The Mission Folk Music Festival today announced the lineup of music artists slated to perform at the 32nd annual festival, July 26-28 in Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission.
The 2019 festival features a diverse roster of artists from across the continent, with music from around the world. More than 20 acts are slated to perform at both daytime stages and on the evening main stage in the park
The festival’s artistic director, Michelle Demers has put together a weekend that includes both familiar names and exciting new discoveries, covering a lot of musical ground.
There’s everything from Celtic, country and folk (traditional to contemporary) to klezmer and blues, Cuban son and Senegalese asiko; from Americana roots to Latin grooves to Balkan, choral and a cappella voices, and from Quebecois step to Thracian dance tunes.
Community Voices join the festivities, including a participatory Festival Choir. The full list of 2019 performers is below in alphabetical order.
The festival kicks off Friday night (July 26) with a pay-what-you-can main stage concert featuring festival artists. Saturday and Sunday (July 27 and 28) sees music on three daytime stages and on the evening main stage.
In addition to the great music, there are both Food and Artisan Market vendors, a Wee Folks area on site, and a licensed bistro. More than 300 enthusiastic volunteers ensure the festival runs smoothly.
Advance Tickets are on sale now!
Weekend tickets range from $90 for adults to $85 for Seniors and Students to $50 for Youth.
Tickets and camping passes are also available at all price levels, as are one day tickets for Saturday and Sunday.
Children 12 and under are free.
For more, visit missionfolkmusicfestival.ca.
2019 ARTIST LINEUP
Beaton-Plasse (QC & NS)
Two accomplished fiddlers, Andrea Beaton and Véronique Plasse, combine forces and the music of Cape Breton and Québec in a tour de force duo.
Geoff Berner (BC)
Wil Campa Y Su Orquestra (Cuba)
This polished sonero and his orchestra will have you dancing to hot Cuban rhythms in a heartbeat.
Élage Diouf (QC/Senegal)
A sensational Senegalese soul-rocker.
Diyet and the Love Soldiers (YT)
Alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life.
Cécile Doo-Kingué (QC)
Soulful Blues & guitar
Leaf Rapids (MB)
Call it “pop folk”, “indie” or “alt folk” – or just brilliant music, beautifully played.
A Special Festival Event:
Catch Keri as she shares the stories of the journey her Japanese Canadian grandparents made from their farm in Mission, BC to the sugar beet farms of Alberta during the Internment in an on-stage interview.
Zachary Lucky (SK)
Music that transcends the boundaries of folk and country, simply by seeking the truth.
Irish Mythen (PEI)
A fabulous witch’s brew of traditional East-European melodies blended with classical masterpieces and a sprinkling of Québec song.
High energy French Canadian and Celtic music and step dance – and shadow puppets!
Raw Honey (BC)
The pure beauty of a capella
Roads Unknown (BC)
Catchy, eclectic and well-played roots-blues-country featuring sweet harmonies and soaring roots instrumentation.
Schryer, Hillhouse & Dobres (BC)
Three Celtic-folk masters come together in an inspired collaboration of fiddle, voice and guitar.
Rick Scott & Nico Rhodes in ROOTS & GROOVES (BC)
Infamous folkie and young keyboard ace join forces for an intergenerational smorgasbord of roots, rhythm and groove!
A one-man cabaret riot.
A vocal quartet presenting music of the Balkans, Mediterranean and the Middle East in new and captivating ways.
Jesse Waldman (BC)
A musician who is completely at home in whatever genre.
John Welsh & Los Valientes (BC)
Folk, Surf Rock, Reggae, Latin and beyond!
Brilliantly rendered Québécois tradition-inspired music.
Jenny Banai (BC)
Fraser Valley Music Awards winner
Railyard Youth Open Stage Project (BC)
Graduates from the Railyard Youth Open Stage Project perform.
Lead by Deborah Handley, members of the festival community to come together and sing.
Music 101 @ The Tractorgrease Café (BC)
Yet to be named artist from the Music 101 program at Chilliwack’s Tractorgrease Café.
Low Barrier Cabaret (BC)
Harm Reduction to Homelessness, the Low Barrier Cabaret brings lived experience to life through the creation and performance of powerful and playful songs and spoken word.