Vancouver Folk Music Festival announces 2023 lineup 

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      It’s official: the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is back from the brink of destruction, after a cancellation announcement in January prompted calls—and action—from fans to see VFMF live to its 46th iteration. 

      The long-loved Lazarus of a festival has just now announced its lineup for the 2023 edition, which will run from July 14 to 16 at Jericho Beach Park. 

      According to a release sent from organizers, the multiple beach-side stages will see performers of varying genres and origins, including “Arizona’s Tex-Mex outfit Calexico, women’s music icon Ferron, the multi-faceted Joachim Cooder, the award-winning William Prince, and two genuine music legends, Joe Henry and Albert Lee.”

      In March, VFMF announced that the festival would be back on, thanks to the combination of a grant from the BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sports, a flood of volunteers, and an influx of funding. 

      “This festival is a touchstone in the lives of so many of its far-reaching community: long-time and new audience members, out-of-town visitors who come year after year, volunteers, donors, sponsors, artists and so many more. I think this year everyone appreciates this iconic festival a little more. None of us take it for granted,” said board member and programming committee chair, Fiona Black, in the release. 

      “The beauty of this festival is that it brings such an extensive range of artists together for three days of connecting with each other, inspiring unique collaborations and making lasting memories for the amazing gathering of folks that unite every year to celebrate life, community and music. That tradition continues this year with these artists, and we welcome everyone back to the park this summer to be part of this joyful experience.”

      Here’s the full list: 

      • American Beauties: Songs of the Grateful Dead Re-Imagined
      • Jill Barber (BC)
      • Blick Bassy (Cameroon/France)
      • Tré Burt (TN)
      • Jim Byrnes (BC)
      • Las Cafeteras (CA)
      • Calexico (AZ)
      • Celeigh Cardinal (AB)
      • Joachim Cooder (CA)
      • Steve Dawson and The Hooded Mergansers (BC/TN)
      • Maya de Vitry (TN)
      • Krystle Dos Santos (BC)
      • Ferron (BC)
      • Derek Gripper (South Africa)
      • Joe Henry (ME)
      • The High Bar Gang (BC)
      • Rich Hope (BC)
      • Melón Jiménez & Lara Wong Flamenco-World Trio (Spain & BC)
      • Kalàscima featuring Andrea Ramolo (Italy & ON)
      • Kayhan Kalhor Trio (Iran/CA & QC)
      • Amythyst Kiah (TN)
      • Albert Lee (UK/CA)
      • Don McGlashan with special guest, Anita Clark (New Zealand)
      • Ruth Moody (MB/TN)
      • Namgar (Buryatia)
      • Aoife O’Donovan (NY)
      • Susan O’Neill  (Ireland)
      • Samantha Parton (BC)
      • Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira (Canada & US)
      • William Prince (MB)
      • Cláudio Rabeca Quartet with special guest, Serena Eades (Brazil & BC)
      • Rum Ragged (NL)
      • San Pedro Cinco (BC)
      • Ruby Singh and The Future Ancestors (BC)
      • The Sojourners (BC)
      • Tiny Habits (BC, MA)
      • True Loves (WA)
      • Twin Flames (ON)
      • Cedric Watson & Jourdan Thibodeaux (LA)

      Early bird weekend passes for the festival are currently available at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s website for $200 plus fees. 

      The 46th Vancouver Folk Music Festival will, indeed, take place at Jericho Beach Park on July 14, 15, and 16.