Outdoor Music Festivals 2019

This week, Victoria’s Rifflandia Festival announced that it was unfortunately not returning for 2019, joining a number of other festivals taking a break due until 2020. However, there are still lots more acts coming to music festival stages around the Pacific Northwest to fill our summer with great music. 

Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals and outdoor shows right here at home, or within easy reach to make a great short music break.
(Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Multiple Venues, Victoria, BC, June 21 – June 30, 2019 – Jazz – Marquee Series at Macpherson & Royal Theatres include; Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke & Laila Biali, The Suffers, Patricia Barber Trio, Joey Alexander Trio, Jesse Cook…  

Wu Tang Clan plays Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Multiple Venues, Vancouver, BC, June 21 – July 1, 2019 – Jazz – BC’s largest music and arts event features; Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Herbie Hancock, Marquis Hill Blacktet, The Suffers, Patricia Barber, Makaya McCraven, Jacob Collier, Melissa Aldana, Five Alarm Funk…

Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Rock/Pop/Blues – June 7: Chromeo. August 31: Anjunadeep Open Air. September 5: Death Cab For Cutie. September 6: Said The Whale. September 10: Gary Clark Jr. September 21-22: Mother Mother with guests Tokyo Police Club, The Zolas, and Sam Lynch

FVDED in the Park – Holland Park, Surrey, BC July 5 – 6, 2019 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – Khalid, Zedd, Tory Lanez, French Montana and many more. 

Calgary Stampede 2019 – Multiple Stages, Calgary, AB July 5 – 14, 2019 – Rock/Country – In addition to nightly music throughout the Stampede the Virgin Mobile Stampede Series headliners are July 12: Zac Brown Band. July 13: Sugerland. July 14: Tim McGraw.

The Hamiltones perform at Harrison Festival of the Arts, plus Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival, and Vancouver Island Musicfest

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley Fairgrounds, Courtenay, BC July 12 – 14, 2019 – Folk/Rock – Colin James, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Asleep at the Wheel, Sue Medley and more

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Multiple Stages, Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 12 – 21, 2019 – World/Folk/Rock – Harry Manx, Tal National, The Hamiltones, Veda Hille, Daniel Lapp, and more

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver, BC July 19 – 21, 2019 – Folk – Basia Bulat, Corb Lund, Sam Roberts Band, and more

Capital Hill Block Party – Capital Hill, Seattle, WA July 19 – 21, 2019 – Pop/Rock – RL Grime, Lizzo, Phantogram plus more

Mission Folk Music Festival – Heritage Park, Mission, BC July 26 – 28, 2019 – World/Folk – Beaton-Plasse, Geoff Berner, Irish Mythen, Railyard Youth Open Stage Project and many others.

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Phillips Brewery Backyard, Victoria, BC July 26 – 28, 2019 – various artists(pending)

Squamish Constellation Festival – Hendrickson Field, Squamish BC, July 26 – 28, 2019 – Pop/Rock – Jesse Reyez, Bahamas, Serena Ryder, Wintersleep, plus more

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 1 – 4, 2019 – Country – Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Brett Kissel and many more

Sunfest Country Music Festival – Laketown Ranch, Youbou, BC August 1 – 4, 2019 – Country – Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Kip Moore, Terri Clark, Randy Houser and others. 

Harmony Arts Festival

Harmony Arts Festival – Multiple Stages, Ambleside, West Vancouver, BC August 2-11, 2019 – Multi-Genre – various artists (pending)

Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Rock/Pop/Blues  – August 10: Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival featuring Feist, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan and more. August 28: The National. September 25: Vampire Weekend.

