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.
This week, Victoria’s Rifflandia Festival announced that it was unfortunately not returning for 2019, joining a number of other festivals taking a break due until 2020. However, there are still lots more acts coming to music festival stages around the Pacific Northwest to fill our summer with great music.
Here’s a list of some of the multi-artist festivals and outdoor shows right here at home, or within easy reach to make a great short music break. (Note: not all the festivals have their artist line-up announced but genre and some featured artists are listed where available)
Victoria International Jazz Festival– Multiple Venues, Victoria, BC, June 21 – June 30, 2019 – Jazz – Marquee Series at Macpherson & Royal Theatres include; Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke & Laila Biali, The Suffers, Patricia Barber Trio, Joey Alexander Trio, Jesse Cook…
Vancouver International Jazz Festival – Multiple Venues, Vancouver, BC, June 21 – July 1, 2019 – Jazz – BC’s largest music and arts event features; Wu-Tang Clan, The Roots, Herbie Hancock, Marquis Hill Blacktet, The Suffers, Patricia Barber, Makaya McCraven, Jacob Collier, Melissa Aldana, Five Alarm Funk…
Malkin Bowl Concerts – Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC – Rock/Pop/Blues – June 7: Chromeo. August 31: Anjunadeep Open Air. September 5: Death Cab For Cutie. September 6: Said The Whale. September 10: Gary Clark Jr. September 21-22: Mother Mother with guests Tokyo Police Club, The Zolas, and Sam Lynch
FVDED in the Park – Holland Park, Surrey, BC July 5 – 6, 2019 – Electronic/ Dance/Pop – Khalid, Zedd, Tory Lanez, French Montana and many more.
Calgary Stampede 2019 – Multiple Stages, Calgary, AB July 5 – 14, 2019 – Rock/Country – In addition to nightly music throughout the Stampede the Virgin Mobile Stampede Series headliners are July 12: Zac Brown Band. July 13: Sugerland. July 14: Tim McGraw.
Vancouver Island MusicFest – Comox Valley Fairgrounds, Courtenay, BC July 12 – 14, 2019 – Folk/Rock – Colin James, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Asleep at the Wheel, Sue Medley and more
Harrison Festival of the Arts – Multiple Stages, Harrison Hot Springs, BC July 12 – 21, 2019 – World/Folk/Rock – Harry Manx, Tal National, The Hamiltones, Veda Hille, Daniel Lapp, and more
Squamish Constellation Festival – Hendrickson Field, Squamish BC, July 26 – 28, 2019 – Pop/Rock – Jesse Reyez, Bahamas, Serena Ryder, Wintersleep, plus more
Merritt Rockin’ River Music Fest– Merritt, BC August 1 – 4, 2019 – Country – Jason Aldean, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Brett Kissel and many more
Sunfest Country Music Festival – Laketown Ranch, Youbou, BC August 1 – 4, 2019 – Country – Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Kip Moore, Terri Clark, Randy Houser and others.
Harmony Arts Festival – Multiple Stages, Ambleside, West Vancouver, BC August 2-11, 2019 – Multi-Genre – various artists (pending)
Deer Lake Festival Lawn – Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC – Rock/Pop/Blues – August 10: Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival featuring Feist, Lord Huron, Dan Mangan and more. August 28: The National. September 25: Vampire Weekend.
Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo River Ranch, Salmo, BC August 9 – 12, 2019 – Electronic – Bonobo, Kascade, Silk City (Diplo + Mark Ronson), Zeds Did and more
Salmon Arm Blues & Roots Festival – Salmon Arm Fairgrounds, Salmon Arm, BC August 15 – 18, 2019 – Blues/Roots – Jim Cuddy Band, Ruthie Foster, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Dawn Pemberton, Valdy, plus more
Rock Ambleside Park – Ambleside Park, West Vancouver, BC – August 16 – 18, 2019 – Classic Rock – Headpins, Honeymoon Suite, Saga, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Quiet Riot, Blue Oyster Cult and others
Cumberland Wild– Cumberland, BC August 17 – 18, 2019 – Pop/Rock – Too Many Zooz, The Sorority, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Dirtwire and other live acts, plus numerous Silent Disco DJs
Bumbershoot Festival – Seattle Centre, Seattle, WA August 31- September 2, 2019 – Multi-Genre – various artists (pending)
Next Thursday, September 20th , Power To Be hosts their annual fundraiser, Power To Play Vancouver, an incredible team-building eventin Stanley Park.Power To Play Vancouver also promotes businesses interested in building community. Corporate teams of four will compete in a fun, action packed 10km race through Stanley Park, combining running, obstacle courses and mental challenges, with the goal of raising funds to support Power To Be’s programs, and putting their team name on the Power To Play Championship Shoe.
