That figure for the festival, which does not include about 4,000 to 5,000 people who attended free programming, was released Tuesday. The festival ran this past weekend, until Monday.
In a statement, festival executive director Mark Monahan said the acts, plus a reconfiguration of the site at Hog's Back Park, helped with attendance. Major performers included Bon Iver and Great Big Sea.
"Fans really enjoyed the changes we made to the festival site, so we hope to continue to improve and to build on this success," Mr. Monahan stated.
This year, Telus signed to be a presenting sponsor for undisclosed terms, on top of 16 other sponsorships.
Mr. Monahan, who established and continues to run Bluesfest, became the Folk Festival's adviser in 2010.
He loaned the festival $150,000 to satisfy its creditors and doubled the performance budget.
Mr. Monahan also moved the festival to Hog's Back Park, where attendance rose 25 per cent in 2011, according to media reports.