Join us in Calgary on
September 9th as we transform
Waterfront Park into 2 lush garden dance floors
Recognized by those who know as one of the greatest house music producers of all time, DJ Sneak’s signature funk-filtered disco sound has revolutionized dance floors across the globe. The force behind some of the most iconic house tracks ever released, this Chicago legend is known for throwing down epic sets of booty-shakin, bass-heavy beats layered with funkdafied melodic rhythms. If you know…YOU KNOW.
DESERT HEARTS | SUBLEVEL
Legendary DJ and producer Doc Martin has been creating innovative, high-energy dance music for nearly three decades. Once a mainstay on the Pacific Northwest scene, Doc’s now a resident at the epic Desert Hearts parties in California, a favorite at DISTRIKT at Burning Man, and featured from Ibiza to Tokyo, London and beyond, creating an enduring body of work in the process. His set at Zen Garden ’22 was stuff of legends…
MUSHROOM JAZZ | GLA
As an early pioneer and electronic music OG, Mark Farina has solidified himself in the world of dance music as a trailblazing DJ, producer, tastemaker and bona fide house music icon. After 3 decades crisscrossing the globe, he shows no signs of slowing down remaining innovative, humble, and firmly rooted in the underground. Be ready for a surreal sunset set of Mushroom Jazz bordering the Bow River.
LAZY DAY RECORDINGS
Fresh off his Juno nomination for Underground Dance Single of the Year, Fred Everything continues to show why he’s one of the leading forces in the house music world, Fred’s been releasing genre-defining tracks since the mid 90’s and has a world-renowned discography of 300+ releases to his credit. 20:20 Vision founder Ralph Lawson considers him to be “one of the best house DJ’s on the planet.”
FOOL'S GOLD RECORDS
The fun-loving duo from Whistler are known for feel-good house music that keeps the vibe groovy. They’ve accumulated over 6 million plays through streaming platforms, and have made Mixmag & DJ Mag’s “Track of the Month” multiple times. Their annual high-energy après ski parties at Shambhala have gained legendary status and their sets have become “can’t miss” at festivals across North America.
FOOL'S GOLD | HI-FI CLUB
The Smalltown sound is fun, bass-heavy house music that combines the spirit of Canada’s outdoor electronic music festivals such as Shambhala & Bass Coast, with the sound they cultivated at the legendary Hifi Club in Calgary (which they owned and operated). The boys have released highly acclaimed tracks on labels that include Fool’s Gold, Box of Cat’s, Perfect Driver, Sweat It Out! and more. Given their performance @ Zen Garden ’22, this year’s set is not to be missed…
PARADISCO | PLEASURE PRINCIPLE
A Canadian DMC & ITF Champion, DJ Pump is a true party DJ that kills dance floors on the regular. Whilst mixing, scratching, creating or blending beats from hip-hop to funk, soul, disco, house and everything in between, Pump focuses on the overall musical composition and the sound of the end result. His Pleasure Principle parties are THE VIBE and have earned elite status in YYC party circles.
Calgary’s own Jon Delerious has been a staple in the West Coast house music scene since the early 90’s. A local legend signed to Nordic Trax, his music productions have received international acclaim in such publications as XLR8R, Mixmag, Exclaim and DJ Mag and his tracks get regular radio play around the world.
GIRLS ON DECKS | VERSIONS
Calgary’s queen of house, Esette’s 20+ years of delivering mesmerizing sets has made her a household name in Western Canada. She (Isis Graham) is one of the guiding forces of cultural phenomena such as The Alberta Electronic Music Conference, Girls on Decks, and the founder of summer’s best weekly in YYC, Versions Patio Parties.
Sunday Skool legend DJ Rice has held down his night for over 25 years, first shaking the floor of the vaunted Night Gallery – then at the legendary Hi-Fi Club. DJ Rice has stayed true to his passion of delivering a signature style of deep house throughout his career. A master dedicated to his craft, Rice does not settle.
Joanna Magik has been fusing her signature style with an energetic stage presence to capture the hearts of dance floors across Canada. Her sets cover all genres of house music, and as a producer her resume includes releases on some of today’s most influential house labels, including Box of Cats, Glasgow Underground and Gene Farris’ Farris Wheel Recordings, and is a 2023 winner of the Pete Tong x Apple Music DJ Mix series.
