A sunny, summer evening on the waterfront, cocktails, nibbles and a few hundred revellers roaming Ambleside Pier, is the recipe for another great Night On The Pier. Part of West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival, Night On The Pier brought together seven of Vancouver’s top bartenders and mixologists to complete with each other for the superior sip.
Visitors were able to stroll Ambleside Pier and sample each of the libations created with a featured spirit. Amongst the cocktail stations were light bites from Sebastian & Co. Fine Meats, Las Margaritas, Cocoa Progressive Latin Restaurant.
Scroll through the participating bartenders’ beautiful cocktails to find the #1:
And voted number 1 cocktail for the 4th Annual Night On The Pier…
If you missed out on sipping these cocktails at Night On The Pier, you can see what these bartenders are mixing by visiting their bars.
West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival is an annual summer destination for people from all over Metro Vancouver. Filling the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival brings a line-up of entertainment from August 2nd to 11th with scores of music, arts, film and food events, much of it free!
Highlights of the festival events include;
Indigenous Showcase: the indigenous exhibition returns to Harmony Arts for a second year, recognizing the tradition of gathering and celebrates Indigenous artists and communities in a modern context to share in the richness of their arts
ArtSpeaks: Artist talks, art demonstrations, workshops, hands-on classes and more. ArtSpeaks takes place daily and most classes are free!
Art Beat: the Ambleside and Dundarave local shops and restaurants highlight local artists in their storefronts.
Fresh St. Market Art Market: Argyle Street is filled with a diverse array of one-of-a-kind, gifts, and products including ceramics, glass, jewellery, leather, painting, photography, textiles and wood. Meet artists and artisans who display awe-inspiring works in a row of white tents.
Over the 10 days, Harmony Arts Festival includes 50 live music performances on two stages.
The PARC Retirement Living Garden Stage in Millennium Park, features daytime concerts, dinner concerts at 5:30 p.m. and evening headline concerts at 8:45 p.m.
The Main Stage in John Lawson Park is home to the popular Sunset Concerts, daily at 7:30 p.m., as well as timeless melodies of the Seniors Series, sponsored by Revera Retirement Living – Hollyburn House on August 4, 5 & 11. The 2019 line-up includes: The Paperboys, The Matinée, Dreams: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band, R&B Allstars, Desirée Dawson and more.
Outdoor Cinema in the Park takes place each night at 9pm at the John Lawson Park stage. This year’s line-up includes award-winning current and classic family-friendly films like Green Book, Crazy Rich Asians, The Incredibles 2, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, Black Panther, Top Gun and more.
Every good festival needs good food, and places to take a break and enjoy the music with your friends. Harmony Arts Festival doesn’t disappoint with a hearty selection of its own free dining spots and ticketed events.
Harmony Arts Festival offers three special ticketed culinary events:
2nd AnnualIndigenous Feast: at Ambleside Landing August 6th, 6pm features a traditional indigenous menu paired with Nk’Mip wines 9th Annual Best of the West: on Ambleside Pier August 7th, 7-9pm 12 of the Lower Mainland’s best restaurants paired with 12 wineries for a culinary arts event and competition 4th Annual Night on the Pier: on the Ambleside Pier August 8th, 7:30-9:30pm welcomes some of Metro Vancouver’s top mixologists competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees.
Other dining options around Harmony Arts Festival include; Artisan Eats, a collection of food trucks at John Lawson Park. The Park Royal Beachside Patio finds a pop-up version of Feast The Neighbourhood Table to Argyle Street. The RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge enjoy dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage.
Harmony Arts Festival packs in so much entertainment and activities there’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy. Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.
As other festivals come and go, Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver is still going strong after more than a quarter century. Centred on the Ambleside Waterfront from Ambleside Pier to John Lawson Park, the festival packs August 4th to 13th with music, arts, film and food, much of it free!
