The West Coast Music Festival Line-Up 2014

This weekend Coachella Music & Arts Festival gets underway, marking the unofficial start of the West Coast Festival season. Here‘s a few of the festivals coming to the West Coast this year that make for a great weekend or day out.


Apr 11 – 13 & April 18 – 20: two weekends for Coachella Music Festival headlined by Outkast, Muse & Arcade Fire
Apr 11 – 20: Whistler comes alive with the World Ski & Snowboard Festival fills the village with music, arts and sports, kicked off by De La Soul.
Apr 16 – 20: Blueprint Events fills Vancouver with the dance music as SEASONS Electronic Music Festival takes over a variety of venues.
May 22 – 26: The small town of Bradley, California swells with music, yoga, speakers, workshops and performances during the Lightning In A Bottle festival, featuring a DJ set by Moby, Simian Mobile Disco, Ana Sia, Govin Das and Radha.May 23 – 25: Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge in Washington State features Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, M.I.A, Foster The People , Kid Cudi and many more.
June 11:  Vans Warped Tour gets underway for another year, unfortunately no Vancouver stop is scheduled, the closest venues are Washington State’s White River Amphitheatre on June 28th and Portland Expo Centre on June 29th.
June 14: Deer Lake Park is the site of CBCMUSIC.CA Festival with Tegan & Sara, Hannah Georgas, Spoons, Arkells and more.
June 18 – 22: Calgary’s  Sled Island festival brings Music, Comedy & Film to the city with Spiritualized, Neko Case, St Vincent, Horatio Sanz, Fred Armisen and many more.
June 20 – 22: Electric Daisy Carnival brings one of the biggest EDM events to Las Vegas.
June 27 – 29: The Tall Tree Festival brings Dan Mangan, Jon & Roy, The Dudes, Good For Grapes and more to Port Renfrew on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
July 4 – 13: The world famous Calgary Stampede has a big line-up of country, rock and pop stars like Dean Brody, Serena Ryder, Sean Desman, Corb Lund, Dragonette, Anjulie, K-OS, Hedley and Sam Roberts Band.
July 11 – 13: Victoria’s Rock The Shores fest expands to three days of great music with its recently announced lineup including Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, and The Wallflowers.
July 11 – 13: The Comox Valley come alive with Vancouver Island MusicFest’s diverse lineup including Bonnie Raitt, Angelique Kidjo, The Mavericks and Blind Boys of Alabama.
July 17 – 20: Get In Touch with your soul with Yoga and Music at Wanderlust California in Squaw Valley, CA
July 18 – 20: The Pemberton Music Festival breaks the quiet of the little village north of Whistler with its newly announced, long awaited lineup that includes Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Frank Ocean, Outkast & many more.
July 18 – 20: The Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival brings thousands to Jericho Beach Park to hear great music on the shores of English Bay.
July 25 – 27: Seattle’s Capital Hill Block Party takes over the neighbourhood for the annual 3 day festival.
July 31 – Aug 4: The village finds its zen as yoga and music comes to the slopes for Wanderlust Whistler.
Aug 7 – 9: Country fans gather in Mission BC for Rocking River Musicfest with Rascal Flatts, Terry Clark, Julian Austin and more.
Aug 8 – 10: Just a quick drive from Vancouver,  Squamish Valley Music Festival is headlined by Bruno Mars,  Arcade Fire and Eminem.
Aug 8 – 10: Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco ties in music, food, drink and art into one festival.

Rifflandia12Aug 8 – 11: the 17th Annual Shambala Festival brings over 300 acts to the depths of BC wilderness at the Salmo River Ranch in the West Kootenays.
Aug 9: For one day only, the annual Burnaby Blue & Roots Festival returns to Deer Lake Park.
Aug 30 – Sep 1: Seattle’s renowed Bumbershoot fills Seattle Center with music and arts for another the 2014 edition.
Sep 11 – 14: Rifflandia brings art and music to dozens of venues around Victoria.
Sep 24 – 28: Seattle’s 11th Annual Decibel Festival of electronic music, visual arts and new media.


Picks Of The Week – Aug 7, 2013

Here we are, heading into the peak of summer with another sunshiny weekend on the horizon and lots to do.

Stage: Take a trip back to the nineties and high school at Riverview High. The musical comedy plays until Aug 25th at the Firehall Theatre.

