So remember the swap I went to back in May? Well I signed up to volunteer and lo and behold - I'm the assistant volunteer coordinator for our next swap in October! I'm super excited about this opportunity to use my "expertise" in event managing as well as my interest in volunteering and fashion! I am a part of the core coordinating team of 5 and we had our first meeting tonight. Its going to be a lot of work but totally fun at the same time. I'm so excited!

I was going to write up a review of Calgary Folk Fest - but let's face it - its not going to happen. I will say, however, that I LOVE Calgary Folk Fest and here is why:
- everyone there loves music - all different kinds are represented, its for all ages and some people like to dance and some don't; but we're all there cuz we like music. I think Calgary does a particularly excellent job of representing different types of music and reaching all people
- the relaxed atmosphere - i LOVE that you can leave your tarp and your bag of extra clothes etc on the ground all day and have no concern that it might go missing
- how it makes Calgary feel like a small town. Sometimes I fool myself into thinking I know only a few people in Calgary. THings like Folk Fest correct me. I ran into so many people  I know - which I love!!
- everyone is just so friendly - I met lots of people and had little convos with others - most everyone is walking around with a smile on their face. THis fest really brings out the hippies in Calgary
- the jams/workshops - on the weekends during the day they have all these different workshops that consist of 3-5 different artists that may or may not have met prior, and they get together and play together. Some are better than others at jamming but when you find a good one - its so amazing and awesome to think that this is an experience that you won't find again.

There were a few bands that I especially loved
- Coolooloosh (from Israel)
- The Avett Brothers (especially the song "I and Love and You"
- Dan Mangan (nominated for the Polaris prize)
- Swell Season (duh. even though he reamed us out)
- Michael Franti and the Spearhead (someone got engaged on stage!)
- Man Man (so crazy..)
- The Cat Empire
- Library Voices (always a favorite)
- St. Vincent
- Stars

Sorry this is a terrible picture - but it was after a monumental jam session that we danced our hearts out to!!

Yup, it was pretty amazing.

1 comment:

Ian Elford said...

What was Swell Season upset about? Oil?