Art Gallery of Alberta

Woody at 100: The Guthrie Legacy


August 9-10, 2012
Thursday & Friday, 8:00 am–4:30 pm
Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta
2 Day Pass: $40 General Public/$35 Students, Seniors and AGA Members >
1 Day Pass (Thursday, August 9, 2012): $25 General Public/$20 Students, Seniors and AGA Members >
1 Day Pass (Friday, August 10, 2012): $25 General Public/$20 Students, Seniors and AGA Members >

2012 is the centenary year of the birth of the folk icon Woody Guthrie. Produced by folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta in partnership with the Edmonton Folk Festival, “Woody at 100: The Guthrie Legacy” is a conference focused on the life and legacy of this great singer and songwriter, born on July 14, 1912. During the first two days of the festival, the conference will feature over 20 Guthrie experts – academics, writers, musicians, curators, and film-makers – to discuss Guthrie’s impact in Canada and the world.

Participants will include Woody’s daughter Nora Guthrie, the director of the Guthrie Foundation and archives; authors of new Guthrie books: Robert Santelli (director of the Grammy Museum), Ronald Cohen (Indiana University), and Will Kaufman (University of Central Lancashire, UK). Other speakers will include Robert Bowman (York University), Anthony Seeger (former curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings), and curator of the Guthrie Archives Jorge Arévalo Mateus. Performers taking part include Texas singer-songwriter Jimmy Lafave, Jerry Gray of the Travellers, who recorded the Canadian version of “This Land is Your Land”, and a panel from the next generation of Canadian folk musicians, including Leonard Podolak, Nathan Rogers and JD Edwards of the trio Dry Bones, as well as Geoff Berner and Maria Dunn.

In addition the AGA will be hosting an exhibit titled “Woody at 100”, curated by the Guthrie Archives, which will be on display from August 8th through the 26th at the lower level of the Gallery. The exhibition will be free to the public. *Hours vary based on Gallery events. Please call 780.422.6223 in advance of your visit.*

For more information and to download the conference schedule >

Presented by folkwaysAlive! University of Alberta in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, together with the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and in cooperation with the Art Gallery of Alberta.