Westward Music Festival Bring Music To The Street

This weekend, September 12 – 15, the 3rd Annual Westward Music Festival brings a stellar line-up of music to downtown Vancouver. Dozens artists from around the world, perform on 11 indoor and outdoor stages, all within close proximity to downtown Vancouver.  Westward Music Festival gets underway Thursday, September 12th with shows at Vogue Theatre, Imperial, Biltmore Cabaret, and Fox Cabaret. 

Some of the world-class acts performing over the weekend include; Toronto’s Owen Pallett, Kelowna’s Yukon Blonde, New Jersey’s Titus Andronicus, The Wonder Years from Philadelphia, Brooklyn rapper Leikeli47, Thai singer-songwriter Phum Viphurit, Japanese performer Joji, and many more. 

On Friday September 13th, the festivities move outside for the Yaletown Street Party Kickoff, the Music BC Beer Garden Stage at Yaletown Park finds performances starting at 4pm.  Saturday September 14th finds all of Mainland Street closed for Festival entertainment from noon until 10pm.  Two more stages join the Beer Garden Stage to add to the entertainment; Street Party Live Stage at Davie & Mainland, and the Street Party Electronic Stage at Nelson & Mainland.  In between the stages, find artisans and other vendors to keep you interested throughout the day. 

The Yaletown Street Party is free for all but theatre, cabaret and club stages require a Westward Festival Wristband which allows entry to all venues for the entire Festival weekend.  Many venues are all-ages but some are 19+, check venues prior to attendance.  Visit westwardfest.com for line-up, schedule and wristband information. 

Honda Celebration Of Light Lines Up Music & More

Honda Celebration of Light is more than just spectacular fireworks from India, Canada & Croatia, organizers have also lined up three nights of entertainment for two stages during the fireworks festival. 

The Z Fest stage, at the Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay, presented by Z-95.3, welcomes the internationally renowned Canadian world-music group Delhi 2 Dublin, plus Khanvict, and Vidya Vox on Saturday, July  27th.
Wednesday, July 31st finds Scott Helman, Tyler Shaw, and Famba taking the Z Fest stage.
On the final evening, Saturday August 3rd, Multi Grammy award winning artist Speech, founder of the legendary hip-hop group Arrested Development, joins Canadian hip-hop legend Kardinal Offishall and Maestro Fresh Wes. 

If that isn’t enough entertainment the Park Stage at Second Beach offers free, family-friendly festival site featuring more live music, food trucks, sponsor activations, and a site-wide liquor license.  The Park Stage, features more than a dozen musical acts including Virginia to Vegas, The Funk Hunters, and The Boom Booms.  In partnership with Music BC, Honda Celebration of Light, is pleased to present two new artists, Biawanna and Adrian Chalifour, on the Park Stage at Second Beach.

It’s not all music during the festival, entertainment takes to the air too. The Pete McLeod Airshow Presented by Red Bull returns, by popular demand, with his jaw-dropping aerial show every night at 7:45 pm over the shores of English Bay.

Keep track of all of this entertainment on The official Honda Celebration of Light Mobile App, available for download from both iTunes and Android App Stores. The app includes a complete list of events, maps and other festival details, as well as a music simulcast of the fireworks show.  Rain or shine, the fireworks will begin at 10:00 p.m. from the barges located in English Bay. In addition to the app stream, music simulcast can be also be heard on Z-95.3, and the Breeze 104.3 FM  

If Z Fest and the Park Stage at Second Beach isn’t your scene, Honda Celebration of Light offers plenty of ways to make the most of all that the longest-running offshore fireworks competition in the world has to offer, from the prime viewing & listening at The Keg Lounge on the Bathhouse Roof, the Concord Lounge at the Inukshuk or with guaranteed family friendly seating at the YVR Observation Deck. 

For a complete schedule of events visit hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Plan your Squamish Valley Music Festival Weekend now!

One of the summer’s most anticipated music events, Virgin Mobile presents Squamish Valley Music Festival has released more information about the weekend’s schedule.  Following on their previously announced line-up and site information, the 3 day festival has now released its scheduled artists so you can plan your weekend.  For those not spending the whole weekend at the Festival, single day tickets go on sale this Friday, February 28th so you can find the day that best suits your music tastes.  With everything from hip-hop, rock, pop and EDM on offer there’s sure to be someone to satisfy your aural desires.

Check out the line up and book your tickets this Friday.

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The Virgin Mobile Presents Squamish Valley Music Festival takes place in Squamish, BC at the Logger Sports Grounds and Centennial Fields on the weekend of August 8, 9 & 10, 2014.
For more info,visit SquamishFestival.com and follow the Fest on Twitter @squamishfest #vmsquamish & Facebook.com/SquamishFestival.

 

Summer Music Festival Line-Up 2013

Rifflandia FestivalSouth By Southwest just wrapped up in Texas and Canadian Music Week in Toronto just closed, signalling the start of 2013 music festival season. Now’s the time to start planning your trips and travel to experience some great music and arts festivals.

