June 11 – 14th – “The Hills are Alive” Music and Dance Cultural Fest | Elkwater, AB

June 11 – 14th – “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 11-14th, 2020, 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.

he Hills are Alive: June 11, 12, 13, 14 2020
Eagles Nest Ranch
Sept: Registration
June 11-14: Workshops start 9am and Cultural Activities alternate hrs.
June 11, 12,13, : Evening Concert starting at 7:00 pm ($20 at door if not attending The Hills are Alive)

Instructor:in Fiddle, Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Bagpipes,
John Arcand, Gordon Stobbe, Daniel Gervais,
Patti Kusturok, JJ Guy, Donna Hiller-Turk, Alex Kusturok, and Breanna Lizotte. Jeremy Rusu, Don Sawchuk, Wally Garrioch, Kelly and Bob Colley and Doreen Bergum.

Early registration costs: 4 day event:l be announced at latter date (includes all meals) after May 1, $175.00
All pre registration requires a $50.00 deposit. to confirm your spot, this is non refundable after May 1, should you need to cancel.
Daily Rate:45.00 (includes all meals)
Meals, instruction,cultural activities, and concerts are included for registered participants.
Payment: ONLY cheque or money order payable to Miywasin Society
RV PARKING AVAILABLE -per-booking required.
PLEASE NOTE: We can no longer accommodate everyone’s dietary needs,but will try to provide a varied and nutritious menu. please feel free to bring your own dietary supplements
Bunkhouses, persons bring your own bedding.
Cabins booked through Miywasin Friendship Center, Medicine Hat. 1 403 526 0756

Eagles Nest Ranch near Elkwater, AB).
LIMITED: un-serviced RV parking and camping limited space, so please book early.
Hotels are available at the Elkwater Lake Lodge at 403-893-3811

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, 2020 – $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, 2020.

Festival Contact Info

Phone: (403) 526-0756

Email: jhansen@miywasin.ab.ca

Website: www.miywasin.ab.ca

Download the 2019 Cultural Fest Brochure and Registration pdf below to see the full line up of last year’s instructors:

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