Jazz and Chinese classical musicians unite at Jasmine Jazz

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Jazz and traditional Chinese musicians and instruments come together in a rare collaboration this Sunday, June 22 at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.

A presentation by the Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society, Jasmine Jazz gathers together musicians who don’t normally share a stage - Chinese folk instrumentalists and jazz musicians.

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Jazz and Chinese classical musicians unite at Jasmine Jazz

See 100+ Bands at Free Gastown Street Party, Make Music Vancouver

Sourced from Make Music Vancouver. Photo Credits to Florian Hossfeld.

Sourced from Make Music Vancouver. Photo Credits to Florian Hossfeld.

What do more than 100 live bands crammed into the space of three city blocks sound like?

Pretty amazing.  Make Music Vancouver, the event that transforms city streets into an outdoor stage for literally hundreds of local bands, is back, June 25.  This year, Gastown’s Water Street will once again be blocked to traffic and serve as the setting for the free, crowd-sourced music festival.

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See 100+ Bands at Free Gastown Street Party, Make Music Vancouver

Ca-razeeee weekend for shows!

Haim at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct. 24 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Haim at the Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, Oct. 24 2013. Kirk Chantraine photo.

Maybe you’ve heard of a little something called the Sasquatch! Festival? Happens every Memorial Day long weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre down south in Washington State. Well, whether you have or haven’t, all you really need to know is that the three-day annual event brings a bounty of acts north of the border for Vancouver music fans to check out.

This year is no exception, as the city’s clubs and bars will be stuffed full of great talent over the weekend (especially Friday and Saturday). Heck, if someone was smart and more organized, he or she might even organize a mini-festival around all the bands that come here every time around this year. Maybe for 2015? Anyway, here’s a guide to what’s happening. You’ll have no excuse to not see some incredible music!

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Ca-razeeee weekend for shows!

Cheapest Way to See Shows in Vancouver? Tickets Tonight

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Want to see some of the best live shows in Vancouver at half-price?

For years, a little ticket booth tucked away near the Vancouver waterfront has been offering some of the best deals on concerts, theatre, musicals and comedy in the city. Tickets Tonight, located inside the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre (200 Burrard St.), is the region’s only outlet for half-price, day-of ticket sales.

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Cheapest Way to See Shows in Vancouver? Tickets Tonight

Six must-see May concerts in Vancouver

Foster the People at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, June 25 2012. Jade Dempsey photo.

Foster the People at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby, June 25 2012. Jade Dempsey photo.

You know what they say – April showers bring May shows. This year is no exception, but things really peak on the weekend of May 23-25. That’s when the annual Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State brings hundreds of bands to the Pacific Northwest for our own (potentially rainy) Coachella.

So if you’re in Vancouver that weekend, you’ll have options galore – some of the bands playing that weekend include Waxahatchee, (Vancouver’s own) Pink Mountaintops, City and Colour, Brody Dalle, Cut Copy, Chet Faker, Haim (alas, sold-out), Banks, Parquet Floors, Lana Del Ray, and Mogwai. For that weekend’s selection in our six must-see May concerts, we picked – well, see below.

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Six must-see May concerts in Vancouver