Basia Bulat, Reuben and the Dark and Josh Ritter among first acts announced for Calgary Folk Music Festival’s 2022 Block Heater

Plugged in, warmed up and ready to go.

After a COVID-induced online event this past year, the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s winter wonderland Block Heater is a go for 2022 Feb. 17 – 20 — live and in-person.

Organizers have unveiled plans for the February fest — their seventh — and some of the acts that music-lovers can expect over the four days, including Canadian fave Basia Bulat accompanied by a string quartet, yyc spiritual roots-rock sons Reuben and the Dark, Americana artist Josh Ritter, eclectic Irish singer-songwriter Susan O’Neill, Tanika Charles and Witch Prophet.

Block Heater 2022’s full line-up and schedule of the more than 30 international, national and local acts will be announced Jan. 7, with tickets going on sale on the 10th.

This year’s Block Heater will once again make it loud on the Music Mile — the East Village and Inglewood— in venues such as Festival Hall, the King Eddy, Ironwood Stage and Grill, and, on the weekend, Arts Commons rooms Max Bell Theatre, Martha Cohen Theatre and the Jack Singer Concert Hall. 

On the Saturday night, Feb. 19, Block Heater teams with Chinook Blast and Glow to present artists in a free outdoor tent in Olympic Plaza.

Fittingly, the poster for the 2022 gathering — which you can see on their website here — was designed by CFMF’s artist-in-residence, local illustrator and designer Geneva L. Haley.

It, as the fest states, “beautifully showcases her characteristic prairie gothic aesthetic, shaped into whimsical urban storytelling … (and) perfectly matches Block Heater’s spirit as we create community and soul-stirring rituals while we revel in music and culture following 22 months of hibernation.”

(Basia Bulat photo courtesy Richmond Lam.)