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Wide Skies Music Festival with Danny Michel , Carmannah , Cousin Harley
Tue, Jul 30


Time: 5 p.m.

Cover:free outside

Lethbridge’s high-impact festival with a small environmental footprint, Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival returns for two days of mid-week music, art, food and beer in the heart of downtown. With a vision of accessibility for everyone, Wide Skies offers a mix of ticketed and free events, bringing a diverse range of world class touring musicians and talented local performers to a unique urban environment.

- Danny Michel

The only good thing about NOT shopping in record stores like the good ol’ days is you won’t have to figure out what genre to look for Ontario’s Danny Michel under. If that WERE the case, you could try looking under, rock/pop, folk, world or (recently) even classical

Danny’s own self-described musical A.D.D. has kept his music fresh for decades now. Thoughtful lyrics & charming performances have earned him a devoted fan base, nominations for three Juno awardsThe Polaris Prize, and The CBC’s “Heart Of Gold”, and most recently winning the CFMA’s “Producer of the year” and “Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundries” Awards.

After a 15 year love affair with the country of Belize Michel relocated there in 2011 to track down one of his favorite Belizean bands; The Garifuna Collective (A unique Afro-Amerindian cultural group) and convincing them to create an album together. That album (“Black Birds Are Dancing Over Me”) was called “One of the finest musical works of our time” By Billboard’s Larry Leblanc & landed a 3rd JUNO nomination (this time in the “World Music” category) and a sold out summer tour of North America with The Garifuna Collective.

While in Belize, Danny also founded the “Danny Michel Ocean Academy Fund” that helps raise scholarships for a small non-profit community high school. To date Danny & his fans have raised over $90,000.00 for the school.

In 2016 Danny returned from Belize with “Matadora”, his most deeply humanist album to date. This ten-song collection explores the environmentalist, pacifist, romanticist, archivist and space enthusiast in Danny.

Then it was off to the Arctic where Danny recorded “Khlebnikov”, (possibly the most northern album ever recorded/above 80°) aboard the legendary Soviet-era Russian ice-breaker, Kapitan Khlebnikov during an 18-day arctic expedition through the northwest passage. The project began when Danny was invited to join “Generator Arctic” by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield who assembled a small group of scientists, photographers, writers and musician to capture a unique perspective of the north.

Danny Michel will be performing on our performing on our Festival main stage (5 to 10 pm) Tuesday, July 30 as well as at a The Songwriters Circle in Southminster United Church later that evening (10:30 to midnight).

- Carmanah

Never one to shy away from speaking her mind, Laura Mina Mitic will always be the last one to tell you about herself. Instead you’ll hear about music, band mates, politics, touring and a deep reverence for humanity and the earth. You’ll hear the same on Carmanah’s first national release ‘Speak In Rhythms’, a modern eleven-song album that overflows with emotion, afterhours cool, groove and tantalizing hints of gritty vintage flavors that influence it’s modern sound.

At home on Vancouver Island, Carmanah have built a large and enthused fanbase, selling out bigger venues and opening stages for international acts like Ziggy Marley, Clinton Fearon, K.D. Lang, Moby and Shakey Graves. Off the island, on their travels both near and far, and consistent with their values, the band lessens their ecological footprint by fuelling their tour vehicle with used vegetable oil procured from restaurants along the way. Carmanah was mentioned as a “BC musician to watch out for” by Vancouver’s Daily Hive. The Zone 91.3’s Jon Williams has called her, “the Stevie Nicks of our generation.” Times-Colonist reviewer Mike Devlin touted her opening act for K.D. Lang as a, “solid six-song set highlighted by some impressive vocal runs and nifty acoustic guitar work. ”So, when presented with the opportunity, join in and be part of the experience. This is the beginning of a long journey, one that seeks to create a soundtrack for a new listener. This is music, this is love.

Carmanah will be performing on our Festival main stage (5 to 10 pm) Tuesday, July 30 as well as at a The Songwriters Circle in Southminster United Church later that evening (10:30 to midnight).

- Cousin Harley

Vancouver, Canada

Music Style
Hot-rod rockabilly crossed with country blues and spiced up with bebop jazz.

