The Folk Fest sur le canal was founded in 2008 by Hello Darlin’ Productions and Hyperbole Music to showcase folk, roots, and bluegrass music at a summertime event.
The inaugural Folk Fest on the canal was a one-day event that attracted approximately 500 festivalgoers. The Festival has since evolved into a five-day event, complete with free outdoor programming and ticketed indoor concerts. In 2016, the Folk Fest attracted more than 30,000 music fans. Over the years, the Folk Fest has brought in folk pioneers such as John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful), Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Tim O’Brien, Jim Kweskin, Tom Rush, Eric Andersen, and Roger McGuinn (The Byrds).
Family and community have always been an important part of the Folk Fest sur le canal. Local musicians, both emerging and established, are always featured throughout the festival.
In 2012, the Lhasa de Sela Youth stage was added, giving young folk musicians, dancers, and storytellers the chance to perform in a semi-professional environment. In 2013, the Folk Fest created the Lhasa de Sela Youth Bursary for Excellence in Music to encourage young local musicians to pursue their dreams. The bursary has since been awarded to 10 deserving recipients.
The Folk Fest sur le canal is run by a not-for-profit organization.
The Folk Fest is sustained by the herculean effort of a crew of upwards of 100 volunteers from all labour segments. Volunteers come back year after year to relive this rewarding experience.
It’s no wonder that the Folk Fest sur le canal is considered a fixture on the Quebec music scene and the most family-friendly music festival in town!