Nestled on a hillside overlooking the city, festivalgoers sit shoulder to shoulder, taking in the sounds from a stage that has hosted the likes of Joni Mitchell, k.d. lang, and the Barenaked Ladies. A sense of community hangs in the air, as families, friends, and new acquaintances find common ground through their shared love for music.
This scene is one Edmontonians are familiar with. On its 44th year, the Edmonton Folk Festival is a staple in the summer calendar for many Albertans, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors annually.