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The Funk BrothersOne of the leading folk festivals in the world, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival features talent from around the globe in a four day extravaganza displaying a mixture of celtic, bluegrass, blues, gospel, roots, world beat, country and R&B music. Every year, the festival features something different. The festival tries to balance Dar Williamsa variety of talent with 50 percent Canadian artists, and an equal amount of male and female musicians. Well known artists play along side aspiring artists to provide a mix of established and developing talent.

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Edmonton seemed an unlikely location for a folk festival when the idea was proposed by Donald Lewis Whalen. Don Whalen had an optimistic vision which became reality through the hard work of many individuals and dedicated volunteers and was actively involved in many folk music pursuits before the founding of the Folk Music festival. He was associated with the Edmonton Folk Music Society which ran weekend concerts at the Yard bird Suite in the basement of the Army and Navy store on Whyte Avenue. Gallagher ParkIn 1985, the festival became a not-for-profit democratic society with an elected nine-person board that hires the festival's producer and sets operating policy. From the beginning, the festival was led by volunteers.

Currently, 1,800 volunteers on 35 crews, work to make the event a success.

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