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
Brian Duggan, Vice President
Mitch Freestone-Smith, President
Les Hatklin, Director
Aaron Levy, Treasurer
John Vissers, Secretary
Camia Weaver, Director
STAFF & CONTRACTORS
Cathy Crawford, Admin and Operations Manager
Michelle Demers Shaevitz, Artistic and Executive Director
Damon Fultz, Production Manager
Merlyn Horton, Volunteer and Outreach Manager
Tori Jewell, Artistic Associate
Gwen Kallio, Media and Publicity
Meaghan Van Dyk, Artist Services Manager
Karen Wootten, Vendor Manager/Site Operations Manager
The Mission Folk Music Festival is produced by the Mission Folk Music Festival Society, a registered charitable arts organization.