hide You are viewing an archived web page collected at the request of University of Alberta using Archive-It. This page was captured on 16:16:09 Dec 08, 2010, and is part of the HCF Alberta Online Encyclopedia collection. The information on this web page may be out of date. See All versions of this archived page. Loading media information
Heritage Community Foundation Presents
Alberta Online Encyclopedia
Alberta's Arts Heritage
Performing Arts
Literary Arts
Visual Arts
Film and Media Arts

Artists Database

Home   About   Partners   Info   Help   Sitemap   Search   Contact Us


Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Jazz City International Music Festival

Edmonton Fringe Festival

National PlayRites Festival

Shakespeare in the Park

International Children's Festival

Alberta Dance Explosions Festival

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

The Funk BrothersOne of the leading folk festivals in the world, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival features talent from around the globe in a four day extravaganza displaying a mixture of celtic, bluegrass, blues, gospel, roots, world beat, country and R&B music. Every year, the festival features something different. The festival tries to balance Dar Williamsa variety of talent with 50 percent Canadian artists, and an equal amount of male and female musicians. Well known artists play along side aspiring artists to provide a mix of established and developing talent.

Featured Audio
Featured Audio

Listen as Terry Wickham speaks about the work involved in organizing the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the success experienced by the festival. Listen Now

Edmonton seemed an unlikely location for a folk festival when the idea was proposed by Donald Lewis Whalen. Don Whalen had an optimistic vision which became reality through the hard work of many individuals and dedicated volunteers and was actively involved in many folk music pursuits before the founding of the Folk Music festival. He was associated with the Edmonton Folk Music Society which ran weekend concerts at the Yard bird Suite in the basement of the Army and Navy store on Whyte Avenue. Gallagher ParkIn 1985, the festival became a not-for-profit democratic society with an elected nine-person board that hires the festival's producer and sets operating policy. From the beginning, the festival was led by volunteers.

Currently, 1,800 volunteers on 35 crews, work to make the event a success.

[Back] [Top]

visit the Heritage Community Foundation!

visit AlbertaSource.ca

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts

ckua Radio Network

Canada's Digital Collections


Albertasource.ca | Contact Us | Partnerships
For more on Alberta's Arts Heritage, visit Peel’s Prairie Provinces.
Copyright © Heritage Communty Foundation All Rights Reserved