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo River Ranch, Salmo, BC August 9 – 12, 2019 – Electronic – Bonobo, Kascade, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Zeds Did and more

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, Salmon Arm, BC August 15 – 18, 2019 – Blues/Roots – Jim Cuddy Band, Ruthie Foster, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Dawn Pemberton, Valdy, plus more

Rock Ambleside Park – Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, BC – August 16 – 18, 2019 – Classic Rock – Headpins, Honeymoon Suite, Saga, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult and others

Too Many Zooz play Vancouver International Jazz Festival, and Cumberland Wild

Cumberland Wild– Cumberland, BC August 17 – 18, 2019 – Pop/Rock – Too Many Zooz, The Sorority, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Dirtwire and other live acts, plus numerous Silent Disco DJs 

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle Centre, Seattle, WA  August 31- September  2, 2019 – Multi-Genre – various artists (pending)

Bill Reid Gallery brings new exhibit: qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways

Opening April 10th, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in downtown Vancouver presents the new exhibit, qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways.

Rage Flowers by Lindsay Delaronde with Performance by Erynne Gilpin, Photo by KL Peruzzo

The premiere group exhibition is guest curated by four members of the ReMatriate Collective — Ts?m? Igharas (Tahltan), Tiffany Creyke (Tahltan), Angela Marie Schenstead (nêhiyaw), and Denver Lynxleg(Anishinaabe) — and features nine Indigenous artists. The exhibition also features Audrey Siegl (Musqueam) as an important contemporary Water Keeper. The show honours the important role of Indigenous women on the coast, both past and present, in a timely investigation amid ongoing debates about pipelines and Indigenous rights. qa? y?xw is a h?n?q??min??m? expression that means “water honours us.”

Tsesqel Original by Carrielynn Victor

qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways, features video, photography, carving, printmaking, beading, and performance by artists affiliated with various Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast and the interior of British Columbia. Each of the nine artists considers a unique experience with the life-giving element of water, and creates innovative works based on culturally specific practices.

“This exhibition highlights womxn’s unique relationship with water as child bearers, healers, doulas, and other roles key to Indigenous matriarchal societies of the Northwest Coast as we are womxn and waterways,” says the ReMatriate Collective. “Water connects us all through the seas, rivers, and clouds, and is not bound by human-imposed borders. Through art, performance, and interactive programming, we explore water as a crucial element for all of creation, as well as its historical uses for survival and sacred cycles. In addition, the artists look at the excess of contemporary resource consumption as a threat to sensitive environmental and coastal ecosystems.”

Reconcile This by Krystle Coughlin

The ReMatriate Collective formed in 2014, dedicating itself to strengthening future generations of Indigenous women through positive self-representation. Their work encompasses the dissemination of public visual- and text-based works and exhibitions, including social media photo campaigns and hands-on workshops on traditional practices and skill development. Their collective work has been featured at the Western Front (2016), Arts Underground in Whitehorse (2018), and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC (2018).

To find out what each of the nine artists brings to the qa? y?xw – water honours us: Womxn and Waterways exhibition visit Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, 639 Hornby Street, from April 10 – October 2, 2019. Find more information. exhibition hours and more online at billreidgallery.ca 

22nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl is coming

From November 15 to 18, 2018 the 22nd Annual Eastside Culture Crawl brings art lovers from all around Metro Vancouver to East Vancouver.  For four days, studios will be opened, garages exposed, and artworks displayed for  Vancouver’s favourite celebration of visual arts, design, and crafts.

Credit: Grace Lee

An expected 35,000 art fans, cultural patrons, curious tourists and locals alike will marvel at more than 500 of Vancouver’s exceptionally talented art makers. The Eastside Culture Crawl invites visitors to immerse themselves in the neighbourhood from Columbia Street to Victoria Drive and from 1st Avenue to the Waterfront, with on-site visits, live demonstrations, probing presentations, and intriguing installations.

“More than just the home to Vancouver’s popular, four-day celebration of visual arts, the Eastside community contains the largest ratio of artists per capita in the country and serves as the nucleus for hundreds of visual artists and their studios,” says Esther Rausenberg, Executive Director of the Eastside Culture Crawl. “Unsurprisingly, the current economic climate in Vancouver is making it difficult for people to survive the rapid pace of development in this city, and many artists are struggling to retain their studio spaces.”

