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. 

Vancouver Fringe Festival on stage until September 15, 2019

The 2019 Vancouver Fringe Festival takes over stages around the city starting today.  With 101 shows to choose from; comedy, drama, musicals, clowns, political satire and more themes make sure that you will find some “Theatrically Delicious” performances during the Fringe run from September 5 to 15.

Vancouver Fringe Festival’s vision is “Theatre for Everyone”, and employs an everyone is welcome selection process, drawing the mainstage performances out of a hat. Giving all artists from novice performers to veteran theatre companies, an equal chance to participate, and artists receive 100% of the box-office revenue during the festival.

The Festival program is filled with amazing shows, series and events including: 

Part of the 2019 Advance Theatre Series is playwright Taninli Wright’s Sis Ne’ Bi -Yïz: Mother Bear Speaks, which was inspired by the true story of a Wet’suwet’en artist who walked across BC to empower First Nations children.
  • Advance Theatre – New Works By Women : Ruby Slippers Theatre and Playwrights Guild of Canada partnered with the Fringe to showcase dramatic readings of five new plays by diverse Canadian women playwrights.
  • Dramatic Short Works :  This year’s Dramatic Works Series artists have been mentored by Hardline Productions’ Co-Artistic Director Raes Calvert.
  • Workshops for Artists & Aspiring Artists : a series of workshops aimed to help artists develop skills including theatre, dance, storytelling and more
  • Fringe Awards : the new TD Fringe Forward Award (for works from historically marginalized communities) joins the Public Market Pick of the Fringe Awards, the Joanna Maratta Award, the BC Touring Council Award, and the Artistic Risk Award 
Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeline George’s The Most Massive Woman Wins is part of the Dramatic Works Series this year. LA Weekly calls it “a thought-provoking glimpse at … women trying to conform to society’s often unattainable image of female beauty.”


Part theatre, part party, the Festival brings music every night to the Phillips Fringe Bar located at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island. The family friendly bar is all-ages and open Saturday and Sunday afternoons too.

Following the Fringe Awards tickets will go on sale for the Public Market Picks of the Fringe and Picks Plus program. Presented by the Granville Island Public Market the Pick is your last chance to see the hottest shows of this Fringe, while Picks Plus features top picks from festivals past.  Picks and Picks Plus run September 18 – 22, 2019.  

Vancouver Fringe Festival is on, at venues across Vancouver, until September 15, 2019. With so much to see and do, you’d better visit VancouverFringe.com for program details and tickets 

Indian Summer Festival brings local & international arts together

The 9th annual Indian Summer Festival returns to Vancouver, from July 4 to 14, bringing locally and internationally renowned artists to venues around the city. With the provocative theme of ‘Tricksters, Magicians, and Oracles,’ the 2019 festival lineup features futurists, novelists, stand-up comedians, musicians and storytellers from around the world.

“What we need more than ever in the world today is a way out of the tumult that seems to surround us. For our ninth edition, we’ve invited an incredible range of artists who do that, and who are either tricksters, magicians or oracles in their own way. So they give us a way out through laughter, or conjure up a new reality for us to reach for, or light a path forward with their prophecies,” says Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival’s Artistic Director. “Our roster this year includes some of the most influential artists in the world. The festival, as always, is a model for what the world could look like, if we came together with all the power of human diversity, innovation, creativity, and wisdom.”

Indian Summer Festival

From Grammy award-winning classical guitarists to genre-bending DJs, razor sharp comedians, and award-winning novelists this year’s programming spans literary dialogues, debates, performance art, musical collaborations, interactive public art, and culinary experiences.

Indian Summer Festival has made its mark on Vancouver, becoming one of the city’s leading cultural events with a reputation for unusual pairings of the local with the international and the traditional with the contemporary. By creating a space in Vancouver for local and global conversations, and dissolving cultural borders, Indian Summer Festival challenges and invites artists and audiences to come together in the spirit of dialogue. 

The festival begins with much sought after Indian Summer Festival Opening Party on July 4th at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre. Wrapping up July 14th with Transformation Tea Party at Museum of Vancouver. In between the festival packs in dozens of events, talks, art installations, concerts and more. 

