TOP 9 FOLK FESTIVALS IN CANADA


Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsFrom British Columbia to Nova Scotia, countrywide folk festivals in Canada present the best of Canadian and International folk music artists.

From the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, one of the world’s biggest and best attended folk festivals, to the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada's longest-running folk festival, there is enough in the way of folk music festivals in Canada to satisfy even the hunger of the biggest folk music fans.











Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville

early July
Centre-du-Quebec, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsA much anticipated event for more than 32 years, the Mondial des Cultures is a folk festival showcasing folkloric ensembles from around the world! Held every summer, this event showcases the skills of more than 15 very well-known folkloric ensembles from around the world, from Africa to South America, from Europe to Asia.

For more about the Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville visit:
http://www.mondialdescultures.com/accueil






Winnipeg Folk Festival
early July
Winnipeg, Manitoba (MB)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsWith a reputation across the country for being one of the best festivals of its kind, and for showcasing some of the hottest acts, both established and up-and-coming, the outdoor Winnipeg Folk Fest takes place in July and attracts tens of thousands of festival-goers to Birds Hill Provincial Park in Winnipeg. For over 41 years, the Winnipeg Folk Fest has welcomed more than 250 talented musicians in all genres including blues, Celtic, world and bluegrass music and was recently called “One of the Top Ten music festivals in the world” by Delta Sky Magazine. During the day the artists perform and jam with each other on seven stages around the festival site, exchanging personal anecdotes and unique talent. In the evening, the Main Stage becomes the focal point with an eclectic assortment of folk music from around the world set against the backdrop of the prairies.

Click here for more details about the Winnipeg Folk Festival or visit the official web site at www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/



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The Winnipeg Folk Festival is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada




Folk on the Rocks
mid July
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsOne of Canada’s top summertime music and cultural festivals, Folk on the Rocks showcases more than 200 musicians celebrating all music genres, and artists from Canada, North America, and around the world. This 3-day event takes place on the third weekend of July each year in Yellowknife.

Click here for more details about the Folk on the Rocks festival or visit the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race website at :
www.folkontherocks.com





Vancouver Folk Music Festival
3rd weekend of July
Vancouver, British Columbia

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsA popular Vancouver festival for over 30 years ago, the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival takes place over 3 days each July on eight outdoor stages at Jericho Beach Park on the west side of Vancouver against the stunning backdrop of the bay, the city and mountains. The event begins on Friday evening when the gates open at 4pm and continues to 11pm on Sunday.

Click here for more details about the Vancouver Folk Music Festival or visit the official web site at http://thefestival.bc.ca/





Calgary Folk Music Festival
late July
Calgary, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsThe Calgary Folk Music Festival has earned a reputation for excellent programming that welcomes music from all over the world as well as locally. The skill with which this festival is put together each year has even led to it being dubbed by the national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, as “one of the seven musical wonders of the world”. It is also interesting to note that the Calgary Folk Music Festival is on the shortlist for this year’s (2013) Emerald Awards which recognizes environmental excellence in Alberta. This is not just any folk music festival.

For more information about the Calgary Folk Music Festival visit:
http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com 





Canmore Folk Music Festival
early August
Canmore, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsThe longest running folk music festival in Alberta, the 3-day Canmore Folk Music Festival attracts more than 15,000 folk music lovers every year from all over the world. Events during this festival in this picturesque town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains include everything from folk music performances, a free downtown street dance on the Friday evening, a free children’s concert on the next afternoon, as well as a special area catering specifically to children.

For more information about the Canmore Folk Music Festival visit:
http://www.canmorefolkfestival.com 





Edmonton Folk Music Festival
early - mid August
Edmonton, Alberta (AB)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsTaking place in Gallagher Park just across the river from downtown Edmonton, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is one of the world’s biggest and best attended folk festivals. This annual four-day outdoor event attracts folk musicians from around the world offering traditional and contemporary folk music including Celtic, country, blues, gospel, soul and world music, workshops, jam sessions and fully fledged concerts.

Click here for more details about the Edmonton Folk Music Festival or visit the Edmonton Folk Music Festival website at :
http://www.edmontonfolkfest.org/





Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
early - mid August
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsFor more than 25 years, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Nova Scotia's longest-running folk festival, and the second longest in Atlantic Canada, has featured the talents of local folk musicians, artists from across Canada and even from international shores, presenting the best in traditional and contemporary folk music.

Click here for more information about the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival or visit the official web site at www.folkharbour.com





Regina Folk Festival
2nd weekend in August
Regina, Saskatchewan (SK)

Top Events Canada – Folk FestivalsWestern Canada’s longest running music festival, the Regina Folk Festival attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year free daytime concerts and workshops on 4 stages, a Children’s Area with music, dance and crafts, an Artists’ Market with the handmade work of up to 50 artisans and crafters, the festival Rock Garden, a festival record store and an international food court.

Click here for more details about the Regina Folk Festival or visit the official web site at www.reginafolkfestival.com








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