Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: VFMF

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: Hannah C Productions

A spoken-word stalwart with an ear for stripped down beats, a Chinese music ensemble with bluegrass leanings and floral crowns that echo Woodstock: the Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2013 is back, chockablock full of Vancouver-area talent.

Of the 65 acts performing at this year’s Folk Fest – among them Toronto folkster Hayden, former Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and gypsy-dance group DeVotchKa – more than fistful of artists call Vancouver home.

The 36-year old event is a guaranteed good time at Jericho Beach Park, July 19-21. Below is a sneak peek at local musicians and B.C. artisans flocking to the fest to share their songs with and sell their unique wares to the sun-kissed masses. Continue reading:
Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Fest Lineup Announced

Photo sourced from Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Photo sourced from Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Grammy winning American folk singer Steve Earle will headline this summer’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

The festival returns to its waterfront home at Jericho Beach for the 36th year, this July 19-July 21.  Attracting some 30,000 fans and famous for its laid-back, counterculture vibe, the event is considered one of the musical highlights of the summer in Vancouver.

Steve Earle, a master storyteller who jumpstarted the “new country” genre, has released 15 albums and been covered by a who’s who of musical greats.  He’s touring now with his band The Dukes in support of their critically acclaimed new album, The Low Highway.

Earle shares top billing this year with another rabble-rousing performer from south of the border, the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. Continue reading:
Vancouver Folk Music Fest Lineup Announced

Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan will appear at Folk Fest 2012. Photo credit: Vancouver Folk Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park for its 35th anniversary this Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

If you’ve never been, Folk Fest is the kind of grassroots, community-driven live music event where you’ll find old timers who’ve attended for 30 years rubbing shoulders with a fresh crop of university students who won’t miss a Dan Mangan show. It’s the mix of guests and performers that makes Folk Fest what it is.

The hotly anticipated Vancouver Folk Festival line up includes such talents as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. The food cart line up is almost as impressive with 30 local vendors serving everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken.

Find out everything you need to know to attend after the jump. Continue reading:
Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Fresh Air Cinema. Photo credit: Flickr user Yaletown BIA

July starts out right with Canada Day pyrotechnics lighting up the summer night sky. And is there anything more summery than free outdoor movies – launching in Stanley Park, July 3?

Meanwhile summer festival season is in full swing by mid month. Catch folksy tunes at the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15. The lovely Illuminares Lantern Festival lights up Trout Lake, July 21. Also July 21, Khatsahlano! Music Festival transforms Kitsilano into a block party with 30 local bands performing on multiple stages.

Among the quirkier happenings, I’m particularly intrigued by Scout’s Barkeep of the Year showdown at the Keefer Bar, July 2. Then there’s spectator-friendly robot racing (I’m not kidding) and clothes-free celebration at the nudie paradise Wreck Beach.

Of course July ends with a bang too. Celebration of Light, the most highly-anticipated summer event, brings fireworks back to the Vancouver skyline, July 28.

Find the full line-up of July events below. Continue reading:
20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – July 15 – 17, 2011

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.

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival – July 15 – 17, 2011