Named one of the ten best outdoor concerts in North America by USA Today, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is one of the highlights of the summer music season. This three-day festival at Jericho Beach Park features an eclectic range of folk and roots music performed on eight outdoor stages, all overlooking the picture-perfect vistas of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains.
At this festival, “folk” has an expansive meaning, covering an enormous range of sounds, from gospel to blues, rock, world music, spoken-word poetry, and African- and Latin fusion. The diverse 2011 artist line-up includes Dan Bern, Jim Bryson and the Weakerthans Band, Rosanne Cash, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Freshlyground, The Fugitives , La-33, New Country Rehab, Tim Robbins & The Rogues Gallery Band, and Mary Gauthier, to name just a few.
One of the things I love most about the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is that it is a whole-community affair. Not only are there people of all ages at the Festival— strolling the vendors, swaying to the music on their beach blankets—people bring their entire family, too. For younger kids, there’s the Little Folks Village, a kids’ activity centre that’s loaded with free activities: face painting, water play, a climbing wall, storytelling, and a “creation station.” (It’s close enough to the main stage for parents to keep and eye on the kids while enjoying the music, too.)
Tickets to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival are on sale now; get discounts by buying “advance tickets” before July 14, 2011.
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival runs from July 15 – 17, 2011.
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