From global grooves and roots rhythm to songs old and new, tunes that will warm your heart, touch a nerve, or make you kick up your heels – have we got a music festival for you!

On July 13 – 15 join us at Jericho Beach Park for another incredible weekend of music from close to home and around the globe.

The list of artists whose careers broke out after appearing on one of the workshop stages at Jericho Beach is too long to print. This year will just add more names to the list.” – Stuart Derdeyn, Vancouver Sun

We’ve got icons and upstarts and more than a few surprises, stunning newcomers and long-time favourites, and amazing new sounds to discover.

From Neko Case and Ry Cooder to Rodney Crowell and James McMurtry; from The Dead South, Carole Pope and Archie Roach to Ranky Tanky, Wazimbo & Banda Kakana and Dakhabrakha, we have an extraordinary range of cultures and genres on the menu – a gathering of sound, sight and experience you simply won't see anywhere else.

See the full artist listing HERE and start planning the best weekend of your summer – the 41st annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival.


#1 on the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon Jazz charts


Against all odds, the Gullah tradition prevails on the Sea Islands of South Carolina's Low Country. In spite of the harsh conditions of slavery the original Gullahs, who came from West Africa, had to endure, they managed to maintain their communal harmony, traditions, language heritage, resolute sense of self – and hope. Their isolation on the coastal islands was a blessing in disguise as they are one of the few black communities in America preserving their African roots.
Ranky Tanky’s music – traditional spirituals and soulful folk songs – is a passionate homage to the ancestors who upheld their traditions and singular way of life. It’s an artistic reflection of who they are. Combining revered Gullah kinship with a jazz sensibility, Ranky Tanky accentuates the spirituality connected to the ring shouts, claps and praise houses – presenting a beautiful and modern rendition of their ancestral music.
They’re a joy to behold. Catch Ranky Tanky on Main Stage Sunday night.

Learn more about the band HERE.

Thank you, Vancouver!

For the 22nd annual Georgia Straight "Best of Vancouver 2017" you voted us "Best Local Music Festival" for the 6th year in a row. We are supported by an amazing community of folks without whom the festival would not be able to happen. To everyone who participated, volunteered, performed, attended – and voted – for the VFMF, you are "The Best."

Vancouver Folk Music Festival is the BEST FESTIVAL in the City!

In a “who’s the best” poll seeking the Stars of Vancouver, the VFMF is truly honoured to again receive this very special #1 award.

Thank you to everyone who made this happen!

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