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Peace, love, and music paint shades of Woodstock at 35th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Peace, love and music in the air. 

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Now in it's 35th year, the festival has grown considerably to become a much anticipated festival, able to bring in 10,000 to 12,000 people in one single day.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Chatting with Roy about how it was then versus now he was able to paint a picture of the transformation it's made. "It's a lot bigger now, and there was only one main stage after a certain time. It's really good what's happening now with so much going on. In the old days there would be a few workshops and then everyone would congregate at the main stage."

None of this would be possible if it weren't for the 1,500 volunteers from all over the world that come out for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival with the youngest only 14 and the oldest 76. At the end of the festival after a cannon showering the crowd with maple leafs and the final performances, many of the volunteers and organizers congregated on the stage for the finale. Together with Dan Mangan, Veda Hille and Geoff Berner they sang a variation of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land", in celebration of his centenary and, in a sense, this beautiful place many of us call home - Vancouver. 

Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada confetti

Stay tuned for interviews with Ani DiFranco, Dan Mangan, Roy Forbes and Wake Owl, as well as more photos from the event on Flickr. 

Here are some photos from VO photographer Craig Fleisch:

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