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Block Heater

Block Heater 2023 promotional artwork created by Geneva L. Haley.

Block Heater returns February 9-12, 2023

February 9 - 12, 2023 marks the 8th iteration of the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s annual winter ritual Block Heater, powered by ATB.

Featuring 32 artists and 13 separate events, you can choose your own adventure at diverse Inglewood and downtown venues. Wave your hands in the air at The Palace Theatre, enjoy a glass of wine at The Ironwood, dress up at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, let the lyrics envelop you at Central United Church, dance or chill with friends at The Horizon Heating stage at Festival Hall, skate and groove around our free stage at Olympic Plaza.

Block Heater will recharge your soul with shows for every taste and vibe, filled with independent artists from our backyard and the globe.

Defrost those winter blues

Listen, we get it. Winter's in Calgary can be pretty dark and lonesome. But we've been gassing up the perfect cozy weekend to get your musical engines revving. Indoors and outdoors, downtown and just over the river: Block Heater is the family-friendly musical escape you've been waiting for.

Audience members wave their hands in the air in their winter attire at the outdoor event space at Olympic Plaza for Block Heater 2022.

A series of fortunate events

We put the heat in your hands. Block Heater is your festival, your way. With 13 events across four days, there's something to soothe every soul and warm every heart. Get to know our lineup by checking out our Spotify Playlist.

Got questions? We've got answers.

Celebrating 8 years of Block Heater

Our little winter festival is growing up so fast! Explore our rich and dynamic musical history and check out our past lineups.

2022/2023 Artist-in-residence: Geneva L. Haley

After overwhelming fanfare from the 2022 season, the Calgary Folk Music Festival is pleased to welcome back central Alberta illustrator and designer Geneva L. Haley as this year's artist-in-residence for another year of festival artwork.

Stay tuned for merch announcements and be sure to snag your own limited print of our festival poster on sale soon!

© 2022 Calgary Folk Festival