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Proving legions of so-called 'tarpies' weren't crazy for waiting all night at the gate just to throw their blue space-savers down at the main stage, the Calgary Folk Music Festival outdid itself again this year in terms of artists and infrastructure. This is clearly one of the best-run festivals in North America, with an overly friendly crowd reaping the benefits of an eclectic yet accessible lineup that always runs smooth as clockwork.
Leading the way Friday, Polaris Music Prize winner Patrick Watson proved he has matured past the megaphone suits of lore, developing into a classy classic rock musician who commands a stage with such ease and honesty that such gimmickry is not necessary. Keeping the quality coming…