Foothills Acoustic Music Institute

Spring Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended our Spring Fundraiser Evening featuring the first Calgary screening of Cam Christiansen’s “Echo of Everything”, and the musician who provide such a fabulous concert prior to the viewing.

We would also like to thank everyone who donated to our Silent Auction and all the folks who bid on the various items.  All items were sold.

FAMI is truly a fabulous community to be part of.

What We Offer

FAMI provides musical inspiration, instruction, jam sessions and opportunities to perform and socialize with others who share common musical interests.  We do this by hosting Instructional camps in May and August and a Jam camp in the fall.  While many instructional classes are targeted towards beginner to intermediate skill levels, there are certain classes each year suitable for more advanced players.  Advanced players are encouraged to facilitate jam sessions and share their talents with others through mini workshops.

An overview of this year’s camps is shown below:

May Instructional Camp

May 17 to 20, 2024

Registration Opens at
9 AM on April 6, 2024

Visit the May Camp page for more Information

August Instructional Camp

Due to facility constraints we are unable to host an August camp in 2024.
We plan to return to our usual three camps in 2025.

Fall Jam Camp

September 20 to 22, 2024

Registration Opens at
9 AM on June 22, 2024

Visit the Fall Jam Camp page for more information

Things To Know About Our Camps

What is INCLUDED

The cost of camp covers:

  • Accommodation: in dorm style rooms or campground
  • Meals: three meals per day with a traveler’s supper on the first night of camp, evening snacks, coffee, and ginger tea throughout the day
  • Gluten free and vegetarian options are available upon request
  • use of the facilities

For our instructional camps, the cost includes 8 1/2 hours of instruction in a class selected at the time of registration.

What you NEED to bring

Please provide your own sleeping bag / bedding, pillow, towel, rain gear, warm clothing, instruments, music, voice, lyrics, a flashlight, earplugs, and creative ideas.

Download our FAMI Packing List (pdf) as a guide to what you might want to bring.

What INSTRUMENTS are allowed

FAMI is basically an acoustic music camp and we welcome all types of acoustic instruments.

Any instrument that requires amplification, with the exception of an acoustic bass, are not allowed.  Visit our Amplifier Policy to can learn more.

Some of the instruments that have been seem at our camps over the years: Guitars, Mandolins, Upright Bass, Banjos, Fiddles, Ukuleles, Dobros, Cellos,  Harmonicas, Percussion Instrucments, Accordion, Penny Whistle, and of course Voices.

Camp RULES to be aware of

FAMI is all about having fun with, and learning about, acoustic music.  We have very few rules but they are important to a smoothly run event and participants should be aware of them.  The rules are:

NO children under 12 years of age
NO illegal grugs
NO recreational use of Cannabis
NO smoking or vaping of medically prescribed Cannabis
NO personal snacks with nuts
NO pets
NO smoking except in designated outdoor areas
NO unauthorized amplifiers. For more information refer to our Amplifier Policy

This is a closed camp for security and safety reasons, NO VISITORS please.

Our Cancellation Policy

FAMI revamped its Cancellation Policy to encourage those who need to cancel to do so with more notice. This allows FAMI to effectively use the Wait List and maximize the number of people able to attend.

For more detailed information, read our Cancellation Policy.

Our Covid-19 Policy

FAMI will follow the COVID guidelines and protocols from Alberta Health Services and our host facility.  We realize these protocols may change from the time of registration to when the FAMI Camp is held.  FAMI is committed to honouring changes if they occur.

No proof of COVID vaccination is required by FAMI or our host facility.  At the time of registration wearing face masks is not required. Masks are welcomed and will be respected should someone choose to wear one.  

If you feel any symptoms at all  prior to attending, notify the Registrar, and stay home. Your fees will be fully refunded.

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FAMI does not distribute or sell email addresses and only sends occasional emails to notify people of upcoming events or news.