Picks of the Week – July 16, 2014

Mid-July and there’s lots happening in this heatwave…this week’s picks of the week include theatre, street hockey, BC Lions football and great parties and concerts.

Festival: The big draw of the week is surely the Pemberton Music Festival, a couple hours up the Sea-To-Sky highway you’ll find Nine Inch Nails, Outcast, Soundgarden, Deadmau5, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Metric, Modest Mouse and many, many more rocking the village of Pemberton all weekend.

Piano: Singer-Songwriter Tori Amos will have her faithful hanging on every note as she plays in the Orpheum Theatre tonight.

Theatre: Roam the historic theatre, dressing rooms and backstage as you experience an interactive evening of music and interactions around the site when Orpheus Project by Music on Main comes to The Cultch from July 16 to 20.

Live: After a successful run at the River Rock, the Price Is Right Live moves out to the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver for 4 nights, July 17, 18, 19 & 20.

Beats: Get dancing as DJ Krush brings the beats from Japan to Fortune Sound Club on Thursday night

Party: Strut your stuff on the Runway when Celebrities welcomes DJ Del Stamp for another edition of Liberace Thursdays

Folk: The peak of summer means it’s time for the annual celebration of music on Jericho Beach, The Vancouver Folk Music Festival welcomes Joan Baez, Tift Merritt, Ozomalti, Amos Lee, Alejandro Escovedo and loads more over from July 18 – 20.

Werk:  The Astoria in East Van is ready to party as Junita Werk, Anna Propriate & Shanda Leer host Sistah Fistah! anything goes drag cabaret on Friday night.

Fusion: For a unique mix of music, food and culture head out to Surrey for the annual Fusion Festival at Holland Park on July 19 – 20

Hockey: Spend the day playing some ball hockey and raise supplies for the Food Bank as Five Hole For Food takes over the 800 block of Granville Street Saturday from noon until 6pm

Home Team: The BC Lions return to BC Place for their next two game, starting Saturday July 19 versus Montreal Alouettes

Hold: New York indie act The Hold Steady play the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond for one night, Saturday.



Picks of the Week – July 9, 2014

It’s nearly the middle of July, the peak of summer is upon us. My Picks of the Week include food, music, festivals, theatre and more.

Richmond: Get out and explore the dining options around Richmond with Tasting Plates – Central Richmond edition tonight.

Game Show: The Price is Right Live continues through this weekend at the River Rock Casino Show Theatre

Play: The last show in The Arts Club Theatre Company’s season, Red Rock Diner runs at the Granville Island Stage until August 2nd

Rock: Legendary rock duo, The Cult take to the Commodore Ballroom stage on Thursday night

Bard: At Vanier Park, all 4 plays in this year’s Bard on the Beach season; Midsomer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Equivocation and Cymbeline, continue on alternating nights

Sing: Sing a song, sing it all night long as Showtunes at 1181 starting at 6pm on Friday night.

Wiggle20Wiggle: Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the long running wearable art and performance festival with the Wiggle Weekend, a Friday night preview at FUSE in the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Main Event Saturday at The Fox Cabaret

Fest: Across the water in Victoria, the 3rd annual Rock The Shore Festival features Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, The Cult, Billy Talent, Our Lady Peace, Mother Mother and many more Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Street Party: Saturday July 12, thousands of people will fill 10 blocks of Kitsilano for the annual Khatsalano street festival on 4th Ave.

Sport: Coming off their big win against Seattle last weekend, Whitecaps FC play host to Chivas USA at BC Place on Saturday evening.

Arts: Take a getaway from the city and head out to Harrison Hot Springs for the 36th Annual Harrison Festival of the Arts starting Saturday July 20th running until July 20th





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