Ho! Ho! Ho! The Holidays are here and Santa is on his way!
Santa will be riding into town this weekend, for the 15th Annual Vancouver Santa Claus Parade, December 2, 2018.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to fill downtown Vancouver to view the parade, volunteer and participate in the parade in bands, choirs, floats and community organizations. Before the parade, fuel up your troupe with Breakfast with Santa at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from 9:30am – 10:30am. Then at Noon, the parade route begins at West Georgia at Broughton Street, runs east on West Georgia to Howe Street then comes to an end at Howe at Davie Street. The route passes Christmas Square at šx????n?q Xwtl’e7én? Square at Vancouver Art Gallery, which features fun for kids, young and old face painting, kids crafts, ‘letters to Santa’ writing stations, entertainment and more.
As well, Vancouver Santa Claus Parade charity partners the CKNW Kids’ Fund and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank will also be onsite at the Square collecting donations. If you forget to bring your donation to the parade, stop by a TELUS corporate store until December 9th, for every food bank item donated to the collection boxes in the stores, TELUS will donate an additional $5.00 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. After the parade, head to Telus Garden Laneway between Robson and West Georgia St, for more entertainment, festive fun and get a family photo with Santa.
With the big crowds it is best to plan ahead, arrive early, take transit to avoid the road closures. Viewing is most congested around the Georgia Steet & Howe Street intersection, good options are to watch near the start or finish of the route. An accessible viewing area set up in on the East side of Howe Street, just south of Georgia Street. If you can’t make it to downtown Vancouver to watch the parade in person, tune into Global BC and BC1 to watch the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade telecast starting a week after the parade.
Honda Celebration of Light organizers recently announced the line-up of acts taking to the Park Stage at Second Beach during the three days of music during the fireworks festival.
The Park Stage at Second Beach performers offer enjoyment for all ages and offer a full-day of entertainment leading up to the 28th annual fireworks show above English Bay on July 28th, August 1st and August 4th. The line-up features a diverse list of musical acts including Jully Black, Five Alarm Funk and Busty and the Bass.
Other acts joining taking Stage include Bend Sinister, DiRTY RADiO, Missy D & Friends, Ashleigh Ball, Schwey, The X Presidents, Sister Says, The Hairfarmers, Luca Fogale, Alex Maher and Niska Napoleon.
The free festival at Second Beach will also features food trucks, the REMAX Family Zone, and other sponsor activations. Licensed from 2pm – 9pm the festival is the perfect place for friends andfamily to enjoy the friendly and entertaining atmosphere with an afternoon of music, beverages, food, and (hopefully) sunshine.
If the Park Stage at Second Beach isn’t your scene, Honda Celebration of Light offers plenty of ways to make the most of all that the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world has to offer, from the prime viewing at The Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof, the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk or with guaranteed family friendly seating at the YVR Observation Deck.
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 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)
From July 13 to 15, 2018, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival will once again take over Jericho Beach Park. The 42nd Annual Festival brings folk fans, friends and families, another line-up of the best of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from around the world.
Legends, up and comers, deliver global rhythms, from the likes of Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Rodney Crowell and James McMurtry; to The Dead South, Carole Pope and Archie Roach or Ranky Tanky, Wazimbo & Banda Kakana and Dakhabrakha. The Vancouver Folk Music Festival has an extraordinary range of cultures and genres on stage – a gathering of sound, sight and experience you simply won’t see anywhere else.
