2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival must-sees, part 2

Nashville's Los Straitjackets perform at this year's Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Nashville’s Los Straitjackets perform at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Earlier this week we posted about some of the big-stage highlights of this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival. In this post, we’re going to look at some of the smaller shows worth checking out.

Keep in mind, there are dozens of shows taking place as part of the festival, which runs June 24 – July 3, and these five are just a small sampling of the local and international artists coming to town for one of the country’s most acclaimed celebrations of all things jazz, and beyond.

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2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival must-sees, part 2

Put These Vancouver Cultural Fests on Your Dating Calendar!

Caribbean Days; Photo Credit: VeeSeye Photography

Caribbean Days; Photo Credit: VeeSeye Photography

In the summer, I’m a total cultural festival geek. I love the celebration of Vancouver’s diversity, the crowds of happy people that flock to the events, the entertainment, and the absolutely delicious and unique food you can find at them. Plus, they make for great dates in that they’re laid back, inexpensive, and outdoors in the sun (if the weather gods are favourable).

Here are five to look forward to over the next few event-packed months:

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Put These Vancouver Cultural Fests on Your Dating Calendar!

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

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There are festivals everywhere you go this week – a Shakespeare film fest is on all month, Velopalooza is all over the place (with a naked bike ride on Saturday), and there’s Italian Day on The Drive on Sunday! Add to that a Picasso exhibit opening,  a Canada vs. Japan Rugby match, international film, and Bhangra, and just you try to decide where to begin.

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

2016 Jazz Festival must-sees, part 1 – the big shows

Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs perform at the 31st Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Neko Case, kd lang and Laura Veirs perform at the 31st Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

There are shows on outdoor stages, in parks and on streetcorners. There are shows in small clubs and bars, even restaurants. But the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival also excels at big-ticket concerts, and this year’s lineup is no exception, running the gamut from a (perhaps) once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between three acclaimed singer/songwriters to a man who made his name telling others to Look Sharp! to one of today’s premiere blues bands. See below for this year’s big-stage shows at the 2016 VIJF.

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2016 Jazz Festival must-sees, part 1 – the big shows

Vancouver Bike Festival Rides Again this June

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Despite all the hills, Vancouver is one of the best places to ride a bike due to its ever-increasing number of bikes lanes and bike trails (Seymour Demonstration Forest, anyone?). So it makes sense that there would be an almost month-long celebration of all things cycling taking place in the city this June.

Velopalooza is a very unique festival because instead of making it a one-day affair, the event stretches from June 10 – 26 and consists of themed bike rides. Join one or join them all, but have fun doing it!

There are over 40 rides scheduled for the 16 days of the event, so we’ve pulled out a few of the most unique and interesting rides to help spark your interest…

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Vancouver Bike Festival Rides Again this June

Summer Happenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is not just one of the best known Vancouver’s tourist attractions but a home to many art exhibitions, concerts and interesting workshops. This summer an exciting line-up of events promises to entertain, teach and even get your hands dirty.

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Summer Happenings at Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Vancouver’s Italian Day Is Back – Sunday, June 12th

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Commercial Drive (aka Little Italy) hosts its annual street festival for the 7th year, this Sunday, June 12th. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Italian Day Is Back – Sunday, June 12th