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Vancouver Folk Music Festival brings Barenaked Ladies to Jericho Beach

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Folake Adesugba Jun 21, 2017 6:00 am 366

Kick up your heels folks because the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is back at Jericho Beach Park with some serious festivity for its 40,000 fans to mark its 40th anniversary.

From July 13 to 16, some of the world’s finest traditional and contemporary folk, world and roots music artists from 20 countries will grace the festival with performances.

Among the headliners are the Barenaked Ladies, most famous for their smash hit One Week – but there’s plenty more musicians on offer.

A media release from festival organizers read, “The 2017 edition of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival presents one of its most exciting, rich and musically diverse rosters to date in celebration of its 40th Anniversary!”

The festival welcomes up to 40,000 people (VFMF)

The festival welcomes up to 40,000 people (Vancouver Folk Music Festival)

According to the release, artistic director Linda Tanaka had called for the return of some of the festival’s past favourite artists, including African music powerhouse, Alpha Ya Ya Diallo, women’s music icon, Ferron and Her All Star Band, legendary labour singer, Si Kahn and BC treasure, Roy Forbes.


Recent favourites Emmanuel Jal, the feisty Grace Petrie, and Marlon Williams and the Yarra Benders, are among others that will take the stage once again.

Fans of global tunes will certainly be satisfied, with groups like Congo’s Mbongwana Star, Colombia’s Sidestepper, Nive Nielsen & The Deer People from Greenland all set to perform.

Also in attendance will be Egypt’s voice of protest Ramy Essam, the voudou rhythms of Haiti’s Chouk Bwa Libète, Korrontzi from Spain’s Basque region, and RURA from Scotland.

The release also read, “This year’s festival [is] truly global in spirit, broad and eclectic in range, with something for everyone.”

Other acclaimed artists set to perform are Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shawn Colvin, and Kathleen Edwards.

While you might be there for the music, you can also indulge in a wide variety of food and artisan vendors, a Community Village and the Little Folks Area.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival lineup

Friday, July 14

  • Cold Specks
  • Blick Bassy
  • John K Samson and The Winter Wheat
  • Rhiannon Giddens
  • Billy Bragg and Joe Henry

Saturday, July 15

  • Blind Pilot
  • Aoife O’Donovan and Noam Pikelny
  • Mbongwana Star
  • Kathleen Edwards
  • Barenaked Ladies

Sunday, July 16

  • Sidestepper
  • Shawn Colvin
  • Bahamas
  • The Revivalists
  • Finale

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2017

When: Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16

Time: Friday from 1 pm to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 10 pm

Where: Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver

Tickets: Online, Advance one-day and weekend passes until July 13, $50-$155, On The Gate $60-$170. Discounts available for students and youth.

Daily Hive Vancouver is a proud media partner of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.


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Folake Adesugba
Folake is a multilingual journalist who loves working on unique stories in the community. A health and fitness enthusiast who needs her coffee before she can associate in the mornings. She loves the good ol hockey game and is still recovering from the Canucks 2011 playoff run. Have a story you believe the world should hear? Tweet or E-mail [email protected]

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