Fest: Squamish Valley Music Festival brings Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Gogol Bordello, Dan Mangan, and dozens more to Hendrickson Fields & Logger Sports Ground, August 8, 9 and 10.

Street: If you’re visiting Squamish for the Festival, make a sidetrip downtown for the 2nd annual “On The Steet” fair, Saturday from 9am – 4pm; pancake breakfast, sidewalk sales, Art zones, kids craft areas, music, food and marketplace all lining Cleveland Ave.

Benefit: Help Keep The WISE Alive with a benefit concert on Friday Aug 9th to support renovations to the WISE Hall’s roof.

Air: If music isn’t to your liking, take a drive the opposite direction to Abbotsford for the 2013 Abbotsford Airshow. Hundreds of aircraft on static display and in flight have bbrf-2013been wowing the crowds for 5 decades. This year, be prepare to be wowed August 9, 10 & 11th.

Dress-up: Don your best hat and dress gear and take to the races at Hastings Park joining Vancouver’s young professionals for the annual Deighton Cup Weekend.

Dance: Give your feet a workout and check out Di2trict Saturdays at Ginger 62 with DJ Adam Dreaddy and DJ Adam Hennessy’s Birthday set on Aug 10th.

Blues: Beautiful Deer Lake comes alive with the sound of music from the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival headlined by Blue Rodeo on Saturday Aug 10

Kicks: Feel the earth move as San Jose Earthquakes come to town to challenge host Vancouver Whitecaps in BC Place on Saturday at 4:30pm

Jazz: Let jazz legend Harry Connick Jr tickle your ivories at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Sunday August 11



Vancouver on Parades

ChinatownParade20130217-171752.jpgLast Sunday, the 40th Chinese New Year parade brought thousands out to the streets of Vancouver’s Chinatown to watch the multicultural festivities. The accompanying Spring Festival provided entertainment and activities all around Chinatown all weekend. It was great to see all generations coming together to celebrate the first festival of the year.
While Metro Vancouverites are often complaining about parades that have passed into the history books; PNE Parade, SeaFestival and others over the year. However, there are still plenty of parades around town for everyone to check out throughout the year…after all everyone loves a parade

1. Chinese New Year Parade – January / February
2. CelticFest / St Patrick’s Day Parade – March
3. Vancouver / Surrey Vaisakhi Day Parades – April
4. Point Grey Fiesta Parade – June
5. Canada Day at Canada Place Parade – July
6. Vancouver Pride Parade – August
7. Parade Of Lost Souls – October
8. Rogers Santa Claus Parade – December


Culture Days 2012

Since its inception in 2010, Culture Days has taken root in more than 700 cities and towns across the country.
Culture Days are a volunteer driven national movement with a goal to raise awareness and participation in the arts and culture community. This year’s Culture Days takes place on September 28, 29 and 30.  Across the country free, hands-on, interactive events will encourage the public to take a closer look at the arts scene in their hometown.
Cultural Days relies on volunteers and collaboration to evolve and grow.  Arts and cultural organizations, artists, governments, schools, businesses or individuals can submit their events to the Culture Days website to help spread the word and promote Arts and Culture.
Some of the events happening in Vancouver include backstage tours of the historic Orpheum Theatre, WritersConnect Vancouver – a look behind the process as songwriters work on new pieces, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival – a celebration of the full moon, Renfrew Ravine, Still Creek and the autumn or Discover the Lost Chinese Arts – a look at Chinese dance, music and culture.


The 2012 Music Festival Season starts soon!

Live at Squamish

Even though our west coast weather isn’t quite making us think of summer, it’s time to start planning for the Spring and Summer Music Festival Season. With the renowned Coachella Music Festival, coming up this month, as the kick off there’s a lot of great outdoor music coming.

Here ‘s a few of the festivals coming to the West Coast this year.

