Cure your cabin fever at this year's Block Heater
Calgary's three-day winter extravaganza returns Feb. 20 to 22
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 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.
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 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.
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