Welcome to the 40th Anniversary Vancouver Folk Music Festival!

ANNOUNCING THE LINEUP FOR THURSDAY NIGHT, JULY 13!

Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprits
Thursday, July 13, 7pm (gates 6pm)
Main Stage, Jericho Beach Park
FREE!

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival has teamed up with fellow Folk Festivals in Winnipeg, Calgary, Canmore, and Regina to curate a groundbreaking live touring collaborative project called Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprits – a celebration of the Canadian songbook. This free, festival-opening evening concert showcases an eclectic range of amazing Canadian artists performing songs written by some of Canada's most renowned and talented composers – and making each of those songs their own!

Performers include Cris Derksen, Mélisande (électrotrad), Cold Specks, C.R. Avery, Katie Moore, Jim Byrnes, Women in the Round, Carolyn Mark, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Leonard Podolak, The Funk Hunters and Paul Pigat.

You'll hear the much-loved songs of renowned composers with surnames like: Bolduc, Cockburn, Cohen, Lightfoot, McGarrigle, Mitchell, Sainte-Marie, Snow, Tyson and Young – along with songs penned by the Hip, Arcade Fire, our own Spirit of the West, and others. And you'll get to sing-along, too!

What an amazing night of song it's going to be - a night to celebrate the festival's 40th birthday - a night to remember for the next 150 years!

Tickets are FREE. Reserve yours now by clicking HERE.

Artist Spotlights

Sidestepper

Bogotá's Sidestepper plays joyful and uplifting dance music - an intoxicating mix of cutting-edge beats, infectious South American melodies, and electronic and acoustic instruments.

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Recently, the band has been delved into a more organic and fresh sound that celebrates the traditions of other incredible South American dance bands – the great orquestas of Colombia, Haiti, Trinidad, Cuba and Africa. These were bands that existed well before the electronic revolution in the 80s and 90s. It’s still a dance band, but now the beats are made with hand drums, seeds and shakers, kalimbas, flutes and guitar, driving the melodic vocals. Strong and groovy, timeless and fluid, this is joyful and uplifting musi

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Aoife O'Donovan and Noam Pikelny

It's a musical friendship that blossomed into a brilliant collaboration. Two of the most celebrated American roots musicians of their generation, are coming to spread a little magic.

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“Universal Favorite” is the fourth record Noam Pikelny has released under his own name, but it’s truly his solo debut. The new release features only the man himself, playing lovely originals and covers that showcase his unique approach to the instrument and compositional flair. He recorded them live in the studio without accompaniment, coaxing a wide array of sounds and colors out of his instruments, embracing the challenges and exploring the new possibilities of the solo setting. With her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O’Donovan captivates fans and critics alike. Her most recent solo album, “In the Magic Hour” — produced by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case) — is a 10-song album full of the singer’s honeyed vocals mixed with gauzy, frictionless sounds.

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La Santa Cecilia

Led by the effervescent singer Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez, the Grammy-winning band La Santa Cecilia blends together Latin rock, bossa nova, rancheras and various other strains of regional Mexican music - and in doing so, has come to represent the sound of modern Los Angeles.

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Their sound embraces a modern sensibility while also evoking the old. Named for the patron saint of music and founded at the end of 2007, core members of the group were raised in downtown L.A.'s Olvera Street district, fully bilingual and bicultural. They cite a dizzying array of music influences: Nirvana, Santana, Rush, punk rock and reggae and, on the classic Latin side, Ramón Ayala, Trio Los Panchos, Los Alegres de Terán, cumbia and boleros.

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Will Varley

Known for his wit, political commentary and top-notch storytelling, Britain's Will Varley is a true folk troubadour for the 21st Century.

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He cut his teeth as a folk singer at a very young age busking on the streets of London and playing anywhere he could, armed with fake I.D. and a pocket full of songs. In 2011 he recorded his debut album, Advert Soundtracks, and then set out on the road – walking 130 miles with a guitar and tent on his back, singing his songs to whomever would listen.

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ADVANCE TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Adults, Elders, Students and Youth Advance discount rates are in effect until July 13
Purchase now and save!

BUY ONLINE  |  BY PHONE: 604.602.9798
 IN PERSON: VFMF office #230, 275 East 1st Avenue during regular office hours

 

Single day tickets go on sale June 1. Evening-only tickets go on sale July 1 - and will be subject to availability.
The full schedule of daytime stages will be announced at the end of June.
Lineup is subject to change without notice.


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