Picks of the Week – April 12, 2017

Let’s hop to it and celebrate the Easter Long Weekend with these picks of the week;

Improv: Laugh your chaps off at Western World, the new show at Vancouver Theatresports League, their take on HBO’s Westworld

Glass Slipper: Broadway across Canada brings Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre until Sunday

Live: Thursday, Matthew Presidente performs a solo set of “Every Single Sin” live at XYYVR

Stage:  See the Canadian docu-play, The Watershed before it closes at The Gateway Theatre this weekend.

WhitecapsCascadia: The Vancouver Whitecaps haven’t started the MLS season as strongly as we’d like but Friday afternoon they kick off their Cascadia Cup campaign against Seattle Sounders.

Doggiestyle: The incomparable Snoop Dogg brings his rhythm and rhymes to the Rogers Arena stage on Friday

Angels: The acclaimed Angels in America: Part 1 continues at The Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage through April 23

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.

Photography: The 4th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring lens based art to all corners of the city throughout April.

CherryBlossomsBlossoms: The 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival continues with events and blossoms throughout the City until April 23rd.

Ten Vancouver Island Summer Music Festivals

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;
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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

Longwoodstock Beer & Music Festival: Longwood Brewery, Nanaimo – Aug 12 – 13, 2016
Acts include: Daniel Wesley, WiL, Northcote, John Middleton

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

Pacific NorthWest Music Festivals 2016

Deer Lake Park
Deer Lake Park

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.

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 24 – July 3, 2016 – Jazz – Joe Jackson, case/lang/viers, Gregory Porter, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC June 24 – July 3, 2016 – Jazz – Joe Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Sarah McLachlan, Legendary Downchild Blues Band

Sled Island Music & Arts Festival – Calgary, AB June 22-26, 2016 – Multi-Genre – Guided By Voices, Peaches, Built To Spill, TOPS,

Tall Tree Music Festival – Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew, BC – June 30 – July 3, 2016 – Multi- Genre – Mother Mother, Current Swell, Shad, Hollerado

Waterfront Blues Fest – Portland, OR July 1– 4, 2016 – Blues – Maceo Parker, Los Straitjackets, ZZ Ward, Grace Love & The True Loves

The Weeknd headlines FVDED 2015
The Weeknd headlines FVDED 2015

FVDED in the Park – Surrey, BC July 2 – 3, 2016 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – Jack U, Zedd, Travis Scott, RL Grime, Carnage


Calgary Stampede Virgin Mobile Stampede Series 2016 – Calgary, AB July 8 – 17, 2016 – Country – Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Dunham

Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley, BC July 8 – 10, 2016 – Folk/Rock – John Prine, Serena Ryder, 54-40, The Trews, Ashley MacIsaac

The Phillips Backyard Weekender – Victoria, BC July 8 – 10, 2016 – Milky Chance, Bahamas, A Tribe Called Red, The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff

Harrison Festival of the Arts – Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 9 – 17, 2016 – World/Folk/Rock – TBA

Monster Energy Centre of Gravity– Kelowna, BC July 8 – 10,2016 – EDM/Pop/HipHop & Sports – Skrillex, Ice Cube, Afrojack, Machine Gun Kelly

Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC July 14 – 17, 2016 – Multi-genre – Pearl Jam, Killers, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 15 – 17, 2016 – Folk – TBA

Motion Notion – Golden, BC July 21 – 25, 2016 – EDM – Aphrodite, Bear Grillz, Govinda, Love & Light, Zodiac and more to come.

Rock The Shores – Colwood, BC July 22 – 24, 2016 – Rock – Current Swell, Jesse Roper, Jon & Roy, City and Colour, The Cat Empire, Metric, Arkells

Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC July 28 – 31, 2016 – Country – Sam Hunt, The Road Hammers, Jon Micheal Montgomery, Dean Brody

Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC August 5 -8, 2016 – Electronic – Roni Size, Krust & Dynamite MC, Alunageorge

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm, BC August 19 – 21, 2016 – Blues/Roots – Dehli 2 Dublin, David Gogo, Great Lake Swimmers, Matt Andersen, Whitehorse

Atmosphere Gathering – Cumberland, BC August 19 – 21, 2016 – World/Electronic – Dehli 2 Dublin, Frazey Ford, Kinnie Starr, The Soul Rebels

Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle, WA September 2- 4, 2016 – Multi-Genre – TBA

Rifflandia Festival – Victoria, BC September 15 – 18, 2016 – Multi-Genre – TBA


Picks of the Week – January 20, 2016

The Vancouver winter festivals are in full swing but there’s still even more to do in the picks of the week

Eat: Dine Out Vancouver Festival is in full swing, there’s still plenty of restaurants to dine at and events to participate in until the Festival wraps January 31st.

Ahoy: The Vancouver International Boat Show sets sail today until Sunday, at two locations BC Place and Granville Island.

Arts:  The 2016 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is now underway, bringing three weeks of theatre, dance, performance arts, film and more to Vancouver.

Art/Eat: Tonight, part of Dine Out Vancouver Festival: Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island explores the food, drink and artists that make Granville Island the top destination.

