Welcome, to Alberta's first winter folk music festival! Tongue On The Post Festival (TOP Fest) is a once a year opportunity to enjoy folk music all around Medicine Hat! Keep scrolling to find out more.


Tongue On The Post Festival runs week of January 23 - January 28, with Cafe Concerts throughout the city during the week, a Singer / Songwriter Night on Friday the 27th and all day festivities Saturday the 28th at Medalta Potteries. Full schedule coming soon.

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Here's a taste of what happens at TOP Festival.

Our 2014 Tongue On The Post highlight video. We are very proud of our festival, and our community is behind us 100%

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2017 Performers

Headliners
  • Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldon
    Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldon
  • Master storyteller and multi-instrumental performer GORDIE TENTREES has arrived. His sixth album “Less is More” brings together his knack for melody with his amazing ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hands (both during and between songs) and is a deeply personal, moving, melodic and sometimes humorous look at life through the eyes of a unique and infectious personality. Yukon based, Ontario raised, farm boy, golden glove boxer, school teacher, youth counsellor turned folk artist Tentrees has released 6 records touring North America, UK, Australia and Europe up to 200 concerts each year, nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards, International Song Competitions and toured with Kelly Joe Phelps, Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Poltz and Mary Gauthier. He offers the perfect example with his sixth album, Less is More, presenting an incredible soundtrack to a storied past with songs of triumph, heartache and redemption. Produced by Juno award winner Bob Hamilton who also contributes textured beauty with tasteful tones, the album features Tentrees blend of folk, roots and blues sounds on 11 tracks including “Camelot Hotel“, written by Mary Gauthier. Tentrees plays dobro, guitar, harmonica, with stellar accompaniment from Aiden Tentrees on upright bass & Fabian Brook on guitar and fiddle. The album also includes guest appearances by Patrick Hamilton, Annie Avery, Lonnie Powell and the voice of east coast darling 2015 Juno winner Catherine MacLellan.


  • Ryland Moranz
    Ryland Moranz
  • Rylands concise and lyrically driven songwriting is deep beyond his years with an emphasis on storytelling and an increasing awareness that life is always bigger than you think it is.  Sometimes politically satirical and often offset with fun loving humor, Rylands wit and social conscience shine through in the well crafted vernacular of a songwriter that has found their voice.  Accompanying himself with acoustic and electric guitar, tenor guitar, Harmonica, Piano, mandolin, button accordion and banjo, his multi instrumental approach provides the perfect foil to the words he puts to paper.

    Ryland has shared the stage with great acts like Luke Doucet, Captain Tractor, the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir, John Wort Hannam, C.R. Avery, Reuben and the Dark, Bend Sinester, 100 Mile House, Andrew Allen, Mark Sadlier-Brown, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, The Weber Brothers, Rob Szabo, the United Steelworkers of Montreal, Sean Brewer, Wendy Mcniel, The Deep Dark Woods, Shout Out Out Out Out, and Soulja Fyah.


  • Sampson's Delilah
    Sampson's Delilah
  • Fearless, unique, soul full world folk, funk, rock opera.


    Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson, are well known on the Northern Alberta and B.C. festival scene as the front line of the funk/rock/reggae/world groove high energy dance band "Mamaguroove", born and raised in Dunster, B.C.

    With Samson’s Delilah, Seth & Shara have ventured into new musical territory. With a fierce intensity weaving throughout their soundscapes, utterly captivating, Samson’s Delilah will leave their mark on every listener. Heavily influenced by latin guitar, reggae, rock opera and other world music, driven with thought provoking songwriting, the thread of the "guroove" runs deep, and you will not be disappointed by the fusion and spell that they weave....

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  • Northcote
    Northcote
  • Hope Is Made of Steel confirms emphatically that Northcote has emerged from a coffee house singer/songwriter into something more fleshed out and fierce. Following years of solo touring around the world, Goud and his band mates Stephen McGillivray (guitar), Mike Battle (bass) and Derek Heathfield (drums) ventured together on Northcote’s European headlining tour and in the Spring of 2015 the same group supported New Jersey icons The Gaslight Anthem on a five-week tour across North America. Northcote’s larger scale full band tours of the past months have foreshadowed Hope Is Made Of Steel, which is forged by Americana-rock electric guitar and soulful hard-hitting rock drums.

  • Richard Inman
    Richard Inman
  • Richard Inman is quickly becoming a staple of Winnipeg’s folk and country scene. With a butter-rich voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.

    Between relentless gigging and a residency at the legendary Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, Richard has proven himself a savvy songwriter and true prairie gem. Catch him at his next show and he’ll make you a believer; listen to the new album “30 Days” and he’ll bury his gentle soul in your mind’s ear for a month.

  • Andrew Scott
    Andrew Scott
  • Bio Coming Soon.

  • Derek Hintz
    Derek Hintz
  • Derek Hintz was born and raised in Medicine Hat and can be found there still to this day. As a child, Derek played guitar however it wasn't until he enrolled in the Medicine Hat College Visual Communications Program when he picked up his guitar and started writing songs.

    After completing college he went on to the University of Lethbridge to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The combination of painting and writing songs became a perfect way for Derek to be creative and tell the stories he had looming inside. Derek went on to live in Calgary and as well Victoria, but found his way back to his home town. He has played his folk roots, country and blues music all over Medicine Hat. In cafe's, bars, art shows, weddings and regular visits to his grandparent’s seniors home. With a deep love of the roots of music Derek Hintz bridges a gap between young and old.

  • Greg Herman
    Greg Herman
  • Greg has been playing music around Medicine Hat for over 30 years. Moving from bass, to drums, Telecaster to acoustic guitar and songwriting has been an interesting progression. His album From This Side was constructed from tracks recorded at home and with some great playing overdubbed via the Internet. Studying the masters and inspired by younger songwriters, Greg looks forward to another project in the coming year.

