Labor Day weekend brings folk festival to Cumberland


The upcoming Labor Day weekend brings the second annual Folk Perseverance Festival. Join the Cumberland Museum & Archives and friends for a sweet little old-fashioned folk festival in the heart of the historic village.

The festival was launched in 2021 as a low-key affair, but this year the invitation is extended with open arms to residents and visitors for two days of stories and songs “that fit through the cracks”, shared between friends and neighbors and transmitted through generations, stories and songs about the beautiful and disordered human history.

Friday, September 2 features the musical Cougar Annie Tales which revolves around the life of Ada Annie Jordan, who settled in the remote, windswept coastal rainforest of Clayoquot in 1915. She had 11 children, survived four husbands, ran a general store, post office, and mail-order nursery from his home, and was famous for trapping and killing 70 cougars. The indomitable spirit of this West Coast pioneer lives on in Katrina Kadoski’s show with stories, letters and photos interwoven with original guitar and banjo songs. Tickets are $15 for Saturday pass holders and $20 for everyone else. Doors at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 3 features nonstop music from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Veda Hille, West My Friend, The Fits, Jesse Waldman, The Blackwood Two, Nice Verde, Senyuè, a Rebels and Radicals Story time tent, license for all sites and interactive craft tables.

Hille is a Vancouver-based musician, composer, theater maker and performer whose work revolves around the natural world, the wonder and the unknown, and the intricacies of human relationships. She strives to make a connection through strange details, the universe visible through a microscope. All fancy language aside, Hille pursues the songs that are in her head and delivers them to the world, beautifully.

In the modern musical landscape, it’s rare to hear something as assembled as the Cascadian folk trio West My Friend – something so layered, deeply symphonic and mysterious in its own way while courting the edge of disaster. This third-wave indie prog folk-roots chamber trio has over 700 shows to their name and mixes guitar, mandolin and accordion with intertwining harmonies. Simple is safe, but complex is fiery, complex, and ultimately more rewarding.

From the suburban sprawl of Thornhill, Ontario. to a cross-country journey to mountains, ocean and into the arms of Vancouver’s Commercial Drive music scene, the West Coast continues to inspire Waldman’s lush imagery, sublime melodies and exceptional technique. Whether he’s playing blues on his 1959 Harmony Stratotone Jupiter or singing an acoustic folk tune, Jesse never seems to do anything but bare his soul.

Senyuè is a queer Chinese-Canadian performer, producer, facilitator and expressive arts therapist who uses music to create space not only for their truths and those of their ancestors, but also for other Chinese Canadians, other members of the queer community and other marginalized people. communities – in hopes of inspiring others to find their voices and tell their stories.

Nice Verde’s music is a sunny and uplifting mix of originals and traditional folk music from Cuba, Colombia and beyond. They play combinations of Cuban tres, accordions, guitar, harmonica and vocals. Musically inspired by their travels around the world, they challenge genres to create their own indie folk world.

On banjo, fiddle and acoustic guitar, The Blackwood Two plays an engaging mix of original folksongs and traditional numbers delivered with old-world charm. The thoughtful songwriting – strongly guided by a mutual fascination with traditional music – drives the duo’s unique, yet familiar sound. Warm tones and sunny melodies whisper cosmic notes from a bygone era.

The festival takes place on K’ómoks First Nation territory at Coal Mine #6. Bring a blanket, a picnic and your family for a day of music from local and guest artists. Saturday tickets are $40 each. 16 and under are free. Well-behaved dogs allowed on a leash and limited to your blanket. Parking available at Dunsmuir and Sutton Road (CRI lot), and behind the museum and cultural center.



west my friend

Jesse Waldman

Jesse Waldman

cougar annie tales

cougar annie tales




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