• Travel, Movie Reviews, And More Musings

Archive for July, 2014

Vancouver Folk Music Festival -In Photos-A Great Weekend for Music, Dancing and Fun!
by Staff Writer

A favorite at the festival are Whales Tails!

A favorite at the festival are Whales Tails! It’s a dessert, silly! And not made of real whales!

Although forecasters predicted rain, somehow the bad weather stayed away for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, held July 18-20. A few drops of rain fell for the first day of the festival, but mostly, the mild weather made for a fantastic weekend filled with lots of folk music from around the world.

Here are a few photos taken by several photographers from Wisertraveller.org –Enjoy! Hopefully the photos capture the colourful, lively and memorable aspects of Vancouver’s most loved festival, which celebrated its 37th year. Although folk legend, Joan Baez couldn’t make the festival as the headliner due to illness, folk fans flocked to see a wide-selection of performers in different stages across the tranquil Jericho Beach Park.

Wisertraveller.org sent out a few live Tweets, which generated a whole lot of interest and some followers, as well! New this year was that folk fans got more space to do a lot more dancing and standing up at the main stage. That seems to be a step in the right direction since previously, dancers were often relegated to a small area near the stage.  At the festival, there were very few signs of water for sale, since the festival seemed intent on encouraging less plastic bottles. People brought their own water bottle and filled up with free water at many stations throughout the festival.  Another free item: yoga classes were offered for free at certain time during the festival.  What’s summer without folk music, dancing and ..but of course, yoga!

Below: A young woman shows off her moves with a lighted hula hoop.


Vancouver folk fans love to dance!

Vancouver folk fans love to dance!

IMG_4456 IMG_4449




Vania sells raffle tickets to folk fans.

Vania sells raffle tickets to folk fans.





Lemon Bucket Orchestra got Friday nights folk fans jumping up and dancing.



Photos: Above: the crowd dances to Lemon Bucket Orkestra

below a young woman lights up the night sky with a lighted hula hoop.

Geomungo Factory, a troupe from Korea, shares their unique sounds using traditional instruments.




Bottom: the sounds of Korea come from the troupe named, Geomungo Factory.



Above: Lemon Bucket Orkestra



La Manta enchants folk fans.

La Manta enchants folk fans.





July 28th


Wonderful Ways To Get The Most Out Of The Vancouver Folk Music Festival
by Staff Writer

Follow me on Twitter @wisertraveller

Summer is fun, sun and the beach right? You can add music to that mix. If you are planning to go to see just one music festival this year make that the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.  Once you go, you will soon recognize why this festival is one of the best in the world –and not just for the location which is near the scenic Jericho beach. It has it all: loads of space to chill out and listen to the best and most diverse music in the world. It’s like eating a sandwich with the most tasty nutritious fillings you can find. This most cherished festival offers over 60 folk, world and root music artists from all over thew world.

After scoping out what other “Folkers” have done in previous years, here’s a list of what you can do to get the most out of enjoying the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

1. Bring your sunscreen or raincoat. You never know with the fluctuation with respect to  Vancouver weather. But this year it looks to be sunny so be sure to tote along lots of sunscreen and a  hat.

2. Bring your own food and water bottle. If you like to picnic, bring along some veggie sticks and/or or a sandwiches and a refillable water bottle. There are lots of places on the site where you can fill up your water bottle. Be sure you check out the food area at the site where you can typically buy Chinese food, corn-on-the-cob, pizza and “chunky fries” barked out loud by the regular vendor, among other items.

3. If you like to do camping, be sure to bring a tent where you can reside if the need arises. Although you cannot tent overnight, many regulars bring an assortment of tents in the event they need to a quick change into a swimsuit, rest or take a break from the heat.

4. Buy the schedule  or program guide and get to know the site.  With so much talent and stages to go to, you’ll want to map out your music interests in advance so that you can get to the site in time for the performance. It’s also a good idea to read and learn about the performers –many of whom come distance places in the world.

5. Yes, you could get lost amidst the crowd. This happened to me once when I couldn’t locate my companion. Stay in contact with each other by cellphone and communicate clearly with each other where you are going if you need to grab some food and separate temporarily. The site has a lost-and-found and first aid site –learn where they are on the  map.

6. Buy souvenirs. Visit the performers CD tent and/or buy something from the festival to allow you to remember the festival in years to come. If you like shopping, there are plenty of onsite vendors which offer cheap cotton clothing, funky handmade jewelry, musical instruments and just about anything you can think of.

The fun starts July 18 -Juy 20. To learn more visit:. http://thefestival.bc.ca

The photo shows attendees at last year’s festival.


Bottom: Hanggai, a Chinese folk band that performed in the past.

There is something for everyone at the festival, and what is also happening this year is LocomoArt, where of artists like Rob Scharein, Sebnem Ozpeta, Mark Nazemi, Bobbi Kozinuk, Merlyn Chipman and Laura Lee Coles will be creating and displaying a digital eco art installation at the closing of the festival each evening.

Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Over at the Little Folk Village, kids can learn how to make their lanterns, join in songs, wear costumes, and do other fun craft projects.

Photos from previous festival attendees having fun.









July 14th

General Interest
July 2014
« Jun   Aug »

Recent posts