Vancouver Folk Music Festival
|Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|Genre||folk, world, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, hip hop|
|Dates||third weekend of July|
|Location(s)||Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada|
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (VFMF), founded in 1978, is an outdoor multistage music festival, located at Jericho Beach Park on the west side of Vancouver, British Columbia. It takes place annually, on the third weekend of July.
It has attracted artists from all over the world and from all walks of life, including Adam Cohen, Ani Difranco, Utah Phillips, Tuvan Throat singers, Sarah Harmer, Veda Hille, Feist, K'naan, and Ferron, among many others. In addition to folk music, the festival features bluegrass, world, blues, Celtic, Americana, soul, rock and pop music.
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.
The 38th annual festival was held July 17–19, 2015.
The 37th annual festival was held July 18–20, 2014.
The 36th annual festival was held July 19–21, 2013.
The 35th annual festival was held July 13–15, 2012.
The 34th annual festival was held July 15–17, 2011.
- Justin Townes Earle
- Gillian Welch
- 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
The 33rd annual festival was held July 16–18, 2010. Artists included:
- Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long
- The Avett Brothers
- Sarah Harmer
- Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens
- Brett Dennen
- Natacha Atlas
- Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
The 32nd annual festival was held on July 17–19, 2009.
The 31st annual festival was held from July 18–20, 2008. Artists included:
- Michael Franti & Spearhead
- Master Musicians of Jajouka
- Aimee Mann
- Kiran Ahluwalia
- Etran Finatawa
- Markus James and the Wassonrai and Eneida Marta.
The 30th annual festival was held from July 13–15, 2007.
The 29th annual VFMF was held from July 14–16, 2006.
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival Official site
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival Scrapbook
- VFMF Flickr Group
- VFMF MySpace Community