About Us

Our Story

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 2700, 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.


The Edmonton Folk Music Festival Society endeavours to provide a culture of 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 sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, religious belief, ability, colour, or other personal characteristics should feel safe, welcome and valued.

2019 Festival Staff


Back row, left to right:
Stéphane Levesque, Richard Stuart, Muffy McKay, Connie McCall, Terry Wickham, Lorie Miseck, Geoff Frisby, Margaret Crowe, Giancarlo Zenari, Morris Bujarski, Anne Wenschlag, Daniela Zenari, Madeline Setzer

Middle/Front row, left to right:
Kathy Morin, Jaime Pruden, Elka Eisenzimmer, Marie Scarlett, Vicki Fannon, Glenda Dennis, Helen Stuart, Shauna Stewart

Down in Front, left to right:
Marianne Stover, Sofiya Timoshchenko, Jerome Lezama, Sarah Carlson

Dennis Franz

For contact info visit the contact page

2021 Board of Directors

Andrew Currie - Chair
Stuart Muir - Vice Chair
Cameron McCormick - Treasurer
Marilyn MacGillivray - Secretary
Gerrit Bjalek - Director
Jill Day - Director
Michael Hughes - Director
Shelley Morrson - Director
Bridget Stirling - Director

For more information about Membership and board governance, including Board contact info, visit our Society Membership page.