Highlights of the free festival events include;
Music: Four Stages to choose from to suit your musical tastes. ONNI Group Sunset Concerts at John Lawson Park feature the likes of Valdy, Dawn Pemberton, The Paperboys and more Parc Retirement Living Garden Concerts feature Bobby Bruce’s Nearly Neil and The Solitary Band, Coco Jafra, Lion Bear Fox, Melanie Dekker, Jim Byrnes, The Boom Booms to name just a few. Hollyburn House Seniors’ Series finds Dal Richards Orchestra and others playing afternoon sets Live Music at The Silk Purse has live jazz and classic sounds
Arts: Fresh St. Market Art Market lines Argyle Street with an open air art market keeping the attention on visual arts that have been the core of Harmony Arts Festival since the beginning. Fresh St. Market Art Market Daylight and Twilight is a multi-media installation featuring photography, film and interactive mediums. Art Beat invites visitors to walk the beat in Ambleside Beach and Dundarave Village exploring the multitude of artists displaying their works in shops and galleries around areas. Plenty of other visual arts exhibitions, shows and even competitions take place throughout the Festival to keep your senses amazed.
Film: After the ONNI Group Sunset Concerts stick around John Lawson Park for free nightly screenings of award-winning films starting at 9pm including classics like In The Heat Of The Night, or From Russia With Love, action hits Jurassic Park or E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, to the contemporary musical Moulin Rouge, or animated Zootopia.
Food: What’s a festival without great food, Harmony Arts doesn’t disappoint with Artisan Eats, a collection of food trucks at John Lawson Park. The Park Royal Beachside Patio brings The Fish Shack by Glowbal Group to West Van. The RE/MAX Waterfront Lounge welcomes Caffé Al Mercato to provide al fresco dining alongside the Parc Retirement Living Garden Stage. Along with these dining options two special ticketed events: Best of the West is a sold out evening featuring 13 local restaurants paired with 13 wineries celebrating the best BC has to offer. Mixology Night on the Pier, now in its 2nd year, celebrates the rebirth of cocktail culture with eight of Metro Vancouver’s competing to create the best cocktail as voted by the attendees. Tickets are just $75
With plenty of events to amuse young and old, from day time to evening, there’s sure to be something for your whole family to enjoy at Harmony Arts Festival. Visit harmonyarts.ca for a full list of events and times.
West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival is now underway, one of the signature events this year is Mixology Night On The Pier. In celebration of the rebirth of cocktail culture, Mixology Night On The Pier brings together some of the city’s top bartenders for an evening of competitive cocktail creations. Ticketed guests are invited to the pop-up beach lounge at Ambleside Pier to vote for their favourite libation, enjoy food from Bon Vivant Catering and listen to surfside entertainment throughout the evening.
Bartenders competing for votes in Mixology Night On The Pier are:
Alex Black – Nightingale Restaurant Jayton Paul – Nightingale Restaurant Grant Sceney – Fairmont Pacific Rim Lobby Lounge Katie Ingram – L’Abbatoir Olivia Povarchook – Juniper Bar & Kitchen Robyn Gray – Prohibition Bar Sabrine Dhaliwal – UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar Shea Hogan – Shameful Tiki Bar
In addition to an evening of cocktails, food and entertainment voting enters guests for the chance to win a Victoria Trip from Helijet and Cactus Club Cafe – roundtrip flights for two plus lunch or dinner at Cactus Club Cafe in downtown Victoria.
Ambleside Park in West Vancouver was the filled with music and revelry on Saturday night as the ‘Most Nights Summer Tour’ featured Tegan & Sara warming up the large audience before FUN. headlined. Starting their set under the late day sun, the all ages venue filled up nicely as the day progressed and came alive once Tegan & Sara came onstage. The duo are well known for their lively and witty banter with each other and their audience. Being a homecoming for Vancouver based Tegan they had an even more lively performance, Sara teasing Tegan for requiring a “Benadryl” before going onstage due to an allergic episode. Filling their near hour long set with a mix of material from their career; older folk-inspired tracks mingled with their more recent forays into dance and DJ collaborations. The setlist allowed something for all ages to sing and dance along to in a beautiful setting, with the sun dropping behind the stage and the Lions Gate Bridge illuminating behind the audience.
Perfectly timed with nature’s dimming light the set and audience energy reached its peak with the final song, their number 1 dance hit, “Closer” As always the duo leave the audience wanting more of their effervescent pop energy but we’ll have to wait until next tour or find them live as they continue on the road with FUN. through the end of September.