Saturday, May 26, 2012

Montreal: Folk Festival on the Canal June 14-17

Peter Yarrow
Regretfully, other commitments in other cities mean I won’t be helping to MC the Folk Festival on the Canal in Montreal, this year from Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, June 17. This will be the first time I've missed doing that since the festival began.

The little folk festival that could – put together by Matt Large and Rebecca Anderson of Hello Darlin’ Productions and Carl Comeau of Hyperbole Music  – grew nicely over its first four years. This year, the fifth annual looks to be the best yet.

Jim Kweskin
The festival begins with indoor concerts on the Thursday and Friday evenings at the Georges Vanier Cultural Centre (2450 Workman) featuring legendary veterans of the 1960s folk scene still making vital music today.

Thursday evening features Peter Yarrow – best known, of course, from his almost-half-a-century as one-third of Peter, Paul and Mary, the most successful and most enduring group of the folk-boom era.

Friday evening’s concert is with the great jug band leader Jim Kweskin who will be backed up by the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band – former Lake of Stew members Brad Levia and Julia Narveson.

Notre Dame de Grass
I wouldn’t have missed either Peter or Jim’s shows if I could have been in Montreal that week.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival moves over to Ilot Charlevoix (corner of St. Patrick and Charlevoix) for two full days of concerts, hanging out and other fun featuring such excellent artists as Notre Dame de Grass, Dala, Rob Lutes, David Sherman, Joey Wright & Carolyn Mark and many others.

It should be a great four days of folk festivallng in Montreal. Sorry I can't be there.

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