Vancouver Folk Music Festival – July 18, 2014

IMG_643f6hj62014 marked the 37th year of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
If you have never been to the Folk Festival before, let us break it down for you. It is a 3 day music festival filled with multiple stages and amazing live bands from all over the world performing at any given time. There is a whole section of delicious food trucks sure to satisfy even the ‘foo-foo-iest’ of foodie’s. A Folk Bazaar where you can find the most unique treasures. Beautiful, happy, smiling people everywhere you look. AND, last but certainly not least – the event takes place on Jericho Beach Park overlooking the water and mountains. The scenery and natural beauty alone is breathtaking. 

Combine all that goodness together and you get the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. It’s not hard to see why it is a favourite among Vancouverites. 

The Festival was jam packed with talented performers throughout the entire weekend. The lineup included Great Lake Swimmers, Wintersleep, Andrew Bird, Brasstronaut, Born Ruffians, Amos Lee, Mary Lambert and many more. 

GreatLakeSwimmersvanfolkWe were extremely fortunate to have photo pit access at the front of the stage to capture some close up shots of Canadian-favourites, Great Lake Swimmers. We are big fans of their music and have seen them perform a few times over the years. The song that they opened their set with ‘Think That You Might Be Wrong’ is coincidentally my all-time favourite song of theirs. It was literally a dream come true getting the chance to photograph them while listening to that particular tune. Definitely a festival highlight for us. (– Natasha)

IMG_645d7b(Pictured above) The talented Miranda Mulholland on violin and vocals.

FolkFestIMG_650f0hg3Tony Dekker – Lead singer/Songwriter/Guitarist. 

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I don’t know about you, but when we get to an outdoor music festival we’re suddenly hungry starving. Upon arrival our first order of business is to check out all of the food trucks. A very critical step in the whole music festival agenda. Where’s the food at and where’s the main stage at. That’s it. Oh, and where’s the potty’s at. All the bases covered, then we’re ready to get to work covering the performances.

Pictured above is a delicious refreshing frozen fresh fruit popsicle from the Mexi Pops food truck. I chose a orange yogurt flavour and Natasha chose a lime flavour. Don’t ask me how, but we were half way through them when I realized I was eating hers and she was eating mine! Doh!

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Pictured above is a vintage Volkswagon van that was actually constructed into an IBM bank machine. So cute and creative. Coincidentally our green media bracelets match the van! We had to take a pic of our bracelets because this was our first time being at a Music Festival as media. We were super excited about it!

IMG_113dfd70IMG_1075tytryrtNatasha and I find it challenging to make any swift decisions when it comes to choosing the food when it’s time to order.  It’s completely critical we pick the right food! I’m like, “Oh…You’re actually going to pick that?” and she’s like “Yeah, I heard it’s delicious.”  And right there is the dilemma. If her’s is better than mine and she’s all happy and mumbling how delicious it is, I’ll wish I ordered the same. Not enjoying your meal yet sitting across from someone who is ecstatic about theirs… that’s the worst. 

IMG_6379bb2Natasha was a smart little cookie and ended up doing some prior online research about which food trucks had great reviews. She chose the Chicken Karaage (pictured above) from the popular Mogu Food Truck and she loved it!

IMG_638g24rAnd I chose the Ham & Pineapple pizza from Urban Wood Fired PizzaYes, perhaps a little predictable for me considering all of the other food truck choices available.  However, it was made fresh right that minute and cooked in an open fire sooo… I’m not completely boring. haha! I loved it.

VanFolkFestPhotographer #1, Natasha.

IMG_6544jPhotographer #2, Laura.

IMG_6532f6There was approximately 30,000 people expected to show up for the 3 day event.

folkfest3Another one of our favourite things about going to outdoor music festivals is the markets. Lots of different and unique goodies to discover. Gorgeous jewelery, blankets, leather bags, scarves, dresses, hoola hoops and so much more. We ended up purchasing a few different necklaces and earrings from the market – we just couldn’t resist!

IMG_6371fhThis photo was taken early on Friday night. A large crowd had already formed in front of the Main Stage, waiting to see the main acts perform.

IMG_11628I don’t think there is anything better then being on the beach, in Vancouver, in the summer and listening to some great live music! It’s like heaven. This picture was taken at the end of the evening. You can see some of the city lights to the right, mountains all around and the sailboats in the water.  This is exactly what Vancouver is all about and why it is rated one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Online: Official Site, Twitter, Facebook.
Great Lake Swimmers Online: Official Site, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube.

Thank you to Gwen Kallio & the Vancouver Folk Music Festival for the incredible night of music. #VFMF2014

Laura & Natasha xo

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