Top 10 “Summer Live” Acts to check out this weekend

Summer Live Festival has begun! A free family-fun weekend is ahead and there are lots of things to see and do!  Here’s a run down of the events that caught my eye

1. Dal Richards Orchestra – July 10th : The incomparable bandleader is still going strong at 93 and will no doubt have the crowd swinging when he takes the stage

2. Mother Mother – July 8th : This local band gained attention when one of their singles. O My Heart, was used during the 2010 Olympic Games. For a young act, they’ve become seasoned stage performers, definitely worth a look!

Dan Mangan

3. Dan Mangan – July 10th : Acclaimed singer-songwriters are pretty common nowadays but Dan Mangan has managed to stand out from the pack.


4. Hannah Georgas – July 9th : Since winning Music BC’s Songbird West Songwriting Contest in 2008, Georgas has gone from the strength to strength, achieving many accolades and awards.

5. Hey Ocean – July 10th : Much buzz has surrounded this local act. An reportedly high energy live show makes this one to check out.

6. Neko Case – July 9th : This multi-talented songstress has been a staple of the Vancouver music scene since leaving Tacoma, WA in the mid 90’s for schooling at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design. As a member of the New Pornographers as well as solo-artist Neko has more than paid her dues and has the well deserved respect of audiences and other artists all over.

7. Said The Whale – July 9th : As 2011 Juno Awards New Group of the Year, Said The Whale have a lot to live up to but from what I’ve heard and seen previously they’ve well on their way to surpassing expectations.

8. Kids Zone – July 8, 9, 10 : Since this is a family event there’s lots of activities to keep the younger audiences entertained.  Kids Zone features workshops on Kite Making, Origami, Puppet Making, Boat Making and Face Painting.

Sports Day

9. Sports Day / Activities – Jul 8, 9, 10 : Starting off with an old fashioned Sports Day, featuring Three-legged, Wheelbarrow and Sack Races, Water-balloon Toss, Bean Bag Toss, the sport zone will have sports activities of all types.  Drop-in family soccer, volleyball tournaments, badminton and tennis workshops are also in store.  BC Lion’s Football players will be on hand to hold all-ages kicking and throwing workshops.

10. Spirit Of The West – July 10th : No Vancouver event is complete without Spirit Of The West around to make the audience get up and party! For the last 30 years SOTW has been making everyday events into a feel good time.

Summer Live is a free, three-day festival in Stanley Park hosted by the City of Vancouver on July 8, 9 and 10, 2011 to celebrate Vancouver’s 125th anniversary . Activities run daily from 12 noon through 11pm at Brockton Point in Stanley Park



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