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CKUA presents Festival Radio, bringing you the spirit and the music of the summer season, wherever you are!

Festival partners will be taking over the CKUA airwaves throughout this summer, presenting unique music programming during the originally scheduled weekends of their festivals. Enjoy their sounds and stories in curated programs that celebrate musical variety and great songs!

The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival will be taking over  CKUA with all daily features airing at 5:45pm every weekday from Monday August 10th – 14th and August 17th – 21th! Each Fringe Spot, and it will be hosted by Peter Brown, someone who has years of experience hosting and producing Fringe Festival interviews.

Last year the festival drew one hundred and fifty thousand people – this year they’re going online with The Fringe That Never Was. Peter will bring us the stories of artists who launched their careers at the Fringe, including Andrea House, Darrin Hagen, Billy Kidd, Helen Belay and so many more. Be sure to tune-in weekdays at 5:45pm MT!

To learn more about The Fringe that Never Was, the 11-days of digital Fringe shows, interviews, parties and more, visit

Saturday, August 15th at 6pm, Mulligan Stew salutes the Wild Mountain Music Festival!

Terry David Mulligan talks with artistic director Jason Williams about this annual 3-day family-friendly festival, which takes place in picturesque Hinton.

We’ll hear music from some of the big names who’ve performed at the festival, including Corb Lund, Terra Lightfoot, Colin James, Sloan, and more. Tune in to Mulligan Stew Saturday at 6pm to share in the Wild Mountain Music Festival experience.

Pull up a tarp and celebrate the Edmonton Folk Music Festival: The Hill at Home with four days of special festival programming on CKUA! The fun starts Thursday at 5pm with an Edmonton Folk Fest playlist during Traffic Jams with Lisa Wilton.

The festival action continues on Friday with The Celtic Show, Saturday with Wide Cut Country, Natch’l Blues, and Mulligan Stew, along with Sunday on Folk Routes, and World Spinning!

Your favourite hosts will showcase stand-out moments from live festival broadcasts recorded over the past decade. We’ll re-live the live sounds of Gallagher Hill through the weekend, with guests Valerie June, Rhiannon Giddens, Nathaniel Rateliff, and more.

The Hill at Home performances will kick off on August 7, and will run through the weekend. The entire festival line-up can be found here.

Canmore Folk Festival is proud to present “The Great Paws” Almost Festival Weekend. From August 1st to 3rd, you can enjoy a blend of tradition and the new normal.

Tune into CKUA from 1:00PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 1st for a celebration of Canmore Folk Festival, hosted by Tom Coxworth and Andy Donnelly.

The show will feature flavours from past Canmore Folk Festivals, with performances from Basia Bulat, Whitehorse, and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. Tom and Andy will be joined by Canmore Folk Fest artistic director Sue Panning and will share some favourite festival performances.

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The Calgary Folk Music Festival is always a banner weekend on the Alberta festival calendar, and CKUA is celebrating Calgary Folk Music Festival At Home weekend with more than seven hours of special programming this week!

Stay tuned to Traffic Jams, Wide Cut Country, Natch’l Blues, Mulligan Stew, and Folk Routes for highlights from our past Calgary Folk Fest live broadcasts. This weekend radio take-over will include interviews with artistic director Kerry Clarke and artistic associate Chantal Vitalis, Jim Cuddy, Kris Kristofferson, William Prince, Pharis and Jason Romero, and Rev. Sekou.

The best of CKUA’s Calgary Folk Music Festival live sessions will include none other than Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund, Junior Gone Wild, The Great Lake Swimmers, Emily Triggs, Kid Koala, and so many more. Plus, Grant Stovel will be hosting a special Sunday broadcast featuring all the magical festival moments we couldn’t leave out.

The Calgary Folk Festival at Home will be kicking off on July 23, and will run through the weekend. The entire festival line-up can be found here.

On Saturday July 18 at 12:00pm (MT), CKUA celebrates South Country Fair with a special Festival Radio edition of the Dirty Windshields Radio Hour with Leeroy Stagger!

Leeroy will bring us the story behind this Fort Macleod-based festival, which began as a camping weekend for folk clubs back in 1987. More than three decades later, South Country Fair continues to expand horizons with an annual three-day event focused on delivering a diversity of music, spoken word and performance art.

During this virtual celebration, we’ll hear from festival organizers, performers, volunteers, and festival goers about this unique festival experience along Southern Alberta’s Old Man River.

CKUA’s summer festival celebrations continue as we shine some light on Weayaya, Canada’s first and only solar powered music festival!

Tune in at 11 AM (MT) on Sunday, July 12, as host Tony King transports us to this family-friendly music fest on the banks of the Blindman River.

Expect a playlist chock full of homegrown talent, in line with Weayaya’s commitment to promote Alberta-based talent. We’ll hear from festival organizers, volunteers, and artists who will tell us the story of this truly unique, off-the-grid musical celebration. Plus, we’ll look ahead to the acts in-store for the 2021 edition of the festival.

North Country Fair has been celebrating summer solstice in northern Alberta since 1979, and this year, the festival continues in new, innovative ways. In partnership with the North Country Fair, CKUA shines a spotlight on one of Alberta’s most unique festival experiences.

June 20th we’ll hear what makes the Fair experience so special, through feature interviews with festival organizers, long-time volunteers, musicians like Scott Cook & Celeigh Cardinal, and journalist Fish Griwkowsky. Plus, we’ll hear live performances recorded at the festival, including mainstage sets by Hawksley Workman and the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. Be sure to check out the North Country Fair video livestream, following our special broadcast, presented by our partners at NCF.

Edmonton International Jazz Festival is taking over the airwaves! With special programming during Traffic Jams, Mulligan Stew, and Voices in Jazz, you can have the festival vibe in so many ways this week.

Thursday, June 18th from 5:30-6pm Lisa Wilton speaks with Jazz Fest performers Bria Skonberg and Julian Lage. Saturday, June 20th from 6:30-7pm Terry David Mulligan will chat both with bandleader Andrew Glover and executive and artistic Director of the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, Kent Sangster. Lastly on Sunday, June 21st between 3-3:30 pm, Dianne Donovan will speak with Sheila Jordan.

The Edmonton International Jazz Festival opens June 19, and this year’s festival is online, celebrating the best in vocal and instrumental jazz.

June is Indigenous History Month, a time to celebrate the history, heritage, and diversity of Indigenous communities. June also marks the 24th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, held on June 21st.

While many live events have been canceled, this week on Full Circle Celeigh Cardinal will talk about some of the events that you can attend, both in real life and virtually.

We also be putting the spotlight on our very own Albertan artists. We’ll also shine a light on ATB’s Alberta Indigenous Artist Market. Sophia Lebessis runs Canada’s first Inuk-owned art gallery specializing in master works of Inuit and First Nations Art. She’s one of four vendors participating in ATB’s Alberta Indigenous Artist Market. We’ll hear a bit about Sophia’s life-long connection to the Inuit arts scene.

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