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Mission Folk Music Festival announces 2022 lineup

35th annual festival takes place July 22-24 in Fraser River Heritage Park

The Mission Folk Music Festival announced its lineup of music artists slated to perform at the 35th annual festival, July 22-24 in Fraser River Heritage Park.

The 2022 festival features a diverse roster of talented artists and groups from across Canada, the U.S., Estonia, Taiwan and Chile. Over 20 acts are slated to perform at both daytime stages and on the evening main stage .

Tickets are on sale now at a special 35th Anniversary discount – for the next 35 days only.

The MFMF’s artistic director, Michelle Demers Shaevitz, has put together a weekend that includes both familiar names and exciting new discoveries – covering a world of musical ground.

“It’s a thrill for us to return in person to Fraser River Heritage Park for our 35th anniversary festival,” saod Demers Shaevitz. “I’m excited to welcome folks back to the park to share some amazing global music with them. This year’s lineup offers festival-goers everything from singer-songwriter folk to Celtic, blues, bluegrass and soul to the uniquely amazing nu folk of Estonia’s Puuluup, the electrifying sound of Chile’s Golosa La Orquesta, and for our Saturday night main stage final act, the dynamic Québécois zydeco of Le Winston Band – and much more.”

From the heart of BC’s Rockies, Shred Kelly will help kick off the festival Friday night, and a Canadian treasure, William Prince will close the show on Sunday.

The festival kicks off Friday night (July 22) with a main stage concert lineup. Saturday and Sunday (July 23 and 24) sees music workshops, concerts and collaborations on three daytime stages, with a showcase of artists on the evening main stage both days.

This year, the festival brings their Wee Folks programming to each day stage so kids and their families can enjoy listening to the music while they play.

In addition to the great tuneage, there are both Food and Artisan Market vendors, and a licensed, shaded Bistro on site. Attendees can also choose to camp in the park for an additional fee.

Over 300 enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers ensure the festival runs smoothly.

To celebrate the festival’s 35th Anniversary, weekend passes are on sale for 35 days at a cost of $105 for adults, $90 for seniors (60+) and students and $50 for youth (13-18).

The offer is good until Msy 31. On June 1 higher ticket prices go in effect.

Purchase tickets at: http://www.missionfolkmusicfestival.ca/

Artist line up:

William Prince (MB)

From his roots on the Peguis First Nations, Prince’s influences range from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers to baseball and the great beyond.

(Sunday night main stage)

Le Winston Band (QC)

A rollicking hybrid of Zydeco, French-Canadian roots, rock and Cajun music – prepare to dance!

(Saturday night main stage)

Shred Kelly (BC)

A five-piece, alternative folk-rock band from the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Shred’s guaranteed to kick your blood flow up a notch or two!

(Friday night main stage)

Shakura S’Aida (ON)

Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based, blues singer S’Aida has been thrilling folks with her powerful pipes for years.

Golosa La Orquesta (Chile)

Milonga, Chachachá, Bolero, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Festejo! An explosive mix of Latin American rhythm and sound – and more!

Ayanasabee (ON)

An Oji-Cree singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a voice full of soul.

The McDades (AB/QC)

Celtic-rooted music fusing the spontaneity of jazz with infectious global rhythms — a one-of-a-kind sound.

Clerel (Cameroon/QC)

This natural-born vocalist, soul singer and songwriter is graced with an effortlessly elegant esthetic.

Puuluup (Estonia)

A nu folk pinch of surrealism, a dollop of modern folklore, loopers – and a talharpa revival!

Kanatal (Taiwan)

Four talented Indigenous Amis musicians with multi-ethnic backgrounds come together to create music that boldly crosses borders.

Ronnie Dean Harris (BC)

Harris, AKA Ostwelve, is a Sto:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist, performing Indigenous hip hop out of the Coast Salish Territory.

Amanda Rheaume (ON)

Amanda’s rootsy, guitar-driven ballads introduce crucial dimensions to the world of Americana music and Heartland Rock.

Lonesome Town Painters (BC)

A hard-driving traditional bluegrass quartet from East Van.

Graham Lindsey (ON)

With his mandolin, tenor banjo, and guitar, this artist finds joy in Celtic music and shares that passion with you.

Quote the Raven (NL)

This Americana duo marries smooth harmonies with an, at times, haunting aesthetic that both bewitches and allures.

Good Medicine Songs / Éy St’elmexw St’elt’ílém (BC)

Showcasing the power of song and storytelling in bringing the Halq’eméylem language and culture alive.

The Crescent Sky (BC)

This indie-folk quartet creates music with rich soaring harmonies and dynamic instrumentation.

Strongbow and Wry (BC)

Everyone is invited to join friendly veteran fiddlers/musicians, Tony Ivan O’Hara and Jennie Bice (AKA Strongbow and Wry) for a jam at the festival!

Robert Sarazin Blake (WA)

He’s one of Bellingham’s finest songwriters and performers, and an interesting guy with insightful things to say.