Picks of the Week – June 28, 2017

This weekend marks the crescendo of the year long Canada 150 celebrations for Canada’s sesquicentennial providing plenty of activities in the picks of the week.

Canada 150! : On Saturday and throughout the weekend Canada Day events will be everywhere you turn, check out our list of what’s on for Canada Day at Canada Place, Steveston, Surrey, Burnaby, New West and more

Jazz: Vancouver International Jazz festival continues through the week;  highlights include the great Branford Marsalis playing with the VSO tonight and Thievery Corporation tomorrow at the Orpheum Theatre

Food: Feast on over to Olympic Village for Canada Day Cook Out a fantastic weekend will with concerts throughout the weekend, mix with YVR Food Fest: Street Food Showdown, a gigantic BBQ plus food talks, collaborative dinner plus much more.

Doc: Come Together a documentary film exploring the coming together of North and South American artists to begin an Art Festival in Bogota, Columbia. Friday night take in one of three premier screenings followed by Art Exhibit plus opening night party

Future: As we celebrate Canada 150, experience what it will be like in another 150 years at FUSE 2167 late night at the Vancouver Art Gallery, open from 8 – 2am the VAG is filled with future, fun and festivities.


Shakespeare:  Bard on the Beach is under the tents at Vanier Park, Much Ado About Nothing and The Winter’s Tale are on the BMO Mainstage with The Merchant of Venice and Two Gentlemen of Verona in previews on the Howard Family Stage.

Rock: They Will Rock You…Queen with Adam Lambert perform at Rogers Arena on Sunday evening.

Stage: The Arts Club Theatre Company has a pair of shows on now; Million Dollar Quartet at The Stanley Stage, extended until July 16th, Hand To God at The Goldcorp Stage, until June 25th and Bittergirl The Musical running until July 29th at Granville Island Stage

Canada 150! Where to Celebrate Canada Day 2017

After a year long build up Canada 150 celebrations reach their peak this weekend.  With Canada Day, July 1st falling on Saturday there’s plenty of time to relax after your celebrations. Here’s a few of the events happening around Metro Vancouver this Canada Day.

Canada Day At Canada Place

Canada Day at Canada Place: 9:45am – 10pm July 1 / 8:30am – 6:30pm July 2 Canada Place, Jack Poole Plaza and Canada Place Way.
For Canada 150, Western Canada’s largest celebrations spread over two days, July 1 & 2, featuring the Canada Day parade, Citizenship Ceremony, Canadian Forces Displays, Kids Zones, Pancake Breakfast, five Concert Stages with Sam Roberts, FEFE, Emerson Drive, Hey Ocean!, Dragonette and more.


Canada Day Fireworks over Canada Place

Canada Day Fireworks: 10:30pm two barges; Coal Harbour off Canada Place and off shore of Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver
Ticketed viewing available on Canadian Trail at Canada Place, tickets $15 open from 8:30pm
Best free viewing locations; Coal Harbour, Vancouver Convention Centre, Stanley Park (near 9 o’clock gun), Crab Park or Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver.

Canada Day on Granville Island: All-Day Granville Island
Fun and festivities for the whole family fill Granville Island on Canada Day. First Nations performers, Buskers, Parade, Kayak demonstrations, Lobster Man Cook Out, Water Park & Picnic Areas, Kids Market activities, Artisan Markets, and Vancouver International Jazz Festival performances throughout the day.

North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations: noon – 4pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Artisan Craft Market, Food Trucks, Kids Play Area, and performances including Lions Gate Chorus, Axé Capoeira, Pro Arté, Mazacote, and many more.

