2018 WIDE SKIES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

The 2nd Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival will be held Monday, July 30 thru Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Downtown Lethbridge, Alberta.

Monday, July 30th . . . . . Shovels and Rope with Special Guest Little Miss Higgins – Southminster United Church, Lethbridge, Alberta                                                               Doors 7pm Music 8pm                                                                                                                $60.00 plus $5.00 service charge.


Tuesday, July 31st . . . . . FREE outdoor event beside Southminster United Church (11th Street between 3rd Ave and 4th Ave) from 5:00-10:30 pm, with live music, artisan market, food trucks and beer gardens. Check out the performers here!!

After Party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge 11:00 pm – 1:00 am.


Wednesday, August 1st . . . . . Frazey Ford Band with Special Guests The Cave Singers – Southminster United Church, Lethbridge, Alberta                                              Doors 7pm, Music 8pm                                                                                                               $50.00, plus $5.00 service charge


Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival Pass 

Includes tickets to both the July 30 and August 1 shows plus the July 31 outdoor show (priority seating and other perks), complimentary access to the July 31 After Party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

$90.00, plus $5.00 service fee (until June 15, 2018)

$100.00 plus $5.00 service fee (after June 15, 2018)

To buy tickets or Festival Passes click the Buy Now Button

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ALL ACTIVITIES WILL BE “RAIN OR SHINE”

Thanks to our amazing 2017 Gold Sponsors!

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Performers

MONDAY, JULY 30 – SOUTHMINSTER UNITED

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Shovels & Rope

20-fixedFrom Charleston, South Carolina, Shovels & Rope are husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. On the road these talented multi-instrumentalists combine threads from their solo and duo careers to create an intensely captivating blend of traditional folk, rock and roll and country rock.

Their first album, “Shovels and Rope”, was released in 2008 and since then they have followed up with 5 more recordings, including their most recent outing, Busted Jukebox, Volume Two, released in late 2017!!!

Little Miss Higgins

detail_LMH-Gallery-1From the Great Northern Plains, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way onto any stage playing music brewed up in early country blues, jazz and folk.  For over 15 years, she has performed, toured, collaborated, recorded and released 5 independent albums.  Her music has won three Western Canadian Music Awards and received JUNO and Maple Blues Awards nominations.  Now, along with motherhood, Higgins has the newest addition to her list of accomplishments, MY HOME, MY HEART. More . . .

TUESDAY, JULY 31 – OUTDOOR SHOW

FREE outdoor event beside Southminster United Church (11th Street between 3rd Ave and 4th Avenue) from 5:00-11:00pm, with live music, artisan market, food trucks and beer gardens.

North Stage

Shakura S’Aida

287231_10150289196208734_6682608_oSHAKURA S’AIDA: AN INTERNATIONAL  ARTIST WHO CALLS CANADA HOME

You may have spotted Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida-pronounce her name “Shack-ooo-ra Sigh-ee-da”— performing at Festivals in Dubai, Europe, Australia, Rwanda or Russia, on the Legendary Blues Cruise; with her new symphony orchestra concert, “Blues in G Minor: 4 Women”, featuring the blues music of Etta James, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, in her 4 woman tribute to Nina Simone, “The Nina Project” or acting in TV shows such as Lost Girl, Schitt’s Creek or Flashpoint. From her beginnings as the world music band Kaleefah’s lead singer, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the guts of the most venerable standard. More . . .

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murder

detail_HAM Photo Gallery 3There once was an era when records were made in castles, abandoned airplane hangars, barns, or on a yacht off the coast of the Bahamas, its passengers as high as paper kites. This is not that record! It is an album that came together from the desire for companionship, the endless pursuit of tone, the strength and glue of family, and above all, the love and admiration for each other’s skills. Whether it was operating a tape machine with Jedi precision, creating meals that fuelled us, or belting out glass shattering ohs and ahs, it was the elbow grease of many individuals that brought this project to life. – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer. More. . .

The Weber Brothers

There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life.

To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. To many others, their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered. Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s an undeniable truth. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have been around the block. More . . .

South Stage

Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers with Special Guests

 

After Party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge

The Weber Brothers

There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life.

To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. To many others, their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered. Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s an undeniable truth. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have been around the block. More . . .

Tom Phillips

static1-squarespace-com.jpgThough staying true to his roots, Tom Phillips is not a man to sit idle.Following thirty years of making music and seven studio albums, Tom has once again added to his portfolio with a new sound on his latest album, Plastic Machine. The album represents an evolution in Tom’s sound, yet still remains genuine to the craft  he has been practising over the entire course of his career.

“Plastic Machine” reunites Tom with producer Lorrie Matheson (producer of Tom’s critically-acclaimed album, Mr. Superlove). More . . .

 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1 – SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH

Frazey Ford

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The root of all soul music is freedom-sheer abandon. It’s about luxuriating in the emotions that make us all human. No wonder singer Frazey Ford placed her ear to the earth and tapped into that lush tradition to give voice to her own stories on her newest release, Indian Ocean, an album about pain and dealing with tough truths but also about trust, love contrition and being bold. Ford’s self-possession and passion puts flesh to the musical bones, and you hear a record hit the essence of Aretha’s notion of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. More . . .

The Cave Singers

tcsGiven the rising popularity of meditative, folky indie acts in the early 2000s, forming a twangy, rootsy folk trio was probably the least surprising move Derek Fudesco could have made. The former bassist and founding member of the successful indie rock group Pretty Girls Make Graves picked up an acoustic guitar and formed the Cave Singers following PGMG’s demise in January 2007, teaming up with vocalist Pete Quirk and drummer Marty Lund.

The Cave Singers released two albums on both Matador and Jagjaguwar Records. Following these releases, The Cave Singers began work on their fifth album. Rather than working with a record company, they opted to coordinate the project themselves and financed the recording through a crowdfunding campaign. The campaign raised 116 percent of the group’s goal, and the album, Banshee, was released in February 2016.

Thanks to our generous 2017 Silver Sponsors!

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Festival Pass

EARLY BIRD PRICE – $90.00 (UNTIL JUNE 15)

REGULAR PRICE – $100.00 (AFTER JUNE 15)

 ONLY 500 SOLD!!!

 Includes:

  • Ticket for July 30 and August 1 show inside Southminster United Church
  • Access to priority seating for outdoor event on July 31- no need to bring your own chair!
  • Complimentary access to the After Party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
  • In case of bad weather, guaranteed access if show must move inside Southminster United Church on July 31
  • WIDE SKIES promo pack with stickers and buttons

The WIDE SKIES FESTIVAL PASS is designed to add value to your experience but entry to July 31 outdoor activities at WIDE SKIES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL is FREE and OPEN to anyone. Access may only be limited by space available.

PURCHASE YOUR WIDE SKIES FESTIVAL PASS HERE

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$5.00 Service Fee will be applied per ticket to all online purchases

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Arts

WIDE SKIES MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL will feature local artisans in a unique marketplace setting during the July 31 outdoor event. We believe in supporting local artists and want to showcase the great talent in our community! Thanks to the Allied Arts Council for their support in this initiative.

For more information on the artisan market, or to apply as a vendor, please contact Muffy at the Allied Arts Council for more information: projects@artslethbridge.org

Vendors will be updated here as they are confirmed!

(Original oil painting image above courtesy Steve Coffey)

A Huge Thank You to our 2017 Bronze Sponsors!

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Contact

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