Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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Country and Region CanadaBritish Columbia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Vancouver Folk Festival
100 - 2425 Quebec Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V5T 4L6
Phone: (01) 604-602-9798
Fax: (01) 604-602-9790

Festival Description

The annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival features a variety of national and international acts, including a line-up of groups and individuals who have never played in the area before. The annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival features a variety of national and international acts, including a line-up of groups and individuals who have never played in the area before.

Festival Dates July 19 - 21, 2013
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Festival Events:

Announced lineup 2013:
  • Danny Michel and the Garifuna Collective
  • The Wooden Sky
  • Pokey LaFarge
  • Natalie Maines
  • Steve Earle
  • The Dukes
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Loudon Wainwright III
  • The Waterboys
  • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
  • Danny Michel
  • Garifuna Collective
  • Fatma Zidan
  • Hanggai
  • Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble
  • Black Prairie
  • Sara Watkins (previously a member of Nickel Creek)
  • The Brothers Comatose
  • Pharis & Jason Romero
  • Jayme Stone
  • Whitehorse
  • Hannah Georgas
  • Hayden
  • The Wooden Sky
  • Justin Rutledge
  • Nomadic Massive
  • Black Prairie
  • The Cat Empire
  • Tinpan Orange
  • and many more...
Artist features 2013:
  • The Cat Empire
    • Released last Friday, The Cat Empire’s eagerly-awaited new album, ‘Steal The Light’, is already proving a force to be reckoned with on charts worldwide, hitting the Top 20 in the iTunes album charts of five countries on release day; #2 on the Australian chart and #5 in Canada, #19 in Switzerland, #20 in Germany and #20 in Holland! These outstanding results consolidate a wave of acclaim from fans and critics alike, with Rolling Stone describing the album as “a world of enlightenment” and Inpress hailing the record as “a career-defining statement… it is that darn good.” The video for “Steal The Light” has also been released. It includes footage taken during The Cat Empire’s headline performance as part of Melbourne’s White Night Festival in February. The video captures all the pure improvised energy that has made the Melbourne six-piece one of Australia’s most successful live bands. And, to see this amazing group live for yourself, check them out closing our show on Saturday, as well as holding two workshops on Sunday!;
  • Black Prairie
    • The definition of Supergroup: an ensemble of musicians from already-celebrated bands joining forces for the sole purpose of blowing people away. Yup, that perfectly describes Black Prairie! Drawing from The Decemberists, The Woolwines, and Jackstraw, all beloved Portland-based groups, this folk-inspired band emerges as more than the sum of its parts. These minstrels explore the “venerable, forgotten roots of folk and bluegrass.” From “Nowhere, Massachussets”, with its southern slide guitar groove, to “How Do You Ruin Me”, with its gypsy inspired rhythms, Black Prairie offers a reflective glance back to the past while pushing forward into contemporary, experimental directions. Can’t wait to see them at the festival? Get a sneak peek here!
Artist feature 2013:
  • Whitehorse (Canada)
    • They were already well-known artists on the Canadian folk music scene individually, but then Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet came together to create something new and of pure genius: Whitehorse. This husband-wife team has become a mighty folk-rock supercouple, dominating the Canadian airwaves in their short time as “Whitehorse”. Their full-length debut CD The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss is nominated for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize, and their single “Devil’s Got A Gun” is nominated for the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize. We are excited to this bright spotlight follow them onto the Main Stage Saturday night at the festival. Check out two intimate performances for CBC Music at an undisclosed hideaway in the woods somewhere: “Out Like A Lion” and, of course, “Devil’s Got A Gun”.
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  • Videos
    • ‘Devil’s Got a Gun’ by Whitehorse
    • ‘Out Like A Lion’ by Whitehorse


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Practical Info:

  • Jericho Beach Park
    4th Avenue West
    Vancouver, BC
  • By phone
    • (01) 604-602-9798
  • By mail or in person
    • Vancouver Folk Festival
      207 Hastings Street West, No. 1114
      Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7 Canada


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