Picks Of The Week – June 25, 2014

The first full week of Summer is underway, and wrapping up June with some entertaining fun for the picks of the week.

Taste: Take a tour around town to experience Tasting Plate – Latin American Flavours with Vancouver Foodster and fellow foodies this evening.

HipHop: Get to Fortune Sound Club tonight to catch the beats of American hip hop artist Asher Roth

Chocolate: Learn the ins and outs of craft chocolate making at Xoxolat’s Meet The Maker series bring Dick Taylor of Dick Taylor’s Craft Chocolate to the Home Street shop on Thursday.

Indie: See what the buzz is about as LA based Fitz & The Tantrums hit the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night

Drag: This Thursday at Liberace, at Celebrities get your drag on for a chance to win tickets to see Cher at Rogers Arena

Retro: We Are Men, We Are DEVO will take you back a few decades when the punk icons fill the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night.

Diva: Rogers Arena will be alive with dancing fans as the ultimate diva Cher takes over the stage on Friday night.

Roar: The BC Lions get their second home game underway at BC Place against Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday

Buskers: Saturday & Sunday Granville Street will come alive as the 2014 Vancouver International Busker Festival features dozens of street performers all weekend

RockYou: For a second night a legendary act will fill Rogers Arena when Queen with Adam Lambert play on Saturday night.

 

Live At Squamish Music Festival

Live At Squamish Music Festival – September 4, 2010 

The inaugural edition of Live At Squamish (LAS) occurred over the Labour Day Long Weekend. This new multi-stage music and arts festival took over the Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields in Squamish, BC for two days of good times.

My British friend Jim, who is a veteran of music festivals back home in England, and I both thought it was a really well organized, well run event. (Could have used a couple more signs on the highway guiding vehicle traffic to the site but that’s easily fixed next year).  I’ve been to a few festivals both in England and Canada and found LAS to be better than most.

with "Square The Bear"

Even though the ticket sales weren’t as high as I’m sure organizers, brandLIVE would have liked, I really admire their strategy of having a 5 year plan to make LAS a success. It shows they are in it for the long haul and are determined to do it ‘right’.  This year’s music line-up was a fairly low key mix of local and foreign acts like: Said The Whale, Jon & Roy, Seb Fontaine, Matthew Good, Dirty Vegas, Mother Mother, Bad Religion, Devo, The Decemberists.
Although a ‘bigger’ name would have sold more tickets I think they were wise to keep it simple.  This allowed them to work any kinks out without being overwhelmed by massive crowds. 
The whole vibe of this event was very chill and relaxed.  The venue itself was beautiful, the main stage had The Stawamus Chief as the backdrop, the smaller stages were set amongst the trees. There was lots of room between the stages too which meant there was very little overlap of sound, an issue with some other festival sites. The sound at all the stages was excellent, the clubZone dance stage has a great light show as well from Tony Pantages.
The layout of the whole site was very well done too. The vendors were set up around the edges of the field so no matter where you were you could still see/hear the main stage or they were in the transition areas between the stages to you passed them on the way between.  There was a great mix of artisans, corporate (Asus, Telus etc) and food vendors throughout the site. Each stage also had a beer garden along side, so it didn’t look like anyone was waiting very long if they chose to have an adult beverage.  Plenty of washrooms were located in a couple of areas and there was a set of sinks set up so people could fill up on clean tap water for drinking. The organizers encouraging people to bring their own containers to drink from eventhough there was beverages sold by the food vendors. I say kudos to brandLIVE for encouraging the use of tap water and reusable containers!
I cannot say enough good things about the organization of the whole event.

I’m looking forward to having plans on my Labour Day weekends for at least the next few years! See you there!