North Vancouver Canada 150 Evening: 6:30pm – 10:30pm Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Canada 150 event sponsored by Rotary Club of Lions Gate featuring a free concert with Dreams; Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band and Arrival; Abba Tribute Band plus Tom Lanvin & the Legendary Powder Blues Band. After, watch the Canada Day Fireworks

Canada Day at Burnaby Village Museum: 11am – 4:30pm Burnaby Village Museum
A historic Canada Day deserves a day with history, experience how things were done in the 1920s with photo stops, RCMP Red Serge, entertainment from Coast Salish Singers and Dancers, Tian-Jin Temple Drummers, Kokomo African Heritage Ensemble, Acadamie Duello, and much more

Canada 150 at Queen’s Park: 11:30am – 3:30pm Queen’s Park, New Westminster
Art, music, demonstrations, displays and activities for the whole family at Queens Park. Plus evening Fireworks at 10pm on the Fraser River between River Market and Inn at the Quay.

Richmond Canada Day in Steveston: 10:00am – 10:30pm Steveston Village, Richmond
Combined with Steveston Salmon Festival, the village is packed with food trucks, entertainment and activities.  The Concert Stage features Wintersleep, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Youngblood, DJ Seko, Watasun and more. Then Fireworks Show along the Steveston Waterfront at 10:15pm

Canada Day Surrey: 10am – 10:30pm Bill Reid Amphitheatre, Surrey.
Amusement Rides, Toddler Town & Kids Zone, Strawberry Tea, Demos, Sports Zone, plus day-long concerts stage featuring Chilliwack, Magic!, Hedley and many more wrapping up the day with Fireworks at 10:30pm

Picks of the Week – April 26, 2017

While the rain keep piling up, let’s see what fun we can find in the picks of the week to take our minds off of it.

Taste: Explore the flavours of the North Shore on Tasting Plates North Van Edition tonight

Folk: British folk singer/songwriter Laura Marling takes the stage at The Vogue Theatre on Wednesday night.

Rock: Fan faves, Jimmy Eat World return to Vancouver with a Wednesday night show at the Commodore Ballroom

Laughs: There’s still another week to enjoy the laughs and tales of the Arts Club Granville Stage Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty

Drama: The new work, The Piano Teacher is on the Arts Club’s Goldcorp Stage at BMO Theatre Centre until May 14th.

Icon: The incomparable Jackson Browne brings his legendary catalogue to the stage at Vancouver Centre for Performing Arts

Indie: The Brits are back in town as Bastille take the stage at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC

Drag: Carlotta Gurl gets glam with Mina Mercury, Mandy Kamp and others at Sissy Boy: Glam Babes on Friday night at The Odyssey

photo: miscelleneous productions

Free: This Saturday take part in a free-open rehearsal for the upcoming show MONSTERS at The Dance Centre

Improv: The improv pros Vancouver Theatresports League take on HBO’s Westworld with Western World

Blooms:  The Abbotsford Tulip Festival  brings explosions of colour to the Fraser Valley until May 20th

Photos: The 4th Annual Capture Photography Festival continues to bring lens based art to all corners of the city until the end of this month

Picks of the Week – April 19, 2017

Can you believe Spring is already a month old?! Let’s see if we can find some Spring activity in the picks of the week

Sing: Singer/Songwriter John Mayer share his guitar and voice with the audience at Rogers Arena tonight

Laughs: The Arts Club Granville Stage welcomes the return of the moms, Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty is another hilarious and touching edition of the Mom’s the Word series.

Rock: Classic British rockers The Zombies play the Commodore Ballroom on Friday

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

Wine: Harrison Uncorked Wine Festival welcomes more than a dozen of the regions local wineries to Harrison Hot Springs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Angels: The acclaimed Angels in America: Part 1 onstage at The Arts Club’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until Sunday

Blues: Vancouver’s The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer bring the blues to the stage at Commodore Ballroom on Saturday night.

90s: Saturday night, there’s a time warp at Abbotsford Event Centre with I Love the 90s Tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt n Pepa, Rob Base, Color Me Badd, Young MC, All 4 One

Blooms: Until May 10th, take in the explosion of colour a the Abbotsford Tulip Festival 

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

Cherries: It’s your final week to experience the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival  before the petals drop for another year


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

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;
Rock the shores

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