Crockstock, We Built This City on Crocks and Bowls


A rockin' September festival in a National Historic Site.

A 12-hour, free, family-friendly festival was hosted at Medalta in the Historic Clay District in September 2022, and it featured Canadian legend Bif Naked and all-star rock band TOQUE as the headlining entertainment. 

The festivities were non-stop, from local and Canadian musicians, an Indigenous dance group, and a salsa band. Medalta events manager Sara Dell says a series of live entertainment was presented throughout the day for families and friends of all ages.

“I was most excited to see hundreds of people come together after so long apart to enjoy the art and music Medicine Hat offers, and all the other activities and performances we had planned for the day,” says Dell. “This was more than a concert. It was a day for friends and family to enjoy quality time together in our community again.”

The National Historic Site was packed with food trucks, conversations, laughter, experience, and celebrations between community members that span the Southeast Alberta region. The Yuill Gallery, Museum, and Shaw Centre were free to the public, and the local market had over 20 artists selling their creations.

“We wanted to create an event that celebrated being together. We wanted people to have a good day that’s affordable, where people have access to a bunch of activities,” says Mike Onieu, executive director, Medalta in the Historic Clay District. “Crockstock was a giant party.”

This event is funded through a Government of Canada grant. 

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