Vancouver’s Biggest Free Music and Arts Fest: Khatsahlano Street Party is Back

Photo sourced from khatsahlano.com

Photo sourced from khatsahlano.com

The biggest free music and arts fest of the year is about to descend on Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.

The Khatsahlano Street Party is set to transform West 4th Avenue into 10 blocks of live music, beer gardens and outdoor art on Saturday, July 11. Now in its fifth year, the festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 revellers to the stretch of West 4th from Burrard to MacDonald Streets.

The street party is perhaps best-known for great live music. This year, more than 50 bands with local roots will perform on eight different stages. The lineup includes a mix of talent old and new from Vancouver and BC.  Indie rockers Yukon Blonde and dark pop favourites The Belle Game share top billing with vintage punk and underground acts the Pointed Sticks and the Enigmas. Up-and-coming bands from The Peak 102.7 Peak Performance Project will also be taking the stage. the A complete lineup is available on the festival website.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a street party without street food.   Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Biggest Free Music and Arts Fest: Khatsahlano Street Party is Back

What to see at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival

Karissa Barry performs in Three-Tone, part of Dusk Dances with the 2015 Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2-11). Robin Toma photography.

Karissa Barry performs in Three-Tone, part of Dusk Dances with the 2015 Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2-11). Robin Toma photography.

This year, Canada’s longest running dance festival features over 30 dance shows around the city. Free outdoor performances are also part of the 2015 Dancing on the Edge Festival (July 2-11).

Outdoor performances include Dusk Dances at Portside Park, Wreck Beach Butoh, and Fortier Danse from Montreal’s solo performance in secret locations around Granville Island.

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What to see at this year’s Dancing on the Edge Festival

Broadway Musicals in Stanley Park: Theatre Under the Stars is Back for 2015

97fc10ce4468953d2b2f48ce9f73-660x474It’s a campy musical with a deeper message that’s anything but corny: racial justice in the American South.

The Broadway hit Hairspray – about an awkward teen who dreams of TV fame and gets more than she bargained for – is making its way to Vancouver’s Stanley Park for the 2015 instalment of Theatre under the Stars, starting July 10. It’s joined by another classic, Oliver, The Musical – the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ever-popular Oliver Twist.

Staged outdoors at dusk, Theatre under the Stars is a unique Vancouver tradition. Since 1940, nearly 70 seasons of plays, musicals and operettas have been performed, featuring everything from the old-time classic South Pacific to the contemporary hit Footloose. While the performers and technicians are amateurs in training, the results are anything but.   Continue reading:
Broadway Musicals in Stanley Park: Theatre Under the Stars is Back for 2015

Can’t-Miss Free Acts at David Lam Park Jazz Weekend, June 27-28

jazz-five-alarm-david-lamIt just might be the best free concert of the summer.

A full weekend of free music returns to waterfront David Lam Park in Yaletown this Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28.  More than two dozen bands – from indie pop groups to blues and Mexican hip hop – will take the stage from noon-10 p.m. both days as part of the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The main setting for all the action is the big outdoor stage in the park, backed by the seawall and False Creek. Thousands of music lovers fill the grassy oasis in the heart of Yaletown, as the park is transformed into a two-day party zone. Dozens of food trucks serve everything from poutine to dim sum and jerk chicken, while artisans offer up handmade crafts. Meanwhile, more intimate indoor performances (some of which are not free) take place inside the nearby Roundhouse Community Centre.

So who’s taking the stage this weekend? The full lineup is available on the Coastal Jazz website. Here are a few can’t-miss free acts at the 2015 David Lam Park Jazz Weekend:

Dawn Pemberton, Saturday at 1:45 p.m.: Local vocal powerhouse Pemberton weaves together gospel, funk, R&B and more with her smoking band featuring keyboards, horns and guitar. Continue reading:
Can’t-Miss Free Acts at David Lam Park Jazz Weekend, June 27-28

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

titleJune25Can you believe it’s already the last weekend of June? If you aren’t already making the most of the summer, it’s time to begin! Whirl to one of the many outdoor festivals full of food carts, buskers, music, variety shows, pride events, or bicycling in wigs and costumes. Then, use the balmy evenings as an excuse to hop from location to location, from storytelling to comedy to theatre, and all the way to a Sunday evening film festival dedicated to internet cat videos.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend