The Raven & The Fox

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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The Raven & The Fox

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Alberta folk duo The Raven & The Fox offer a sound with a sly, mystical edge—what they’ve described from the beginning as “love-inspired mountain music". Julie Chang’s smooth, sultry vocals over Sean Isaac’s moody acoustic riffs offer eargasmic melodies paired with passion-soaked lyrics.

On November 18th, join Julie and Sean for an intimate performance in the heart of the mountain.

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Chang and Isaac first connected during an informal jam session in Canmore when Julie was there from Toronto visiting her sister. She sang some songs and Isaac was instantly smitten. The first song they realized they could perform well together was Ray Lamontagne’s “Jolene,” and the evolution of The Raven & The Fox got underway from there. They maintained a long distance relationship while Chang completed her herbal medicine diploma in Toronto, a period that Isaac used to work on songs, sending lyrics to Chang in lieu of love letters. After being reunited in 2014, they began writing together and playing their first live shows in Alberta.

Now with the release of The Raven & The Fox, the duo is poised to make an indelible first impression on the national music scene. The combination of Chang’s rich, dark-hued voice and songs as awe-inspiring as a Rocky Mountain sunrise makes this album a true gem, and the first of what promises to be many adventures for The Raven & The Fox.

An Interview With Julie

As the duo gets set for their debut in-cave performance, we caught up with Julie — singer and leading lady — to chat about performing below the earth, the highlights of their album tour, and the connection she and Sean share as partners both in music, and in life.

Tour Details

This once-in-a-lifetime experience combines an evening Explorer Tour with a unique performance in the Grand Gallery - the largest room in the cave. This is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the performers in a spectaclar but intimate setting.

You will meet your guide at the Canmore Cave Tours office in Canmore where you will get a brief overview of the evening, sign the waiver, collect your caving equipment and then drive in convoy to the cave parking lot (approximately 7 minutes away). All of your caving equipment is provided. Please see the FAQ section for more information on what is provided and what to bring.

The hike to the cave will take approximately 30-40 minutes up a moderately steep mountain trail at a leisurely pace. Once you reach the cave, you will don your equipment and head underground for the performance awaiting you. Our expert guides will share the rich history of the cave and surrounding area along the way, with stops for stories or even an optional squeeze for an additional challenge.

When you reach the Grand Gallery this cathedral-sized room will be transformed into one of the most spectacular performance venues imaginable. Just you and twenty-three soon to be great friends. Not one to be missed.

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Approximate Tour Itinerary

5:00 - 5:45:
Meet guide, sign waiver, pack up equipment for tour
5:45 - 6:00:
Follow guide in convoy to cave parking lot
6:00 - 6:45:
Hike up trail
6:45 - 7:15:
Arrive at cave entrance, safety de-brief and gear up
7:15:
Let's go Caving!
7:15 - 8:00:
Travel through cave to the Grand Gallery
8:00 - 9:00:
The Raven & the Fox Performance
9:00 - 10:00:
Exit the cave
10:00 - 10:45:
Pack equipment and hike down the trail
10:45 - 11:00:
Arrive at cave parking lot and depart for office.

It's a little chilly in there!

Just a reminder that while the cave is likely to be warmer than the outside temperature, it is still only 5 degrees celsius so bundle up. We recommend bringing warm layers like fleece jackets or hoodies and long johns, and a winter hat to wear under the helmet. Bring more than seems reasonable - your guide will help you decide what will work and what won't.

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Frequently Asked Questions


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Is there a minimum age?

The minimum age for a concert in the cave is 10 years.

Is there a maximum size?

Generally speaking, fitness is more of a concern than size. However, all participants must wear a safety harness which has a maximum waist size of 46" (116 cm) and a maximum leg size of 33" (84 cm). If you have any concerns about size please don't hesitate to contact us.

What is included and what should I bring?

We provide all of the necessary caving equipment including coveralls, kneepads, gloves, helmet & headlamp, harness & safety lanyard, and backpack. The backpack will be shared by two people and will not go into the cave. We will also provide you with a Clif Bar energy bar, and a 500mL bottle of water (in a reusable bottle that is yours to keep).

You will need to bring good footwear, warm clothing, a camera (optional) and if you have any dietary restrictions, please bring a snack that you know works for you. Also, if you ill require medication during the tour it is a good idea to bring 2x what you would expect to use, just in case.

Footwear must be closed-toe and should have a sturdy tread. Hiking boots or shoes are best, but a sturdy running shoe will also work. Other options include rubber boots or winter boots (in the winter)

The cave is 5 degrees celsius, so warm clothing is recommended. Imagine what you would wear if you had to spend a few hours in a refrigerator. We recommend long pants, long sleeves, a warm sweater, hoodie or jacket. Synthetic fabrics are best as they will keep you warm even if you get wet.

Any cameras going into the cave will need to fit into your pockets. We do not allow backpacks in the cave. Small point-and-shoot cameras or smart phones are welcome but please keep in mind that the cave environment is not particularly friendly towards electronics. High humidity and dust can damage equipment, and screens can break if you accidentally sit on it. Electronics are brought at your own risk.

Is transportation provided?

No, transportation is not provided. If you do not have your own vehicle we can arrange a taxi to the cave for you at an additional cost. You can use Canmore's public transit to get to our office.

How hard is the tour?

The hike to the cave takes approximately 30-40 minutes and is uphill the whole way on a mountain trail. Most of our guests find this to be the hardest part of the day, but we do take lots of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery.

Once in the cave the pace is quite slow as we maneuver through the passages. This is not a flat walking tour. There are no handrails, walkways or fixed lighting. We climb, crawl, slide and wiggle our way around the cave so it is best to have a moderate level of fitness.Even more important though is your sense of adventure!

Are there rats or bats?

Rat's Nest Cave is named after the nests of Bushy-tailed Wood Rats found in the entrance. This species of super-cute rodents is native to the area and they use the cave as a home due to it's constantly warm temperatures and protection from predators. We rarely see the rats, and if we do there is usually just one.

Bat's are rarely seen at Rat's Nest Cave. The cave is not a hibernaculum (a place where bats hibernate through the winter). We usually only see the occasional bat in the summer as they are passing through the area.

Is this tour suitable for me if I'm pregnant?

Yes, but only up until the end of the first trimester (12 weeks).

It is always advisable to seek advice from your doctor when participating in activities like caving.