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Artist Cali Beazley at the 2013 Festival; Spinning demonstrations at the 2013 Festival
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Music Music Music!
What's an arts festival without music? We've got musical talent from Acme, Edmonton, Calgary, Olds, Didsbury, High River, Red Deer, St. Albert, Pincher Creek, and Carstairs. Some loved the Festival so much last year that they knew they had to be here again; some are newcomers who look forward to meeting you. We are so pleased with the variety of musical entertainment ... full from start to finish!

Main Stage Schedule | Museum Schedule | Performers, Page 1 | Performers, Page 2

Allan and Arnell, Acme
Alberta musicians, Jane Allan and Lance Arnell, have extensive performing credits over the last 4 years. They have played at many of the top musical venues in and around Calgary and a BC tour is in the planning stage for this year. Their 2015 self-titled debut CD is receiving many positive reviews including airtime on CKUA radio. Focusing primarily on re-working the wonderful tunes of old-time country music and including their original prairie songs, Allan and Arnell are worth a listen.

Main Stage: Saturday at 1:30 pm
Museum: Saturday at 3:45 pm


Jane Allan and Lance Arnell
A Rancher's Son, Pincher Creek
A Rancher's Son (aka Alex Shenton) is simply rhythm and poetry set to the sounds of day to day life. The raw sounds of ranching, carpentry, and the outdoors are captured in loops, then used as an elaborate backing canvas for the poetic stories to come to life. The entire focus of his music is to capture the life experience of coming home and taking over the family ranch through his songs, photos and video.


Main Stage: Sunday at 1:40 pm
Museum: Sunday 3:45 pm

A Rancher's Son (aka Alex Shenton)
Elizabeth Christensen, Olds
Elizabeth Christensen is a local singer/songwriter and farm girl. Growing up she performed in the Olds Kiwanis Music Festival, as well as the Provincial Music Festival. In 2011, she began recording her debut album, "Where You Want to Go" at The Beach Audio in Calgary. She has played at various events and venues, most notably opening for Jenn Beaupre, performing at Mugs in Didsbury, and performing at the Mountain View Arts Festival for the last three years. Elizabeth is currently having a blast writing songs for her next album and performing everywhere she can.


Museum: Saturday at 12:45 pm & Sunday at 12 pm

Busking on Saturday at 11:30 am at the Train Station, 2:30 pm at the Library, and 3:30 pm at AG Foods.
Busking Sunday at 1:30 pm at the Train Station, and at 2:30 pm at AG Foods.

Elizabeth Christensen
Didsbury High School Jazz Combo, Didsbury
The DHS Jazz Combo is an extension of the DHS Jazz Program, and allows students the opportunity to develop their improvisation skills. This group has performed at a number of social functions in Mountain View County.

Main Stage: Saturday at 11 am & Sunday at 11:10 am


Didsbury High School Jazz Combo
DraMusic Studio, Olds/Didsbury
Students from DraMusic Studio (formerly Tracie Skeet-Brook Studio) will sing Musical Theatre songs from such musicals as "The Sound of Music", "Les Miserable", "Grease", "The Drowsy Chaperone", and more. Some of the students will include: Ryan Maschke, Ellie Petersen, Sage Hughes, and Valerie Cosh.


Main Stage: Saturday at 3:55 pm

DraMusic Studio
Phyllis Geddert, Carstairs
Phyllis is a Mountain View County resident whose charity CD, "Joyful", a collection of old and newly composed hymns, celebrates a promise made to her father, "to help people never forget the old songs". She enjoys playing a variety of styles including gospel and hymns, railroad, folk, spirituals, children's tunes, jigs, and a bit of jazz - all find a place in her lively piano arrangements.

Museum: Saturday & Sunday at 11:15 am

Phyllis Geddert
Hewson Grey, Edmonton
Hewson Grey is a 4-piece Ambient Indie collective hailing from Alberta and Ayrshire, Scotland. Think "Volcano Choir having a conversation with Ryan Adams in an elevator ran by Radiohead". They blend soundscapes that invoke images of the western prairies of Canada, and the rugged west coast of Scotland, into a dynamic live performance, and are definitely a band to watch. Their growing fanbase is due to their high energy, exciting live performances and the band can rock many styles.

