The crowd at Shady Grove

Hot off the heels of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival comes the 24th Annual Mission Folk Music Festival. Set to kick off with tomorrow evening’s gala, this weekend will feature musicians from around the globe, performing at Fraser River Heritage Park.

Caladh Nua
[Caladh Nua]

This year’s roster features music from Europe, the North Atlantic, Mongolia, Spain’s Basque region and from across Canada and the US. The Gala concert will take place at Mission’s Clarke Foundation Theatre. The festival will take place from Friday, July 22 through Sunday, July 24.


New this year is the world premiere of the Tune-Able Dance Floor – a one-of-a-kind creation by Matt Gordon in collaboration with the festival’s Artistic Director, Francis Xavier Edwards. This portable 4’ x 8’ platform is a work of art, with three distinct resonating boxes and tuning mechanisms.
The festival features an art market, licensed bistro, food booths and CD and festival souvenir tents. It’s a relaxed, joyous festival full of small-town friendliness and some of the most amazing music you’re likely to find anywhere.

Mari Boine
[Mari Boine]

The 2011 festival roster of artists features:

Patrick Ball (CA)  ▪  Robert Sarazin Blake (WA)  ▪  Mari Boine (Norway)  ▪  Jim Byrnes (BC) ▪  Caladh Nua (Ireland)  ▪  Máire Ní Chathasaigh (Ireland)  ▪  Amelia Curran (NS/NL) ▪  Crow Quill Night Owls (WA)  ▪  John Doyle (Ireland)  ▪  Dry Bones – Nathan Rogers, Leonard Podolak & J.D. Edwards (MB)  ▪  Gallus Brothers (WA)  ▪  Matt Gordon & Matt Greenhill (US) Griff (Belgium)  ▪  Harald Haugaard & Helene Blum Quartet (Denmark)  ▪  Ron Hynes (NL) Namgar (Mongolia/Siberia) ▪  Lorcán Mac Mathuna & Northern Lights (Ireland, Norway)  ▪  Outside Track (Scotland, Ireland, Canada) ▪  Dirk Powell Band (LA)  ▪  Sagapool (QC) ▪  Jayme Stone (ON)  ▪  Tapia eta Leturia (Spain) plus The Church of the Blues project artists and a special focus on The Musicians of Mission.

The Mission Folk Music Festival

Gala: Thursday, July 21, Clarke Foundation Theatre / Doors at 7 pm, concert at 7:30 pm; $35-$50
Friday: Main Gate opens at 5 pm / concerts start at 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Main Gate opens at 11 am / concerts from 11:30 am to 11 pm

Day, evening and weekend tickets available at adult, youth & senior rates: $35 to $100
Camping available by reservation. For full schedule and ticket details, visit the website or phone either 604.826.5937 or 1.866.494.FOLK (3655).

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