Despite being called off, a popular music festival will go ahead this summer.
After an outcry from local fans, the VFMF was revived and will take place July 14 through 16 at Jericho Beach Park.
"Thanks to an outpouring of support, goodwill and dedication, the 2023 edition of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival will carry forward a great legacy of musical excellence and eclectic discovery," announces VFMF organizers in a May 11 news release.
Around 40 performances will take to the three daytime and one evening stages during the festival weekend, with additional artists still to be announced.
Festival gates will open at 3 p.m. on July 14 with music filling the park from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 15 and July 16.
This summer attendees can expect acclaimed artists Calexico, women's music icon Ferron, talented Joachim Cooder, award-winning William Prince, and music legends Joe Henry and Albert Lee on the stage.
There will also be musical acts and dance performances from all over the world, including traditional Persian music, Italian tarantella, Brazilian forró, and flamenco.
Alongside folk tunes and rhythms, there will be a variety of food and artisan vendors at the festival.
Tickets are $135 to 200 for the whole weekend; kids 12 and under are free to attend (but must be accompanied by an adult). Purchase passes online.
The full Vancouver Folk Music Festival lineup for 2023 is as follows:
- American Beauties: Songs of the Grateful Dead Re-Imagined
- Jill Barber
- Blick Bassy
- Tré Burt
- Jim Byrnes
- Las Cafeteras
- Celeigh Cardinal
- Joachim Cooder
- Steve Dawson and The Hooded Mergansers
- Maya de Vitry
- Krystle Dos Santos
- Derek Gripper
- Joe Henry
- The High Bar Gang
- Rich Hope
- Melón Jiménez & Lara Wong Flamenco-World Trio
- Kalàscima featuring Andrea Ramolo
- Kayhan Kalhor Trio
- Amythyst Kiah
- Albert Lee
- Don McGlashan with special guest, Anita Clark
- Ruth Moody
- Aoife O’Donovan
- Susan O’Neill
- Samantha Parton
- Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira
- William Prince
- Cláudio Rabeca Quartet with special guest, Serena Eades
- Rum Ragged
- San Pedro Cinco
- Ruby Singh and The Future Ancestors
- The Sojourners
- Tiny Habits
- True Loves
- Twin Flames
- Cedric Watson & Jourdan Thibodeaux