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The Secret Is Out: The Vancouver Folk Music 2017 Festival Offers Music For All Tastes
by Staff Writer

Need a great reason to go to this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival? Well, there are too many to go this year, but consider that this favorite annual festival offers music for all tastes and all ages. It’s not just folk, gals and guys! There are country, folk, blues, blue grass, roots, reggae, world fusion, African, electronica, Asian fusion -music-and so much more.

Not too mention, you will be listening to songbirds in one of the most beautiful places in the world. The setting is Jericho Beach Park. There’s also lots of room to stretch out with a book between sets and you are in the best place because you are surrounded by scenic mountains, water and green scenery. It’s also slated to be a hot, hot, hot, so be prepared to come with sunscreen, chairs, blankets and your friends or family. If you go, you can take your pick from a variety of food trucks offering tasty cuisine from all around the world.

It’s a big deal for the festival, now in it’s 40th year. The festival is offering an extra day of music to celebrate the milestone. There’s a free concert on Thursday night to celebrate it’s 40th year and Canada’s 150 birthday. The event called, “Canada Far and Wide: Grand Esprits”, will have musicians from all backgrounds singing a medley of Canadian tunes and cover songs written by famous Canadians, such as Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and The Tragically Hip. So for first-timers, you can get a taste of why locals and tourists love the folk festival.
This night is also unique because it’s a collaborative touring musical project among the The Winnipeg, Vancouver, Calgary, Canmore, and Regina Folk Festivals.

According to a release: “The songs chosen celebrate diverse genres, cultures, regions, traditions and generations. Plus, we included key compositions by Canadian trailblazers like Joni Mitchell, Hank Snow, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Leonard Cohen. But, we really wanted to mess with genres and perspectives with these songs, and bring them into new forms while celebrating their narratives and history” explains Artistic Director Kerry Clarke from the Calgary Folk Music Festival on behalf of the festivals involved. Sounds exciting!

You can reserve your free ticket for the Thursday night concert here at: http://thefestival.bc.ca/thursday-night-concert-july-13/.

You’ll also want to stay the rest of the weekend. There are over 65 musicians from all over the world, taking to various stages from over 20 countries, 12 states and 9 provinces and territories.

Besides the Thursday night concert, the festival runs Friday afternoon and evening, July 14, and on Saturday and Sunday, July 15 & & 16 from 10am to 11pm each day.

Get your tickets in advance and check out the schedule at: http://thefestival.bc.ca

Below: A few performers for the 2017 Vancouver Folk Music Festival: Bare Naked Ladies, Alpha Yaya Diallo, C.R. Avery, Rhiannon Giddens, and Archie Roach.

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Last Saturday’s Khatsahlano Street Party on West 4th ave attracted thousands of sun-seeking music fans, families and people just out to take in the free music and carnival atmosphere. The 6th annual event offered attendees a selection of stages to listen to different bands, eat from various food trucks, buy from various vendors, or pick up freebies from different merchants.

Below: Local punk rock band, DOA, was one of the many bands that performed Saturday on West 4th ave, where the entire block was cordoned off for the popular event.

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