If you’re looking to attend a festival this summer and don’t want to leave the city, one of Vancouver’s best events of the summer is just around the corner – the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. This annual event has something for everyone, from its prime location at Jericho Beach Park, the amazing artists the festival lovingly and carefully curates, food trucks, beer garden and family-friendly activities. Bring your positive attitude, friendly and community spirit, a blanket and chair and you’ll fit right in.
Starting on Friday evening, there will be an option to listen to 18 different musical groups kicking things off. On the main stage at 6 pm, you will have the opportunity to hear from Midnight Shine coming from Canada’s far north, mixing “roots, classic and modern rock with touches of Mushkegowuk Cree”.
On Saturday and Sunday during the day, the workshops start at 10 am and here is where the Vancouver Festival truly shines in my opinion. The carefully thought out combinations of groups and catchy titles like “Singing Strings”, “Songs of Unrequited Love,” “Muy Caliente” and more offer the opportunity to hear things that you might not necessarily be drawn to but provide the chance to be surprised and enchanted.
There are a few local acts like Kitty and the Rooster and Luca Fogale all whom span a wide variety of genres.
Kitty and the Rooster, with Noah Walker (Rooster) and Jodie Ponto (Kitty) offer up an amazing amount of foot stomping energy, witty lyrics and nothing but fun – they are not to be missed, you can find them on Stage 3, Sunday evening at 8:15 pm.
Luca Fogale, straight from Burnaby offers up “immense vocal talent…as he elevates songs rooted in folk traditions to soulful hymns.” You can find Luca on Stage 1 Sunday morning at 10 am, and again part of the workshop “Avant Bards” at 2 pm.
For the younger festival attendees, who by the way get in free under the age of 12 with a paid adult, there is the Little Folks Village where they can participate in interactive workshops and performances with Circus West, create cups and bowls at the Clay Station, get their faces painted, make butterfly paper crowns, friendship bracelets and more!
The Vancouver Folk Festival has something for absolutely everyone and it’s definitely not to be missed, see you there.