The line up for The 2018 Festival includes;
Art Bergmann, Wallis Bird, Mariel Buckley Band, Steph Cameron, Neko Case, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Rodney Crowell, Alex Cuba, DakhaBrakha, Dálava, Darlingside, Guy Davis, The Dead South, Las Estrellas de Vancouver, Mick Flannery, Dori Freeman, Gamelan Bike Bike, Ilaria Graziano e Francesco Forni, Gordon Grdina’s Haram, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Iskwé, Kacy & Clayton, Martin Kerr, Ezra Kwizera, Grant Lawrence and Friends, Little Miss Higgins, John Lowell Band, A Familia Machado, James McMurtry, Melingo, Mike Munson, Murfitt and Main, Dawn Pemberton, Petunia and the Vipers, Carole Pope, Les Poules a Colin, Professor Banjo & Estro Jennies, Quantum Tangle, Ranky Tanky, Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, Archie Roach, Small Glories, Son de Madera, Jayme Stone’s Folklife, Leonard Sumner, Three Women and the Truth, Viper Central, Skye Wallace, Wazimbo and Banda Kakana, Donovan Woods
See for yourself why readers of The Georgia Straight has voted the Vancouver Folk Music Festival “Best Local Music Festival” 6 years in a row. Discounted early bird weekend passes are on sale now for the 2018 Vancouver Folk Music Festival until May 11th
Canada has a rich and diverse history of making and welcoming great music. In celebration of Canada 150 and to celebrate the country’s vibrant music scene, Live Nation Canada is rewarding the country’s live music fans by offering a chance to win tickets to the most incredible concerts of 2017, including Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo, Coldplay, Guns n’ Roses, Halsey, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Miranda Lambert, Nickelback, One Republic, The Weeknd, and more.
From now until September 24th, fans can enter each day for a chance to win a pair of tickets to select shows across the nation by visiting LiveNation150.com. Winners will be drawn on a weekly basis until the final draw, Sunday, September 24
Participating Artists Included in #LiveNation150 Giveaway For a full list of participating shows, please visit LiveNation150.com
A Perfect Circle Arcade Fire Blue Rodeo Chris Hadfield Chris Rock Coldplay Daniel O’Donnell Dean Brody Depeche Mode Enrique Iglesias Fall Out Boy Family Channel’s Big Ticket Concert Guns N’ Roses Halsey Imagine Dragons Janet Jackson Jay-Z Jimmy Buffett John Mayer Kendrick Lamar Kings of Leon LCD Soundsystem Lionel Richie Logic Matchbox Twenty Midnight Oil Miranda Lambert Ms. Lauryn Hill Nas Nickelback OneRepublic Paul Weller Queens of the Stone Age Rise Against Scorpions The Weeknd Zac Brown Band Zedd
For full contest details and to enter daily visit livenation150.com and visit livenation.com for the list of other upcoming concerts and festivals.
While many other festivals are being cancelled or suffering from bad PR, Phillips Backyard Weekender returns for it’s 5th year, on July 7 – 9, 2017 at the Phillips Brewery Backyard in Victoria. In it’s short history, the Weekender has become a staple of the Victoria music scene. Being just on the edge of downtown Victoria, the Phillips Backyard is a perfect spot for a social hive of music, beer and camaraderie. This year’s three-day festival packs in great music and entertainment along with food from Victoria’s Coast Lunch Box, L’Authentique, Taco Justice, DeadBeetz, Island Mini Donuts and more then wash it down with Phillips Brewing award winning beers.
The 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender is:
Friday July 7th: Open 4pm – 10pm Common Kings, Junior Reed, Oddisee, Polyrythmics, The Velveteins and DJ Tim Horner
Saturday July 8th: Open 1pm – 10pm Cake, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, PPL MVR, Little Destroyer, Fortune Killers, Electric Timber Co., Kermode and DJ Bellyfish
Sunday July 9th: Open noon – 9pm Current Swell, Allen Stone, Mariachi Flor De Toloache, Vince Vaccaro, The Brass, Distant Grand and DJ Mike D
Phillips Backyard is located at 2010 Government Street, Victoria BC Tickets are on sale on now at ticketfly.com or in-person at Phillips Brewery. Weekend Passes – $105, Single Day: Friday – $34.50, Saturday – $46.50, Sunday – $42.50 Get more line-up, festival and ticket information online at backyardweekender.com
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The Coachella Music and Arts Festival is underway, ushering in the 2017 Music Festivals season.
Sasquatch! Festival is coming up on the US Memorial Day weekend, starting off the festival season in our corner of the continent.
Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals 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 26 – 28, 2017 – Multi-Genre – Frank Ocean, Twenty One Pilots, Change the Rapper, The Head & The Heart, MGMT, The Shins
Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues – Jack Johnson, Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival.
Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues – Father John Misty, Midnight Oil, Spoon, John Butler Trio, Fleet Foxes