July 15 2012
The place couldn’t be more perfect -Jericho Beach, Vancouver. Last weekend’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival celebrated its 35th annual event (July 13, 14, 15) with a stellar cast of international and local musical artists who managed to thrill thousands of sun-seeking festival visitors.
This year’s event also saw almost perfect summer weather, with Sunday being the lone day where visitors witnessed specks of rain –a complete downpour never happened.
People, young and old, packed the seven stages and took advantage of the expansive park to either sleep between sets, read books, or eat at the dozen or so vendors. The attire of the visitors ranged from skimpy two piece swim suits, to hippie style bandanas –preferred by twenty-somethings, t5endy hats, or long flowing skirts by some older women. Sunscreen and floppy hats were visible everywhere during the first two days of the festival. On Sunday, the weather moved from cloudiness, to sun, and a few sprinkles of rain. But despite the mixed weather, music lovers took to the performers in full — in fact, attendance to the 35th annual Folk Music Festival appeared to smash attendance seen last year and earlier festival editions.