Green light for the 2023 Vancouver Folk Music Festival

July 14-16, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a go! We know we have a lot of work to do and we want to share some updates with you.

Our new board has hit the ground running. We have met multiple times since the AGM with unity of purpose. Our plan is to use the 2022 festival as a template for this year’s festival. We are working with contractors, artistic advisors, and vendors to make that happen.

Thank you for your dedication to our beloved festival. You spoke and we listened! Our new, larger board of directors is comprised of returning and newly elected directors, who together hold a great deal of lived experience, passion, and commitment to the festival. We understand the tremendous task ahead of us.

What has changed?

In the past month new funders have come forward with substantial offers to help the festival happen this year. In addition, we have had an outpouring of volunteer support to assist in many aspects of getting the festival organized and launched. Other festivals have stepped up to assist with booking performers – artists and other festivals benefit when our Vancouver festival is healthy.

With hard work, the financial picture is more secure and, with other individuals stepping up to support the festival now, we will make it happen. We know that our members and audience are the heartbeat of the festival. Your outpouring of support over the last few months has given us the
courage and strength to move ahead.

How can you help?

You have said loud and clear that you want the festival to live on. Now is the time to show us your love. Donate today and mark your calendars for July 14-16 in Jericho Beach Park.

Your donation will go directly towards making the festival happen in a sustainable way, now and into the future. With your support, we will continue to bring the best in traditional and contemporary roots music to our dedicated community. Click here to donate. Stay tuned for information about Early Bird tickets - the festival website will have details about this and other exciting developments soon.

We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward with our plans for the festival. We look forward to seeing you all at Jericho Beach Park in July.
We gratefully acknowledge that our festival takes place on the ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, who have been stewards of this land since time immemorial, and who welcome us each year in July.

Here’s to Festival 46!


March monthly donor promotion via Canada Helps

Now, your monthly donation matters more than ever! For the month of March 2023, Canada Helps - our primary platform for collecting donations - has a promotion running.

For each new scheduled monthly donation of a minimum of $20, Canada Helps will donate an additional $20! See their site for full details.

Go here to sign up as a monthly donor!


We need your help spreading the love for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival! #VFMFlove #FundTheFest

Maybe the light hit just right at golden hour when your favourite artist was on stage. Or maybe you met your music soulmate while dancing barefoot on the lawn in front of the mainstage. Or maybe you discovered a band with a unique sound you’d never heard before during a workshop. There are so many great memories like this that happened at the festival, and we want you to share yours! Post a video sharing your love for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival to social media with the hashtag #VFMFlove and don’t forget to tag the Vancouver Folk Music Festival too.

We still need funds to keep the music playing and need the community’s love in the form of a one-time donation or becoming a monthly donor. If 500 more people donate $25 a month, we’ll have enough funds to keep the organization running through the rest of this year. Click here to become a monthly donor now!

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a unique community-based celebration internationally renowned for presenting the finest traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from around the world for 45 years.

Here is a small selection of photos from the 2022 festival courtesy of our ace photography committee.