The Mission Folk Music Festival Society is committed to expanding opportunities to highlight and celebrate the music, dance, art, and stories from cultures and communities from across Canada and around the world in respectful, fun, and engaging ways.
The Mission Folk Music Festival is situated within the unceded traditional territory of the Leq’a:mel, Kwantlen, and Matsqui First Nations, among the Stó:lō peoples. Leq’a:mel, meaning ‘the level place where people meet’, is the origin place of the Halq’emeylem language. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in this territory.
The Mission Folk Music Festival Society promotes, preserves, and nurtures folk, roots, traditional and emerging music, and its cultural heritage, through the production of the annual Mission Folk Music Festival and other performing arts events and programs in Mission BC and the Pacific Northwest.
To invite the audience to discover new and traditional music forms while experiencing the richness of the musical traditions of many peoples and cultures (locally, nationally, and internationally) in an effort to foster cultural understanding and exchange in a sustainable manner.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jennie Bice, Treasurer
Ernie Doerkson Director
Brian Duggan, Director
Aaron Levy, President
Mitch Freestone-Smith, Vice President
John Vissers, Secretary
STAFF & CONTRACTORS
Cathy Crawford, Admin and Operations Manager
Michelle Demers Shaevitz, Artistic and Executive Director
John Endo Greenway, Graphic Design
Damon Fultz, Production Manager
Merlyn Horton, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
Tori Jewell, Artistic Associate
Gwen Kallio, Media and Publicity
Graham Lindsey, Website and Digital Design
Jesse Tanaka, Social Media
Serena Trinder, Festival Artist
Meaghan Van Dyk, Performer Services Manager
Karen Wootten, Vendor Manager/Site Build Manager
The Mission Folk Music Festival is produced by the Mission Folk Music Festival Society, a registered charitable arts organization.