Museum: Sunday at 12:45 pm


Stuart Bell and Steve Steffler of Hewson Grey
Trevor Howlett, Red Deer
Trevor Howlett is a singer-songwriter originally from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, a place with a rich musical history. His music is a tapestry of rock, pop, folk and alternative carefully woven with personal, memorable lyrics. He released his first CD, "Lost Causes EP" in 2010, and his debut album, "Venture a Guess", in December of 2015. The album features 12 original tracks of love, frustration, panic and glory.

Museum: Saturday at 2:15 pm

Trevor Howlett
Joal Kamps, Calgary
The foothills are alive with the 'Rocky Mountain Folk-Pop' sounds of Western Canadian Music Award-winner, Joal Kamps, an Alberta-based performing artist with a passion for connecting with audiences through music and laughter. Joal's honest and engaging approach to performing draws listeners in, and by blending storytelling with songwriting, he creates songs filled with rich stories of human experience influenced by Canadian history, Rocky Mountain folklore, and his own personal journey.


Main Stage: Saturday at 12:30 pm

Joal Kamps
Kelly Kalden's Musical Kids, Didsbury
Musical Kids is a music program that began Feb 2014. Its mission is to provide an opportunity for young children to experience music first-hand and connect to it in a personal way, through dance, singing and playing instruments. Kelly has an active and engaging show designed just for kids and parents to enjoy together, making it an experience that will resonate for time to come. Kelly runs her program out of Didsbury, Balzac and Innisfail as well as at the local Didsbury Preschool.


Main Stage: Sunday at 3 pm

Musical Kids
Rebecca Lappa, Edmonton
Rebecca Lappa has a haunting voice and delivers a musical renaissance inspired by history, poetry and life events spun with romance, fantasy and intelligent wit. She received the Young Performer of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Adult Alternative Recording of the Year at the 2015 Edmonton Music Awards, and Sonic Youth winner at the 2015 Calgary Folkfest Songwriting Contests. She is resurrecting the art of the 'Folktale' and making it accessible and hip again. Rebecca is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Music.


Main Stage: Sunday at 12:40 pm
Museum: Sunday at 3 pm

Rebecca Lappa

Main Stage Schedule | Museum Schedule | Performers, Page 1 | Performers, Page 2

Fri, Sept 9: Reception, 7 pm
Sat, Sept 10: 11 am - 5 pm
Sun, Sept 11: 11 am - 5 pm

All locations entirely accessible!

Suggested donation: $5.00


Save yourself the hassle & jump on the Shuttle! Free shuttle service on the
Didsbury Lions Shuttle Bus

Get your passport stamped at all 4 locations for a chance to win big!

Pick up your Festival Passport at any of our 4 venues. Get it stamped at the Library, Train Station, Museum, and High School for a chance to win big!



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Heritage Building Stroll

Meet at the Train Station at 2 pm both Saturday & Sunday for an interpretive talk then take your own self-guided tour of the historic buildings downtown. All heritage buildings have a plaque telling its history.

All our historic buildings in town have plaques reciting the history.

Get your picture taken with any of our Tintamareski Family!

Our Tintareski family includes Prince William and Kate, and Queen Elizabeth and her corgis.

Our Tintareski family includes Vikings!

Or dig into our Tickle Trunk & Dress Up as royalty ... or a super hero!

You'll never know what you'll find in our Tickle Trunk. Get dressed up ... theatre style!

Download our I Support the Arts Window Sign. Show Didsbury is the heart of Arts and Culture in Mountain View County!

Put it in the Window of your
Store, Car, or Home
Show You Support the Arts in Didsbury!

Come paint one of our rain barrels. A big hit with artists every year!

Artist Kari Fell from Vegreville, returning in 2015. Her favourite arts festival of all!

Venues sponsored by the Town of Didsbury. Stay overnight at the Rosebud Valley Campground at the east entrance to Didsbury. The Didsbury Museum has artifacts from the homestead days, clothing, household items, farming equipment, a school room, medical room, general store, military roll of honour, and a 1907 Cast Iron Safe. Visit our museum today! In Partnership with the Didsbury Municipal Library In Partnership with Travel Alberta Canada We're on Facebook! Follow us at mvartsfest today! We're on twitter! Follow us at MVArtsFest today!