Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2015 Preview


The Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival is back for its 38th year! This weekend from July 17 to the 19th,  VFMF will host artists from around the world. There will be over 60 talented music acts from 15+ countries performing at the beautiful Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver. There are numerous Canadian artists on the roster as well as many new and unknown International artists. You get to discover brand new talent you’ve never heard of before. If you love can’t live without music like us, then that’s one of the reasons to attend this Festival. We always leave with a list of new ‘fave’ artists. We go home shocked that we’ve never heard of them before. We then become like 2 obsessed music junkies researching every single album they’ve ever released and brag to all of our friends that we’ve just discovered the next best bands! Yup… we discovered them. Keeps us amused and happy. Thank you VFMF!

Starting this Friday, Jericho Beach will transform and become a music lovers haven. Every year fans start lining up first thing in the morning to get a perfect spot in front of the main stage. Some have even been known to go the night before and camp out. Die hards!

If you’ve never attended the VFMF before we highly recommend packing up the family (yes, it’s family friendly) or grab a couple friends and check it out! We have been 3 times previously and absolutely love it. It truly is a one of a kind event and embodies the true essence of Summer here in Vancouver. It is such a great opportunity to get outside and admire the absolutely gorgeous beach front and mountain views, eat some amazing food, shop for rare artisan goodies and listen to some fab music. Oh and let’s not forget about the Beer Gardens.

Check out our picks of some of the artists not to be missed performing at this years Folk Fest : 

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Vancouver based indie rock band Said The Whale have been a Canadian favourite since forming in 2007. Relentless touring paired with a roster of catchy, upbeat, hook-filled songs has kept audiences coming back for more.

Said The Whale have won various accolades including placing second in the Peak Performance Project in 2010 and winning a Juno Award for New Group of the Year in 2011. 4 studio albums in, Said The Whale show no signs of slowing down.

Catch Said The Whale at the VFMF Main Stage on Friday, July 17th6:25 pm


We are completely stoked to see Hawksley perform this Friday! We have been wanting to see him play forever so we’re really looking forward to that. 

Catch Hawskley Workman at the VFMF Main Stage on Friday, July 17th7:40pm

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Catch Blind Pilot at the VFMF Main Stage on Saturday, July 18th8:40pm


Catch Jasper Sloan Yip at the VFMF Stage 3 on Saturday, July 18th – 12:20pm

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Catch Matthew & Jill Barber at the VFMF Stage 2 on Saturday, July 18th2:20pm


Catch Marlon Williams at the VFMF Stage 1 on Sunday, July 19th2:40pm


(more info about each artist can be found here)

100 Mile House (Alberta) ˒ Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson (Ireland / Scotland) ˒ Annie Lou (BC/Ontario) Matthew Barber and Jill Barber (Ontario/BC) ˒ Beans on Toast (UK) ˒ Lurrie Bell (Illinois) ˒ Blind Pilot (Oregon) ˒ Breabach(Scotland) ˒ Basia Bulat (Ontario) ˒ Bustamento (Australia) ˒ Sousou & Maher Cissoko (Senegal/Sweden) ˒ Adam Cohen(Québec) ˒ Diyet (Yukon) ˒ Cecile Doo-Kingue (Québec) ˒ The Down Hill Strugglers (New York) ˒ Frazey Ford (BC) ˒Fortunate Ones (Newfoundland) ˒ La Gallera Social Club (Venezuela) ˒ Mary Gauthier (Tennessee) ˒ Jenn Grant (Nova Scotia) ˒ Ash Grunwald (Australia) ˒ I’m With HerSara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan (USA) ˒ The Jerry Cans(Nunavut) ˒ Angélique Kidjo (Benin/NY) ˒ Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (Mali) Pokey LaFarge (Missouri) ˒ ˒Sam Lee & Friends (UK)  ˒ The Lowest Pair (Washington State) ˒Lucius (New York) ˒ Rory McLeod (UK) Bongeziwe Mabandla (South Africa) ˒ Mama Kin (Australia) ˒ Matuto (New York) ˒ Melbourne Ska Orchestra (Australia) ˒ Old Man Leudecke (Nova Scotia) ˒ The Once (Newfoundland) ˒ Lindi Ortega (Ontario) ˒ Parsonsfield (Connecticut) ˒ Perch Creek (Australia) Grace Petrie (UK) ˒ Phosphorescent (Georgia/New York) ˒ Les Poules à Colin (Québec) ˒ Rising Appalachia (North Carolina) ˒ The Sadies (Ontario) ˒ Said the Whale (BC) ˒ Scarlett Jane (Ontario) ˒ Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu (Québec) ˒ Son Little (Pennsylvania) ˒ Söndörgő (Hungary) ˒ The Strumbellas (Ontario) ˒ Tanga (BC) ˒ Richard Thompson (UK) ˒ Trampled by Turtles (Minnesota) ˒ Ivan Tucakov & Tambura Rasa (BC) ˒ The Wilderness of Manitoba (Ontario) ˒ Marlon Williams (New Zealand) ˒ Hawksley Workman (Ontario) ˒ Jasper Sloan Yip (BC)

Tickets are available online, at various VFMF outlets (Zulu Records, Red Cat Records, Highlife Records, Ticketzone Box Office) and will also be available at the gate. For full ticket prices/discounted rates, see here.

Adult Weekend Passes – $155 before July 16th or $170 at the gate July 17 – 19th.
One day passes – $55 on Friday, $85 Saturday and Sunday at the gate.

Happy Festival Season!
Natasha & Laura xo

(we did not take or own these photosall images in this post were provided to media by VIFF)