Folking things up made for summer’s bright spot
Music: The Vancouver Folk Festival 2018
We celebrate the summer that was with a fond look back at what proved to be the highlight of Vancouver's smokiest season ever: A fully reinvented Folk Music Festival featuring acts that rocked, rattled and rolled young and old alike.
By Rod Mickleburgh
The line-up was skimpier than past years. Sunday clashed with the final of a riveting, month-long World Cup and the sun was hot enough to boil a monkey’s bum, but once again, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival cast its magic over me and thousands of other attendees with its annual mix of good vibes, a setting to die for and outstanding music. Even at my increasingly creaky and cranky advanced age, I found myself dancing, most notably at a wonderful, spirited workshop jam session involving Little Miss Higgins, Les Poules à Collin and Petunia & the Vipers. Thankfully, there were no cameras in sight, and the young people politely refrained from giggling.
There were other highlights:
Jane Fonda climbs back on the barricades
The woman who earned the wrath of conservatives during the Vietnam War flies north to Vancouver to speak out against big oil
VANCOUVER -- Call her Jericho Jane. After a long hiatus from globe-trotting activism, Jane Fonda picked up the gauntlet and challenged big oil to get on the "right side of history" as she addressed a group of star-struck onlookers at Jericho Beach Park Saturday.
The two-time Oscar winner was part of the programming for Toast the Coast, an event staged by Greenpeace to raise awareness about the dangers of proposed pipelines and liquified natural gas development in B.C. waters.
"This part of the world means a lot to me. I was first arrested, not 20 years ago... but in 1970 marching with First Nations in Tacoma, and again with Salish Kootenay protesting clearcutting that was endangering the salmon spawning area," said Fonda to a chorus of cheers from a few hundred selfie-snappers soaking up the sun.
"And I have fished for salmon in Campbell River. I ...