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Join us on-air this week for Five Festival Spotlights

CKUA Summer

Alberta’s festival season continues. Tune in for special on-air programming as we shine the spotlight on some of August’s celebrations of music, arts, and culture.

Did we survive Edmonton Folk Fest? Yes! We thrived! See photos and interviews from last weekend’s festivities.

Wednesday, August 16

Spotlight on Purple City
7pm – 8pm MT
Far Out with host Amy van Keeken

The Purple City Music Festival runs August 25-27 and features artists like Sister Ray, Lightning Dust, Bonnie Trash, and Zoon.  Amy van Keeken will spin tunes from artists playing this year’s festival and will interview beloved Edmonton group Switches.  Find out what the members of the band have been up to, how it feels to be playing music together again, and who they are excited to catch at the festival.

Thursday, August 17

Spotlight on Calgary Pride Fest
12pm – 1pm MT
The Upload with host Kate Stevens
Kate knows what’s happening at Calgary’s Pride celebrations. She’ll be speaking with Kue Varo about playing at the Calgary Pride block party. She’ll also chat with alumni of the festival, Calgary’s own rhinestone cowboy, Robert Adam.

Friday, August 18

Spotlight on Edmonton Blues Festival
8am – 9am MT
Alberta Morning with host Grant Stovel
Grant looks ahead to this celebration of the blues, which has a new location this year. Grant speaks with Rick Estrin, leader of celebrated California band Rick Estrin & the Nightcats. You can also hear Grant’s conversation with Steve Marriner, who will appear with MonkeyJunk and with festival closer Colin James. Grant will check in with musicians Paul DesLauriers and Annika Chambers, too.

Saturday, August 19

Spotlight on Banff International String Quartet Festival
7am – 8am MT
Classical Connections with host Aaron Au
For nearly 40 years, the Banff International String Quartet Festival has shared beautiful music with eager audiences. Aaron looks ahead to this renowned celebration of chamber music. He’ll speak with artistic director Barry Shiffman and members of the Dior Quartet. He has some fantastic recordings to share as well.

Spotlight on Edmonton Pride Fest
1pm – 2pm MT
This Music Changed My Life with host Shayne Giles
Shayne has their eyes on the Edmonton Pride Festival, which will have a number of events in Churchill Square. Cedar T and Neha Batra will be Shayne’s guests. Don’t miss the conversations and the music.

Learn more about CKUA Summer