Steve Earle, an Australian ska act, and a Polaris-Prize nominated folk-rock duo were just some of the acts that wrapped up the second night of main-stage performances at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival Saturday (July 20)

Earle and his band The Dukes headlined the evening lineup, followed by the energetic Melbourne band The Cat Empire. Canadian duo Whitehorse gave such an impressive performance they drew a standing ovation, and both Raghu Dixit Project and Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective had crowd members on their feet dancing. 

Over at Stage 5, Canadian artist Cold Specks had the crowd mesmerized with one of the best performances of the evening.

An eclectic musical lineup greeted audiences at a sunny and packed Jericho Beach Park Friday evening (July 19), as this year's Vancouver Folk Music Festival got underway.

The first day of the festival featured music from acts including Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Hannah Georgas, Hayden, Aidan Knight, Kathleen Edwards, and Delhi 2 Dublin. 

The event, which is now in its 36th year, is set to continue with a full day of concerts on multiple stages today (July 20). Some of the bands scheduled to perform include Cold Specks, the Polaris-nominated Whitehorse, Steve Earle and The Dukes, and The Cat Empire.

Below are a few photos from the first day of the main stage lineup. 

The Birkenstock 500 has been completed, the regulation low-height lawn chairs set up, and the tarps spread out. The 2013 Vancouver Folk Music Festival is officially underway at Jericho Beach Park.

Although the sprint for prime tarp real estate has been toned down over the years, folk fest volunteers say the traditional arrival of eager attendees continues, with the area in front of the main stage full within minutes after the gates opened today.

And this year the crowds have plenty to look forward to. A high-energy performance from Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars has kicked off the evening main-stage lineup, packing the dancing areas with happy festival-goers.

Images from the third and final day of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival on Sunday, July 17.

The 2011 Vancouver Folk Music Festival came and went this past weekend.

Here are some photo highlights.

B.C. musician C.R. Avery's beat box and harmonica sounds and the hip hop lyrics of Sudanese singer Emmanuel Jal brought the Vancouver Folk Music Festival to a close Sunday.

Avery's lively set at Stage 3, which took place just before Jal's festival finale, drew a large crowd as he capped off an evening of impressive performances on the side stage.

Backed by a band including three vocalists and two violin players, Avery offered up a medley of sounds as he switched being spoken word, beat boxing, harmonica playing and singing.

Avery's performance came after a crowd-rousing set by Oakland duo Beats Antique, who had the whole audience up and dancing.

San Francisco duo Beats Antique took over Stage 3 this evening as the whole audience erupted into dance.

Using samples, drums, fiddle and other instruments, the two musicians hit the crowd with a powerful wave of dubstep/gypsy/world music sound that had most crowd members on their feet and jumping.

Some prepared folk festers wore rain boots, and others danced barefoot, as the ground turned into a muddy skating rink.

As the crowd cheered, the duo donned zebra and bear masks for their final number, and invited several crowd members up on stage to dance, wearing penguin, zebra and other animal masks.

The band seemed genuinely surprised when the audience roared so loudly with approval that they came back for an encore.

Rain didn't keep Folk Fest fans away today as Kathryn Calder took to Stage 3 in the early evening.

Calder, who has sung in groups including the New Pornographers and Immaculate Machine, sang songs from her 2010 record "Are you my Mother?." Switching between guitar and keyboards, Calder was backed on vocals by three other band members, making for a full harmony sound reminiscent of Vancouver's the New Pornographers.

Calder, dressed in polka dots, exclaimed "oh no!" in the middle of a song as the rain began to pick up and people covered up in ponchos. But the weather didn't thin out the packed audience at Stage 3.

Mayor Gregor Robertson said he was there for the Jayhawks when the Straight ran into him earlier in the day. He was probably wetting his pants like any other fan over something close enough to a dream set when the reformed band finally hit the main stage at the end of VFMF's day two.

People were inexplicably sitting down for Buck 65's set on Stage 5 this afternoon. Lots and lots of very enthusiastic people, mind you. Mr. Rich Terfry was as solidly entertaining as he ever is, and offered up an intriguing version of Leonard Cohen's "Who By Fire" after bringing on his friend Marnie Herald to help with "Gee Wiz".

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