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.
Anytime an international soccer tournament is taking place anywhere in the world, Commercial Drive, Vancouver’s Little Italy, is ground zero for ‘Azzurri’ fans across the lower mainland. The June 10th Euro 2012 match sees Italy taking on, reigning World & Euro Cup champions, Spain. The street will be alive with the chants of football fans and coinciding with this match is the 3rd Annual Italian Day, celebrating Italian culture, traditions and heritage.
Commercial Drive will embrace all that is Italian: food, music, fashion, folk dancing, classic cars, vespas, miniature Formula I replicas and more. Restaurants will be extending their businesses with outdoor patios, while a wide variety of Italian associations and guest vendors will line the street with authentic style food and merchandise.
The celebration will feature a bocce court and Italian-inspired food contests: grape stomping, pasta and watermelon eating, as well as pizza tossing. Music will also be a highlight of the event with a lineup that includes showman Federico Fuoco, international singer/songwriter Carmelina Cupo, and the city’s patriarch of traditional Italian music, Gianni Fuoco.
Style and fashion also hits the Drive with a designer fashion show by Vancouver fashion designer Rozemerie Ceuvas and her European inspired Jacqualine Conoir and JAC Collections. Plus, a historical pictorial display will be set up and includes local Italian soccer legends from the 60s as well as prominent business personalities who have played a role in the landscape of Vancouver and the Italian community in general.
To top it all off, Italian Day will be selling raffle tickets with four generously donated prizes – first prize being a trip for two to Rome with a five-day stay at a Tuscan Winery Estate. A prize valued at $5,000.
EVENT: Italian Day on The Drive LOCATION: Commercial Drive (which will be closed to motorized traffic with all festivities and stands positioned along the Drive from 3rd Avenue to Parker Street) DATE: Sunday, June 10, 2012 TIME: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Find us on Twitter: @ItalianDay #ItalianDay