Here’s a run down of some of the multi-day festivals running up and down the Western United States and Canada this season:
(Not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)

Country Thunder Arizona 2013 – Florence, AZ April 11-14, 2013 – Country – Toby Keith, Lady Antelbellum

Coachella 2013 – Indio, CA April 12-14 & April 19-21, 2013 – Multi-Genre – Stone Roses, Blur, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Stagecoach 2013 – Indio, CA April 26-28, 2013 – Country – Toby Keith, Lady Antelbellum

Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2013 – Napa, CA May 9-11, 2013 – Multi-Genre – The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes, Train

– George, WA May 24- 27, 2013 – Multi-Genre – Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Bloc Party

15th Annual Punk Rock Bowling  – Las Vegas, NV May 25-27, 2013 – Punk – Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Subhumans

Ink N’ Iron 2013 – Long Beach, CA June 7-9, 2013 – Punk/Rockabilly – Tattoos, Hot Rods, Burlesque : Iggy & The Stooges, Sharon Jones & Dap Kings

Sled Island Music Festival – Calgary, AB June 19-22, 2013 – Multi-Genre – Jesus & Mary Chain, John Spenser Blues Explosion, Thee Oh Sees

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2013 – Boonville, CA June 21-23, 2013 – Roots / Reggae – Damian Marley, K’naan

 – Las Vegas, NV June 21-23, 2013 – EDM – Carnival Rides, Electronic Artists

Victoria International Jazz Festival – Victoria, BC June 21- 30, 2013 – Jazz – Serena Ryder, Bettye LaVette, Esperenza Spalding

Oliva Newton John at PNEBoonstock 2013 – Gibbons, AB (near Edmonton) June 27- 30, 2013 – Rock / Dance – Everlast, Limp Bizkit, Benny Benassi, Eric Prydz

Waterfront Blues Festival 2013 – Portland, OR July 4 – 7, 2013 – Blues – Mavis Staples, John Hiatt & The Combo

Calgary Stampede 2013 – Calgary, AB July 5-14, 2013 – More than just cowboys, multi-genre music – Tim McGraw, Carly-Rae Jepsen, Raghav, Our Lady Peace

Keloha Festival 2013 – Kelowna, BC July 5-7,2013 – Rock/Pop – Tokyo Police Club, The Sheepdogs, The Pack AD

Vancouver Island MusicFest 2013 – Comox Valley, BC July 12-14, 2013 – Folk/Rock – Kris Kristofferson, Indigo Girls, Sue Medley

Rock The Shores 2013 – Victoria, BC July 13-14, 2013 – Rock – Weezer, Sam Roberts Band, Mother Mother

Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Vancouver, BC July 19-21, 2013 – Folk – TBA

Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Vancouver, BC July 21 – Aug 1, 2013 – Jazz – Herbie Hancock, Esperenza Spalding

Motion Notion  – Golden, BC July 25-29, 2013 – EDM – TBA

What The Festival 2013 – White River Canyon, OR July 26-28, 2013 – EDM – TBA

Capitol Hill Block Party – Seattle, WA July 26-28, 2013 – Rock

Center of Gravity 2013 – Kelowna, BC August 2-4, 2013 – Dance/Hip Hop – Lupe Fiasco, Morgan Page,

Pickathon 2013 – Happy Valley, OR August 2-4, 2013 – Indie Rock – Tift Merritt, Feist, Andrew Bird

– George, WA August 2-4, 2013 – Country – Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Terry Clark

– Salmo, BC August 7-12, 2013 – Electronic

Edmonton Folk Festival – Edmonton, AB August 8-11, 2013 – Folk – Bruce Cockburn, The Head & The Heart, Neko Case

Squamish Valley Music Fest – Squamish, BC August 9-10, 2013 – Multi-Genre – Queens Of The Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Band Of Horses

Outside Lands 2013 – San Francisco, CA August 9-11, 2013 – Multi-Genre – TBA

Rockin’ River Music Fest 2013 – Mission, BC August 15-17, 2013 – Country – Big & Rich, Joe Nichols, Brad Paisley

Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival 2013 – Salmon Arm, BC August 16-18, 2013 – Blues/Roots – City & Colour, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Pacific National Exhibition – Vancouver, BC August 18 – September 2, 2013 – Multi-Genre – nightly concerts TBA

The Big Time Out 2013 – Cumberland, BC August 18-19, 2013 – Multi-Genre – Elliott Brood, Black Mountain

Burning Man – Black Rock Desert, NV August 26 – September 2, 2013 – Art/Experience

Bumbershoot Festival 2013 – Seattle, WA August 31-September 2, 2013 – Multi-Genre – TBA

– Portland, OR September 4-8, 2013 – Multi-Genre – TBA

Rifflandia Festival 2013 – Victoria, BC September 12-15, 2013 – Multi-Genre – TBA

10th Anniversary Decibel Festival  – Seattle, WA September 25-29, 2013 – EDM – TBA

BreakOut West Festival  – Calgary, AB October 3-6, 2013 – Multi-Genre/Conference – TBA