Young Artist Program

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Young Artist Program 

Are you an aspiring young songwriter between the age of 16-24? Would like feedback on your songs, find new inspiration and improve your songwriting skills?  Join us for the third iteration of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s Young Artist Program, a songwriting intensive for young and aspiring singer/songwriters. The aim of the program is to give young artists the opportunity to learn from professional musicians.

This year we are thrilled to announce the very talented, Tomato Tomato, as our YAP artistic mentors! Please read below for more artist info.

How to Apply:

The VFMF is taking applications from talented young artists who wish to learn more about creating music and song writing. Fill out the online application and briefly explain why you would like to participate in the program. Also submit a link to a previously recorded audio (or video) performance along with your contact information. This exciting opportunity is open to all young musicians who compose their own music. Successful applicants will be notified by email on or just after June 28th. Apply HERE.

What the participants get:

– 2-day intensive mentorship with one of this year's artists: Tomato Tomato
– Lunch and refreshments at the workshop
– A weekend pass for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival
– An opportunity to showcase your songs in a few pop up concerts during the festival
– Several opportunities to meet with visiting artists during the festival

Cost: $175.00
When: July 12th and 13th
How many: 15 participants
Who: Youth 16-24
Submission end date: June 28th, 2017
Applications: APPLY HERE!

About Artists: 

This year’s mentors are award-winning musicians TomatoTomato! John and Lisa write clever and quirky songs that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing with their own interesting twist. Lisa performs on an old washboard rigged up with tin cans and a cymbal while simultaneously playing bass and snare drums with her feet. She truly takes multitasking to a new level! Their East Coast flavour, tight harmonies, old-timey guitar and Lisa's up-cycled percussion create an unmistakeable sound that is unique, refreshing and fun. Really, really fun!

Tomato/Tomato have played at countless Festivals and have received many awards and honours including: Regional Winners for CBCs Searchlight Competition in 2014, nominations for 6 MNB awards including 3 wins in 2015, ECMA nominations for Roots/Traditional album of the year in 2015, Fan Choice video of the year in 2016 and Songwriter of the Year in 2017. With this mix of musical talent and personality there’s no limit to what this pair will bring to the Young Artist Program table this year!

Profile:  TomatoTomato