Find out more details and the full schedule for Indian Summer Festival 2019 visit on line at indiansummerfest.ca

Countdown to Rifflandia 2015

Riff_2015We’re just a month a way until another Rifflandia Festival takes over Victoria.  This year, with the addition of Break Out West, patrons get two great festivals in one.

Chromeo, Modest Mouse, Mother Mother, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, Kieza, Joey Bada$$, Arkells and Tokyo Police Club headline the impressive line up of over 100 bands taking on the outdoor stage at Royal Athletic Park as well as twenty venues throughout Victoria.  A spectacularly varied line-up of artists means there’s something for everyone, from acoustic to rock, hip hop to EDM and everything in between.  Break Out West adds in more Western Canadian acts as well as the Western Canada Music Awards.

The Rifflandia Line-up and schedule are available now so if you don’t already have your tickets, get them now and start planning your Rifflandia Weekend.

Rifflandia Festival 2015 runs September 17 – 20, 2015 in venues around Victoria. Tickets start at $40 for single night passes.

 

 

Top 10 Hits & Misses of my NXNE

North By NorthEast Festival wrapped up earlier this week.
My friends and I tried to get to a lot of the events but as with any multi-venue festival it’s nearly impossible to see it all.
From the parties, bands and sessions we made it to, here’s my hits and misses.

Hit: Nineties nostalgia with Evan Dando & Julianna Hatfield at Lee’s Palace
Miss: Asian Pseudo-Elvis Impression from Dirty Beaches, it just seemed pretentious, indulgent nonsense.
Hit: Interactive; we didn’t make it to that many but I was impressed by the scope and content of the sessions
Miss: XM Satellite Party at Skybar – why did so many people call this a BBQ when there was no food? Not that we needed food but having just one type of drink; beer at $4.50/can, was a bit of a miss too!
Hit: XM Satellite Party at Skybar – although the party portion was a miss the music was a hit; featuring Hollerado, Zeus, Dinosaur Bones, and Washington!
Miss: Deerhoof; Special Guests at Horseshoe Tavern, even though this was a surprise performance, which are usually highly anticipated, very few people hung around. Watching Deerhoof is like seeing two bands competing, a lead singer performing energetic Japa-Pop and the rest of the band putting on a punk-pop show.
Hit: The Pack A.D. ; Chick-rock at it’s best, in the year since seeing them at NXNE ’10 they’ve honed their stage presence and performance into a winning combination of personality and great music.
Miss: Taxis & Traffic; not really directly related to NXNE but atrocious traffic and expensive taxis heavily influence the overall experience.
Hit: Cults; not knowing anything about this band resulted in a very pleasant surprise.
Hit: Wildlife; an unexpecte, unplanned stop at Horseshoe Tavern resulted in hearing this great local band.
Hit: Yonge-Dundas Square: A great FREE line-up of bands each night bring this public space to life and introduces NXNE to a huge audience.

As you can see there was more hits than misses, I could go on with more too. If you get a chance to participate in NXNE in the future, you should check it out.

What On Weekend – June 23 – 25, 2011

Summer’s officially here…let’s get the party started!

Thursday, June 23rd
90Six Dance Party featuring DJ Lady Miss Kier (from Deee-Lite), since I’m here in Toronto this looks like it’ll be on the agenda.
– back home in Vancouver there’s a great benefit event; heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event!

Friday, June 24th
– In Vancouver you’ve got to check out Big Freedia, the Queen of Sissy Bounce at Post Modern
– R&B diva Rihanna is playing the first of two nights at Rogers Arena
– Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche plays the Biltmore Cabaret
– The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival kicks off 10 days of great events around town 
– Afterwork head to Canvas Lounge for another VICE Friday
– Celebrating it’s 25th Year the Toronto Jazz Festival kicks off with free concert by Aretha Franklin
Saturday, June 25th
– Rock trio Blonde Redhead play the Vogue Theatre
-It’s Queer Bash: Abba Hits vs Muppet Blitz at The Cobalt
– American Celtic Punk Band (how’s that for a description?!) Dropkick Murphys are at Commodore Ballroom
– At Five-Sixty, honour the 42nd anniversary of the riots with Stonewall Celebration!!!