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 22 - January 27, with Cafe Concerts throughout the city during the week, a Singer / Songwriter Night on Friday the 26th and all day festivities Saturday the 27th at Medalta Potteries. Full schedule coming soon.

Tongue On The Post Video

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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2018 Performers

Headliners
  • Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
    The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
  • The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are a collection of musicians, linked by common sonic journeys and familial ties. It doesn’t matter much how they got here, but rather that they are traveling with each other. Now they are here in the room with you, the way music in the folk tradition always is, to bring people together; to share real flesh, blood and feeling. They’ll weave their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings. Here are the troubadours to remind you that this music (no matter what kind of device it ends up on) could not exist without warm bodies in search of harmony.


  • Blackberry Wood and Their Circus Sideshow
    Blackberry Wood and Their Circus Sideshow
  • From the playing the biggest festivals in the world to hangin' in your back yard expect Blackberry Wood to whisk you away to a wild crazy barn dance in the back of the carnival, with carnies and magical circus folk!!! A reputation for high-energy and unbelievably exciting dance shows follows Blackberry Wood every stage they're on. When you spot them they'll be coming down the road looking like a travelling minstrel show, like a bunch of characters dressed up to make ya smile!!!

    Blackberry Wood is a wonderful, secret and magic combination of alt-country-gypsy-circus music. They are on tour now in support of their newest record “Strong Man vs Russian Bears”, it’s a wonderful sounding vaudevillian ruckus!!! They play a high-energy cabaret spin on dreamy old musical styles adding big juicy modern flavours like jumpin' ska, rock and roll, blues, bumpin’ hip-hop, gypsy punk ‘n many other irresistible body shakin’, foot stompin’ sounds. Blackberry Wood comes down the road like a travelling caravan, with all kinds of wondrous instruments, vocal melodies and fantastically costumed characters. They've kicked up dust in towns all over Western Canada, the United Kingdom and parts of the United States. Woooopa!!!


  • Poor Nameless Boy
    Poor Nameless Boy
  • As Poor Nameless Boy, Regina-based indie folk artist Joel Henderson leaves a piece of himself on stage every night he performs. His mellow sound is personal, speaking honestly about love, life, and our changing hearts in a busy world. He has been described as a lighter version of Noah Gundersen with the wispy sounds of Gregory Alan Isakov. Listen carefully and take note of the passionate range of vocals and songs with stories, sung from the soul.

    Music is in Joels blood his dad toured for 18 years and his brother maintains an active presence in the Canadian country music scene, so it comes naturally to him. He has performed on CTV and Global TV, and showcased at Folk Alliance International, Canadian Country Music Week, and Sask Sampler. Large stage appearances include Ness Cress Music Festival and the Cathedral Arts Festival. He has toured and shared the stage with Danny Olliver, Eli, For Short, Megan Nash, Keiffer Mclean and many others.


  • Chicken-Like Birds
    Chicken-Like Birds
  • Chicken-Like Birds are the combination of Ari Lantela who is known for his refined-yet-sloppy blues guitar picking and Jasmin Frederickson holding it down on double bass. Along with a suitcase drum, upright bass and interesting harmonies, listeners will be treated to a tasty marriage of roots, blues, swing and ragtime that the Canadian Pacific Blues Society has called a “fantastic old- school acoustic experience.” Together they sing their original songs about adventure, independent women, cooking and the pair's strange relationship. Slap in some theatrics, a few funny stories and some strangely endearing awkwardness and that'll be the Birds.

More Performers
  • Carter Felker
    Carter Felker
  • Born and raised in the Prairies, Carter Felker's eyes have seen the length of the wheat fields through many Winter mornings, and the stretch of the sun through many short lived Summers. He has labored, he has lost, and he has loved.

    Carter uses his own experience, and his desire to tell a story to create honest, human-made, country music. Enjoy.

  • Godfrey & Tod
    Godfrey & Tod
  • Godfrey & Tod is an old time duo from Calgary, Alberta. Composed of Nathan M. Godfrey on resonator guitar and banjo, and Mike Tod on acoustic guitar, the duo plays old-time musics of the Americas, from cowboy songs of Alberta’s coulees, to traditional ballads of the Appalachian Mountains.

  • Rancho Deluxe
    Rancho Deluxe
  • We're All from round here, we share a love of old school roots and country, and play those songs that go straight to the bone, we write about South Alberta, past present and future, from the footstompin to the heartbreakin..

  • Dempsey Bolton
    Dempsey Bolton
  • Dempsey Bolton is an R&B artist from Edmonton, Alberta.

  • Kyle Church
    Kyle Church
  • Kyle Church is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Medicine Hat, Alberta. In early 2017, he released his first single, "Time to Be Found" followed by a 7 song EP called "To Live Again". To Live again is a collection of songs written about the beautiful things that can come out of poor circumstances.

  • Boots & The Hoots
    Boots & The Hoots
  • "Praise be to hillbilly heaven, the spirit of Hank Williams is alive and well. Alberta's Ol' Boots & the Hoots have resurrected the broken vocal formula that was perfected by Southern storytellers years ago and has since inspired so many amnesiac stadium-country singers. The 11-track Pinecone Cowboy features a poised collection of wittily crafted, downtempo western melodies, a cactus in the ass of modern, power-ballad country crooners that forgot the music of their grandfathers."

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Venue

Historic Medicine Hat provides the beautiful Medalta Potteries for Tongue On The Post 2018.

More info about location

Medalta Potteries

763 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta

The Schedule

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All Events at Medalta Potteries

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

Amber Kilback & Farren12:00 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Tina Bannow & Greg Herman12:00 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Kyle Church1:15 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Dean Smale1:15 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Mash Up1:15 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Gerry Madigan or Keven Roy2:30 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Carter Felker2:30 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Dempsey Bolton2:30 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Rancho Deluxe3:45 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Godfrey & Tod3:45 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Mash Up5:00 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Boots & The HOots5:00 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Evening Closing Concert7:00 PM

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Concerts from The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, Blackberry Wood and their Circus Sideshow, Poor Namless Boy and Chicken-Like Birds!

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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