If you would indulge my final attempt to wallow in my memories, I would like to present the Zombie Awards, the current incarnation of last year's BTZ's Festival Highlights. So with a nod to all the list junkies among us, here are this year's winners:
Best new tradition:
Booking a band of venerable British rabble-rousers
- Billy Bragg was here in 01, last year it was the surprising Chumbawamba, and this year it was The Men They Couldn't Hang who graced the stages. Can't wait to see who we will lure over the pond next year.
Best new discovery:
- I know now that people have been singing the praises of this smartly lyrical and rollicking songster for years, but sometimes I am a slow learner.
Most regretted missed main stage concert:
- I don't care how many times I have seen them perform in the past, I will always jump at the chance to see them again. They always put on such a fantastic high-energy show and they will alway make me smile.
Most unique new genre:
- Socalled lays down the most tasty Yiddish beats with his funky bad-ass self - irresistible.
Best eye-rolling moment:
Bright Eyes fans
- BEF (looking at Bright Eyes cd for sale at main stage record tent during Conor Oberst's concert): "Bright Eyes is going to be here?"
Me: "He's playing right now."
BEF (head swivelling around to look at the stage): "what, what, what?"
This happened more than I care to mention.
Most anticipated wardrobe:
Master Musicians of Jajouka
- taking over the reins from last year's fabulous fashion plate, Anne Rust-D'Eye (John-Rae and the River), these sassy fellows wowed the crowd with both the white and the green outfits. And if you look closely, you can spot the RO (in kerchief and glasses) behind woman in blue halter dress.
- an offshoot of the above category, there were actually a number of contenders for this award, but ultimately Lucha Libre wrestling masks will win every time.
Number of meals consumed which featured tofu:
- down two from last year, but the chickpea meals made up the gap.
Best name at festival:
- hands down winner.
Best new blogger encounter:
The lovely and talented Stephanie
- hopefully just the first of many
Best rock star encounter:
- as unpretentious as you can possibly get, she not only signs autographs cheerfully, but tries to make you budge her in the food line.
Best drummer using a box thing for an instrument:
The guy from Eliana Cuevas' band
Performer whose sessions I attended most:
Great Lake Swimmers (although sometimes only Tony Dekker), with three
Most rousing workshop:
Spin Doctors (no luck club, Socalled, Wendy McNeill, Kara Keith)
- had everyone dancing with the tastiest grooves of the morning.
Best volunteer perk:
The power of the yellow shirt
Most regretted missed workshop:
Machinations and Pallindromes (Andrew Bird, Master Musicians of Jajouka, A Hawk and a Hacksaw)
- followed closely by Resistance is Fertile (Mark Erelli, Martyn Joseph, Kobo Town, Swill and Paul from the Men They Couldn't Hang)
Most covetted fashion accessory:
My velvet hippie shawl
- it's a shawl, blanket, skirt and baby/purse dog carrier all in one.
Number of hazelnut/chocolate gelatos consumed:
- it's like inventing Nutella ice cream.
Number of cds purchased:
-shamefully way down from eleven last year, but I was slow on the draw a couple of times and stocks sold out before I could make a purchase. Not exactly what you would expect from a record tent volunteer, is it?
Most challenging aspect of the festival:
- and yet we soldiered through
Best decision of the folk festival
Standing in the rain to eat supper so as not to miss Josh Ritter on main stage
Hopes for the 30th Anniversary of the Calgary Folk Music Festival next summer:
1. Entice the RO to volunteer with me
2. See some more blogger buddies travel to Calgary
3. DeVotchKa, Cuff the Duke, and is it too much to ask for Radiohead to show up?