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For your ear buds: Musicians to catch in July in the Bow Valley

A few sweet melodic voices and other musical opportunities to catch this July in the Bow Valley coming right up… 
Banff's Elk Run and Riot play the gallery several stories deep into Rat's Nest Cave under Grotto Mountain. On July 28, the Bow Valley rockers perform at the Canmore Rose & Crown as a fundraiser for the Bow Valley Victims Services Association. ARYN TOOMBS RMO PHOTO

The magic of music – it can evoke emotions of all different kinds, it can lure out some hilarious dance moves, and, perhaps most importantly, it can bring people together. For the month of July, there are plenty of chances for music to do all three of those things for you! And, of course, the Outlook has you covered. 

A few sweet melodic voices and other musical opportunities to catch this July coming right up… 

July 13th: Alvvays at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 

This Canadian band will be hitting the Banff Centre with its indie pop tunes complete with a contagious positive vibe. The five-member band plays tunes that’ll make your feet tap and head bop, described on Banff Centre’s website as a band that “combine their fuzzy, jangly indie pop with infectious, sugary melodies.” Tickets are $45, available at 

July 12 & 13: Northern Quarter at the Drake Pub (Canmore) 

Formed in 2017, this Canmore-based band plays around with multiple genres including rock, folk and indie, blending them together with the smoothe notes of jazz and blues. The unique sound and incredible vocals won’t leave you disappointed. For more information, visit the Drake Pub’s website at 

July 21: Five Alarm Funk at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon (Banff) 

A super fun, innovative, funky show is what Five Alarm Funk promises on this wild ‘sweaty’ tour. This eight-member band from Vancouver has trumpets, saxophones, drums, guitars, and more. Taking inspiration from artists like James Brown to Tito Puente, this band knows how to have a good time. To find out more or to buy tickets, visit the bands website at 

July 27: Hawksley Workman at the Banff Shaw Amphitheatre 

This all-Canadian singer-songwriter who’s taken home two JUNO’s will be playing in Banff at the end of July. Workman is described as having a “signature spectrum of sonic influence, from cabaret to electro-pop to anthemic rock and plenty in between,” according to his website. With the swagger and sound of a rock star, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets. 

July 28: Canmore Alternative Metal & Punk Festival at artsPlace

This new summer festival addition gives punk and metal lovers a chance to headbang to their favourite vibes. From 4 p.m. on, this festival will bring 12 Alberta bands from Canmore to Calgary to one stage, with a plethora of musical styles. From hardcore punk to groovy rock, this promises to be a fun show you won’t want to miss. Some of the bands include Plaguebringer (Calgary), Party at the Moon Tower (Banff) and Snug (Canmore). For more information or to buy tickets, visit

July 28: Elk Run & Riot's second annual summer patio party at the Canmore Rose & Crown 

Bow Valley favourites Elk Run and Riot are performing at the second annual summer patio party at the Canmore Rose and Crown from 2-6 p.m. Sprcial guests include the Ramblin' Hey Ho Ha's, Sully & Gord, and Sherrie Summit. This free event is a fundrasier for the Bow Valley Victims Services Association and includes a silent auction in support of that cause. 



About the Author: Alana MacLeod

Alana MacLeod is a reporter for the Rocky Mountain Outlook. Previously, she worked for Global News Toronto as a news producer and writer. Follow her on Twitter: @Lans_macleod
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