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Volume Ten, Number Two   March 2005


Buy Before April 1 and Get Your 2005 Vancouver Folk Music Festival Early Bird Tickets at the 2004 Prices 
Dates: July 15, 16 & 17, 2005 Venue: Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, British Columbia Information: 604.602.9798 or Tickets: $90 for Early Bird Weekend Pass until March 31, $100 April 1  to June 18.   through the Festival office at 604.602.9798 or 800.883.3655 and  online at 

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is making 2005 Early Bird Tickets  available at the 2004 prices through to Thurday, March 31.  On April  1 ticket prices will go up the the 2005 rates, a modest increase made  necessary by the rising costs of presenting Vancouver's most popular  outdoor summertime musical event.  Musicians, singers and songwriters from around the world and across  the street will gather at beautiful Jericho Beach Park July 15 - 17,  2005 for Vancouver's 28th annual celebration of traditional and  contemporary folk and roots music. 

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival has established itself as a major  event on the world folk and roots music circuit.  This summer  celebration challenges audiences to expand their understanding and  appreciation of what 'folk' can mean in a global context, brings  attention to exciting young artists who are pushing the boundaries,  honours the elders of the tradition, and creates new forums for  experimentation, improvisation and education.  

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival features more than 70 hours of  non-stop music on eight outdoor stages -- three evenings of mainstage  concerts and two full days of performances and workshops throughout  the park.  Other Festival attractions include a Food Area with vendors serving  up foods from around the world, an Artists' Marketplace featuring the  unique works of local artisans and craftspeople, and a Little Folks  area with special entertainment for the youngsters.  All of this takes place in one of the most spectacular outdoor  settings imaginable, Jericho Beach Park, amidst groves of pine and  cedar trees and  against a backdrop of the beautiful coast mountains  rising above a modern city skyline.  Special programming features and events during the Festival Week  bring the Festival and its guest artists out into the community. The  Collaboratory  brings artists together from different traditions for  several days prior to the Festival Weekend to enable them to spark  one another's creativity and imagine the unimaginable.  Lively Up  Yourself, a series of workshops at The Roundhouse Community Centre  gives young local aspiring musicians an opportunity to learn from the  best. 

And The Vancouver Folk Music Festival on Granville Island  presents a taste of each year's Festival with a series of free  outdoor noon-hour performances on the Market Stage, at Vancouver's  internationally renowned Granville Island Public Market.  The appearance of many Festival guest artists at other venues around  town in the days before and after the Festival Weekend create a  unique city-wide folk and roots celebration.  Early Bird Weekend Tickets are $90 until March 31 and $100 from April  1 to June 18 and are available through the Festival office at  604.602.9798 or 800.883.3655 and online at
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a world of music on the beach  for one magic weekend every summer.  We'll see you in the Park! 

 Contact Kevin Dale McKeown Marketing & Communications Manager 604.688.2478

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