The Music Festivals are Coming: From the CPO and the Kid’s Fest to the Warped Tour

by Carey Rutherford

From the 2009 Calgary International Blues Festival
Promotional Photo from Calgary International Blues Festival website

Isn’t it too early to be thinking about festivals? Isn’t the ‘festival’ intimately associated with the summertime, or at least the growing warmth of spring? Sure, there’s a winter festival, but that’s just for crazy Canucks who actually WANT to be outside in the winter, and besides, musical instruments don’t do so well when the frost is forming on the brass.

Ah, yes, festivals do evoke warmer times, warmer climes, sitting on the grass listening to the notes drift across the water from Prince’s Island, or watching a new performer on one of the smaller stages introduce us to their craft with the birds flitting around and the smell of grilled meat nearby.

But that doesn’t mean it’s to be ignored until then. There’s the CPO’s Tchaikovsky Festival going on right now, courtesy of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. That’s not going to frost up the brass, you can be sure, but it’ll probably melt some hearts. B-)

And there’s also the Calgary International Children’s Festival coming up shortly, which, in the genre of music, supplies lots of entertainment to Calgary. Having worked with the festival a couple of times, I can tell you that the music which so-called ‘children’s performers’ provide can easily surpass the last time you were in a bar with a desultory pianist and a surly waitress.

Or a surly pianist and a desultory waitress.

They probably haven’t been to a music festival recently. ‘Nuff said.

Have you noticed that the root of ‘festival is ‘festive’? Access lots of festival and other Calgary musical event information here:

Hopefully once there, you’ll also look up some of our multicultural festivals, seasonal festivals, location specific festivals, or perhaps, one of our extreme sport-music festivals. Don’t get your tickets mixed up: you wouldn’t want to go to the former when you’re dressed for the latter:

Van’s Warped Tour 2010

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Calgary International Reggae Festival

Calgary Jazz Festival

Calgary International Blues Festival

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Author: Paul Verhaegh

Music is oxygen for the soul. And there is so much music out there that you don’t even know about. If you like writing and need some oxygen now and then, writing about music is a natural combination. My love for music made me take piano lessons: after a few years it became clear that it didn’t really stick with me. Nor did the trumpet, which I tried to learn too. Well, maybe I should have tried it earlier in live. Starting it your thirties is a bit late, even when it is in your early thirties! A lasting legacy of this episode is that I realized that making music is like giving a speech without reading it from paper, although there are exceptions, like orchestras. But once they've started a song or tune it sounds like they just go with the flow, or, as the expression goes, be taken away by their own muse.