The 40th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park on July 14-16 featuring a line-up of 60 musical acts from 20 countries.
Here are five acts we think you should not miss. And the best part? They are probably already included in your chosen festival weekend or day pass.
One Week, Pinch Me, and If I Had $1,000,000 have become synonymous with The Barenaked Ladies. But the band’s discography goes well beyond these few. Currently working on a new studio album, this is a chance to see the Canadian music icons in action. The band is scheduled to take to the main stage on July 15 @ 9:55pm.
Hailing from England, Jake Morley is not only a remarkable singer-songwriter, he plays guitar across his lap. As he slaps, taps, plucks and picks at his instrument he produces a sound all his own. Morley plays the main stage with Rhiannon Giddens on July 14 and on other stages throughout the festival.
You say Tomato, I say Tomato. New Brunswick’s Tomato Tomato are husband-and-wife team John and Lisa McLaggan. With a mix of high energy foot stompers and traditional folk, the duo are now taking the West Coast by storm. Tomato Tomato plays the main stage on July 15 @ 5pm with Blind Pilot and on other stages throughout the festival.
From a land down under comes Ganga Giri, a world renowned didgeridoo virtuoso who fuses the sounds from the ancient instrument with electronic beats. Influenced by many genres, including Indian tabla and African percussion, he has married indigenous Australian and world music with funky dance beats. Ganga Giri plays on stages throughout the festival.
Since bursting onto the music scene in 2007, this seven-piece New Orleans roots-driven rock band brings a combination of dance-able rock and soulful songwriting to its high octane shows. The group closes out this year’s festival on July 16 @ 9:25pm on the main stage.
The 40th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival plays Vancouver’s Jericho Beach Park July 14-16. Visit http://thefestival.bc.ca for tickets and information.