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People sit and watch the festival at night

Folk Festival Society of Calgary

The Folk Festival Society is a not-for-profit and registered charitable organization founded in 1980 that produces music and cultural events all year: a summer festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival since 1980; a winter festival, Block Heater since 2016; educational programming such as our annual Boot Camp; and concerts at our own venue, Festival Hall in Inglewood, as well as partner venues across Calgary. The organization is powered by 2000 volunteers, governed by 13 volunteer Board of Directors and a staff team of 13 oversees all operations.

Charitable registration: 127909141 RR0001

Our strategic pillars

Share our passion for music

Create exceptional experiences

Maintain a vibrant & sustainable organization

Foster community spirit

Safer Spaces

A safer space is a supportive and non-threatening environment where the physical, mental, and emotional safety of the people within it are the highest priority. 

Through our ongoing work with community organizations, Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) and Sagesse, we have developed and implemented a Safer Spaces policy. We are committed to providing a harassment-free space for everyone, regardless sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, age, language, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, or otherwise.

All disclosures, anonymous or otherwise, are investigated by the anti-abuse committee or the on-site organizers before action is taken. Any actions and cases will not be discussed publicly.

If you have any questions as to enforcement, review process, disclosure process or have a suggestion to improve our safer space policy please contact us at saferspaces@calgaryfolkfest.com

 Board left to right • top row: Jory Kinjo, Sheldon Lachambre, Shaad Oosman, Shannon Anderson, Tim Neis • bottom row: Jed Teigen, Lisha Hassanali, Monique Minvielle, David Frid • missing: Karin King, Peter May, Kerry Lynn Okita

Board left to right • top row: Jory Kinjo, Sheldon Lachambre, Shaad Oosman, Shannon Anderson, Tim Neis • bottom row: Jed Teigen, Lisha Hassanali, Monique Minvielle, David Frid • missing: Karin King, Peter May, Kerry Lynn Okita

2022-2023 Board of Directors

David Frid

Jed Teigan

Karin King

Kerry Lynn Okita

Shannon Anderson

Lisha Hassanali

Monique Minvielle

Peter May

Jory Kinjo

Sheldon Lachambre

Shaad Oosman

Timothy Neis

Interested in becoming a board member? We’d love to hear from you! 

The Folk Festival Society of Calgary is a charitable non-profit society registered under the CRA and Societies Act of Alberta, dedicated to the presenting and promoting folk music in all of its diversity in Calgary and the province of Alberta. 
Members of the society are all volunteers who have demonstrated their commitment and support of the Festival. Society members elect a twelve person board, with renewals and new positions becoming available annually at our AGM in April. 
To become a member of the FFSC board, you need to be a society member. After two years completed in good standing as a FFSC volunteer, you can apply to become a member of the society.  Applications, with a small fee, are submitted and accepted prior to the AGM each year. 

Sound like a good fit? 

The FFSC board nomination committee is always looking for interesting, vital and passionate music lovers to join the board. 
Potential board members are asked to answer three short essay questions on why they would like to join the FFSC board. Upon review, selected candidates will be asked to meet the nominations committee for an interview. 
If you are interested in learning more about the process, ask any questions or to share feedback, feel free to email us at:  boardrecruitment@calgaryfolkfest.com

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