Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2015


We had the pleasure of covering the 38th Annual VANCOUVER FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL this year. The Festival is a 3 day affair but due to our schedule we chose to attend Friday only. There were so many amazing artists that we would’ve absolutely loved to see perform and hopefully we will soon get the opportunity! (See a few of our previous artist picks here).

There were specific artists that we had always wanted to see and 2 of them performed Friday so that was our deciding factor. One of the bands was local Vancouver favourite, Said The Whale. The other was Ontario’s talented Hawksley Workman.


First let’s talk food! There are so many great food trucks at the Folk Fest. We always have a hard time deciding just what to get. This is what we chose at this year’s festival: 

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Karaage from MOGU – I tried the Chicken Karaage at last year’s Folk Fest for the first time and liked it so much that I chose it again this year. I know, super boring getting the exact same thing again but it really is that good! I couldn’t resist. 

Marinated deep fried chicken with house made sweet chili sauce. Mmmm! – Natasha

Sugar & Cinnamon Whales Tails Fry Bread from Whales Tails – We had to try one of these Whales Tails we’ve always heard about. It is a delicious fried bread with your choice of numerous topping such as jam, chocolate sauce, herb and garlic, pizza. We chose to go the sweet route (obvs) and had the cinnamon and sugar topping. Delicious! – Laura

Taste of Thailand  Curry Chicken

New Folk Fest Food vendor this yearEarnest Ice Cream. A favourite here in Vancity – Hand-crafted ice cream available in a variety of delicious flavours.


The first act that we had the pleasure of photographing on the Main Stage was Said The Whale.

Debuting in 2007 and winning a Juno Award in 2011 for New Group Of The Year they have continued to top charts nationally. We have seen Said The Whale perform previously and they always put on a great live show!

BEN WORCESTER (Said The Whale) – Vocals, Guitar
NATHAN SHAW (Said The Whale) – Bass
JAYCELYN BROWN (Said The Whale) – Keyboards

Juno Award Winner HAWKSLEY WORKMAN has been a pioneer in the Canadian music scene for the past 16 years. He began his career as a drummer and went on to become a multi-instrumentalist and talented creator who is known to write, record and master his albums in literally weeks. Workman is an eccentric Artist who doesn’t seem to fit into any one specific music category. Fifteen studio albums and countless hits, Hawksley’s vast roster of music ranges from rock and roll, glam rock, pop, soul and everything in between.

Hawksley has also produced albums for a number of talented Canadian artists such as Tegan & Sara, Sarah Slean, Hey Rosetta!, Serena Ryder, Jeremy Fisher & Great Big Sea.


Workman opened his set with 2001 mega-hit ‘Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off”, followed by a variety of newer songs (Make Up Your Mind Tonight, Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia), Teenage Cats & We’re Not Broken Yet) off his latest 2015 studio release ‘Old Cheetah‘.

We’ve been wanting to see him perform live for a very long time. So we were insanely excited that he included some earlier hits like Jealous Of Your Cigarette & Oh You Delicate Heart in the set. 

They finished their show on an exhilarating high when Hawksley jumped behind the drum set and closed with the smouldering hit Smoke BabyWe. Loved. It!


This photo of me with one of my paintings may seem completely random… but trust me, there’s a method to my madness. Most of the time.

Hawksley surprised the crowd when he brought out members of his band Mounties to perform a couple of songs with him. Mounties are a Canadian Indie Rock ‘Super Group’ consisting of Hawksley Workman on drums, Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat and Ryan Dalhe of Limblifter.
We were thrilled when they performed their hit ‘Tokyo Summer’ as it’s one of our favourites. Such an unexpected treat!

Last Summer 2014, when I was preparing for my first ever Art Exhibition I was completely inspired by music and listened to music constantly while working on my paintings. Natasha creates the best playlists (ever!) and one of the songs that was on that playlist was Tokyo Summer by Mounties. That song inspired this painting (pictured above) which I aptly named Tokyo Summer.


Some of our favourite Hawksley Workman songs to get you hooked:
(Click here to watch Hawksley’s official music videos)

Natasha’s Picks: When You Gonna Flower, Piano Blink, Stop Joking Around, September Lily, We Will Still Need A Song, Depress My Hangover Sunday

Laura’s Picks: Striptease, Smoke Baby, Make Up Your Mind Tonight, Anger As Beauty, Jealous Of Your Cigarette


Vancouver Folk Music Festival Online: Official Site, Twitter, Facebook

What do you most look forward to at the Van Folk Fest? Let us know!

Happy Festival Season!
Laura & Natasha xo

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