Dirty: Saturday night, Amorous Production gets Down & Dirty on Davie with a night of live performances by Mizzy, Freeman Young, Emcee Kavi, Sam Chimes, Dapper Harlots hosted by Matt Pagani and Emily Roop at XYYVR
Desert: Can’t make it to Coachella this weekend? The Biltmore Cabaret offers Nochella their own take on the desert music fest this Saturday.
Summer is always the season of outdoor music festivals and concerts. While the lower mainland’s music festivals tend to get the bulk of the buzz and attention, Vancouver Island is becoming a major destination for music festivals of all styles, attracting big names and small.
Just in time for your summer holidays, the next few weeks finds a multitude of music festivals all over Vancouver Island. Here’s a few of them;
Vancouver Island Music Festival: Comox Valley Fairgrounds, Courtenay – July 8 – 10, 2016 Acts include: 54-40, The Trews, Serena Ryder, Jim Byrnes, Ashley MacIsaac, John Prine
The Phillips Backyard Weekender: Phillips Brewery Backyard, Victoria – July 8 – 10, 2016 Acts include: Milky Chance, The Funkhunters, A Tribe Called Red, Bahamas, The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff
A Very Musical Weekend: Morningstar Farm/Little Qualicum Cheesworks – July 16 – 17, 2016 Classical Saturday with Pinnacle Brass Quintet, Jazz Sunday with Dockside Drive Band
Chemainus Bluegrass Festival: Waterwheel Park, Chemainus – July 16-17, 2016 Acts include: FarmStrong, The Spinney Brothers, Clover Point Drifters, Harmony Ridge & Friends
Rock The Shores: West Shores Parks & Rec Fields – July 22 – 24, 2016 Acts include: City and Colour, Metric, The Arkells, Current Swell, The Cat Empire, Jon & Roy
Sunfest: Laketown Ranch, Cowichan Valley – July 28 – 31, 2016 Acts include: Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Dallas Smith, Neal McCoy, The Road Hammers
Filberg Festival: Filberg Lodge & Park, Comox – July 29 – Aug 1, 2016 Acts include: Bellflowers, Great Lake Swimmers, Alex Cuba, Twin Kennedy, Melanie Dekker
Symphony by the Sea: Mafeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo – Aug 8, 2016 Free concert by Vancouver Island Symphony with Tenor Ken Lavigne and Child Piano Prodigy Kevin Chen
Rifflandia Festival: Royal Athletic Park + various venues – Sep 15 -18, 2016 Acts include: Jurassic 5, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Wolf Parade, X Ambassadors, De La Soul, Keys & Krates, Lee Scratch Perry
The first weekend of Coachella Music and Arts Festival is in the books and creating a big buzz on social with surprise performances by artists, celebrity spotting in the crowd and an amazing line-up of music on stage.
Sasquatch! Festival is coming up in May and kicks off the music 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 27 – 30, 2016 – Multi-Genre – Florence & The Machine, The Cure, Disclosure, Major Lazer, Sufjan Stevens, Leon Bridges, Jamie XX
Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Ongoing Summer Long – Rock/Pop/Blues – Alabama Shakes, The Cure, Weezer & Panic At The Disco!, Burnaby Blues Festival.
The Holidays are speeding towards us and with that, comes the busy shopping season. Why not avoid the frustration of the malls, experience one of the fun and festival Christmas Craft Markets to find something unique and handmade.
Check out these Christmas Craft Markets to get you in the festive spirit.
Circle Craft Christmas Market : November 11th – 15th – Vancouver Convention Centre West, the biggest market of them all, kicks off the Christmas Craft Season. Admission $12
River District Winter Craft Fair : Sundays in November and December – the 3rd edition, finds an expanded number of days filled with craft shopping at the River District Centre on Kerr Street. Free admission
Christmas at Hycroft : November 19th – 22rd – The Edwardian spendour of Hycroft Manor plays host to decor, artisans, family fun, entertainment and Santa. Admission $15
Vancouver Christmas Market : November 21st – December 24th – The popular Market returns to the Queen Elizabeth Plaza for a sixth season. Admission $8 (includes season pass)
Blim Holiday Market : November 22nd – Heritage Hall on Main Street has 50 artisans, jewellers, bakers and other vendors. Admission by donation
Dunbar Holiday Craft Fair : The 33rd edition, on November 28th – Hundreds of artists and vendors at Dunbar Community Centre with crafts, edible gifts, and entertainment. Admission $3 at door / $2 online
Strathcona Winter Fair : November 28th – The 5th Annual Winter Fair finds 50+ neighbourhood artists and non-profit vendors at Strathcona Community Centre – Admission $2
Make It! The Handmade Revolution : December 3rd – 6th at PNE Forum, join the handmade revolution with over 250 crafters, artisans and makers. Weekend admission $7
Toque 2015 : December 4th – 6th – The popular Western Front Annual Fundraiser and Craft Sale has added a day for you to show you support for the Wester Front’s year-round arts & music programs while getting your holiday shopping. Admission by donation
Vancouver Winter Wonderland : December 11th – 20th – A new 10 day Holiday festival takes over PNE Forum with entertainment, crafts, food and family holiday fun. Admission $5
Got Craft? Holiday Market : December 12th – 13th – The Pipe Shop Building is the new space for DIYers, crafters and handmade enthusiasts to come together for the two day sale. Admission $5 at the door / $3 online
Mid-July and some showers came to clear the air, but the forecast looks for the sun to return for your music filled picks of the week;
Festival: Music fans attention is focused up the Sea to Sky this weekend as Pemberton Festival opens, Thursday – Sunday bringing Kendrik Lemar, The Black Keys, Sam Roberts Band, Missy Elliot and more to the fields of Pemberton