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Halifax Urban Folk Festival huffs to life 

Mike Campbell takes the first steps to starting a new, in-town festival.

It was Halifax's JunoFest that planted the seed. When The Carleton owner Mike Campbell helped program the live music events attached to the Junos in 2006, he thought the mini festival would be great to host annually. "I thought what would be nice to do is get some of these people who are here for major music events, and try to invite them to the city when the weather doesn't suck," says Campbell. "Do it in Halifax, as opposed to way out in the country someplace. Which is fine, if you want to sit in a cut hay field with hay poking up your butt, and of course it will rain, and then there's the bugs." No hay fields here---in what's a preview of what Campbell envisions to be an eventual city-wide festival (with its inaugural year in 2011) the bar owner is hosting eight days of music at The Carleton. "It's not a folky folky folky thing," says Campbell. "Most of the artists have electric bands, and are more the indie side of the equation." Artists such as Willie Nile, Michael Weston King, Ron Hawkins, Sherman Downey & The Ambiguous Case and local favourites Tanya Davis and Dave Marsh are on the bills---check out for a full schedule and tickets.

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