In this edition of "unEarthed|Music" Ellen Froese is back and she's brought some new friends! An August 24th, Ellen Froese and Dylan Cooper will be joined by Jaxon Lalonde in what is sure to be an incredible night of music deep in the heart of Grotto Mountain.
Join us for this unique experience that includes a tour of Rat's Nest Cave combined with a once-in-a-lifetime private and intimate performance by these amazing artists! You don't want to miss it!
Hailing from a dairy farm in central Saskatchewan, young hip-swinger-folk-singer Ellen Froese is not Joan Baez or a sheep, but the vibrato in her voice may suggest otherwise. As both a solo folk artist (with or without a back-up band) and a member of the bluegrass/folk group In With The Old, there is no doubt that Ellen is a busy bee, balancing the multiple performances and projects of her two artistic endeavors.
One of Ellen’s very first gigs was a 2014 opening slot for Catherine MacLellan at the Bassment in Saskatoon; two years later, she was headlining the venue herself after the success of her first solo album release, Get on With the Blues. From a young age and over a short period of time, she has clearly proven herself to be a valued addition to the world of folk music through her poignant vocals and raw talent in musicianship.
Dylan Cooper is the drummer and vocalist of bluegrass troupe In With the Old and Ellen Froese; vocalist and drummer for Von Jumbo, and has been a performing artist in Saskatoon for 10+ years. As a solo artist, his songwriting draws heavily from groups such as My Morning Jacket and The Rolling Stones, but with a focus on finger picking guitar and soulful singing.
He writes a in a variety of genres, from rock, country, soul, and folk and isn't afraid to take risks musically. His songs contain a humorous approach to existence and social issues, but his voice carries you through it all with his wide range of falsetto to baritone. An eclectic and powerful performer, his debut album is set to release in Fall 2018.
Meet your guides at the Canmore Cave Tours Office in Canmore (129 Bow Meadows Crescent – see “Directions” above). Sign the waiver. Follow the guides in convoy for a 10 minute drive to the cave parking lot where you’ll pack up your caving gear then hike for 40 minutes up a mountain trail to the cave entrance.
Along the trail, your guides will explain the geology of the area; and inside the cave, you’ll get to climb, crawl, slither and get muddy. Soon after entering the cave you’ll go through the “Box” then on to the Five Way Chamber, and finally to the Grand Gallery. After the musical performance the return trip follows the same path out.
Once we’ve reached the Grand Gallery, Ellen, Dylan, and Jaxon will share their passions, talents and stories with a 45-minute musical performance, combining amazing musicianship in a beautiful environment to form an unforgettable experience.
6:00 - 6:30:
Meet guide, sign waiver, pack up equipment for tour
6:30 - 6:45:
Follow guide in convoy to cave parking lot
6:45 - 7:15:
Hike up trail
7:15 - 7:45:
Arrive at cave entrance, safety briefing and gear up
Let's go Caving!
7:45 - 8:30:
Travel through cave to the Grand Gallery
8:30 - 9:30:
In With The Old Performance
9:30 - 10:15:
Exit the cave
10:15 - 10:45:
Pack equipment and hike down the trail
10:45 - 11:00:
Arrive at cave parking lot and depart for office.
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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The minimum age for a concert in the cave is 10 years.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.