Fun Facts

  • Known as the “Motorhead of Rockabilly” in Europe.
  • Pigat is a very versatile musician who is influenced by a wide-range of music, and performs in several bands to capture the essence of each genre. He amps it up in hot-rod rockabilly band Cousin Harley, winds down with mainly acoustic country blues and roots band Boxcar Campfire, and expresses his vintage jazz and bebop stylings in the Paul Pigat Trio.
  • His band called Cousin Harley also doubles as Pigat’s onstage alter ego, which is used to describe the wild persona he embodies during his live performances.

Influenced By
Les Paul, Jimmie Rivers, Danny Gatton, Blind Blake

What others are saying…

“This collection could fit into any of Quentin Tarantino’s films… if you get a chance to hear Cousin Harley, you will dig it!”
Monte Nordstrom, Cosmic Debris

“Cousin Harley holds court … belting out warp-speed rockabilly sounds with occasional surf and klesmer overtones… likely to awaken the sleeping reptile within us all.”
Ron Forbes Roberts, Monday Magazine

“You’d think I would have heard of somebody as good as Cousin Harley before this but this is my first encounter with his music and it couldn’t be more of a pleasure! …Top notch… a straight 10 out of 10.”
Gaby Maag-Bristol – Blue Suede News (USA)

“Paul Pigat and his rockabilly trio, Cousin Harley, play hot enough to raise sweat on a chunk of granite!”
Ron Forbes Roberts, Monday Magazine

Cousin Harley will be performing on our Festival main stage (5 to 10 pm) Tuesday, July 30 as well as at a The Songwriters Circle in Southminster United Church later that evening (10:30 to midnight).

- beer gardens
- artisan market
- food trucks
- public art installations

10:30 p.m. $50

 Songwriter's Circle inside Southminster Church from 10:30pm to midnight featuring Paul Pigat of Cousin Harley, Danny Michel, Sofia Viola, and Lara Mina Mitic of Carmanah! (ticketed event)

The first night of Wide Skies Music & Arts Festival 2019 will end with a very special late-night ticketed performance inside Southminster United Church from 10:30pm to midnight. Closing down the night’s festivities will be an intimate Songwriters Circle including Danny Michel, Sofia Viola, Lara Mina Mitic of Carmanah, and Paul Pigat of Cousin Harley, all taking turns playing songs, jamming together and sharing in musical conversation.

A $50 festival pass gets you into this event **PLUS** the Wide Skies Festival - Casa Stage at Rotary Square on Wednesday night as well! Individual tickets for just the Songwriters Circle are also available for $25 online at or in person at The Yellow Door (1117 – 3rd Avenue South) and Geomatic Attic (#70 - 491 W.T. Hill Blvd. S).

Get more info on the rest of the fest at
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 - CASA STAGE (outdoor ticketed event)
- Harry Manx
- Sofia Viola
- Steve Marriner

PLUS: Outdoor pop-up stage from 11am - 1pm (more info TBA)

Get your festival pass for full access to all events by visiting:

Visit for full festival performer info.

Individual tickets for Songwriters Circle and Casa Stage available in person at The Yellow Door or Geomatic Attic.


Schedule of Events

Tuesday July 30, 2019

(FREE Outdoor Event on 11 Street South between 3rd and 4th Avenues) – 5:00 to 10:00 pm

Tuesday Evening Street Festival (5pm to 10pm) on 11th Street South just east of Southminster United Church…….features south stage (Cousin Harley, Danny Michel and Carmanah) and north stage (The Steve Keenan Band, George Fowler and Megan Brown of Junkman’s Quire) plus a New West Theatre Beer Garden, Artisans, Food Trucks, Street Art with Eric Dyck and Carson Morton, Dancer Extraordinaire Megan Thiessen and The PRGM’s The DUELLING DOORS guest curated by Jane Edmundson and Tyler Stewart

Festival Main Stage:  Cousin Harley, Danny Michel & Carmanah
Festival North Stage:  Local performers
  • Beer Gardens
  • Artisan Market
  • Food Trucks
  • Art Experiences (to be announced)
Southminster Stage:  Songwriters Circle (Indoors, Southminster United Church) – 10:30 to Midnight – Paul Pigat of Cousin Harley, Danny Michel, Sofia Viola, Lara Mina Mitic of Carmanah  (Festival Package  or Individual Ticket required)



Southminster United Church
1011-4 Avenue South
T1J 0P7
Country: ca


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