Since 1998, Power To Be has been helping people living with a disability or a barrier access nature. The idea grew into a community, connecting participants to adventures and supporters to opportunities, collectively redefining the definition of ability.
From their 78 acre hub at Prospect Lake, and other locations around Victoria and Metro Vancouver, the non-profit organization empowers people to explore their limitless abilities through inclusive adventures rooted in nature. Power To Be believes Everyone Belongs in Nature, and finances shouldn’t prevent anyone from accessing nature, and works to remove cognitive, physical and social barriers to the outdoors, supporting participants to explore who they are and what they are capable of achieving. With programs ranging from hiking, kayaking, to snowshoeing, bouldering and surfing or paddleboarding the sky is really the limit for what Power To Be participants can experience. Whole families can participate and share the experiences in multi-day ‘wilderness school’ adventures too.
As you might imagine, events like Power To Play Vancouver requires a lot of helping hands to go off without a hitch, volunteers are needed for this and other events. Donations to the Power To Play teams will directly help support Power To Be’s amazing programs.If volunteering or a monetary donation aren’t a possibility, you can still show you support by coming out and cheer on the teams from noon – 3:30pm, starting at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, on September 20, 2018.
There are plenty of summer blockbuster screenings but there’s another series of free outdoor films that deserves the attention of cinema buffs. The CineFEST Live : Pioneers In Cinema film series is a collaboration with Vancouver Biennale, screening every Monday, from July 30th to September 3rd at Leg In Boot Square.
Presented alongside the recently unveiled Biennale industry inspired installation, Acoustic Anvil: A Small Weight to Forge the Sea by Artist: Maskull Lasserre, these films highlight film pioneers from the industrial age, 1920 to 1940. Screenings are a mix of golden age films like John Ford’s Stagecoach starring John Wayne, or Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, and contemporary documentaries which help to explain how the pioneers influenced the current film landscape.
Two of the screenings, August 13 and August 27, are in conjunction with the Vancouver Asian Film Festival; which will also host its own outdoor screening, of celebrated director Mina Shum’s Meditation Park, at Dr Sun Yat-Sen Plaza on Saturday September 1st.
The films in the CineFEST Live: Pioneers In Cinema film series include:
Monday, July 30, 2018: Yours Sincerely, Lois Weber (2017), 6min The Women Who Run Hollywood (2015), 53min
Monday, August 6, 2018: Stagecoach (1939), 96min
Monday, August 13, 2018: Finding Kukan (2016), 76min
Monday, August 20, 2018: Lotte That Silhouette Girl (2018), 10min The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), 66min
Monday, August 27, 2018: Tyrus (2017), 79min
Monday, September 3, 2018: Modern Times (1936), 87min
All outdoor film screenings are free of admission and start at 8:30pm (dusk), at Leg In Boot Square along the Seawall along from Granville Island, near Olympic Village Station.
The CBC Musical Nooners make their return on Tuesday. For the 9th year, the outdoor plaza at CBC studios at 700 Hamilton Street comes to life with music acts performing live, each weekday from noon – 1pm, from July 10 – August 17
Opening day, July 10th is a celebration of Indigenous Culture and a performance by North West Coast First Nations rap duo Mob Bounce, taking the stage from Noon. The Indigenous food truck, Mr Bannock, will also be on site to fill your lunch time appetites while you enjoy the music on stage. The rest of the opening week’s performers are in association with the Vancouver Folk Festival, teasing the great music performing at the iconic festival, as well the Surrey Fusion Festival brings performers to the nooners to highlight the world beats on stage there.
The CBC Musical Nooners cover all genres of music from HipHop, Pop, Blues, Folk, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, and more. Many CBC Music Searchlight competitors take the stage highlighting the best of local talent.
