15th Annual Santa Claus Parade is on its way

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 2018 Park Stage Line-Up

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 and  family to enjoy the friendly and entertaining atmosphere with an afternoon of music, beverages, food, and (hopefully) sunshine.  

Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof

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. 

For a full schedule, event details and tickets visit hondacelebrationoflight.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…

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Debuts 2018 Line Up

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.

Neko Case

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;

Ry Cooder

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

Live Nation Canada is Giving Away 150 Pairs of Tickets

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.

The Phillips Backyard Weekender 2017 line-up

This week, Atomique Productions announced the line-up for the 2017 Phillips Backyard Weekender.

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Phillips Backyard Weekender Line-Up

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

Check our past year’s photos and follow along on this year’s by following the Backyard Weekender on social; instagram, twitter, facebook

PACIFIC NORTHWEST MUSIC FESTIVALS 2017

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

Concerts in Deer Lake Park

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

Concerts at Malkin Bowl

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 23 – July 2, 2017 – Jazz – Mavis Staples, Kandace Springs, Ziggy Marley

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 22 – July 2, 2017 – Jazz – Seu Jorge, Branford Marsalis with the VSO, Ziggy Marley

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 21-25, 2017– Multi-Genre – Shonen Knife, DJ Quik, Low, Mike Watt, MONO

Tall Tree Music Festival – Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew, BC – June 23 – 26, 2017 – Multi- Genre – Tokyo Police Club, Cave Singers, Jon & Roy

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR June 30 – July 4, 2017 – Blues – 30th Anniversary – Chris Isaak, Jos Stone, Booker T Stax Review

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 7 – 8, 2017 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – The Chainsmokers, Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Dillon Francis 

Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series 2016 – Calgary, AB July 7 – 16, 2017 – Country – Johnny Reid, Brooks & Dunn, Alabama, Usher & The Roots, Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 7 – 9, 2017 – TBA

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 8 – 16, 2017 – World/Folk/Rock – Buckman Coe, Stephen Fearing, Coco Jafro, Colin Linden

Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC July 13 – 16, 2017 – Multi-genre – TBA

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 14 – 16, 2017 – Folk – 40th Anniversary – Ferron, Archie Roach and more TBA

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 14 – 16, 2017 – Folk/Rock – Barenaked Ladies, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Rita Coolidge, Stephen Fearing

Capital Hill Block Party – Capital Hill, Seattle, WA July 21 – 23, 2017 – Pop/Rock – Diplo, Wolf Parade, Lord Huron, Mykki Blanco

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 28 – 30, 2017 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Snoop Dogg, Marshmello, ScHoolboy Q

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 3 – 4, 2017 – Country – Aaron Pritchett, Brett Kissel, Kacey Musgraves, The Band Perry, Toby Keith, Willie Nelson & Family

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 11 – 14, 2017 – Electronic – A-Trak, The Orb, Stanton Warriors

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 17 – 20, 2017 – Blues/Roots – Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Five Alarm Funk, Frazey Ford, Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Rock Ambleside Park – West Vancouver, BC – August 18 – 20, 2017 – Randy Bachman, April Wine, Honeymoon Suite, Glass Tiger, Platinum Blonde.

Atmosphere Gathering – Cumberland, BC August 18 – 20, 2017 – World/Electronic – Dirty Radio, Neon Steve, Half Moon Run, DJ Shub

Motion Notion – Golden, BC August 24 – 28, 2017 – EDM – Datsik, Avalon, Dirtyphonics, Minnesota

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA September 1-3, 2017 – Multi-Genre – TBA

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 14 – 17, 2017 – Multi-Genre – 10th Anniversary – TBA