Thursday, December 8, 2022

Halifax Urban Folk Festival returns for its 13th edition

This year's HUFF features a lineup of international and Canadian songwriters and performers at The Carleton in Halifax from August 28 to September 4.

The Halifax Urban Folk Festival (HUFF) returns for its 13th edition in 2022, featuring a lineup of international and Canadian songwriters and performers at The Carleton in Halifax.

With travel restrictions finally lifted, I can say this year’s program is as great as anything we’ve done in the past. – Mike Campbell

“After a couple of scaled-back COVID restricted years, the Halifax Urban Folk Festival is very much looking forward to again bringing a fully realized slate of diverse artists to Halifax,” says Mike Campbell, HUFF’s artistic director, in a media release. “This year’s crop of talent comes from Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Berlin, Nashville, and Austin.”

Headlining The Carleton shows are American singer-songwriter, visual artist and podcaster Bob Schneider and Grammy-nominated American indie-folk-rock artist Aaron Lee Tasjan. They will be joined by singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jake Clemons, who has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Vedder, along with Toronto-based folk-rock-punk artist Skye Wallace.

Toronto-based folk-rock-punk singer-songwriter Skye Wallace joins the roster at this year's HUFF.
Toronto-based folk-rock-punk singer-songwriter Skye Wallace joins the roster at this year’s HUFF.

In addition to eight nights of music at The Carleton, HUFF will also present shows over the Labour Day weekend at Brightwood Brewery, New Scotland Brewing in Dartmouth, and The Union Street Café in Berwick. There will also be a special free show on the Grand Oasis Stage at City Hall in downtown Halifax. Shows at the satellite venues will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Overcoming COVID obstacles, with the generous support of funding agencies everywhere, was not easy, but we managed to bring scaled-down iterations of HUFF to Halifax audiences over the past two years despite the pandemic,” says Campbell. “As tough as that was, one of the biggest challenges is trying to top what we’ve done in previous years. With travel restrictions finally lifted, I can say this year’s program is as great as anything we’ve done in the past. I’m excited and I hope everyone else will be too.”

The complete lineup at The Carleton includes:

August 28 – Horsebath w/ opening Songwriters Circle
August 29 – Sluice + Julie Aubé (Les Hay Babies)
August 30 – Jake Clemons Band + Adam Baldwin
August 31 – The Hidden Cameras (solo) + Pillow Fite
September 1 – Loviet + The Backstays
September 2 – Skye Wallace with opening Songwriters’ Circle
September 3 – Aaron Lee Tasjan & Halifax All Stars with opening Songwriters’ Circle
September 4 – Bob Schneider & Halifax All Stars with opening Songwriters’ Circle

Visit halifaxurbanfolkfestival.com for tickets and information.

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