  • Kayla Luky
    Kayla Luky
  • Singer Songwriter Kayla Luky lives in Grandview, Manitoba, a small farming community nestled between the Riding and Duck Mountains. This unique setting gives her country sound absolute authenticity.

    Luky has played shows all over Manitoba, and toured Western and Eastern Canada a few times over, along with such events as Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Ontario, North by Northeast, Indie Week, Daouphin's Countryfest, Home Routes, Harvest Moon Festival, Harvest Sun Music Festival, Prairie Winds Festival and Shine On Festival of Music and Art.

  • Jenny Allen
    Jenny Allen
  • Dynamic folk rock, with a twist of rootsy blues. Outstanding vocals, instrumentation and strong penmanship have made this versatile performer a must see at major folk festivals and clubs throughout Canada and the US.

  • Kris and The Blues Machines
    Kris and The Blues Machines
  • Kris on vocal howlings and guitar pluckin’s with his Steampunk Contraption (samplers, Theremin, and Laptop) by his side. He’ll be playing original foot shufflin’ roadhouse after party inspired get ya in ya pants blues!!! Electro Blues is what to call it, big in England as an off shoot of Electro Swing. Electro Blues is the dirtier cousin of Electro Swing and super sexy to dance to!!!

Venue

Historic Medicine Hat provides the beautiful Medalta Potteries for Tongue On The Post 2016.

More info about location

Medalta Potteries

763 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta

The Schedule

Click Date to see that day's schedule.

Kickoff Party: Northcote with Derek Hintz8:00 PM

Silver Buckle Sports Bar - 687 S Railway St, Medicine Hat
(403) 526-1303

Bret Nelson12:00 PM

Cocoa Bean - #3 108 Broadway Ave E, Redcliff
(403) 548-6730

Prairie Chicks1:00 PM

Station Coffee House - 644 2nd St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1115

Michael Shane1:30 PM

Inspire Cafe - 675 2nd St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-2233

Enslow5:00 PM

Oly's Alehouse - 417 7th St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-6597

Enslow12:00 PM

Cocoa Bean - #3 108 Broadway Ave E, Redcliff
(403) 548-6730

Michael Shane1:00 PM

Station Coffee House - 644 2nd St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1115

Prairie Chicks3:00 PM

Zucchini Blossom - 50 3 St NE, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-2233

TNBB5:00 PM

Oly's Alehouse - 417 7th St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-6597

Gordie and Jaxon5:00 PM

Redi - 860 Allowance Ave SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 526-5742

Derek Gavey1:00 PM

Station Coffee House - 644 2nd St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1115

Enslow1:30 PM

Inspire Cafe - 675 2nd St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-2233

Ali Selin2:00 PM

Mad Hatter Roastery - 513 3 St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-2344

Greg Herman3:00 PM

Zucchini Blossom - 50 3 St NE, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-2233

Gordie and Jaxon5:00 PM

Oly's Alehouse - 417 7th St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-6597

Supper and Song with The New North Collective and Roger Roger6:00 PM

Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre - 401 First Street SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 502-8580

Derek Hintz7:00 PM

Medalta Potteries - 713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1070

Richard Inman12:00 PM

Cocoa Bean - #3 108 Broadway Ave E, Redcliff
(403) 548-6730

Greg Herman1:00 PM

Station Coffee House - 644 2nd St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1115

Connie Johns12:00 PM

Mad Hatter Roastery - 513 3 St SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-2344

Opening Ceremonies7:00 PM

Medalta Potteries - 713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1070

Singer Songwriter Night7:00 PM

Medalta Potteries - 713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1070

All Events at Medalta Potteries

713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat
(403) 529-1070

Andrew Scott11:00 AM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Jenny Allen11:00 AM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Tina Bannow11:00 AM

Reception Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Seth, Scott Duncan, Greg Herman, Ali Selin, Connie Jean Johns11:00 AM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Greg Herman12:15 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Kris and the Blues Machine12:15 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Prairie Chicks12:15 PM

Reception Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Richard Inman12:15 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Kayla Luky, Jenny Allen and Shara Gustafson1:30 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Derek Hintz1:30 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Michael Shane1:30 PM

Reception Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Slide Guitar 101 with Gordie Tentrees1:30 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Derek Hintz, Richard Inman, Gordie Tentries and Kris Wood2:45 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Kayla Luky2:45 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Derek Gavey2:45 PM

Reception Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Jaxon Haldane and his bag of instruments2:45 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

End of Day Jam4:00 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Dinner available. Eat and mingle with yoru favourite musicians of the day while waiting for the evening gala4:00 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Evening Closing Concert7:00 PM

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Concerts from Samson's Delilah, Ryland Moranz and Gordie Tentrees with Jaxon Haldane!

Tickets

Visiting Our City

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Sponsors

Our festival wouldn't exist without the help of our sponsors.

Presented by


Medicine Hat Folk Music Festival

Medicine Hat Folk Music Platinum Sponsors


Alberta Foundation for the Arts
City of Medicine Hat
Canadian Heritage

Medicine Hat Folk Music Gold Sponsors


102.1 CJCY
Logos Embroidery

Medicine Hat Folk Music Silver Sponsors


Live Music Club
Medicine Hat Accommodation Association
Medicine Hat News
Medicine Hat Historic Clay District
Als Audio

Medicine Hat Folk Music Bronze Sponsors


Bill Taylor
Grand Rental Station
BK Repair

Medicine Hat Folk Music Singer Songwriter Night Sponsors


Inspire Cafe
Angela Kolody Realtor ©
Bill Taylor
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