The Edmonton Folk Music Festival promotes live folk music at its annual festival with the purpose of celebrating diverse, affordable folk music, sharing meaningful, inclusive experiences, and building community for its volunteers, artists, vendors, patrons, and the people of Edmonton, Alberta.
Beginning in 1980 with one staff and 300 volunteers, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2500, the festival is a charitable not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from Edmonton, Canada, and around the world.
It's About the Music
The quality of the music and the depth of the performer lineup is the single greatest ingredient in our success. Terry Wickham, producer, selects artists within a broad musical mandate. Our vision is to continue to improve as a world-class folk music festival. At the same time, we work very hard to raise money through fund raising activities and through soliciting corporate sponsorships to keep ticket prices accessible for families.
The Edmonton Folk Music Festival respectfully acknowledges that the land on which we gather is situated on Treaty Six Territory. For thousands of years, the Edmonton river valley has been a Pehonan, a traditional meeting and gathering place for Indigenous Peoples. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Non-Status Aboriginal Peoples whose presence and culture enrich our vibrant community. We are all beneficiaries of this longtime Indigenous philosophy of peaceful cohabitation, between the earth, the animals, and all humans. We all have a responsibility to one another and this land.
SAFER SPACES POLICY
Everyone is welcomed and valued. The Edmonton Folk Music Festival Society is committed to providing a safe space for all, including marginalized and vulnerable segments of our population. It aspires to put on a leading folk music festival while embracing a vision of inclusivity. The EFMFS will nurture safer spaces where all people regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, religion, or other personal characteristics should feel safe, welcome, and valued. Activities (verbal and/or physical) causing harm to another person will not be tolerated.
2023 Festival Staff
BACK ROW From left to right: Giancarlo Zenari, Dana Fontaine, Friday Smith, MJ Belcourt, Terry Wickham, Riley Connell, Gilbert da Silva, Carla Lenfesty, Richard Stuart, Stephane Levesque, Muffy McKay
FRONT ROW From left to right: Dennis Franz, Jaime Pruden, Lorie Miseck, Maddy Whitlow, Helen Stuart, Shauna Stewart, Glenda Dennis, Carol Jones, Morris Bujarski, Shawna Cooper, Kathy Morin, Connie McCall
DOWN IN FRONT From left to right: Kaida Kobylka, McKinna Elliot
MISSING: Margaret Crowe
photo by Eric Kozakiewicz
2023 EFMF Board
TOP ROW from left to right: Marilyn MacGillivray, Cam McCormick, Jill Day, Mike Hughes, Shamair Turner
BOTTOM ROW from left to right: Meredith Shewchuk, Drew Walker, Bridget Stirling
MISSING: Gordon Holt