Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions to help you enjoy Folk Fest sur le canal!


Is the festival a charity or non-profit organization?

The Folk Fest sur le canal is not a charitable organization; it is, however, run by a not-for-profit organization. While the Folk Fest sur le canal gladly accepts donations; unfortunately, tax receipts cannot be issued.

Why is there no entrance fee? Why are donations requested? Where do the donation monies go?

It’s a pay-what-you-can event. Your donation will give you entrance to the Festival for the day. We request that returning festival goers on subsequent days make an additional donation.

Donations help make it possible for the Folk Fest sur le canal to continue bringing world-class live music and entertainment to Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough with no fixed admission fee.

What happens if it rains? Are the events cancelled?

The Festival happens rain or shine. If severe weather conditions make it dangerous to hold musical performances (metal scaffolding, slippery stage, electrical sound systems), shows may be cancelled. In the event that performances are moved, postponed, or cancelled, we’ll post a notice on our social media pages.

Please note that all VIP tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. In the event of cancellation, VIP tickets may be used on an alternate date.

Where can I find a printable schedule?

Who does the artwork on your poster?

Local artist and folk music fan Denis Routhier has been doing the artwork for our posters since 2013. To see more of his work, check out his website: denisrouthierdesign.com.

Who took the photos on your website?

All photos on this website are courtesy of Folk Fest sur le canal photography volunteers. For more information, feel free to contact us via Facebook.

Where is the lost & found?

During Festival hours, feel free to stop by the merch tent near the entrance to see if your lost item has been found. You can also send us a message via Facebook with a detailed description of the lost item and a member of our customer service team will be in touch with you soon.

Are dogs allowed on the festival grounds?

Yes, dogs are allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.

Can I bring a picnic lunch?

Yes, picnics and soft-sided coolers are allowed but don’t forget that we also have a wide variety of affordable and delicious food options on site. Remember to bring a water bottle; you can fill it at our hydration station on site.

What services are offered on-site?

  • A hydration station, so you can fill up your water bottle!
  • ATMs
  • St. John Ambulance first aid tent
  • Free bike parking
  • Portable toilets and handwashing stations
  • Shuttle service to the Charlevoix subway station

What are the festival hours?

Friday, June 14, 2019
Gates open: 5 p.m.
Gates close: 10:30 p.m.
Bar closes: 10:45 p.m.
Site closes: 11 p.m.

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Gates open: Noon
Gates close: 10:30 p.m.
Bar closes: 10:45 p.m.
Site closes: 11 p.m.

Sunday, June 16, 2019
Gates open: Noon
Gates close: 8:30 p.m.
Bar closes: 8:45 p.m.
Site closes: 9 p.m.

Where can I park my car?

There is no designated parking area for festival attendees and you’d be surprised by how difficult it is to find free parking around the Festival site. We strongly recommend that you come by bike or public transit.

What are the rules of entry?

To ensure the safety of our Folk Fest family, every attendee will be searched prior to entry; this could include emptying your pockets and bags, a full pat-down, and having all of your items examined. We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone. Failure to consent to a search could result in denial of entry or ejection from the festival. All confiscated items will be kept and returned on request.

Items allowed on the Festival site

  • Empty or sealed plastic or reusable water bottles (water stations are available)
  • Cellphones
  • Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Soft-sided coolers
  • Blankets and folding chairs
  • Waterproof ponchos/small umbrellas
  • Small backpacks and bags/purses (all bags will be searched)
  • Digital and disposable cameras
  • Baby strollers

Items prohibited on the festival site

  • Opened water bottles (must be empty or sealed)
  • Glass containers or glass of any kind
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Outside alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Megaphones
  • Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind
  • Laser pointers
  • Professional cameras, video recording equipment, and drones
  • Fireworks or anything explosive
  • Corporate or company branded flags/banners/signs
  • Items intended for sale/promotion
  • Musical instruments
  • Large backpacks or bags
  • Tents and large sports umbrellas