The line up for the rest of the season is;
July 10 – Mob Bounce (hip hop) July 11 – Son de Madera (folk/world) July 12 – Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (folk) July 13 – Little Miss Higgins (blues/country) July 16 – Winsome Kind (indie/folk) July 17 – Jack Garton and the Demon Squadron (roots) July 18 – Haley Blais (pop) July 19 – Dawn Pemberton (soul/gospel) July 20 – Rumba Calzada (Latin jazz) July 23 – Adam Robert Thomas (jazz) July 24 – Portraits of Us (acoustic) July 25 – Fall Brigade (rock) July 26 – The Long War (indie) July 27 – Jen Hodge All Stars (jazz) July 30 – Old Soul Rebel (soul) July 31 – Sinclair & Bennett (blues) August 1 – Will Stroet from CBC Kids (children’s) August 2 – Lonesome Town Painters (bluegrass) August 3 – Tanga (world fusion) August 6 – BC Day, no concert August 7 – Petunia & The Vipers (rockabilly) August 8 – David Ward (funk) August 9 – Roy Forbes (folk) August 10 – Schwey (R&B) August 13 – Desirée Dawson (soul) August 14 – Caleb Hart (reggae) August 15 – Sister Speak (world) August 16 – Wooden Horseman (rock) August 25 – Coco Jafro (funk)
For details about each of the acts and more information, like weather interruptions, about the CBC Musical Nooners visit the CBC British Columbia website.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, EVO Summer Cinema outdoor movie series returns to Second Beach in Stanley Park. Tuesday nights from July 3 to August 21, 2018, the the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Field will turn into a free public cinema.
Seating is free, on a first-come, first-seated basis, for up to 5000 people around the meadow. So bring a blanket (or buy one from the Fresh-Air Cinema Snack Bar) and join in the fun. Step it up a notch and move your movie date night to one of 200 Reserved VIP Gold Circle Seats, available in a Adirondack cottage-chair placed in the front row of the cinema. Book ahead or take the chance on rush seats being released the Monday prior to the film.
Why not make it dinner and a movie? Packages with a three-course meal from one of the West-End’s many restaurants + VIP Gold Circle seating are also available.
Bike Valet is onsite for those who peddle to the park. Food trucks and pre-show activities keep patrons entertained while waiting for the films to begin, at dusk.
New this year, the EVO Summer Cinema Marketplace brings a selection of carefully curated local artisans and vendors to the cinema meadow each week.
The 2018 EVO Summer Cinema line-up of fan favourite flicks is: (note movies begin after sunset, times are approximate)
The Princess Bride Tuesday, July 3 98 minutes Sunset: 9:20pm
Stand By Me Tuesday, July 10 89 minutes Sunset: 9:15pm
The Lion King Tuesday, July 17 89 minutes Sunset: 9:10pm
Mean Girls Tuesday, July 24 97 minutes Sunset: 9:05pm
Spice World Tuesday, July 31 93 minutes Sunset: 8:55pm
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Tuesday, August 7 108 minutes Sunset: 8:45pm
Grease Tuesday, August 14 110 minutes Sunset: 8:30pm
Titanic Tuesday, August 21 195 minutes Sunset: 8:20pm
JFL NorthWest – Vancouver’s Comedy Festival is well underway bringing laughs to our long winter. Now with spring around the corner JFL NorthWest challenges us to take the comedy outside, The JFL NorthWest Block Party takes us to the street at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza on Wednesday, March 7 to Friday, March 9 from 5:00pm to 10:00pm each day.
JFL NorthWest Block Party patrons will be entertained by various Just For Laughs stand-up specials plus Just For Laughs GAGS, presented by Tim Hortons, on the big outdoor screen and will be treated to performances by Coldwater Road’s Patrick Spencer and music by Adrienne featuring Drix. Audiences can expect a few surprise special guests as well as meet and greets with Victor, the Just For Laughs mascot!
In addition to the outdoor entertainment, JFL NorthWest Block Party-goers can look forward to tasty food truck treats from The Reef Runner and Cheese Street Grill along with complimentary beverages from Tim Hortons, and libations from Sleeman Breweries and Hopping Mad Cider in the beer garden. The JFL NorthWest Block Party will also feature an LED Games Tent for anyone wanting to satisfy their ping pong and foosball needs.
JFL NorthWest runs until March 10th, bringing 100+ performances to the stages and venues, as well as the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival running in conjunction with the comedy festival.