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The Real Banff Blog / Published: Mon, 04/03/2017 - 14:14

Banff concert a homecoming for Jill Barber

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When Jill Barber steps onto the stage in Banff this month, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, it will be a homecoming of sorts. 

While the singer-songwriter was born in Ontario and has lived on both coasts, it was the wonder of Banff National Park that inspired many of her most celebrated songs. 

“I kind of think of those mountains as a real creative mecca,” Barber says.

“There's a certain energy to the Rocky Mountains. I love this country from coast to coast — but the real heart and centre is those Rocky Mountains in Alberta.”

Now she’ll get the chance to perform songs in a place that brought them to life, part of a weekend of free shows with some of Canada’s most exciting artists at the Cave and Basin National Historical Site.

April 28th will see Toronto-based folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers kick off Concert in the Cave at the historic site. 

It’s a fitting venue for the acclaimed band, which has infused their songs with imagery of Canada’s natural treasures for 15 years.

Barber will perform the next evening, April 29th.

Claim your free tickets today. 

The shows take place in a venue that is unlike any other in the country: tucked into the forest on the face of Sulphur Mountain, the site has drawn countless visitors from all over the world for more than a century. 

However, Concert at the Cave shows a side of this unique place that few get to experience: that of an intimate open-air performance space, offering stunning panoramic views of the mountains and the town of Banff.  

“The Cave and Basin is the birthplace of Canada’s National Park system—it’s a unique and truly beautiful place,” says Paul Nolin, Senior Manager of Events & Animation for Banff & Lake Louise Tourism.

“In celebration of Canada 150 we’ve added a day to the Concert at the Cave event and invited two of our favourite Canadian talents to the stage. Audiences are in for a couple of really special nights in Banff National Park with the Great Lake Swimmers and Jill Barber.”

Audiences will be treated to Barber’s first solo performance in more than a year. The award-winning artist is known for effortlessly eschewing genres, experimenting with everything from pop to jazz-inspired works. She’s spent the past year with her brother in support of their JUNO-nominated folk collaboration, The Family Album.

“It’s kind of stepping back into my own space,” Barber admits with a laugh.

“I enjoy having full creative control. It’s going to feel very nice to have the opportunity to step back into that, to have that connection with the audience.”

Secure your tickets for the free family-friendly shows:

Jill Barber
Great Lake Swimmers

While the concerts are free, space is limited to 1000 people for each performance. If you want to attend both shows, why not stay in one of the many accommodations available in Banff. Visit the Concert At The Cave page for more information and get your tickets today!