Photo: Hailey Stewart at Cold Garden Beverage Company by Callaghan Creative Co.
CALGARY, June 1-3, 2018 – Way Out West Fest (WOW Fest) is unveiling its second instalment of a festival that celebrates and champions our western way of life. It’s no secret to the people who call the West home that it is truly a special place. From Calgary to the foothills, the mission of WOW Fest is to provide an innovative and world-class West-centric festival that showcases, inspires and supports our rich western heritage and modern West community.
The structure of the WOW Fest is a series of workshops, excursions and events to points west of the city, with a home base of Inglewood. Examples include: an intimate painting workshop with iconic western painter and Calgary Stampede poster artist, Shannon Lawlor. A photographer’s dream workshop at the ranch of Hollywood wrangler, John Scott, embellished with western movies sets and props as well as mustangs and bison. A farm to glass excursion with Eau Claire Distillery featuring a mixology class. Modern west architecture is explored with a day at Carriag Ridge – winner of Best Cabin of 2017 award.
Inglewood partners include Smithbilt Hats teaming up with three roping aficionados and Cold Garden Beverage Company to produce a roping clinic, while the Deane House will host a Sunday night 4-course barbecue dinner – “Dinner in the Big Smoke” on the banks of the Bow River. Sunday morning the Lantern Church will be the setting for a church service featuring cowboy poetry from Bryn Thiessan.
The headliner of the weekend – the inaugural Pure West Art & Artifact Auction, held at the Deane House on Sunday, June 3 afternoon will highlight art, music, food, drink – all with a twist of western culture. Exquisitely curated western art and artifacts will be on display and auctioned off, mavericks of our community will speak on the importance of our western heritage, and iconic musician and poet of the West, Ian Tyson, will play a special set for those gathered there.
The Festival’s mission statement is seeded in appreciating the richness of living in the western way, recognizing its authenticity and celebrating how it enriches all of our lives. Each and every of the Festival’s workshop leads and members of our team are deeply connected to the West, and committed to preserving it. Each event offers up a portal to an authentic West.
You can find more info and the opportunity to sign up for events at www.wayoutwestfest.ca or social media feeds on Instagram and Facebook.
Courtesy: Way Out West Fest