Credit: Desireé Patterson

Rausenberg continues, “Our mission is not only to celebrate our visual artists during the Crawl, but also support their growth and vibrancy all year long. We are committed to working together with the artistic community towards the goal of retaining a zero loss of studio space by coming up with sustainable creative solutions and assisting artists to find suitable studio replacements so they can continue to thrive.”

This year the Crawl is helping to increase artists’ profiles and enhance visitors’ experience with the launch of a brand new festival app. Available for free download on November 15, the Eastside Culture Crawl app will help festival goers better navigate the neighbourhood, favourite preferred artists, and locate nearby refreshments, bike parking, and car-sharing vehicles.
This year’s event will include a series of workshops and demonstrations for those passionate followers looking to learn about the inner workings of their favourite art form such as pottery, live chainsaw carving, natural textile dyeing, and glassblowing.

Credit: Judson Beaumont

The Eastside Culture Crawl gets underway November 15 – 18, 2018 but before the main event, check out

Spaces, Places, and Traces: Eastside Culture Crawl Preview Exhibit
A juried exhibition of works, featuring 70 artists from the 2018 Culture Crawl, on from October 27 – November 18, 2018, taking place at Arts Factory,  Firehall Arts Centre, The Cultch, Alternative Creations Gallery.

To learn more about the workshops and events offered throughout Eastside Culture Crawl, visit culturecrawl.ca/events

Bubble Trouble is brewing for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween Trick or Treating, artists Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling are launching a new public artwork commissioned by the City of Vancouver, QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE chewing gum. 

Gum Open House, the grade 6/7 students share the flavor research wall with primary students. The flavour research wall is inspired by artist Daniel Gordon.
Photo: erry-Dayne Beasley.

The chewing gum is named for Queen Alexandra Elementary School, the home of the artists’ ongoing residency, Big Rock Candy Mountain.  The gum release will coincide with the opening of the group exhibition Mouthfeel at Western Front, on display from November 1– December 15, 2018.

“We wanted our student co-creators to become sceptical consumers and also explore different flavour profiles,” said Jickling. Reed added, “In developing these edible projects, the kids learn about processes of production and the materials that comprise goods. Big Rock Candy Mountain doesn’t promote gratuitous candy consumption, but complicates the relationship to sweets as culturally defined objects of desire. We chose gum because it’s a difficult material: it’s sticky, messy, and even banned from public schools.”

Chewed Gum Archives. Photo: Helen Reed.

The gum was developed through a series of classroom workshops with grade 6/7 students, teachers, support staff, and guest experts such as food scientist Kathrin Wallace. The research compared texture, natural and artificial flavours, and gum ingredients such as sorbitol and xylitol.  The resulting QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE contains a uniquely abstract blend of both fruity and sweet notes, with some sharp and earthy tones. Students have variously described it as: “Hello Kitty bubble bath,” “pungent,” and “mysterious.”

At the artist-run centre Western Front, Mouthfeel, will provide further background to the commission, featuring several artworks that were shown to students during the gum’s research phase.  QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE will be sold at the gallery and chewing gum in the exhibition is encouraged. On Halloween, the gum will be distributed at select East Vancouver locations, in addition to homes across Mount Pleasant, Commercial Drive, and the Hastings-Sunrise area. The Western Front will serve as the main distribution hub on October 31, 2018, from 5pm–8pm. Further retail locations will be announced on the Big Rock Candy Mountain website.

All proceeds from QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE will go towards future art programming at Queen Alexandra Elementary School.

Find out more about QA CHEW’S BUBBLE TROUBLE, the artists and Big Rock Candy Mountain online at bigrockcandymountain.ca

VQFF Opening Gala coming August 9th

The 2018 Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) kicks off on Thursday August 9th with a 7:00pm screening of Yen Tan’s critically-observed period piece, 1985, at the Vancouver Playhouse.

