The Wardens

Thursday, January 23

Doors open at 7pm; performance starts at 7:30pm

Tickets: $15 in advance/ $20 at the door

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The Wardens share original songs & stories from Canada’s Rocky Mountain parks. Grizzly bears, stranded climbers, horseback patrols & more

With performances equal to the mastery of the ranger trade, The Wardens – Scott Ward, Bradley Bischoff and Ray Schmidt – are a Banff National Park-based trio whose stories rise from the very land they’ve protected for the past 60+ years.

The Wardens’ mountain music – blending folk, roots and western styles – is a piece of Canadiana reflecting the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. The trio have performed widely across western Canada and from Alaska to California. They’ve performed at Folk Alliance International, Canmore Folk Festival’s main stage and shared the stage with Blue Rodeo, Pharis & Jason Romero and Ian Tyson.


Vocals, lead and rhythm guitar

Stationed in the rugged South Boundary region of Jasper National Park, Bradley began his national park warden lifestyle in 1981.

Assigned alone to the backcountry with a handful of horses for seventeen days at a time, Bradley penned many songs by the dim cabin lights and the dusky summers spent in the high alpine ranges.

Bradley was a founding member of the popular Alberta Swing/Rockabilly band The Free Rangers. With The Wardens, he combines his melodic vocals and smooth lead licks with his mountain roots.


Vocals, upright bass, mandolin

Currently posted in Rogers Pass, British Columbia, Ray works with grizzly bears in the interior rainforest of Glacier National Park.

Ray founded The Wardens in 2009 with Scott Ward during the national park warden centennial after discovering the rich depth of music and stories within this region of Canada.

Translating the high lonesome sound of the Kentucky hills to those of the Rocky Mountains, Ray’s vocals amplify the spirit of The Wardens’ Mountain music.


Vocals, fingerstyle guitar

A national park warden for over 30 years in Banff National Park, Scott’s music stems from a life lived in the deep wilderness of the Canadian Rockies as a horseman, search-and-rescue dog handler and technical alpine specialist.

Evoking the haunting fingerstyle guitar of Gordon Lightfoot with the mystique and presence of Ian Tyson, Scott’s music embodies Canadian authenticity.

In 2001, Scott was awarded the Governor General’ s Award for Exemplary Service as a Peace Officer.

2020 Redding Cultural Cruise

Friday, January 31

4pm – 8pm

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Redding Cultural Cruise is around the corner, coming Friday, January 31!

This is an early opportunity to get your tickets before they sell out! Not all venues have confirmed participation and we have not yet determined the order in which the bus routes will visit the venues.

Participate in the Cruise and win! Cultural Cruise is FREE to attend! Visit venues and collect stamps on your Cruise Map to enter into Cultural Cruise prize drawing!


While the Cruise is free to attend for all ages, we are once again offering you the chance to cruise Redding culture and arts on board of a Cruise Bus (ages 21 +)! Tickets include complimentary wine!

$25 PER PERSON (no Eventbrite fees), INCLUDES WINE ON THE BUS

“DATE NIGHT” tickets $40 for 2 tickets!!! The perfect date night agenda!

The cruise is even more fun with a group of friends!
Buddy Tickets available again this year. Ticket sets of 4 are only $75!

Be sure to include the names of your additional ticket holders. You probably don’t want everyone wearing a name tag with your name on it 😉

This is an early opportunity to get your tickets before they sell out! Not all venues have confirmed participation and we have not yet determined the order in which the bus routes will visit the venues.

This will be updated as planning progresses.

Friday, January 31 Cruise venues:

The 7 stop Bus (not necessarily in this order):

Start: Turtle Bay Exploration Park/ walk to Mosiac

North Valley Art League

Eaton House

Shasta Historical Society

Shasta Arts Council – Old City Hall

California Street Labs/ Enterprise High

Redding City Hall

The 4 stop bus (not necessarily in this order):

StartNorth Valley Art League

Redding City Hall (New City Hall)

Turtle Bay Exploration Park

Shasta Arts Council – Old City Hall