Jon and Roy, long-time bandmates from Victoria, B.C., headline the Tofino Folk Festival. The folk rock reggae band plays at the Tofino Legion on Saturday, Oct. 6. (KIM JAY PHOTO)

Tofino’s first Folk Festival coming to town Thanksgiving weekend

Acoustic shows, plus kid-friendly performances slated for The Maq Lounge.

Tickets for Tofino’s inaugural Folk Festival on Thanksgiving weekend are selling fast, so be sure to get yours before they’re gone, says event organizer Jess Brickell.

An extensive lineup of local talent and high quality headliners like Jesse Roper and Jon and Roy are confirmed.

The festival will span across three venues: the Tofino Legion, the Maq Pub, and the Maq Lounge. Folk Fest artistic director and musician Steve Bick said the new event was unofficially organized by a budding non-profit called the Arts Incubator.

“We are bringing all these venues together to work on one festival with a common goal: creating unity in the arts,” Bick said, adding that The Maq Hotel is essentially putting the event on.

“The owners of the hotel [John and Denise Hooks] have been really generous to help fund it,” he said.

Jesse Roper is scheduled to play at the Legion on the Friday night and Jon and Roy will play at the Legion on Saturday. The Maq Pub will have shows all night long and The Maq Lounge will feature pop-up shows in the afternoons.

“All the artists that have agreed to join the bill will be making an appearance to do a short acoustic set,” notes Bick.

“There is always going to be something on,” echoes Brickell. “From the early afternoon until the middle of the night.”

She went on to say that The Maq Lounge will boast a kid-friendly atmosphere for the early afternoon performances.

“If parents wanted to buy tickets and then bring the kids, that’s all good,” she said.

Experimental folk artist Ora Cogan from Victoria will perform songs from her new album ‘Crickets’. Hollow Twin, the dark folk rock duo based in Vancouver, will bring their “Woodstock soul sisters” vibe to the stage.

Folk artist Oliver Swain and Vancouver duo Old Soul Rebel are coming out too.

“And a lot of local acts who live here [in Tofino] and Ukee,” said Bick.

Tickets to the Tofino Folk Festival can be purchased at The Maq Hotel or online at: tofinofolkfestival.com.

The $50 early bird all-access festival ticket price has been extended, and, to sweeten the deal, Folk Fest ticket holders will be entered in a draw to win a surfboard donated by Storm.

“The first 200 people to buy tickets will be entered in a draw to win [the surfboard]. It’s a super nice board,” said Brickell.


First 200 people to buy tickets to the Tofino Folk Festival get entered into a draw to win this 6’2″ surfboard.

Just Posted

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

Gas prices on Vancouver Island to drop six cents

But a ‘volatile’ market could lead to increases in the coming weeks

Ucluelet’s new mayor and council sworn in

“We represent boots on the ground.”

Ucluelet police urge caution on roads as winter nears

“It comes down to driving to the road conditions.”

Vancouver Island brewery re-brands again after cryptic new logo failed

Victoria-based brewers said goodbye to confusing hexagon logo

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

North Cowichan is Canada’s hot spot on Wednesday

The Warmland lives up to its name

B.C. Realtor suspended after helping intern forge note about sick grandma

Vancouver real estate agent Jaideep Singh Puri has to pay fine, take ethics course

Offensive Facebook post by Okanagan Conservative riding sparks outrage

Post taken down after Conservative MP in neighbouring riding condemns it and demands removal

Most Read