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.
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
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: 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: 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
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
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
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