Summer’s in Vancouver are a beautiful and amazing experience – the heat, the sunshine, the beaches, and the festivals – except, of course, when it rains. Saturday morning was grey and overcast, and the sporadic rainfalls brought on disappointment – however by the afternoon the skies parted, the sunshine was beaming, and I was excited to revel in the merriment at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
The yearly festival takes place at Jericho Beach Park and brings together over 80 artists from all over the world to play on five different stages simultaneously – you can always find some variety of music that will knock your Birkenstocks off, literally, as I saw more than a few barefoot beauties wandering the crowds.
We rode bicycles to the festival (courtesy of the Opus Hotel), and got hopped up on sugar and caffeine thanks to double espressos and whale tails. Strolling through the festival grounds I noticed we were surrounded by happy, smiling faces, people napping on grassy fields and children with painted faces kicking soccer balls and blowing bubbles. It was carefree and fun, and you can’t help but let the relaxing feeling wash over you as you listen to Mozambican music, country and bluegrass, ukuleles and fiddles, and even Mexican jazz.
Two of the standout performances for me were Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast and Born Ruffians. I have been a fan of Jay Malinowski since his Bedouin Soundclash days, and have always been musically seduced by his melodic voice and elevating lyrics. After checking out the Big Rock Brewery beer garden, we went back to Stage 3 to check out Born Ruffians, whose pop tendencies had the crowd moving and shaking along with their catchy tunes.
After riding our bikes back to the Opus Hotel, from Jericho Beach Park to Yaletown, we found a delicious late night treat waiting for us. Dark chocolate with almonds and a salty potato chip mix – the perfect reward for a long bicycle ride home. How was your weekend?