The Ultimate Guide to Calgary’s Music Scene: From Indie Rock to Country

For those that are planning to check out Calgary’s music scene anytime soon, you’ll be glad to hear that the city holds a wide variety of shows and events, which could please even the pickiest of folks out there!

From a massive 10-day rodeo-centred event with big country singers to a smaller festival featuring Indie Rock artists, here is your guide to making the most of what Calgary’s music scene has to offer.


The Calgary Stampede


Of course, The Calgary Stampede is worth mentioning. This is the largest and most well-known country music event that happens in the city of Calgary, from July 7-16. The large festival will have four different stages that will feature different bands and artists like Alabama, PITBULL, Lord Huron, St. Paul & The Broken Bones — with many more to be announced.



Calgary Folk Music Festival


The 44th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival is set to return on July 27-30. You can expect to see performers such as Emmylou Harris, who began her music career in New York coffee shops in the 60s, and Julia Jacklin, an Australian indie rock artist with slow-burning music. 


The music festival’s official website also hinted at unpredictable artist mashups and collaborations along the way.



Calgary International Blues Festival


If you’re into the Blues, the Calgary International Blues Festival is serving up a whole week of it. From July 31 – August 6, you can catch artists like Sugaray Rayford, Diunna Greenleaf, Rita Chiarelli, Kirk Fletcher, and Memphissippi Sounds. 


The festival will also have a colourful arts market where you can shop for locally handcrafted items and pick up a souvenir to remember your time there.



Country Thunder


This outdoor music festival in Fort Calgary showcases all things country. The line-up includes big-time artists like Tim Mcgraw, Keith Urban, Jon Pardi, and Midland! 

It’s the perfect place to see some bucket-list stars, all will standing under the stars. The festival runs from August 18-20.


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