1985
photo: dutch rall

Director Tan’s fifth feature black & white film, 1985 follows Adrian, a closeted young man returning to his Texas hometown for Christmas during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York, Adrian reconnects with his brother and estranged childhood friend, as he struggles to divulge his dire circumstances to his religious parents. Under Tan’s emotional and poignant direction, 1985’s characters bring tension and a strained tenderness into every scene, creating a haunting elegy for a generation of gay men. 1985 stars Cory Michael Smith (Gotham), Michael Chiklis (The Commish), Virginia Madsen (Designated Survivor), Jamie Chung (The Gifted). Director Yen Tan will be in attendance, at the VQFF Opening Gala to introduce his film, as well as at the repeat screening August 10.

Following the opening screening the Festival really gets going with the Opening Gala Party, taking place under the stars at the šx???ex?n Xwtl’a7shn Plaza (QET Plaza). Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and white finery as an homage to Yen Tan’s stylistic choice for 1985, and will be treated to performances by contortionist Vixen Von Flex and dance troupe Coven, with beats from East Van DJs Body Party.

VQFF, Vancouver’s second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada runs August 9-19 at various venues throughout the city.  More than 70 films from 15 countries are featured at this year’s 30th anniversary Festival, along with 11 visiting filmmakers including guests from India, Philippines, United States, as well as numerous local directors and performing artists, in addition to parties and talkback sessions. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is presented by Out On Screen, for more information and tickets visit queerfilmfestival.ca

Three BC Artists Join The Skookum Festival Line-up

As previously announced, SKOOKUM festival is bringing music to Vancouver’s Stanley Park September 7-9, 2018.  Headlined by The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Metric, Mother Mother and others on four stages with over 50 performances, live and multimedia art installations; with food, BC wine, craft beer and other events throughout the weekend. 

Last month, Music BC and SKOOKUM festival organizers invited submissions from British Columbia-based music artists to be chosen to join the line up of prestigious artists. 

Due to the overwhelming number and quality of submissions three musical acts have been chosen to perform at SKOOKUM Festival 2018.
“The response far surpassed expectations,” said Lindsay MacPherson, Program Manager of Music BC. “A total of 371 individual artists and bands submitted to perform at SKOOKUM. They demonstrated the immense level of talent that exists in this province and made the final decision, a very difficult one.” 

The three diverse local artists coming to the stage at SKOOKUM are:

Haley Blais: 

A prolific creative force, Haley Blais’ sometimes self-deprecating, yet always self-loving relatability earned her a massive online following, racking in million views on her Youtube channel.  Starting out as a solo folk artist in 2016, audience demand pulled her offline and into the real world, with the release of her debut EP Late Bloomer and a successful tour. Drawing comparisons to heavy-hitters like Feist, The Cranberries and Cat Power, Blais’ new EP “Let Yourself Go” shows the artist continuing to grow with a fully formed indie pop sound and backing band. The lead single “Small Foreign Faction” has already taken the internet by storm, collecting critical acclaim and bolstering over 300,000 streams within weeks of release. 

Andrew Phelan:

Australian born, Vancouver-based singer Andrew Phelan writes close to the chest, and this heartfelt approach to songwriting quickly ledhim cut a path in the Canadian music scene as the charming front man of Vancouver Folk band The River and The Road. The River and The Road were nominated for 2015 best breakthrough album of the year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for their sophomore release Headlights, released in May. Since then, Andrew has continued performing solo and with a trio in Australia and Canada. The 2018 EP titled “Everything Rattles When I Breathe” is scheduled for release this Summer. 

Missy D:

Missy D is a Vancouver-based bilingual female emcee, hailing from the thousands of hills of Rwanda, the Drogba city of Cote d’lvoire and the Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe. She represents a blend of African cultures in her life-force and in her music. She loves to blend old school and new school Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B. Missy D is a blend of your mother’s favorite groovy tunes and your family rap jams, some call it “Rap & Soul”. She recently released her debut album “When Music Hits You Feel No Pain”. Missy D embraces diversity in instrumentals, music, and most of all people! 