Coachella Music Festival covers two weekends, April 13-15 & 20-22
The Elements Festival celebrating electronic music is in Edmonton AB Apr 27-28

Sasquatch Festival – May 25-28 is at The Gorge in Washington State.
Deer Lake Park Concert Series starts with Bon Iver on May 25th at the Burnaby park
Get the Beat with some of the best electronic acts at I Love This City San Francisco May 25th & 26th and I Love This City San Diego May 27th & 28th

Vans Warped Tour kicks off it’s 2012 tour across North America June 16th and running through the summer.
Music, Comedy & Film take over various Calgary venues for Sled Island festival June 20-23
Foster The People are act two in the Deer Lake Park Concert Series June 25

Vancouver Island MusicFest is July 6-8th in the Comox Valley
The world famous Calgary Stampede has a big line-up of country, rock and pop stars from July 6-15th.
The 35th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festivalis at Jericho Beach Park July 13-15

Deer Lake Park

Merritt Mountain Music Festival runs July 19-22
Florence & The Machine with The Walkmen are already sold out for the final Deer Lake Park Concert Series July 20
Seattle’s Capital Hill Block Party takes over the neighbourhood July 20–22nd
Get In Touch with your soul at Wanderlust California in Squaw Valley over July 26-29

Country & Rock come together in Mission BC for Rocking River Musicfest Aug 9-11
Outside Lands Festival in San Fransisco encompasses DJ’s, Jazz and Rock Aug 10-12
Wanderlust Whistler uniquely brings together yoga, food and music Aug 23-26th
Live At Squamish returns for a 3rd round August 24-26



Bumbershoot celebrates another year as Seattle premier fest, Sept 1-3rd
Rifflandia is back for a fifth edition in Victoria Sept 13-16
Voices In The Park livens up Brockton Fields in Vancouver’s Stanley Park for one day Sept 15

What’s On Weekend – September 22-25, 2011

Lots of happenings this weekend!

Thursday Sept 22
– big things across the water in Victoria as Rifflandia Festival kicks off with 4 days, 110 artists across 9 stages.
– not to be left out, Vancouver has the third Olio Festival starting tonight. Music, comedy, film, and more across the city for 4 days.
– new night spot Vinyl Retro Lounge at 455 Abbott opens up with Basic Thursdays – dedicated to House music.
– At The Helm, Thursday nights’ “We Like Boys” is now free – that’s right, it’s not just the go-go boys who have no cover! 

Friday Sept 23
– Get a little bit country at Commodore Ballroom with the CMT HitList Tour featuring Dean Brody, Aaron Lines & Derec Ruttan.
– For a little bit rock and roll …catch local punk-chick duo The Pack A.D. at No Limits (68 5th Ave)

Saturday Sept 24
– cling to the last bit of summer with a great outdoor gig from Broken Social Scene at Malkin Bowl 
– hip hop legends De la Soul bust it out on the Commodore Ballroom stage
– At River Rock Show Theatre – Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive 35, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the iconic album.

Sunday Sept 25
– Folksters Bon Iver take on the Orpheum stage
– new British buzz boy James Blake is at the Commodore Ballroom
– grunge gods Pearl Jam fill the Pacific Coliseum with teenage (more like middle aged) angst.

What’s on Weekend – June 2-4, 2011

There’s really only one event that people will be paying any attention to this week…but if you’re not a fan of the Canucks (shock! horror!) here is a few things happening outside the rink.

Thursday June 2
– if you have kids of any age, head over to Granville Island and check out some of the fun activities at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, on until June 5.  The fest is struggling financially so really could use the attendance this year!

– for the ‘big kids’, rock icons Supertramp are playing Rogers Arena

– under the tents in Vanier Park, it’s the opening night of another season of Bard On The Beach. Go get your Shakespeare on with “As You Like It”, “Merchant Of Venice”, “Henry VI” or “Richard III”

Friday June 3, 2011
– Bruno Mars with Janelle Monae bring their Hooligans in Wonderland tour to Rogers Arena

– meanwhile Canadian legends, Sloan are playing the equally legendary Commodore Ballroom

– Another month, another SPIT party at ANZA Club, this month think California Dreams as your inspiration (since we aren’t seeing summer here, we may as well be Cali dreamin’)

– across the pond in Victoria, you social media junkies might be interested in Social Media Camp Victoria as it gets under way. Friday and Saturday sees over 40 sessions of speakers and workshops on all things social media.

Saturday June 4

– it’s the first Saturday of the month so that means another edition of “First Saturday Open Studios” drop in to some of the city’s artists studios for some great art and inspiration. Click the link to see what studios are open this week.

– last edition was a hit so it’s on again, Big Primpin’ brings the hip hop back again to Pub 340

– The brilliant Friendly Fires play a sold out gig at Venue. If you haven’t seen them, try! They’re awesome!