Mission’s own Kenny Hess hosts the Friday evening show to kick of the Mission Folk Music Festival.

Mission’s own Kenny Hess hosts the Friday evening show to kick of the Mission Folk Music Festival.

Mission Folk Music Festival starts on Friday

Organizers have planned a weekend of great music from blues to folk, country to Celtic and honky-tonk and more.

The 29th annual Mission Folk Music Festival kicks off Friday.

Organizers have planned a weekend of great music from blues to folk, country to Celtic and honky-tonk to gospel, with more than 25 acts beginning tonight (July 22) at Fraser River Heritage Park.

Mission’s own Kenny Hess hosts the Friday evening show and plays a set of his own. Hess has been nominated for Canadian Country Music Awards, a Juno Award for Country Artist of the Year and has won several BC Country Music Awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Producer and Album of the Year. This past fall he was also given the honour of being inducted into the BC Country Music Hall of Fame.

Headliners over the weekend include Canadian icon Shari Ulrich with her daughter Julia Graff, blues legend Jimmy D. Lane, The Sojourners and Khari Wendell McClelland.

On Saturday you’ll find concerts, collaboratory stages, and participatory workshops for stringed things, drumming and dance.

The children’s area will be filled with music, storytelling and make-and-take arts with something for the child in everyone. Find one-of-a-kind treasures at the Artisan Market, and enjoy the fabulous food vendors and refreshments at the Festival Bistro.

Sunday starts with a rousing gospel session. Then the festival takes to the highway on the blues bus, east to the Historic Dewdney Pub, for a session at the Church of the Blues from 2 to 4 p.m. with the cool blues of She Could Be Trouble and the hot swing of Deanna Knight and Hot Club of Mars closing out the fest.

For Friday and Sunday events at the park, organizers ask patrons to “pay what you can.” As a thank you to the community, Saturday’s show is offered at the reduced rate of $29 per person (+GST) in recognition of the festival’s 29th year. Youth rate (13-18) is $10 and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge.

On-site camping is available on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets for Saturday and camping are on sale now at Shoppers Drug Mart in Mission and online at missionfolk.brownpapertickets.com.

For the full lineup,  visit missionfolkmusicfestival.ca or visit Facebook for news and updates.

 

Just Posted

Brandon Hobbs (turquoise shirt), brother of missing Abbotsford man Adam Hobbs, gathers with other family and friends to distribute posters in Chilliwack on Thursday, June 17, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Search efforts expand to Chilliwack and beyond for missing Abbotsford man

Family, friends put up posters in Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope for missing 22-year-old Adam Hobbs

poster
Drop-in Covid vaccine clinic in Mission June 17-18

Neighbourhood clinics complement appointment-based clinics currently operating in Mission

Stock photo by LEEROY Agency from Pixabay
Drop-in vaccination clinics slated in Abbotsford for construction workers

Among three sites in Lower Mainland holding no-appointment clinics in June and July

A CH-149 Cormorant from 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of CFB Comox on a training exercise in Chilliwack on June 16, 2021. (William Snow photo)
VIDEO: Military search and rescue training in Chilliwack Wednesday

CH-149 Cormorant and CC-115 Buffalo from CFB Comox participated in downed aircraft rescue simulation

(Black Press Media files)
Get ready for mosquito season

Fraser Valley Regionsl District has already taken measures to curb the number of mosquitos

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Helen Austin performing with Trent Freeman at the 2018 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Austin is one of the many performers listed for the 2021 event.
Vancouver Island MusicFest goes virtual for 2021

Black Press to stream 25 hours of programming July 9-11

FILE – A science class at L.A. Matheson Secondary in Surrey, B.C. on March 12, 2021. (Lauren Collins/Surrey Now Leader)
Teachers’ union wants more COVID transmission data as B.C. prepares for back-to-school

BCTF says that details will be important as province works on plan for September

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry outlines B.C.’s COVID-19 restart plan, May 25, 2021, including larger gatherings and a possible easing of mandatory masks on July 1. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. records 120 new COVID-19 cases, second vaccines accelerating

Lower Pfizer deliveries for early July, Moderna shipments up

A Heffley Creek peacock caught not one - but two - lifts on a logging truck this month. (Photo submitted)
Heffley Creek-area peacock hops logging trucks in search of love

Peacock hitched two lifts in the past month

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

The first suspension bridge is the tallest in Canada, with a second suspension bridge just below it. The two are connected by a trail that’s just over 1 km. (Claire Palmer photo)
PHOTOS: The highest suspension bridges in Canada just opened in B.C.

The Skybridge in Golden allows visitors to take in views standing at 130 and 80 metres

BC Green Party leader and Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau introduced a petition to the provincial legislature on Thursday calling for the end of old-growth logging in the province. (File photo)
BC Green leader Furstenau introduces old-growth logging petition

Party calls for the end of old-growth logging as protests in Fairy Creek continue

B.C. Premier John Horgan leaves his office for a news conference in the legislature rose garden, June 3, 2020. (B.C. government photo)
B.C. premier roasted for office budget, taxing COVID-19 benefits

Youth addiction law that triggered election hasn’t appeared

Most Read