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Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2009

Monday, July 6th, 2009 — 8:00am PDT
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VFMF_Logo_1The 32nd annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park July 17-19, 2009 and I’d love to send one lucky reader (and a friend) to experience it all. The Festival includes vendors, a market, and plenty of entertainment from latin ska to swing and trance blues…

The Proclaimers (Scotland)
The Weakerthans (BC)
Joe Pug (US)
Steven Page (ON)
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (US)
Pacifika (BC)
Iron and Wine (US)
Great Lake Swimmers (ON)
… and dozens more.

Things kick off the evening of the 17th at 4:00pm, and concerts run Friday (5:00pm to 11:00pm), then Saturday & Sunday (10:00am to 11:00pm).

Tickets for the entire weekend, or just a single day, are available for purchase online, and also over at Highlife Records, Neptoon Records, Zulu Records, Little Sisters Bookstore, and Banyen Books.

If you would like to attend the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on behalf of, please leave a comment or re-tweet this post (using the link I’ll draw a winner by Friday, July 10th who will receive a full weekend pass for themselves and a guest.

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Update: The contest is now closed. I have drawn a winner and you can view this video to see who it was….

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  1. Shannon says:

    oooh weakerthans, iron and wine, proclaimers.. i’d love to go!

  2. wono99 says:

    looks like a great line up, i’d love to go!

  3. Cecilia Lu says:

    I love The Proclaimers!

  4. Christel says:

    Great Lake Swimmers RULE! and iron & wine. *le sigh*

  5. Sarah B. says:

    I would love to attend! So many fabulous acts. Lately Great Lake Swimmers are rocking my boat.

  6. Jon Jennings says:

    Don’t miss the awesome Bellowhead. And local favorites The Paperboys and Geoff Berner are also playing.

    Although the prospect of hearing The Proclaimers again after trying so hard to get them out of my head for 20 years… urgh!

  7. Mark says:

    Gotta love the Folk Festival! Worth the price of admission to to see Bellowhead.

  8. Lucy says:

    I would love to attend! Sounds like an exciting event πŸ™‚

  9. Paul Breau says:

    I LOVE the Weakerthans and would love to go.

  10. Dom says:

    Iron and Wine, excellent!

  11. Josh Blacker says:

    Wow, how awesome would it be to see the Proclaimers down by the water….

  12. Holy macaroni. So many incredible acts. I would love the chance to bike on down to the Folk Festival and relish in the fun!

    And thanks to you Miss 604 for reminding me that the Folk Festival is on again!

  13. TheQuack says:

    Oh, I would LOVE to see Stephen Page! I just can’t justify the cost … Pick me πŸ™‚

  14. Dee says:

    I’d love to go!

  15. Marina says:

    I’m pretty excited about Iron & Wine.

  16. Rob says:

    Great Lake Swimmers, Iron & Wine, and MAVIS STAPLES! Woo-hoo!

  17. Lyndsey says:

    YAy!!! I can NOT wait to see Iron & Wine…. LEt’s roll the dice and see if it’s in the cards for me… Would love love love to win tickets to this event!!! Great contest Miss604!!

  18. carrie says:

    A chance to win free tickets to the Folk Festival? Vancouver IS the promised land. Why did I wait so long to move here?

  19. S Field says:

    Jericho Beach Park in the sunshine, listening to music…it doen’t get much better.

  20. Mehnaz says:

    I’m in!

  21. Peter says:

    A wonderful event, and mostly done by volunteers and no corporate sponsors and food composting! Yea!

  22. Andrew Sims says:

    Sounds great; I’d love to go!

  23. Robyn says:

    I used to volunteer every year for the Folk Fest – this is the 2nd year I’m not, but I can highly recommmend it for those that have the time. Great community spirit, you get to give back to the community… plus extra perks like free admission, free food, and backstage access! πŸ™‚

  24. Lon says:

    I heard about this festival before I came to Canada. It sounds like the bomb. Plus I would love to see Rock Plaza Central!

  25. Emma says:

    That line-up looks awesome! I’d love to go!

  26. Cate says:

    It’s the first time in years I have loved the lineup at the folk fest, pick me! pick me!

  27. Catherine says:

    I love the Great Lake Swimmers, I would love to go. I can even write a review.

  28. DaveO says:

    Yeah i totally wanna win and go to Folk Fest year instead of Fusion Fest in Surrey πŸ˜‰

  29. Miss604 says:

    @ DaveO but you’ll go to Surrey if you don’t win… right? πŸ˜‰ Jamaican patties are on me!

  30. Gretchen says:

    This is my first summer in vancouver and i hear this is the best festival of the summer. I’d love to attend and of course could provide you with photos/etc for Miss 604!

  31. Marda-Mischa says:

    This would be the BESTEST thing ever! My BF really wants to go and getting tickets would make me a superstar.
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  32. Lynn says:

    Oh pick me! Pick me! Pretty pretty please with sugar on it!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  33. Brad says:

    Woo! Folk-Fest!

  34. Sam Macmillan says:

    Yes please. All weekend would be great great great.

  35. mona says:

    This would be wonderful, thanks for doing this contest!

  36. dave says:

    I’ve already got a ticket, but would love to give one to my brother so he and his two daughters(5 and 4) could come. Thats kinda like 3 tix.Please. Either way, I’m stoked

  37. Lea says:

    I would love to go – I would like to surprise a wonderful friend and take them so I’d love the tickets! What a great idea!

  38. Olly says:

    I love folk music. I like to think I could make it as a professional folk music player, if I didnÒ€ℒt lack all the required skills. Pick me!

  39. David says:

    My wife and I volunteered for the Festival for years, but now that we have three kids (a two-year old and 1 year old twins) we’re not able to volunteer, nor can we afford the tickets, but we’d love to be able to attend this year!

  40. Teresa says:

    What a great festival!

  41. Lyndsey says:

    My video player won’t play or the link is broken ;( can you type out who won the tickets in a post, please???

  42. Miss604 says:

    I emailed the winner, it was S. Field (who left a comment on the post). Thanks for entering!

  43. Andree says:

    Could someone tell me how to get in touch with the vendors outside the gate at the jericho Beach folk fest? Particularly the ones that sold silk clothing in abig bin for 5 dollars each.. I would love to buy lots more and so woulf my friends.

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