Event Details

Calgary Folk Music Festival presents Frazey Ford with La Force Live at Knox United Church on January 14, 2022.

Door time: 7:00 PM

Show time: 8:00 PM

Calgary Folk Music Festival Singer/songwriter Frazey Ford first came to the world’s attention in acclaimed folk trio The Be Good Tanyas. In her early life, she sang with her Irish/Cajun/Acadian mother despite a true leaning towards soul and funk. There was time spent living on a ​commune with American draft dodger parents and a collaboration with the ​legendary Memphis soul band The Hi Rhythm Section.

So it’s unsurprising Ford’s world is one of shapeshifting rhythm, elevating beats and grooves, wrapped in the subtle magnetism of her mesmerizing voice. With its graceful collision of soul and psychedelia and’70s funk, her music can be ecstatic and heavy-hearted, gloriously shambolic and deeply purifying. Her latest album UkinBtheSun ​is raw and direct; a departure from her earlier guitar-driven and often solitary songwriting. The album was birthed from a spontaneous collaboration with her ​long-time bassist and drummers.

Sublime sounds unfold in luminous grooves, dreamy piano tones, smoldering harmonies, cascading piano lines, fluid guitar work and warm and wise lyrics. Bold, sensual and confidently fragile, Ford is obviously not afraid to explore what lurks inside her, either musically or emotionally. Rich textures embed Ford’s lyrical storytelling: sharply rendered memories of early childhood, poignant messages of courage and survival, telegraphs to unfettered joy, a tenderly enchanted breakup song and an anthemic response to the toxic political climate.


La Force is Ariel Engle, vocalist and newest member of Broken Social Scene, where she lends fluid, commanding lead vocals and leaves an indelible mark on the collective’s rousing performances. 

Born out of the culmination of AroarA – her musical project with husband and Broken Social Scene bandmate Andrew Whiteman – and borrowing its identity from the tarot card representing strength, La Force captures the bold creative spirit of an undeniable voice. Her songs reflect the magic and dismantlement of motherhood; the never-ending tightrope walk of life and death and the re-discovery of self.  It’s nocturnal electronic pop, with enchanting vocals, seductive melodies float over retrained electronics and dynamic production, that create a reverent, spiritual tone.

To ensure the health and safety of all patrons, staff, volunteers and artists, the Calgary Folk Music Festival and all associated events will require audience members 12 years and older to show proof of vaccination for the foreseeable future. The Calgary Folk Music Festival will NOT be accepting any COVID-19 test results in lieu of vaccine status. We do not have the capacity or expertise to determine the validity of medical test results. Our masking policy remains in place with exceptions for those with documented medical exemptions. Entry will be denied for those who cannot provide the required proof of vaccination documentation.

Calgary Folk Music Festival's concert series is proudly presented by ATB.

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Event Location


Knox United Church

506 4 St SW, Calgary, , T2P1S7

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