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Cure your cabin fever at this year's Block Heater

Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Block Heater returns for its fifth year from Feb. 20 to 22 and its lineup of national and international artists will include local stars like roots/country maven Amy Nelson, funk and soul purveyor Lynn Olagundoye and artist/musician Chad VanGaalen.

Calgary's three-day winter extravaganza returns Feb. 20 to 22

This year's Block Heater features 38 artists at six Calgary venues: Festival Hall, Studio Bell, King Eddy, the Central Library, the Ironwood and Gorilla Whale. (Ron Sparrow/Block Heater)

The ultimate cure to cabin fever is back! Calgary Folk Music Festival's Block Heater returns for its fifth year Feb. 20 to 22. 

Your ticket gets you access to eight stages at six Calgary venues: Festival Hall, Studio Bell, King Eddy, the Central Library, the Ironwood and Gorilla Whale. 

You'll also get to hear from 38 homegrown, national and international artists ranging in genres from pop-punk-neo-jazz-fusion and alt-folk to rez electronica and psychedelic rock. 

Not sure which artist to check out? Listen to this year's artists here

In celebration of Black Future Month, Block Heater will be featuring seven Black Future Month artists and having a special film presentation of "We are the Roots" followed by a panel discussion.

Show your local love

Some of Calgary's very own talent will be taking the stage — here are their bios: 

Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson is an influencer turned roots/country maven. (Submitted by Block Heater)

Amy Nelson is a fashion blogger who uses clothes as a paint brush. An influencer turned roots/country maven, Nelson's music mirrors her flair for style. Her songs grow from lively old-fashioned bluegrass sowed with modern moments to take listeners back to a time when music was both entertainment and way of connecting with people. 

SHOW TIME: Thursday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. at the Ironwood in Inglewood.

Chad VanGaalen

Chad VanGaalen is an accomplished illustrator and animator who has animated many of his own videos, a full-length movie and most recently a music video for American singer-songwriter Father John Misty. (Submitted by Block Heater)

Among the Block Heater headliners is internationally known and celebrated Chad VanGaalen, who began his career as a bedroom producer and one-man street performer. VanGaalen was quickly snapped up by Sub Pop records and has since then toured the world. His skill behind the mixing board has been sought after by many Canadian artists and he has produced albums for Alvvays, Preoccupations (Calgary), Mauno and many more. Interestingly, music isn't even his native artistic outlet. Chad is an accomplished illustrator and animator who has animated many of his own videos, a full-length movie and most recently a music video for American singer-songwriter Father John Misty.

SHOW TIME: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9:50 p.m. at Flipp Reality Hall, Studio Bell.

Lynn Olagundoye

Lynn Olagundoye is front and centre among Calgary's burgeoning funk and soul purveyors. (Submitted by Block Heater)

Lynn Olagundoye is front and centre among Calgary's burgeoning funk and soul purveyors. Olagundoye marries a seductively smooth voice redolent of '70s R&B to a sound that incorporates the best of funk, jazz, Afrobeat, roots-reggae and vintage pop-recalling neo-soul. Olagundoye is also the founder of Soul in the City, a multi-media, Afro-futurist/African Diaspora event that combines spoken word, music and art to celebrate a future vision.

SHOW TIME: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 10 p.m. at Stand & Command Stage, Central Library 

Ready to go? Plan your festival here

The 2020 Block Heater lineup. (Submitted by Block Heater)

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About the Author

Madelaine Lapointe

Senior Communications Officer

Madelaine Lapointe is a senior communications officer at CBC Calgary. She enjoys connecting with the community through planning innovative campaigns and events. She previously worked at CBC Manitoba where she worked on projects including Flow in the Dark for Nuit Blanche, CBC Manitoba Future 40, Folk Festival and Beyond 94. In her spare time you can find her adventuring with her pup, cooking and watching the latest independent films.