Ready to Bhangra? City of Bhangra Festival Brings Music and Dance to Vancouver

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The best of bhangra is coming to Vancouver.

The City of Bhangra Festival celebrates the high energy music and dance form from South Asia, May 28-June 6. Originating as a folk dance in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, bhangra – with its colourful costumes and elaborately choreographed routines – is perhaps best known as a staple of Bollywood films. In recent decades, it has also spread around the world, popping up everywhere from hip hop videos to celebrity fitness routines.

The 10-day City of Bhangra Festival features dance recitals, concerts, talks and more at venues across Vancouver and Surrey.  The main event is Downtown Bhangra, June 5-June 6, a full weekend of music and dancing at the Vancouver Art Gallery Plaza. Each year, thousands of people gather to get enjoy free bhangra concerts, complete with whirling dancers and pulsing rhythms, from noon to 10 p.m.   Continue reading:
Ready to Bhangra? City of Bhangra Festival Brings Music and Dance to Vancouver

Vancouver Night Markets Open for the 2015 Summer Season!

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You know it’s officially summer time when the Vancouver night markets open up again for the season. This Friday the two extremely popular Richmond Night Markets are opening up just in time for the May long weekend.

Thousands of people crowd to each of these night markets (plus the ones in North Vancouver and Downtown) every weekend in the summer for good reason. The food is mouth-wateringly delicious (if you know what to get) and the experience is something worth writing home about!

Without further ado, here’s our 2015 edition of the Essential guide to the Vancouver Night Markets this summer:

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Vancouver Night Markets Open for the 2015 Summer Season!

Rhiannon Giddens w/ Guests at the Rio Theatre, May 21st (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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It was toward the end of the T Bone Burnett–curated September 2013 Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall—a celebration of the early ’60s folk revival that had inspired the Joel and Ethan Coen film Inside Llewyn Davis—when singer Rhiannon Giddens indisputably stole the show. Performing Odetta’s “Water Boy” with, as the New York Times put it, “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues,” Giddens brought the star-studded audience to its feet. She was the talk of the lobby during intermission as those attendees unfamiliar with her Grammy Award–winning work as a member of African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops wondered who exactly Rhiannon Giddens was, with her elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit.

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Rhiannon Giddens w/ Guests at the Rio Theatre, May 21st (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

See Barry Manilow live ONE LAST TIME! at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – Win Free Tickets!

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Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for LA born Dave Koz. He’s played with such artists as, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, U2, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart. Quite the superstar list. One more door opened today as Barry Manilow announced that the GRAMMY® nominated Koz will be a special guest on his ONE LAST TIME! Tour in 2015.

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See Barry Manilow live ONE LAST TIME! at Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena – Win Free Tickets!

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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The weekend that concludes Vancouver Bird Week includes a whole lot of things to potentially do with your mom (hint) whether it’s shopping for the most unique records, Mexican wrestling, eating tacos, attending the ballet, panning for gold, hi-fiving strangers downtown, or even a fancy Sunday brunch.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend