New Folk Festival Hall hits a high note for Calgary’s music scene

Artistic Director Kerry Clarke is pleased with the facilities that will host the upcoming Calgary Folk Festival’s. The festival’s new hall is currently under construction in Inglewood and is expected to be finished this fall.













Calgary has a brand new home for music.

Inglewood’s new festival hall was unveiled Friday, Sept. 28 and the space is expected to contribute to Calgary’s growing music scene in a big way.

“An exciting, architecturally-beautiful, acoustically-perfect go-to centre for the arts and culture that’s flexible, accessible and affordable,” is how Folk Festival Society artistic director Kerry Clarke described the Festival Hall in a recent interview.

Clarke said the hall was established to provide performance space for Calgary artists, and offer a regular schedule of musical performances.

“It makes us a year-round event and allows us to extend our programming and reach throughout the year.”

For opening night, Festival Hall, at 1215 10 Ave. S.E. in Inglewood, featured musical performances by Eve Hell and the Razors and Hollow Brethen.

On Saturday night, Sept. 29, T. Buckley and Reuben and the Dark, took the stage. The hall also was open during the day Saturday and Sunday, for public tours.

In the past, the society has operated out of office space on Memorial Drive N.E. and has focused on staging its annual folk musical festival each July.

The Festival Hall will host workshops, lectures, and master classes for the public. It will also be a meeting place for music festival volunteers.

The establishment’s main floor will feature a recording room, artist green rooms, and a concession area for hosted events.

“Individuals and organizations can rent the space to present arts from all disciplines, to hold weddings, meetings and other gatherings and events,” said Clarke.

“Audience members from a diversity of backgrounds, interests and communities can enjoy a wide variety of programming that the festival curates.”

For more information about the hall, visit the Calgary Folk Music Festival website.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Ian Panganiban worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2012-2013 academic year.