Reuben and the Dark will headline Block Heater 7.0 in Calgary

The seventh annual Calgary Folk Music Festival, Block Heater, presented by ATB, takes place next month with some big names in music in reduced settings.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s event, dubbed Block Heater 7.0, is scheduled for February 17-20, with a digital Black History Month panel from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, followed by free outdoor shows at the Olympic Plaza from 6 a.m. to 8:40 p.m. on Fridays and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays – in collaboration with Chinook Blast, BIG and Glow.

Then, on Sunday, shows start just after noon at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, ending with Calgary’s Reuben and Dark at 9:50 p.m.

Other headliners this year include Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk, Bobby Bazini, 2021 Polaris Prize winner Cadence Weapon and Ethiopian/Eritrean queer artist Witch Prophet.

“A diverse collection of creative troubadours, groove masters, storytellers and instrumentalists from our backyard, Canada and the United States, will warm your ears and your hearts,” read a statement.

“Calgary-born Reuben and the Dark’s anthemic, painterly lyrics are cathartic and loaded with harmony. Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk will break hearts with symbiotically fused vocals. Bobby Bazini channels his love for old-school R&B and blues-tinged pop in unfilmed soundtracks Old songs by Canadian country troubadours Kacy & Clayton are simple and serene Ethiopian/Eritrean queer artist Witch Prophet creates a soundscape inspired by hip-hop, jazz and soul.

Proof of vaccination is required and the Jack Singer Concert Hall will be half full with physical distancing.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, food and drink will not be permitted and masks must be worn at all times.

“Arts Commons has installed energy-efficient MERV 15A air filters providing hospital-grade air sterilization using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI),” a statement read.

“Arts Commons is frequently cleaned and surfaces disinfected. Masking and physical distancing will be strongly encouraged at Olympic Plaza. The Festival continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will adapt accordingly to any potential changes in restrictions in our engagement to create the safest possible environment for our audience.”

More information and tickets can be found online.

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