Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7:30
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary
Tickets for this event are FREE, but you must come to the
Folk Fest offices at 1215 10th Ave SE to pick up your
ticket(s) during regular office hours.
This special curated collaborative Canada 150 project
celebrates key songs from Canada’s history, performed by
seasoned and emerging artists. They’ll share stories and
reflections of Canada’s history and character through a
quintessential songbook selected by the five artistic
directors from the Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina, Vancouver and
Canmore Folk Music Festivals. These songs and the artists
in the project will commemorate Canada’s exceptional
stories, cultures, artists and people.
Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprits messes with genres and
perspectives. The repertoire celebrates traditional
Canadian songs from our 150-year history plus key Canadian
songbook compositions by trailblazers like Joni Mitchell,
Hank Snow, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Leonard Cohen. For
instance, a French traditional group might perform a 50-
year-old country ditty; an indigenous cellist will
reinterpret a blues song and pop singers will contribute
their take on a classic Newfoundland tune.
Artists will tour between the five festivals, with some
different artists in each market. On July 26 at the Jubilee
Auditorium, Jason Collett, Basia Bulat, Cris Derksen,
Turkwaz, DJ Shub, Mélisande (électrotrad), Birds of Chicago
and Barney Bentall will perform in-the-round, each taking
the lead on a few songs as the others jump in, providing
support on vocals and instrumentation. The show’s grand
finale will be lead by the innovative Choir! Choir! Choir.
The big choir who rehearsed songs with them at Boot Camp
that week will join them on stage.
Choir! Choir! Choir will then lead the entire audience in a
mass participatory sing-a-long.