What happens when you put three national park wardens together and add superb musicianship, haunting harmonies, and chilling tales from men who’ve spent their lives protecting and conserving the most rugged of places – the wilderness of Canada’s mountain national parks? You get critically acclaimed Banff folk/roots trio The Wardens. And they’re hitting the road for a string of tour dates throughout Alberta and BC this fall, see below for complete tour schedule.

With performances equal to the mastery of the ranger trade, The Wardens’ mountain music – blending folk, roots and western styles – is a piece of Canadiana reflecting the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. The trio has released 2 full-length albums and 1 EP to-date with the most recent being their album Sleeping Buffalo, released in 2017. Sleeping Buffalo features 12 tales of mountain legends, tragedy, the regeneration of a species, and the landscape of love. Produced by Leeroy Stagger at Rebeltone Ranch Studio, the album boasts renowned musicians Calvin Vollrath (fiddle) and Gideon Freudmann (cello).

Since the release of Sleeping Buffalo, The Wardens have been touring and working on new songs and stories for their next album expected to be released in 2020. 

“This fall we’re excited to get on the road and perform some of the new material we’ve been working on for our new album,” says vocalist/bassist Ray Schmidt. “We love the process of bringing songs to our audiences before we go into the studio so we can really get a feel for them. A song always sounds different outside of the rehearsal space and playing them live lets us know if we’re on the right track. This fall we’re also adding more video to our live show. For those that have seen our show in the past they know and love the stunning images we present alongside our music, and now we take the next step with the addition of some video material. ” 

The Wardens are known for their captivating live show and have performed as far away as Alaska and California, at Folk Alliance International, on the Canmore Folk Festival’s main stage, and have headlined the San Diego Folk Club. They’ve shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Pharis & Jason Romero, and Ian Tyson.

Look for The Wardens on tour across Alberta and BC this fall. Sleeping Buffalo is available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services. For more information and the most up-to-date tour listings, please visit:


September 28 – Cochrane, AB – St Andy’s Rhythm & Roots

October 26 – Turner Valley, AB – Sheep River Library

November 1 – Errington, BC – Errington War Memorial Hall 

November 2 – Sidney, BC – Mary Winspear Centre

November 3 – Ucluelet, BC – Pacific Rim Arts Society 

November 5 – Roberts Creek, BC – Gumboot Cafe

November 6 – Bowen Island, BC – Tir-na nOg Theatre

November 8 – Sayward, BC – Sayward Heritage Hall 

November 9 – Port Alberni, BC – Char’s Landing

November 10 – Duncan, BC – Duncan Showroom 

November 11 – Victoria, BC – House Concert 

November 14 – Port MacNeil, BC – Gate House Theatre 

November 15 – Powell River, BC – Max Cameron Theatre

November 16 – Quadra Island, BC – Heriot Bay Inn 

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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