Piano: XY presents a new take on Showtunes when they turn out Keys – Piano Bar & Live Showtunes on Wednesday evening

Folk: Thursday at The Commodore, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats perform their folk/R&B style

Cage: Another Dine Out event, Dinner At The Birdcage, benefitting Vancouver Friends For Life Society, bringing cabaret & drag to Guilt & Co on Thursday night.

Brat: The Bratpack is back! Head to XY Thursday night as Valynne Vile, Jane Smoker, Shanda Leer, Jem and Gia Metric get their bad girl act together with DJ Nick Bertossi

Rock: Friday night, multi-instumentalist Californian Ty Segall & The Muggers play the Vogue Theatre

Dubstep: Canadian DJ / Producer Excision brings his sounds to the Commodore for two nights, Friday and Saturday

Brunch: More Dine Out events, as Vancouver Foodster’s Brunch Crawls visit the downtown and North Vancouver neighbourhoods, Saturday and Sunday morning

Pride: The 2016 Whistler Pride & Ski Festival kicks off in Vancouver with Avalanche at Encore Dance Club with DJs Alan Jackinsky,  Landon James, then moves up to Whistler for a week-long celebration.

Country: Sunday night, former Survivor contestant and country artist Chase Rice plays the Commodore Ballroom.


Twelve 2015 Christmas Craft Markets

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-HycroftChristmas 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-poster-2015Dunbar 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

Portobello West Handmade for the Holidays Market : November 28th & 29th – The 9th annual market fills Creekside Community Centre with live music and vendors for all your local shopping needs. 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

VanWinterWonderland15Vancouver 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

Picks of the Week – September 16, 2015

Mid-September already!? How will you spend your final official weekend of Summer? Take a look at what’s in the picks of the week:

Taste: Tonight, Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates explores the burgeoning downtown South neighbourhood.

CONCACAF: Whitecaps FC are in CONCACAF Champions League action as they host CD Olimpia tonight at BC Place, then on Saturday evening they host Seattle Sounders

Hapa: The opening event for the 5th Annual Hapapalooza takes place at Vancouver Public Library – Main Branch tonight, starting 5 days celebrating people of Mixed Culture & Heritage

Dance: Australian electronic dance act, Empire Of The Sun play the Orpheum Theatre tonight

Festival: Across the pond, Rifflandia / Breakout West Festival takes off Thursday, bringing a weekend of great music and arts to Victoria.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s 2015-16 season gets underway with the play Disgraced running at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until October 18th.

Alt: NYC alternative group, Blonde Redhead bring their unique show to The Imperial on Thursday night.

Outdoor: Listen to the sounds of Modest Mouse, under the stars at Malkin Bowl on Friday night

RnB: The legendary voice & energy of Patti Labelle is sure to amaze the audience when she plays the Hard Rock Casino Theatre on Friday night.

Otters: XY Friday night is another edition of OTTRDSCO with DJ Damian Mack from Oz, pressing play for your evening’s entertainment

UBC: Find out what’s new at Westbrook Village in UBC on Saturday at 5th Annual Westbook Village Festival, a day of free activities and entertainment

Rock: The Imperial welcomes Tokyo Police Club to the club on Saturday night

Tribute: Saturday night, It’s A Kinda Magic, Queen Tribute act plays the River Rock Show Theatre.

Comedy: Stand-up comedian and TV Host Joe Rogan, brings his act to the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday night

Drag: Saturday night, XY’s ONYX has a special guest appearance from Rupaul’s Drag Race alumni Katya Zamolodchikova  and tunes by DJ Domtop

Life: Sunday, thousands will gather for the 30th Annual AIDS Walk for Life taking place at Sunset Beach



Picks of the Week – July 15, 2015

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

Folk: Jericho Beach Park is filled with the sound of folk July 17 – 19 for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

1D: The biggest boy band of the moment One Direction plan to fill BC Place with the sounds of pop on Friday.

Pop: Reunited after decades apart, Culture Club return to the stage for a pair of shows, Friday at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and Saturday at River Rock Show Theatre

Shores: Across the pond in Victoria, Rock The Shores fest brings The Black Keys, Jane’s Addiction, The Sheepdogs, Current Swell and more for two days of music

Rock: Celebrate 40 years of rock when RUSH plays Rogers Arena on Friday night.

Punk: Florida punk outfit Against Me! play The Vogue Theatre on Friday night

Fuzz: It’s the otters turn at XYYVR Fridays,  OTTRDSCO hosted by Katy Hairy with music by DJs Maxwell Maxwell and Ginger Bear Todd get the Friday fun going

Roots: John Mellencamp’s Plain Spoken Tour comes to town on Saturday night for a gig at Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Indie: Clap Your Hand Say Yeah are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their debut with a show at Electric Owl on Saturday night

Dark: XYYVR Saturdays turn ONYX when you’re entertained by DJ Del Stamp & Tiffany Ann Co

Space: Vancouver Arts & Leisure is the space for MARS presented by doppelgänger and Matt Troy, a night of out of this world entertainment with DJ Dreaddy, Quest, Taffi Louis, and Zarfan