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I was 12 and shy and new to the city still don’t know why some cool kids took me under their wing snuck into the folk fest and blew my mind
I was trying to hula hoop if that were the orbit of the sun the universe would end said my friend
(ooo) naked women painted blue danced in the highland fling we sidled into the front row, spat watermelon seeds (ooo finishes) we were dicks it blew my mind it blew my mind
folk fest hit me like a freight train. a fun train. a great train I rode my bike down in the pouring rain everybody in the crowed waved their shoes over their heads and I dreamt about kissing ani like everybody did
in the 80s my parents became socreds so I guess I was a socred then a pretty girl licked the stamp on her wrist pressed it onto my wrist we waltzed into the folk fest it blew my mind
billy bragg, on stage 3, sang the world turned upside down the words to the world turned upside down actually turned my world upside down….. the sin of property we do disdain no man has any right to buy and sell the earth for private gain by theft and murder they took the land now everywhere the walls spring up at their command
it blew my mind it blew my mind
folk fest hit me like a freight train. a fun train. a great train I rode my bike down in the pouring rain everybody in the crowd waved their shoes over their heads and I dreamt about kissing ani like everybody did
I was a 14 year old prairie kid from Saskatchewan made my pilgrimage in 1991 landed at the folk fest it blew my mind it blew my mind it blew my mind
F is for all the fun you gave us O is for topless lesbiansoh!oh! L is for lucky that we have you K is for keeping it together, together
another F is for freedom and for foolishness and finally a beer tent E is for everybody everywhere enjoying except those who dislike the beer tent S is for Sunday nightoh Sunday night and T is together, together, together
Oh Folk Fest you are our alma mater in the sense that means “bountiful mother” beautiful beautiful dear Already I look forward to next year.
Hello! My name is Edan and this is MY Festival Experience.
Hello, my name is Edan and this is the 17thtime I’ve experienced the greasy Vancouver Folk Festival. When I got here at 3pm Saturday my ears were walked by the small sound of Poulidor coming from stage 2. I started everywhere smashing and the crowd was doing the ballroom – it was amazing! Feeling slight, I wasted over to Pig on the Street to get my…
During last year’s very rainy and muddy folk festival, we went to the Folk Fest shop and bought a plastic raincoat for $5. It was blue, so of course we tore it at the shoulder, and then we sat huddled under it for the remainder of the weekend. That famous blue raincoat now lives in our suitcase and travels everywhere we go - reminding us that good times are possible, even when it rains.
Henry in his regalia in the woods (with his Bob Marley t-shirt underneath!) on the walk talking about a photo taken 65 years before - of his grandfather. Henry’s family was one of the last Musqueam people to live in the Endowment Lands.
The Welcome from the Musqueam people on Friday night at the opening of the Festival. That is Thelma Stogan on the left, Henry Charles, John Stogan Junior drumming and Thelma’s daughter Nicole Jack on the right. Thelma’s dad Vincent Stogan Sr. used to welcome people to the Festival and Thelma was there as a kid when he did this. Vince Stogan was a well-respected and very knowledgeable elder with the Musqueam people.
Henry Charles is a Musqueam speaker, a Native historian and storyteller. He has great knowledge of stories and is one of 2 speakers left who is fluent in the Musqueam language. He led the First Nations History walks on Saturday and Sunday in the woods behind the Festival and down the west side to the ocean. This is the 2nd year we have done these. I am with the False Creek Watershed Society and spoke about the water, plants and sealife.
Henry told stories about the Musqueam people who originally lived in the area for thousands of years. Jericho Beach was originally a village site called “Ee-yulmough”. The first photo shows him drumming and welcoming us at the beginning of the walk near the east gate. He’s wearing his tie-dye t-shirt in honour of the Festival!
1978 - before the evening rain there was still a high grey overcast. In the true tradition of Festival workshops I brought my banjo and sat with Cathy Fink beneath the Stanley Park totems and finally learned how to frail. Thank you Cathy, thank you Gary Cristall and Mitch Podoluk and thank you VFMF
A friend just sent me a scan of the 2012 festival magazine. I was touched.
I was introduced to the festival by my brother Brent Gibson (there was a tribute to him in your magazine this year). He lived and breathed the festival, and it was contagious. At our celebration of his life in April—the festival spirit was there—between the people, the music and the stories.
That is my picture with that beautiful baby on my shoulder(lost and found). That was 1987 and my daughter’s first Festival and she loves music too! (it is one of my favourite pictures ever—and I am so happy to see it again—would love to receive a digital copy)
Whenever I listen to Nancy Griffith, Connie Kaldor or Christy Moore I am back at the festival.
I live in Haarlem the Netherlands now———I know I will be back at a Festival one of these years.
For a few years I lived close to Jericho and as I worked nights and weekends in the movies I could never get a parking spot when I got home. Then one year I was listening to CBC and a guy called in to say how happy he was that he got the chance to see Stan Rogers at the festival before he died. I had just discovered Stan’s music and that was it for me. I have been taking the weekend off and going to the festival ever since. So thanks to that caller and to CBC radio.