Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Genre folk, world, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, hip hop
Dates third weekend of July
Location(s) Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Years active 1978–present

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.


  • 2013 - Held July 19–21, 2013 at Jericho Beach Park, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival's line up:

* Festival performers - 2012[edit]

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.[1]

* Festival Performers -2011[edit]

Held July 15–17, 2011, the 34th VFMF included the following musical acts:

Festival Performers - 2008[edit]

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.[2]

Festival Performers -2007[edit]

Held from July 13–15, 2007, the 30th annual installment's most notable acts featured Hawksley Workman, The Wailin' Jennys, and hometown group The Be Good Tanyas.

Full lineup

Festival Performers - 2006[edit]

The 29th annual VFMF was held from July 14–16, 2006, and featured Juno Award winner Feist.

Full lineup


  1. ^ "Vancouver Folk Music Festival". Vancouver Folk Music Festival. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Who's coming this summer". Vancouver Folk Music Festival. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-20. [dead link]

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