The Vancouver Folk Festival Celebrates Its 40th Year This Month (Contest Alert!)

2016 Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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 65 music acts with roots in more than 20 countries, twelve 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. Then, the festival weekend starts in earnest Friday afternoon and evening, July 14, and on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 & 16 from 10am to 11pm each day.

The Barenaked Ladies

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 Yaya Diallo, legendary labour singer, Si Kahn, and three more recent faves, Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders, Emmanuel Jal, and the feisty Grace Petrie, are among others slated to take the stage.

Mbongwana Star

Fans of global sounds have much to anticipate, with groups like Congo’s Mbongwana Star, Colombia’s Sidestepper, Nive Nielsen & The Deer People from Greenland, Egypt’s voice of protest Ramy Essam, the voudou rhythms of Haiti’s Chouk Bwa Libète, Korrontzi from Spain’s Basque region, RURA from Scotland, and many others.

Delgres

There’s blues and bluegrass connections, old time acoustic and jug band music coming too: France’s Delgres make a Guadaloupe-Delta blues connection, and True Blues featuring Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood Heart lay it all down. There’s Tift Merritt’s brilliant rootsy sound, The Slocan Rambers’ bluegrass, New Brunswick group Tomato Tomato’s washboard folk, and the renowned jug band sounds of Jim Kweskin, coming to the festival with Meredith Axelrod.

C.R. Avery

The festival welcomes a special gathering of Indigenous music trailblazers with Native North America.  Canadian and BC artists are also well represented, with Bob Bossin, C.R. Avery, Jim Bryson, John K. Samson and the Winter Wheat, and Gabrielle Shonk among others set to perform. See the website for the full lineup.

2016 Vancouver Folk Music Festival

A wide range of food, artisan, and retail vendors, a Community Village and Little Folks Village are all features of a festival that prides itself on its family-friendliness, environmental awareness, sustainability initiatives, and accessibility. Around 1400 volunteers help to make the festival a success as it welcomes between 38,000 and 40,000 people to the park each year.

Event Information:
When: July 13 – 16, 2017
Where: Jericho Beach Park | 3941 Point Grey Road
Tickets: Buy your tickets online today!

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FREE WEEKEND PASS GIVEAWAY! WE’RE GIVING AWAY A PAIR OF WEEKEND PASSES TO THIS YEAR’S VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL. SIMPLY POST A COMMENT BELOW AND BE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED TO WIN. WE’LL SELECT OUR LUCKY WINNER ON TUESDAY, JULY 11TH AND NOTIFY THE WINNER BY EMAIL. GOOD LUCK!
UPDATED TUESDAY, JULY 11TH: CONGRATULATIONS KELLY! YOU ARE THE LUCKY RECIPIENT OF A PAIR OF WEEKEND PASSES TO THIS YEAR’S VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL. PLEASE CHECK YOUR INBOX FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON HOW TO GO ABOUT CLAIMING YOUR PRIZE. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO POSTED A COMMENT FOR A CHANCE TO WIN. WE HOPE THAT YOU’RE ALL ABLE TO MAKE IT OUT TO THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL.
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34 Responses to The Vancouver Folk Festival Celebrates Its 40th Year This Month (Contest Alert!)

  1. Dave Baca

    Vancouver is my favorite town and the Folk Festival is my favorite time of year. As a visitor from Texas it doesn’t get any better. Mountains, water, music, Canadians and the city! It’s a perfect weekend in a perfect place.

  2. Kerilee Raven

    Looks like a great line-up and location.

  3. MORGAINE JENNINGS

    One of the highlights of a Vancouver Summer – I’ve seen some incredible acts here over the years, and truly look forward to relaxing in the sunshine, then watching the sunset over Jericho and the main stage. Absolute heaven!

  4. Christie M

    Looks like fun!!

  5. Bonnie Y.

    Always a great event. So much diverse music.

  6. Tara

    I like the sounds of this. 🎶🙃 Would love to go. 🤞

  7. Kay

    A great event!

  8. Brenda Griffin

    Never been,would love to go!

  9. Dylan Griffith

    Consistently amazing music, a great vibe and the most stunning festival site in Canada!

  10. Melissa McDowell

    Happy 40th VFMF!

  11. Daina Pedwell

    What a great way to celebrate my birthday weekend!!

  12. Brandi

    Awesome line-up!!

  13. Mell kirkland

    Great line up. Never been to van folk fesr.

  14. Karolina

    I want to go! new to vancouver and never been before :)

  15. Kate

    Thanks for the opportunity to finally attend this legendary festival! 😁

  16. Heidi Roggero

    Would love tickets! Love this event!

  17. Hilary Quick

    This would be amazing!

  18. Narceli

    Yes,I would like to win! Thank you!

  19. Kathryn

    The lineup this year looks amazing, and I’m so bummed out that as a student saving up to be able to eat during the coming school year, tickets just aren’t in my budget. But I won’t be a broke student forever, and since there are so many talented folk musicians in the world, I’m sure the VFMF will continue to bring great lineups to Jericho beach for years to come. Happy 40th, VFMF!

  20. kathleen nomat

    Make me win pretty please? Would love to go and see with my sister. Thanks! Much love 😙

  21. We have “seen” this eventful festival from the outside for years now. It would be great to appreciate it from the inside for once. Good luck and a great festival to all.

  22. Amandine

    I wanted to go this year but balked at the price, so thank you for the opportunity! Whoever wins will be one lucky person.

  23. Ryan B

    Great summary of a great fest!

  24. Shannon Marshall

    The festival is a magical blend of musical talent set in a stunning location; hats off to all the organizers, sponsors and artists past and present who have made it into an annual tradition for so many lucky festival fans!

  25. John Lee

    I’d love to see Billy Bragg — my all-time favourite musician!

  26. chen y

    happy 40th! went there about 4 years ago and had a great time, hope to get to go again this year!

  27. David Ritchie

    I would love to be there. Got my lucky fingers crossed…

  28. Bonnie R

    Still haven’t been — would love the chance to go this year!

  29. Lin Storey

    Remember when the folk festival was able to offer a free ticket to seniors? Well now the boomers are bcoming seniors and they cant do it anymore. So it would be nice to have a free ticket as a souvenir of the good old, wonderful new, Vancouver Folk Festival

  30. Last year, there was a lightning storm so I’d like to experience the festival without one of those.

  31. Kelly

    Would be a wonderful gift for my hardworking, music loving daughter.

  32. Jay

    I’m a poor student and this would be sweeeeet to win

  33. Ann

    I just found out my favourite band The Revitalists are playing there I have never been to this festival I will be so excited if I win

  34. Pam

    Would love to go to the Van Folk Fest this year. I used to volunteer before I became a mom.