Wave after wave of concert and festival cancellations rocked Edmonton’s music scene in March, as COVID-induced isolation, social distancing measures and travel restrictions hampered the spring, summer, and beyond.
But when the Edmonton Folk Music Festival announced its cancellation in early April it sent a particularly icy chill through the Festival City.
Four months later, during the week when construction crews, food vendors and artisans would have been setting up stages and staking their claim, Cloverdale Hill offers a stark reminder of all the things music lovers are missing out on during a particularly cruel summer.
The grass won’t be trampled by hordes of folk fans. The sound of music won’t ring through the river valley. Organizers won’t fear wind or rain, smoke or lightning this weekend.
Instead, The Hill at Home will offer up an experience unlike any other in recent memory, broadcasting past mainstage performances on YouTube and festival-related programming on CKUA from Aug. 7-9, helping to fill the void left by the Folk Fest’s cancellation.