Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Photo credit: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival

The biggest music series of the summer is coming to Vancouver this June. And hundreds of concerts are completely free.

Nearly half a million music lovers are expected to turn out for two solid weeks of jazz, blues, world music and more as part of the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 18-July 1. Now in its 30th year, the festival is bringing a host of headliners to the city, including hip-hop legends The Roots, blues guitar icon Buddy Guy, jazz fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke and vocal powerhouse Lisa Fischer.

But in addition to ticketed performances, the festival also offers fans literally hundreds of free concerts throughout the city. Here’s a quick preview of when and where to catch just some of the free shows: Continue reading:
Hundreds of Free Concerts Announced for the 2015 TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
End June with a bang!  Celebrate this Friday through Sunday (and Canada Day) with everything from circus and markets to salmon festivals and busking.  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Top 5 Canada Day Parties in Vancouver for 2013

dayReady to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday in style?

Vancouver comes alive with celebration on July 1, 2013, in honour of Canada Day.  Here are five free parties, celebrations and street fests you shouldn’t miss.

Canada Day at Canada PlaceThe biggest birthday bash outside of Ottawa features 13 hours of family fun on the Vancouver waterfront.  Some 250,000 people will gather along the Burrard Inlet for 25 music and dance performances on three stages, extreme sports displays, street food and – of course – the Canada Day Parade. Waterfront Party, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at Canada Place and surrounding streets.  Canada Day Parade, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., starting at Georgia and Broughton Streets.  

Canada Day Burrard Inlet Fireworks ShowThe above party is capped off with one of the summer’s best fireworks shows.  Two barges – one in Coal Harbour and one in Dundarave – light up the night sky with a pyrotechnic extravaganza visible from throughout Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, West Vancouver and North Vancouver.  Best viewing is from Canada Place and the Coal Harbour seawall, which will be jam-packed with revelers.  10:30 p.m.-11 p.m., visible from locations throughout the city. Continue reading:
Top 5 Canada Day Parties in Vancouver for 2013

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Fresh Air Cinema. Photo credit: Flickr user Yaletown BIA

July starts out right with Canada Day pyrotechnics lighting up the summer night sky. And is there anything more summery than free outdoor movies – launching in Stanley Park, July 3?

Meanwhile summer festival season is in full swing by mid month. Catch folksy tunes at the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, July 15. The lovely Illuminares Lantern Festival lights up Trout Lake, July 21. Also July 21, Khatsahlano! Music Festival transforms Kitsilano into a block party with 30 local bands performing on multiple stages.

Among the quirkier happenings, I’m particularly intrigued by Scout’s Barkeep of the Year showdown at the Keefer Bar, July 2. Then there’s spectator-friendly robot racing (I’m not kidding) and clothes-free celebration at the nudie paradise Wreck Beach.

Of course July ends with a bang too. Celebration of Light, the most highly-anticipated summer event, brings fireworks back to the Vancouver skyline, July 28.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in July 2012

Fiesta in downtown Vancouver: Carnaval del Sol, June 30

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According to the most recent census figures, people of Latin, Central and South American origins account for just 1.36 percent of Vancouver’s population.  But those 28,575 Vancouverites sure know how to throw one huge party.

For the fourth year in a row, Carnaval del Sol is coming to downtown’s Granville Street, this Saturday, June 30.  From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., five blocks of Granville from Hastings to Smithe Streets will be closed to traffic and filled with Latin music, food, dancing, performances and even a street soccer tournament.  Some 50,000 people are expected to turn out for one of the biggest parties of the summer.

Put on your salsa shoes, bring an appetite and check out the Latin flavour this Canada Day weekend.  Here’s a preview of what you can expect:  Continue reading:
Fiesta in downtown Vancouver: Carnaval del Sol, June 30