Head down to the Canmore Opera House for the second night of the Canmore Heritage Festival. What better way to kick off the weekend than with a night of great music by talented southern Alberta-based musicians on the Canmore Opera House stage.
This family-focused evening is free for the public; non-perishable items for the Canmore Food Bank will be collected. Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available.
In partnership with the Canmore Folk Festival, we are excited to be hosting:
WYATT C. LOUIS
Louis is a Cree-Métis folk singer-songwriter based in Moh’kinstsís (Calgary) who has made an impact with songs built from soaring melodies, railroad-like consistent finger picking paired with quiet, haunting vocals and lyrical phrasing. Louis’s dark, rustic tales meld folk and soulful blues to tell tales of love, loss and the journey home. His songs beautiful, subtle creations that juxtapose emotions, striking imagery and experiences that charm and envelope listeners. With the sweet and intimate EP On a Journey for the Long Run, Louis shows why CBC Music’s weekly “Reclaimed” series named him “one to watch” in 2021. This thoughtful nêhiyaw recently released a single called “Dancing with Sue” as a warm, huggy dedication to the supportive arts community that he has found in Alberta
Mari Rosehill often reflects on life’s subtleties and expresses it best through song. Ranging from soft, operatic highs, to full low tones, her introspective styled lyrics invite you to take a look into how she thinks. Insecurities that have held her back and beautiful moments that propel her forward. The now sober songstress continues on this search for ones self and her artistry helps along the way. A regular at the Canmore Market and venues about town. Mari was a participant in the 2021 Mentorship Project, mentoring with festival alumna Ndidi O, and recently opened for Catherine MacLellan at artsPlace.
PHILLIP ALEXANDER NUGENT
The seeds of Phill Nugent’s folk-rock sound – sometimes whimsical and sometimes gritty – took root in the northern Canadian wilderness where he was raised. The Yukon-born artist’s background in musical theatre (he first took to the stage at age 5) later evolved into songwriting and self-taught guitar. The juxtapositions that inspire Phill’s songs, like the comfort of family and the freedom of travel, or the solitude of nature and connection with an audience, weave rich storylines into his lyrics. Many of the songs on his first studio EP, self-titled Phillip Alexander Nugent and released in the fall 2019, are inspired by his wife Michelle and his sons Miles and Beck.