekend because most venues don’t want to schedule anything against this juggernaut, certainly the largest music festival in the […]

How did our festivals do?

How did our festivals do?

Imagine you’re on the fence about going to Sonic Boom, Edmonton’s last proper outdoor festival happening Sept. 3-4 in Borden Park. Maybe you’re festival-ed out. Maybe you’re sick of summer. Maybe you’re tired of life. Then you find out Twenty One Pilots is playing – and that’s the deal maker. Sure, OK, let’s have one […]

Folk Fest vs. LRT: A hill to die on

Folk Fest vs. LRT: A hill to die on

There’s a mild controversy literally surrounding the Edmonton Folk Music Festival this year. Like a lot of Edmonton gripes, it’s over a bridge. Folkies may have noticed they can’t walk over on the Cloverdale footbridge anymore. The City has already started breaking it down to make way for the new LRT Valley Line, to be […]

Session acts upstage main stage at folk fest

Session acts upstage main stage at folk fest

Day Two of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival kicked off just in time for the after-work crowd to hustle down to Gallagher Hill and take in a slew of “Session” performances before the main stage acts got underway. The shorter schedule during the first two days of folk fest always feel like a primer for […]

Guitar Night at the Folk Fest

Guitar Night at the Folk Fest

The first four acts of the 37th annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival have set the tone – for rocking out. Opening night contained at least twice the recommended daily dosage of electric guitar, and the folk fans didn’t mind a bit. After all, the folks know this weekend will be filled with fiddles, bouzoukis, dobros […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: What the Folk

MUSIC PREVIEW: What the Folk

Folk music is bleeding into the pop charts in record quantities. At this rate, it’ll be Bob Dylan at Newport all over again. So who is the next Bob Dylan? (Or Joni Mitchell, or Fairport Convention, depending.) The stars of tomorrow may well be found at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival Thursday through Sunday. Headliners […]

End of the Earth

End of the Earth

Wickham gives the skinny on 64 folk fest acts

Wickham gives the skinny on 64 folk fest acts

Every year the entire media of Edmonton assemble for a spring ritual – to hear Edmonton Folk Music Festival producer Terry Wickham talk about who’s coming to the festival this year, and to show us why we should care. He cares. That makes a big difference. Every year, he educates the press on another crop […]

REAR END IN VIEW: Stick a fork in it

REAR END IN VIEW: Stick a fork in it

For the fourth year running, a story about Purple City was one of the most widely read articles on GigCity. It’s an Edmonton thing. Among all the weird attractions in a weird town is this time-honoured ritual of getting high and going to stare at the lights outside the Alberta Legislature at night. After a […]

Folk fest fans back NDP: Captain Obvious Poll

Folk fest fans back NDP: Captain Obvious Poll

One of the fun things about having 20,000 apparently like-minded folk fenced in at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is the opportunity to practice some anthropology. So many people gathered in such a seemingly narrow cultural niche – folk music – where politics tends to lean left, have made Gallagher Park an oasis of green […]

MUSIC PREVIEW: Folk Fest Monsters

MUSIC PREVIEW: Folk Fest Monsters

It’s that one weekend every year where if you’ve scheduled any other music event, you’re definitely taking your chances. Sure, you might have decent luck if it’s a metal show – but even then, with 20,000+ music lovers a day taking in the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in Gallagher Park, and with all the local […]

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