Calgary has always been a city struggling to maintain a music scene.
Before recently becoming a Cultural Capital in 2013, the underground music scene wasn’t a huge priority to a lot of Calgarians.
But there’s a group of people who made this type of music a priority.
After many years of dedication and perseverance, they have encouraged many others of how important having a music scene is.
The Calgary Folk Music Festival has finally been able to open a venue in one of the remaining historical neighbourhoods, Inglewood.
The venue will serve as a music venue, office for the employees and volunteers of Calgary Folk Music Festival, and as a place to “keep the festival vibe going year round”.
“The Folk Fest started looking for a permanent home ten years ago. Eight years ago, Folk Fest embarked on building their curated arts and culture space. It was made possible through our own funding, through three levels of government and through corporate and individual support,” explains Matt Olah – Calgary Folk Festival Hall Marketing Manager.
The hall, located at 1215 10 Ave SE, is available to seat nearly two hundred, and is planned to house many future music, art and theatre events in Calgary.
Just recently on January 26th, Calgary Folk Festival held a launch event for their new hall.
The event was a huge success.
Over thirty-five artists from the folk community played songs and shared stories.
DJs from CJSW, CKUA and up! 97.7 FM played in the offices upstairs to create a lounge atmosphere.
The hall was also surrounded by various food trucks supplying snacks to the guests of the events.