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Vancouver Island MusicFest’s 2023 lineup was announced on Monday, April 11th, and it features some of the world’s best folk and roots musicians.

The festival is operated by the Comox Valley Folk Society who are a non-profit organization which formed in 1995. Their goal was specifically to put together a diverse local music festival for Vancouver Island residents.

The festival has grown through the years from a small gathering to hosting some of Canada’s and the world’s best musicians spanning diverse genres.

Now, Vancouver Island MusicFest has five stages and sees thousands of people come to the Courtenay Exhibition Grounds year after year for the festival. 

Recently, the festival announced that the incomparable Sarah McLachlan would be this year’s main headliner with over 40 other acts announced. 

McLachlan is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters in the music industry with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. 

She has three Grammys and 12 Junos under her belt and she was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

McLachlan has 16 beloved albums she’s released through the years, beginning in 1989.

Other acts music lovers who want to go to the festival should be excited for are the Bros Landreth, who were just nominated for the Juno for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year and wrote Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy Award winning song, Made Up Mind; Burnstick, a husband and wife,  Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter and Plains-Cree guitarist duo. 

The artists playing the festival are from all across Vancouver Island, BC, Canada and the world. 

“We follow the model of a traditional Western Canadian Folk Festival with the focus of our programming being on workshops, jam sessions, song circles and concerts,” says the festival’s website. 

“We are proud of our musical diversity as well as our inclusivity and accessibility within our Community.”

The family friendly festival takes place from July 14th to 16th at the Courtenay Exhibition Grounds with several camping options available. 

Kids who are under 12-years-old will even get in for free!

Vancouver Island MusicFest

  • Where:  Courtenay Exhibition Grounds, Comox Valley
  • When: July 14th to July 16th
  • Tickets: Available online

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