Vancouver Folk Music Festival
|Location(s)||Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada|
|Date(s)||third weekend of July|
|Genre||folk, world, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, hip hop|
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF) is an outdoor multistage music festival. It takes place annually, on the third weekend of July. Founded in 1978, this annual festival uses eight outdoor stages, located at Jericho Beach Park on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia.
It has attracted artists from all over the world and from all walks of life, including Ani Difranco, Utah Phillips, Tuvan Throat singers, Sarah Harmer, Veda Hille, Feist, K'naan, and Ferron, among many others. In recent years, the festival has added more hip-hop and spoken word to the standard collection of singer-songwriters and ethnic musicians.
Historically, the VFMF has eschewed corporate sponsorship, which has led to various unusual advertising gimmicks on the part of companies not related to or supported by the VFMF but wishing to take advantage of a large "captive audience" (for example, low-flying planes with advertising banners).
The VFMF is produced with the help of over 1,200 volunteers each year, and attracts an audience of over 30,000 over three days.
Held July 19–21, 2013 at Jericho Beach Park, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival's line up:
Held July 13–15, 2012, the 35th VFMF included musical acts The Barr Brothers, Geoff Berner, The Cave Singers, Ani DiFranco, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, e.s.l., The Head and the Heart, Hey Rosetta!, Veda Hille, Alejandra Robles, K'naan, Dan Mangan, Shakura S'Aida, Sidi Touré, Lucinda Williams and The Wood Brothers.
Held July 15–17, 2011, the 34th VFMF included the following musical acts:
- Justin Townes Earle
- Gillian Welsh
- James Cotton Superharp
- Tim Robbins and the Rouges Gallery Band
- Ti-Coca and Wanga Neges
- Rosanne Cash
- The Jayhawks
- Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band
- Emmanuel Jal
- Beats Antique
- The Duhks
- Buck 65
- Jim Bryson and The Weakerthans
- C.R. Avery
- Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three
- Elliott BROOD
- Kathryn Calder
- The Burning Hell
- David Wax Museum
Held from July 18–20, 2008, the 31st edition of the VFMF included such acts as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Ozomatli, Aimee Mann, Kiran Ahluwalia, Etran Finatawa, Markus James and the Wassonrai and Eneida Marta.
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival Official site
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival Scrapbook
- VFMF Flickr Group
- VFMF MySpace Community