EARLY BIRDS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Purchase yours online, by calling 604.602.9798
or by stopping by the VFMF office #230, 275 East 1st Avenue during regular office hours.

Adults, Elders, Students and Youth Early Bird discount rates are in effect now.

Sneak Pete of the Week – Choir! Choir! Choir!

It's a verified, anecdotal fact: when Choir! Choir! Choir!'s Daveed Goldman and Nobu Adilman (AKA “DaBu”) get up in front of a group of people who just want to sing, magic happens. Something just seems to click when the duo comes together with folks who like to sing cool songs out loud without judgement. Bonds are formed, a special energy, a spirit is evoked – and people are happy. This year, the phenomenon that is the Choir! Choir! Choir! experience is coming to the VFMF, and everyone – singers, non-singers, hope-to-be-singers – is invited to join in.

Daveed and DaBu started Choir! Choir! Choir! as a weekly drop in, no-commitment singing event in Toronto in February 2011. Now happening twice weekly, and open to anyone who likes to sing new arrangements of pop songs, C!C!C! boasts a dedicated and passionate membership of inspired singers from in and around Metro TO. 

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They've performed live with Patti Smith at the Art Gallery of Ontario, their Space Oddity video tribute to David Bowie garnered millions of views, they brought their Prince tribute of When Doves Cry to Massey, Carnegie, and Radio City Music Halls. Then there was that Rufus Wainwright gathering at Luminato with 1,500 singers. And this summer, Daveed and Dabu are bringing the experience to festivals.

You can catch these inspiring choir galvanizers at various VFMF stages from Thursday to Saturday. Come out and bring your voice! 

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Sneak Pete – Archie Roach

Archie Roach's singer-songwriting career began Australia in the early 1990s, when his debut recording, Charcoal Lane, was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 50 albums (1992).

Roach's heartbreaking ballad, Took the Child Away, about his own experience as one of the Stolen Generation of aboriginal children taken from their families and placed in non-indigenous households, was a powerful statement that resonated in that country and, in time, around the globe. 

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Following that album's success, Roach spent the next years recording and touring with acts like Joan Armatrading, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg and Patti Smith. With his long-time life and musical partner, Ruby Hunter, they established themselves as leading lights of Australian folk and aboriginal music.

Roach's life experiences have challenged him, he's had triumphs, setbacks, and suffered great loss when Ruby passed in 2010 – but his music, his will, his voice has survived. He's an advocate, a mentor, a role model, an activist, the "elder statesman of Indigenous music" (The Guardian, 2017). In 2016, he released  his 10th recording, Let Love Rule

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience this legendary performer at the festival. 

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Sneak Pete – Ferron

We're thrilled to announce that FERRON is returning to perform at the 40th Vancouver Folk Music Festival!

"Ferron writes of love with the relentless introspection of Leonard Cohen, and, as with classic Bob Dylan, her songs' tough, questioning attitude sometimes gives way to the unexpected.Rolling Stone Magazine

Since she first played at the VFMF in 1979, the second year of the festival and our first year in Jericho Beach Park (and ever since), Ferron's music has evoked powerful emotions.  

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For many women in particular, their first memory of seeing her perform, of hearing her sing and listening to her words, was pure revelation. Testimony, Misty Mountain, Ain't Life a Brook, Shadow on a Dime, were the soundtrack of a generation of fans. She was a pioneer, winning audiences on the women's music circuit and beyond, blazing a trail that many others would follow – folks like Ani Di Franco, Mary Gauthier and the Indigo Girls. 

Now 40+ years into her distinguished career, Ferron remains a salt of the earth singer who approaches her art with both sleeves rolled up, ready to dive in. She walks her talk with heart exposed and performs with a courage and commitment that few other artists ever muster, illuminating the human experience in a way that few artists are capable of. The words she sings sound ancient, irrefutable and significant.   

Do not miss Ferron at the VFMF, accompanied by her All Star Band with Julie Wolff on accordion. 

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UPCOMING CONCERTS

with special guest Jack Klatt
"equal parts Hank Williams and the Everly Brothers, with various other minor twists lurking around the edges."

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with special guests The Wild Romantics
“Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” – Guitarist Magazine