Vancouver Folk Music Fest 2009: Sunny Weekend Attracts Crowds
Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver was brimming with live music, crowds for the 2009 Vancouver Folk Festival. Colourful bazaars lined the venue, with vendors were selling rustic-looking beads and other ornaments, and buskers entertained the crowd.
The festival was a delight for ticket-holders and passers-by alike: whole families, friends and couples milled, danced and promenaded around the around the fenced-off field for those who had bought tickets for the concert.
The musicians lined up included those from the United States, United Kingdom, British Columbia and other parts of Canada.
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival challenges audiences to expand their ideas of “folk” by featuring artists from around the world who perform in folk and roots genres as diverse as hip hop, gospel, blues, reggae, and Latin rock.
It may be more hippie than hipster, but I have a massive soft-spot for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. It’s so lovable, with it’s blankets on the grass and its world music and its kids-running-around-in-face-paint. Not that it doesn’t have music-festival street cred, too: It was named one of ten best outdoor concerts in North America by USA Today.