A dizzying four days of music, great food and a stellar setting during the Edmonton Folk Music Festival have become a summer institution in the city.
Slip into a low lawn chair and take in the backdrop of the city skyline and the grassy slope down Gallagher Hill towards the main stage nestled in a natural amphitheatre, the epicentre of a much-anticipated annual August homage to all things musical. An eclectic line-up of bands from around the globe perform including Regina Spektor, The Decemberists, Tash Sultana, Lord Huron, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Las Cafeteras, Ry Cooder and the Hamiltones, Neko Case, and more. The event’s vibe is unique as anyone who’s been will tell you, with jam sessions and lesser known acts occupying several smaller stages, and rumours drifting of big-time bands joining up for epic surprise musical unions.
The festival is kid-friendly – eleven and under get in free – and it’s also a community event with over 2,500 volunteers hell-bent on bringing the world’s best folk music to Northern Alberta with a good dose of fun. An army of food vendors cooks up a vast array of international delicacies, and there’s a lively beer garden as well with a selection of brews to quench your thirst and soothe your throat after all that spirited singing along.