We were utterly tickled pink this year to learn we were going to be included in the lineup at Mission Folk Music Festival in beautiful Mission, BC! And what a weekend it was!
Being only 45 minutes away from our home, this was a community that we were somewhat familiar with. Tucked deep in the Fraser Valley, this little community boasts the warmest, most welcoming, most concentrated pack of extremely talented musicians you can find in the lower mainland. And their folk festival is a beautiful example of the culture that exists in the town, filled with artists and musicians both local and from further afoot, with many coming out to support, volunteer, or just plain dance themselves silly. The festival has been running for 32 years and it was impressively smooth, well-run, and pretty much everyone behind the scenes was having as much fun as the audience!
We Kwerks had the honour of opening the festival on Friday night, and what a fun set it was! Packed with energy, our usual goofiness, and loads of fun, the audience was up and dancing with us in no time at all!
The following day we were slated for a collaborative set with a fine and unique artist called Strangely. This guy was an accordion-toting entertainer from Bellingham who makes audiences laugh to tears through his antics, lyrics, and showmanship (including but not limited to climbing on top of an upright bass while playing and singing)! The collaboration, while a new experience for us, was a hoot, and so much fun!
Later in the day, I (Laura) had been slotted for a workshop called "Women in Song" and was put on stage with 4 other amazing artistic women to perform a few songs each. It was a huge honour, as I sang my songs and was accompanied by the likes of Cara Luft, Pharis Romero, Babe Gurr, and Celeigh Cardinal, all accomplished, recognized and award-winning artists.
Overall, Mission Folk Music Festival was a wonderful time, with a great, colourful lineup of artists and acts. It was such fun to be a part of it!