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Festival shines light on city’s eclectic scene

Blues, jazz, rock and country — you’ll find it all at this weekend’s Sonica festival.

Blues, jazz, rock and country — you’ll find it all at this weekend’s Sonica festival.

Taking place at the Priddis Valley Gardens Saturday, fans will be able to set up a tent and enjoy 24 hours of musical revelry.

“I want people to come here and have an experience,” said Kelly Tait, owner of Priddis Valley Gardens.

After moving to Calgary five years ago and feeling closed off by typical city life, Tait created the Priddis Valley Garden as an open-minded creative space for people in the area to go to.

“There isn’t a festival that showcases Calgary’s different genres of music,” said organizer Marvin Kee, who added that the festival will try to break down stereotypes about Calgary only being around country and western.

The concert showcases 24 local acts — the best Calgary has to offer, said Kee.


As the former lead guitarist from the Highrollers (a unique funk rock band, as he described it), Kee says he always envisioned himself doing a large festival.