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VANCOUVER—The 31st annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, at beautiful Jericho Beach Park, will feature a labour-sponsored concert, hosted by renowned artist Faith Nolan. The workshop “Women’s Voices Rising” will be a celebration of working women and women in the labour and social justice movements.

For the second year running, CUPE BC and CUPE National have partnered with the Hospital Employees’ Union and the BC Nurses’ Union to support the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Faith Nolan is a passionate political activist and her medium is music. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, she is of African, Miq Maq, and Irish heritage, and grew up in the working-class neighbourhood of Cabbagetown, Toronto. She founded the Kingston Women Prisoners Choir and three choirs in Toronto. Nolan has also produced a film, Within These Cages, about women in prison as part of the fight to raise awareness about why there are so many poor women, especially black and First Nations, in Canadian prisons.

Joining Faith Nolan for Women’s Voices Rising will be:

  • Catherine Black, Pharis Romero and Kendel Carson of Victoria’s Outlaw Social

  • Maeve Mackinnon one of Scotland’s finest young Gaelic and Scots singers, who learned to walk and talk on peace marches

  • Briish Columbia native Tamara Nile aka T. Nile who will delight listeners with the lush sounds of her country-tinged folk music.

Women’s Voice Rising: Saturday, July 19, 3:10 pm on Stage 2 at the Festival.

Nolan will also be performing at the DEWC Power of Women Native Drum Group at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre - 302 Columbia Street on July 16, 5 pm.

For tickets to the Festival or more information go to Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

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