Kerry’s Block Heater: Our Folk Fest Meets Our National Music Centre

Kerry Clarke has been working the Calgary Folk Festival shop for so long we felt it indiscreet to ask her how many years it HAS been. Instead we asked for her take on a most interesting aspect to the first day of this year’s midwinter folkfest, the Block Heater:
“We’re doing the premiere of a Canadian film called Brown Girl Begins, which I think is really cool! We haven’t done a lot of films,” … Continue Reading >Kerry’s Block Heater: Our Folk Fest Meets Our National Music Centre

Quartets, Trios, Soloists: Music competitions and the mountain parks

I have an idea: we had the Honens International Piano Competition last fall, which invited two dozen competitors to Calgary for over a month of performance, assessment community participation, mentorship and finally, prize money. And right next door we have the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), which was founded over 20 years ago and, like the Honens, is intended to recognize and reward performers in the developing stages of their careers.
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