The Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents one of its most exciting, rich and musically diverse rosters to date in celebration of its 40th Anniversary. From July 13-16, some of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary folk, world and roots music artists will come to spend a weekend in the urban seaside beauty of Jericho Beach Park.
Over 60 music acts with roots in more than 20 countries, eleven states and nine provinces and territories will perform on seven day and evening stages over the festival weekend. This year the festival starts on Thursday night, July 13 with a free concert in the park and runs Friday afternoon and evening, July 14, and on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 & 16 from 10am to 11pm each day.
This year's lineup includes a number of acclaimed artists well known to fans of great music, including:
Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shawn Colvin, Kathleen Edwards, Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Barenaked Ladies. Past and recent festival favourites also return, with women's music icon, Ferron and Her All Star Band, BC treasure, Roy Forbes, African music powerhouse, Alpha Ya Ya Diallo, legendary labour singer, Si Kahn, and three more recent faves, Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders, Emmanuel Jal, and the feisty Grace Petrie, among others slated to once again take the stage. See the website for the full lineup and to purchase tickets.
A wide range of food, artisan, and retail vendors, a Community Village and Little Folks Area are all features of a festival that prides itself on environmental awareness, sustainability initiatives, and accessibility. Around 1400 volunteers help to make the festival a success as it welcomes between 38,000 & 40,000 people to the park each year.