Canmore Folk Festival

The Canmore Folk Festival is happening for the 37th time this weekend, August 2 – 4.

This annual festival brings so much to Canmore.  If you live or want to live in Canmore this event is one of the highlights of each summer.

Canmore Folk Festival

MAZ BLENDING PHILOSOPHY AND MYTH FOR FOLK FEST

MAZ keeps perspective, heritage and their beliefs at the forefront of their music. The band believes too many people have a tendency to compare against genres, and they just want audiences to embrace the perspective of what life gives us to work with.

The band is the brainchild of Marc Maziade (electric guitar, banjo, foot percussion and programming), who brought in musicians Pierre-Olivier Dufresne (violin, mandolin), Gabriel Godbout-Castonguay (keys) and Benoit Coulombe (bass) to blend elements of traditional Quebec music with modal jazz and modern melody. Maziade first thought of the idea when he was working on his masters in music.

“I did study music, but I don’t find that my education is any more considerable than somebody that would’ve done it themselves,” Maziade said. “I try to bring direction to the band. Music is more like a turf that we get to discover. We’re more into exploring by keeping somewhat of a balance between the music, the identity that it generates, that it’s inspiring to people, and an openness to other genres. We look at what they have in common, what they have that can be expressed and try to get something more universal out of it.”

MAZ plays the Canmore Folk Music Festival on Aug. 4. The band will share the evening’s stage with Steve Dawson, Martyn Joseph, Madison Violet, Mike Farris and closer Rodney Crowell.

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STRUMBELLAS ADD JUNO SOUND TO FOLK FEST

For a band that started from the humblest of beginnings, a Craigslist ad for musicians, The Strumbellas have reached lofty heights in five short years.

Most recently, Ontario’s The Strumbellas, which will take the Canmore Folk Music Festival stage on Aug. 2, carried off a 2014 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year for We Still Move On Dance Floors, the Sirius XM Indies award for Folk Group of the Year and made a Polaris Music Prize long list of nominees.

The Juno win follows a nomination for their debut album My Father And The Hunter in 2012.

The six-piece Strumbellas kick off festival proceedings with an Aug. 1 show at the Civic Centre and on Aug. 2 will join a lineup that includes J.P. Hoe, Guy Davis, Deep Dark Woods, Baskery and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.

The Canmore gig is one of many festivals the band will play in Western Canada over two months this summer.

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