Block Heater winter festival returns to Calgary with huge lineup next month

Jan 23 2023, 9:20 pm

A Calgary winter may be cold, but this festival is sure to heat things up in the city.

Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Block Heater is returning to Calgary for its eighth iteration from February 9 to 12.

Music lovers will discover over 30 acclaimed local, national, and international artists taking to the stage at a number of venues throughout Calgary.

The festival has been described by organizers as “magical live concerts and collaborative sessions [that] put the WIN in winter,” with 13 events happening from Thursday, February 9 to Sunday, February 12.

Block Heater offers a lineup for all tastes and vibes at Inglewood and downtown venues. The concerts will take over The Palace Theatre, The Ironwood, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Central United Church, and The Horizon Heating stage at Festival Hall.

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Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Block Heater/Submitted

This year’s annual winter ritual includes iconic alt-country rockers The Jayhawks, Grammy-nominated The Milk Carton Kids, and Juno Award winners Hawksley Workman and Julie Doiron.

There will also be a free outdoor event at Olympic Plaza on Saturday with performances by hip-hop champion Sinzere, funk and soul band Deicha & The VuDudes, and alternative R&B/soul artist ZENON+.

Block Heater

Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Block Heater/Submitted

Here’s the list of artists announced to perform at this year’s Block Heater:

  • Abigail Lapell
  • Amy Nelson
  • Aysanabee
  • Benjamin Longman
  • CELL7
  • Clerel
  • Cold Specks
  • Damien Jurado
  • The Deep Dark Woods
  • Deicha and the VuDudes
  • Elliott BROOD
  • Hawksley Workman
  • Hayden
  • Heartless Bastards
  • The Jayhawks
  • Jesca Hoop
  • Julie Doiron
  • K-Riz
  • Kid Koala x Lealani
  • Lindy Vopnfj√∂rd
  • Luca Fogale
  • Margaret Glaspy
  • Mick Flannery
  • The Milk Carton Kids
  • Pierre Kwenders
  • Sinzere & The Tribe
  • Sister Ray
  • Steven Taetz
  • Vailhalen
  • The Visitors
  • ZENON+

Block Heater 2023

When: February 9 to 12, 2023
Time: Schedule varies, check online
Where: Multiple stages throughout Inglewood and downtown Calgary
Tickets: Various prices, purchase online

With files from Chandler Walter

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