New this year – Gate Lottery

Gate LotteryAll ticket holders welcome to participate! FRIDAYBallot Entry: 12pm – 12:30pmLottery draw: 12:30pmGeneral Admission Gates: 1pm SATURDAY / SUNDAYBallot Entry: 8am-8:30amLottery draw: 8:30amGeneral Admission Gates: 9am To allow for safe entry into the Festival, we have instituted a new system this year. MORE DETAILS Ticket holders wishing to participate must arrive during the designated […]

Young Artist Program

CALLING ALL ASPIRING YOUNG SONGWRITERS! Are you an aspiring young songwriter between the age of 15-24? Would like feedback on your songs, find new inspiration and improve your songwriting skills?  Join us for the second iteration of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s Young Artist Program, a songwriting intensive for young and aspiring singer/songwriters. The aim of […]

Father’s Day Artist Spotlight: Hayes Carll

That’s my kid with the cards / He’s nine years old / With a head full of wonder / And a heart of goldAnd there’s not a trick that he can’t figure out / And he’s never stopped the show for fear of doubtLike the rest of us did He’s the magic kid(excerpt from “The Magic […]

Father’s Day Artist Spotlight: Karim Saada

Karim Saada grew up listening to his father playing Chaabi music in the casbah in Algiers, now performing this unique and popular Arab-Andalusian traditional music that’s been passed on to him in turn. But like many sons, he has forged his own path, and made the music his own. Now in Québec, he collaborates and performs […]

Artist Spotlight: Lord Huron

I’ve been dreaming again of a lonesome road Where I’m lost and I’ve got no friends Just the rocks and the trees And my lonesome dreams And a road that’ll never end (from Lonesome Dreams) Lord Huron’s songs often talk of journeys, of being on the road, seeing the world, of being alone, leaving loved […]

Artist Spotlight: Yemen Blues with Ravid Kahalani

While Ravid Kahalani grew up in the culture, singing the songs, eating the food and speaking the language of his Yemenite heritage – he did so in Israel, part of a large community of Jewish Yemenites who settled there. While never having been to Yemen, the culture shaped Ravid’s musical world. But Kahalani’s band, Yemen Blues, […]

Artist Spotlight: Lee Fields & The Expressions

Lee Fields has only to sing one note, any note, and you know he’s Soul. And when the rhythm section, the un-nameable groove, the wailing horns of The Expressions kick in – you’re transported. This band you don’t just listen to. You connect. You feel. Fields built his considerable vocal chops in the golden era […]

Buy today and save: Early Bird deadline is June 4

Early Bird weekend passes sell for the best deal until 11:59pm on Saturday, June 4. After that the prices go up!  You can buy online, or take advantage of the following purchase options.   Come in to the festival box office at suite 230 – 275 E.1st Avenue, and purchase in person.      Office hours over the next few days are […]

Artists spotlight: Oysterband

It’s a very cool thing for the VFMF to present a band that’s pretty much as old as we are! “The Oyster Ceilidh Band” started out in 1978 as a dance band, but soon started experimenting with radical arrangements of traditional songs. At the time, their try-anything attitude was controversial, but they were determined that […]

Artists Spotlight: Lucy Ward

In addition to being a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter, Lucy Ward‘s voice is breathtaking. She sings traditional English folk songs beautifully – and inspired by her roots in the folk tradition, writes her own songs about people, places, stories of her Derby home. She never shies away from the big issues, but she also has a knack of singing […]