For those who don’t want to wait until September, Mother Mother are playing an intimate show at The Imperial on Main Street, this Thursday May 31st. Part of SKOOKUM After Dark series, the show celebrates the 10th anniversary of their acclaimed album O My Heart.

For details about SKOOKUM passes and more information visit skookumfestival.com

Pacific Northwest Music Festivals 2018

This week, Rifflandia Festival revealed its 2018 lineup featuring Hey Ocean!, Current Swell, Blitzen Trapper, and others, but before that September fest happens, many more acts will take to festival stages around the Pacific Northwest.

Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals and outdoor shows in Oregon, Washington, Alberta and BC.
(Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Sasquatch! – George, WA May 25 – 27, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Tyler, The Creator, Ray Lamontagne…

Deer Lake Park

Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Rock/Pop/Blues  – Bon Iver(May 26), Vance Joy(June 30), Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival (August 11), Portugal The Man/Broken Social Scene(September 1), Ms Lauryn Hill(September 14), Ben Howard(September 20)

Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Rock/Pop/Blues – Tash Sultana (May 24), King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard(June 5), Xavier Rudd(June 9), The Head & The Heart(September 18)

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 20-24, 2018– Multi-Genre – Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Deerhoof…

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 22 – July 1, 2018 – Jazz – Macy Gray, Dee Dee Bridgewater & The Memphis Soulphony, Jameson Ross…

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 22 – July 2, 2018 – Jazz – Macy Gray, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Bonobo, The Jerry Douglas Band…

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR July 4 – 7, 2018 – Blues – George Thorogood & The Destroyers, The Mavericks, Beth Hart, Ruthie Foster…

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 6 – 7, 2018 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – Future, Kygo, Kascade…

Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series – Calgary, AB July 6 – 15, 2018 – Country – Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 6 – 16, 2018 – World/Folk/Rock – Buffy St Marie, Chilliwack, Shari Ulrich, Bobs & Lolo…

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 13 – 15, 2018 – Folk/Rock – Arlo Guthrie, Passenger, Ry Cooder, Walk off the Earth…

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 13 – 15, 2018 – Folk – Ry Cooder, Neko Case, Rodney Crowell, Carol Pope…

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 20 – 22, 2018 – Keys N Krates, Reggie Watts, The Revolution, Kelis…

Capital Hill Block Party – Capital Hill, Seattle, WA July 20 – 22, 2018 – Pop/Rock – Father John Misty, Dillon Francis, Bettywho, Goldlink…

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 27 – 29, 2018 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Zedd, Wu-Tang Clan, French Montana…

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 2 – 5, 2018 – Country – Eric Church, Dallas Smith, Brett Eldridge, Meghan Patrick…

Harmony Arts Festival – West Vancouver, BC August 3-12, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Buckman Coe, Sarah Jane Scouten, Jane Mortifee & Friends…

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 10 – 13, 2018 – Electronic – Dizzee Rascal, Krafty Kuts, The Funk Hunters…

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 16 – 19, 2018 – Blues/Roots – Colin James, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Family Stone, Kym Gouchie & Northern Sky…

Ambleside Park

Rock Ambleside Park – West Vancouver, BC – August 17 – 19, 2018 – Classic Rock – Loverboy, Little River Band, Trooper, Nazareth…

Cumberland Wild– Cumberland, BC August 18 – 19, 2018 – Rock – Elliott Brood, Five Alarm Funk, The Pack AD, Bend Sinister…

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA  August 31- September  2, 2018 – Multi-Genre – J.Cole, The Chainsmokers, SZA, Fleet Foxes…

Skookum Festival – Vancouver, BC September 7 – 9, 2018 – Multi-Genre – The Killers, Florence + The Machine, Metric, Stereophonic…

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 13 – 16, 2018 – Multi-Genre – Daniel Caesar, The Zolas, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer…