“ The first thing every artist wants is a packed, fun venue. That can be a 20-person house party or a 20,000-person arena.” With that thought, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra lead Kurt Loewen waxes philosophical about friendship, taking your shot, quality versus quantity and staying up way too late getting lost in a hook. 

Music festivals choke the summer months. Sometimes they overlap causing you so much anguish. Do you go to The Calgary Folk Festival or to the Salmon Arm Roots&Blues? It’s such a dilemma when you are a lover of live music. Even though winter may be cold, its so much more civilized when it comes to music. The festivals are spread out, so you can leisurely pick one or all of them. Here’s a few to get you started. Oh, did I say the festivals are all civilized? I was kidding.

  • February 24, 2018 - February 25, 2018
  • Fort McMurray, AB

    The WinterPLAY Festival is a three-day gathering celebrating winter fun in northern Alberta. Head to Snye Park in Fort McMurray to see beautiful ice sculptures, fireworks and take part in family-friendly activities and entertainment.

  • January 25, 2018 - February 4, 2018
  • Edmonton, AB

    The International Ice Carving Competition kicks off the festival, as 10 teams of ice carvers create icy masterpieces. For the 10 festival days expect lots of outdoor fun. There will be ice and snow exhibits, an interactive children's play area, the famous giant ice slide and much more.