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Blue Rodeo headlines the Canmore Folk Festival

The highly anticipated lineup for the Canmore Folk Festival has been announced with 36 musicians and bands taking to the stage this summer from August 3 to 5.

National icons and Canadian Music Hall of Famers Blue Rodeo will headline the festival and perform their most famous album, Five days in July.

“(I’m) really excited to bring in big names like Blue Rodeo and Dan Mangan and also some lesser known but up and coming stars like Jeremy Dutcher and Lido Pimienta and Moon Tricks, so I think it’s going to be a really solid lineup ,” says Jenna Klein-Waller, the new director of the folk festival.

“I’m really excited about the line-up this year,”

The line-up for the three-day event includes musicians such as Leith Ross, Mariel Buckley, BuenRostro, Amy Nelson, Elisapie and Robert Adam.

“You may not know every artist on the lineup, but you get to explore and meet new artists and make new favorites and see some really great workshops,” Klein-Waller said.

Klein-Waller focused on bringing diversity to the lineup, showcasing artists who do something different in the folk genre.

“Folk is a very broad genre and it’s constantly changing,” she said. “I would say 80 percent of our artists are Canadian, but they work in folk music and in such interesting ways.”

The local Bow Valley artists have yet to be announced, but will be announced on May 5. Local Canmore band The Ducks – high school students Timmy Mann, Charlie Kestle and Oliver Robins – will perform after being one of the winners of the 2023 Lamphouse Endowment for the Arts Fund to assist with artistic endeavors.

This year, the folk festival has partnered with Grizzly Paw Brewing Company to provide site-wide licensing, meaning you can walk around and enjoy some good music with a cold beer in hand.

“We are going to do this in a safe and family-friendly way. But there will be Grizzly Paw beer on site, as well as some other options,” Klein-Waller said.

Also new to the festival, children up to 12 years old are free.

“That’s a brand new endeavor, in a way where we can hopefully convince some younger families to make this more accessible,” Klein-Waller said.

Calgarians will have the opportunity to use the new Folk Fest Express, a shuttle in partnership with On-It, offering round-trip flights to the festival site from the Somerset-Bridlewood LRT station, the Red Arrow Downtown Ticket office and the Crowfoot LRT station.

“It somewhat reduces the challenge of parking, reduces the challenge of finding accommodation, which we know is quite a challenge in the valley, and hopefully also reduces our impact on the environment when people get on board that bus “, says Klein-Waller.

Tickets are already available through the Folk Fests website, For the full line-up, visit