The city will be alive with the sounds of C&W the first week in September.
Country Music Week will descend on Calgary Sept. 5 to 8 culminating with the Canadian Country Music Association Awards broadcast from the Saddledome on the Sunday, with just announced co-hosts Billy Ray Cyrus and Dallas Smith.
There will be various ancillary events, such as fan fests and other concerts around town with local, regional and national acts all taking part.
One of the unofficial parties is a pretty great showcase of northern talent and southern-styled eats and drinks at Kensington fave the Oak Tree Tavern. It’s the Blue Jay Cafe pop-up, which hopes to bring all of the flavours of Nashville to the city from Sept. 4 to 7.
The Cafe will feature 34 Canuck country artists in the room over the four nights with each evening featuring “two sets of country singers … (performing) in songwriter circle sessions reminiscent of iconic country music venues such as The Listening Room and the Bluebird Cafe.”
Some of those participating include JJ Shiplett, Drew Gregory, Mariya Stokes, Leaving Thomas and members of The Dungarees and CCMA-nominated Calgary act Nice Horse.
“It’s nice to have this new take on a songwriter round series take place leading up to the CCMA Awards,” Nice Horse vocalist and bass player, Brandi Sidoryk, said in a release. “Our band spends so much time in Nashville, writing and recording, this will feel like a little piece of the south up here in Canada!”
Adding to the pop-up is a “tasty menu full of Nashville-inspired eats that include a fried Empire Provisions bologna sandwich, ‘hot chicken’ tenders with remoulade dip, fried chicken sandwich with Kool-Aid pickles and a sweet, Goo Goo Cluster pie for dessert.”
And, of course, there will the requisite beer and whisky available to keep the audience lubricated.
Tickets for the Blue Jay Cafe will be limited to 60 per evening and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
A full list of artists and tickets are available now from the thebluejaycafe.ca.