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 21 - January 26, with Cafe Concerts throughout the city during the week, a Singer / Songwriter Night on Friday the 25th and all day festivities Saturday the 26th 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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2019 Performers

Headliners
  • Amy Nelson
    Amy Nelson
  • Amy Nelson is an old-time banjoist and singer/songwriter from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She harkens back to a time when music was not only a form of entertainment, but a way of connecting to the hearts of everyday people. She was a featured artist in The Calgary Collection and we are more than pleased to be able to present here this year on the Headlining Stage of The Tongue on the Post Folk Music Festival!!


  • Zachary Lucky
    Zachary Lucky
  • Zachary Lucky’s album 'Everywhere A Man Can Be' is a rare album that transcends the boundaries of folk and country, simply by seeking the truth. Already hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from No Depression to Exclaim! Lucky’s new nine-song collection is his most powerful statement to date, with his sonic palette given a wide range of new colors through contributions from some notable Canadian indie rock names, led by producer and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein.

    In many ways, Everywhere A Man Can Be comes as a reaction to the Saskatoon native’s acclaimed previous release, The Ballad of Losing You, which delved deeply into personal themes. The new album’s material instead finds Lucky looking outward, drawing from people and places he encountered while touring the world over the past several years.


  • Sons of Town Hall
    Son Of Town Hall
  • Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theater. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition. Son of Town Hall was born when the two found themselves side by side aboard a junk raft (“The Son of Town Hall”) crossing the mighty Atlantic in search of new lands, new inspiration, and to recover squandered fortune. The two have sailed their ship back a century or so, and their song and story cycle follows the pair across the open waters and from town to town as they travel the frontier bouncing primarily from one failed endeavor to another. Though they fall for temptation and countless false promises, their belief in humanity and each other never flags.


More Performers
  • Carly Dow
    Carly Dow
  • Carly Dow writes beguiling, clever songs and delivers them with insight and a powerful voice pulled from the place where grit meets beauty. Hailing from the heart of Canada, she'll give you a reason to dance, something to think about, and the nudge you need to embrace the wild - surrounding and within.

    Carly has been sharing her style of wildcrafted folk music across Canada since 2013. With roots in Manitoba’s music community and professional training as an environmental scientist, she knows how to look closely and transform what she’s seen into intimate musical snapshots. Her 2015 debut album Ingrained rose into the national top 10 charts in the folk/roots/blues category and garnered international acclaim. Her clear, vivid imagery and enchanting melodies earned Carly a place on renowned festival stages across Canada including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Guelph Ontario’s Hillside Festival, and the Bella Coola Festival in British Columbia, and propelled her international tours to Europe and the United Kingdom in 2017. Americana UK called her “a talent - 9/10”, Vies Mag proclaimed that “it is Canadian music at its finest”, and The Rocking Magpie (UK) said her songs are “multi-layered and bewitching”. Like her stage presence, Carly’s music is quietly captivating, confident, and illuminating. Flirting with the line between pretty and gritty, she delivers songs of the heart and its wide open spaces

  • 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.

  • Christie Kurpjuweit
    Christie Kurpjuweit
  • Born and raised in the beautiful prairies of Medicine Hat, Alberta. I love variety. I think all genres of music deliver their own unique style, feel, and adventure. To take someones work and mold it into my own rendition is one of my favorite ways to express myself over my guitar. Mixing this with the new adventure of writing has opened a whole new world to me and I will continue to challenge myself to translate my deepest thoughts and wonders to those who take a moment to listen. Thank you for taking the time to invest in my passionate love for music.

  • Curtis Glas
    Curtis Glas
  • These days it's rare to see an artist show up with both tradition and true originality on their side. Singer, slinger, troubadour Curtis Glas is just such an artist - a man who has muscled his way onto the scene on his own terms with an identity that is clearly steeped in the tradition of the folk genre, but pushes out toward refreshingly unexpected horizons. That freshness, together with an engaging stage presence, unique arrangements, and a distinguished vocal ability, gives Glas the captivating edge with audiences from all generations & musical tastes.

