June 6 – 9th – “The Hills are Alive” Music and Dance Cultural Fest | Elkwater, AB

June 6 – 9th – “The Hills are Alive” Music and Dance Cultural Fest | Elkwater, AB

Location: Elkwater, Alberta

The Hills are Alive” Music and Dance Cultural Fest is a four-day event running from  June 6-9th, 2019, featuring instruction in fiddle, piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bagpipes/chanters, as well as Metis jigging & square dancing. Our artisans offer instruction in Sask Finger Weaving, Capote making, Metis Beading, Hand Drum Making and instruction in making smaller crafts such as Dreamcatchers, Medicine Bags, Medicine Wheels, and Friendship Bracelets. We have Jiggerman dolls to paint and perform with and you can learn how to play the spoons with Daniel Gervais. There are activities and native games for young children and youth; as well, Metis Histroy, Elders Storytelling & Michif lessons will round out the cultural experience during the day.

All activities are housed in trapper’s tents, tipis, outdoor staging areas, and a main auditorium located at Eagles Nest Ranch in the beautiful setting of the southern foothills past Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Alberts (* see directions below. Sorry, no pets allowed onsite at Eagles Nest Ranch).

Evening Concerts are held at the Eagles Nest Ranch Auditorium at 7:00pm with Square Dancing to follow. $10 admission at the door. Performers CD’s and Books will be for sale at the event along with silent auctions.


The Hills are Alive Cultural and Music Festival in Cypress Hills Alberta.



Ticket & Registration Fees

4 Day Pass: $135/pp – early bird. After May 1, 2019 – $175/pp.  ($25/pp off for families/groups of 3 or more).

Daily Pass: $45/pp x number of days

*Drum making kit: add $100 per kit    ** Jiggerman Doll:  add $25 per doll.

All passes include workshops, cultural activities, meals & evening concerts.


Shared Bunkhouse (Eagles Nest Ranch) : $25 per night (space is limited and is shared accommodation, available on a first-come, first-serve basis – bring your own bedding)

RV Camping/Parking: $25 per night (space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis) $50 no-refundable deposit to reserve your registration. Registration is capped at 200.

Accommodations also available at the Elkwater Lake Lodge and at YMCA Camp Elkwater.

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds after May 31, 2019.

Festival Contact Info

Phone: (403) 526-0756

Email: jhansen@miywasin.ab.ca

Website: www.miywasin.ab.ca


Download the Cultural Fest Brochure and Registration pdf below to see the full line up of instructors:

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