Vancouver-based purveyor of disco, deep house, and analog flavours, Neighbour’s on a mission to “put the music back into dance music”. As co-owner/founder of Homebreakin Records and Punchout Recordings, this prolific producer/remixer releases absolute TUNES on leading underground house, funk, and disco labels worldwide.
Vancouver based Spiltmilk is madly passionate about sound – and has been delivering the funkiest unique music possible in any style of house, disco, funk or hip hop on a pair of Technics 1200’s since the mid 90’s. As a producer, he has released on labels including Royal Soul BR, Super Hi Fi US, OCD Records UK, and is proud to have released tracks with Neighbour on Homebreakin Records.
WHAT WILL THE NEIGHBOURS THINK
Hailing from BC’s sunny interior, Carissa Gem grew up in the rave, and has been filling dance floors since before she was old enough to drive. Her sound is forward thinking and is constantly evolving. Drawing on influences from artists like Barisone, The Librarian, Mad Zach, and Danny Scrilla, you can expect her sets to be bass heavy with a healthy dose of rap.
Zen Garden is an end-of-summer celebration of house, tech-house, disco, hip-hop, funk, rap, soul, and bass music in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
We strive to create an inclusive, fully immersive environment as we transform iconic Waterfront Park on the Bow River into 2 lush garden dance floors.
Be sure to bring your dancing shoes...
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2023 | 2:00pm-11:00pm
Zen Garden will be taking place:
Saturday, September 9th 2023 from 2:00pm-11:00pm.
Waterfront Park | Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Address: 5225 101 St NW, Calgary, AB T3L 1S4
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You can purchase tickets HERE: https://www.showpass.com/zen-garden-festival-2023/
Interested in volunteering and earning a ticket for 1 shift? Reach out to us at: [email protected]
Zen Garden will release the music schedule the week prior to the festival getting under way on our Facebook Event Page and our Instagram account @zengardenfestival
Zen Garden will be fully licensed (+18w/id) and a cantina will offer beer, spirits and wine.
Place litter and recycling in marked bins.
Clean-up after yourself.
Do not feed or disturb wildlife.
All attendees must have valid government issued photo ID to enter. 18 is the age of majority in Alberta, Canada. Regardless of the laws in your home province or state, you must be at least 18 years of age to attend this event. NO EXCEPTIONS. If your 18th birthday occurs during Zen Garden you may arrive on the day of your birthday.
Every festival attendee will be searched for alcohol, illegal substances, glass bottles, mirrors and other banned items.
Zen Garden is a NO-RE-ENTRY event. Once you leave for the day, you will not be permitted back on festival grounds. Absolutely no exceptions. Come prepared to spend the whole day at the park.
Do not bring any of these prohibited things on site:
– Alcohol (drinks will be available at our on site Cantina)
– Illegal substances
– Laser pointers
– Glass (especially bottles & mirrors)
– Fireworks or Flares
– Fire dancing equipment
– Animals (service animals must be registered at the gate)
– Unauthorized solicitations (handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.)
– Drones are not permitted on or in the air above the festival site.
– Body glitter / feathers that may fall on the ground (if you must use glitter, only use biodegradable glitter)
– Indigenous style headdresses
– Chairs larger than festival chair
Our gate staff work hard to keep everyone safe. Be patient and courteous with our staff. Abuse of any kind will result in you not getting into the festival.
Bring your ID. Government issued ID is required through the gate as Zen Garden is a 18+ event.
Bring your Showpass ticket on your phone ready to be scanned.
Bring appropriate attire and essentials for the weather forecast that day.
There is on-site and overflow parking available on a first-come, first-serve basis. We STRONGLY suggest using Uber; or calling a cab company to transport you to/from the venue. An Uber zone will be setup.
Payment types accepted on-site at the cantina and food trucks include credit card, debit card and cash. If the event does not sell-out, there will be no cash-sale tickets available at the door. Tickets must be purchased through Showpass at: https://www.showpass.com/zen-garden-festival/
Zen Garden is a safe space for everyone. All attendees are responsible for maintaining a culture of mutual respect and taking care of one another. If someone is unwell, help them get access to medical services. If someone is acting recklessly or harassing others, inform a member of the security team. Any attendee exhibiting reckless behavior or harassing others will have their festival pass revoked.
Zen Garden Festival takes the health and wellbeing of our patrons very seriously.
The First Aid tent is located next to the YYC Food Trucks. Please ask any security staff if unsure.