  • Prairie Chicks
    Prairie Chicks
  • Connie Jean : Connie Jean Johns style is described as country/folk with some low key soft rock from days gone by! "I perform originals as well as covers". Having participated in the last 5 (or maybe 6) Tongue-on-the-Post festivals, as well as doing cafe concerts, we are excited to have Connie perform for us at the Verve listening room.

    Ali Sellin : ALI SELLIN was raised in a musical family with 5 older brothers near Spirit River, Alberta. At age 12 she taught herself to play guitar and soon thereafter began to write her first songs. Folk, Country and R & B stylings come from early varied influences of Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, and Kris Kristofferson to name a few.

  • Sean Burns
    Sean Burns
  • Making Country Music Great Again is just the kind of full time work Sean Burns has been dreaming of his entire life. Sharing a passion for traditional sounds and with a from-the-heart delivery, Sean has toured relentlessly from one end of Canada to the other, and across the United States.

    This Winnipeg based song and dance man taps into the grittiness of the road in the stark, down-to-earth style of an authentic storyteller of songs written with highway miles and heartbreak.

  • Shaela Miller
    Shaela Miller
  • Although born in Victoria BC, Shaela Miller has spent the majority of her life in the windy southern Alberta city of Lethbridge and has been honing her skill as a songwriter for over ten years. Her affinity for the classic country greats of the yesteryear gives her an unparalleled disposition as an original ambassador of a new wave of country music. When asked to describe her music she replies simply: "Honky Tonk". But that’s certainly not all it is. Tear in your beer ballads, dance hall shuffles and dark alt-country craft work are all part of the package. With a voice that will send shivers up your spine and a penchant for turning a phrase that will make you relish in its simple eloquence, Shaela’s musical force is unabated and unrivaled.

  • Twanger Bingo
    Twanger Bingo
  • Twanger Bingo is an Engaging, Interactive Comedy Gameshow based around your favorite Folk Anthems of all time. Yes, we actually run a game of bingo, and no it’s not like the bingo you bring grandma to!

    Our wannabe Folkstar’s will take you on a Journey of Laughs, Fist Pumping and Chair Dancing as we call out the bingo numbers. The real stars of the show are the audience as they compete in our Air Guitar Rock Off’s, Dance Battles and Sing Alongs. It’s like a giant mash up of a TV Gameshow, Karaoke, Trivia, and a Folk Concert and we’ll even finish the night off with a Dance Party!

  • Washboard Hank
    Washboard Hank
  • Washboard Hank's exploits as singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and comedic backwoods philosopher, have delighted and entertained people for over 35 years.He started as a street musician playing all over North America where he learned how to present a truly entertaining show. Late at night he would have total strangers laughing and dancing in the grimmest of urban settings. This ability to spread joy has been Hank's constant goal.

    The Stradovarious Washboard, from which he gets his name, is a musical phenomenon of the first order that he plays with breathtaking virtuosity. With wild flailing motions he carves out melodies in the most unlikely yet spectacular fashion. Hank also plays guitar, 4 & 5 string banjos and the kitchen sink tuba.

Venue

Historic Medicine Hat provides the beautiful Medalta Potteries for Tongue On The Post 2019.

More info about location

Medalta Potteries

763 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta

The Schedule

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Twanger Bingo6:30 PM

Medalta Potteries
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Supper and Song6:00 PM

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VIP Kiln Series7:00 PM

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VIP Kiln Series7:00 PM

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Coming Soon
All Events at Medalta Potteries

713 Medalta Ave SE, Medicine Hat
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Harmonica Workshop12:00 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
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Luthier Workshop12:00 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
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Pedal Steel Workshop12:00 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
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Shaela, Carly & Amy1:15 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Mash Up1:15 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
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Sons of Carol1:15 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Zackary Lucky, Carter Felker, Derek Hintz2:30 PM

Kiln 2, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Sean Burns and The Windy City Band2:30 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Carly Dow2:30 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Saela Miller Band3:45 PM

The Turning Room, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Carer Felker5:00 PM

Yuill Family Gallery, Medalta
(403) 529-1070

Headliner Gala6:30 PM

Medalta Potteries
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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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