2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival guide is here!

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Portland’s Wonderheads perform at the opening party of this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Vancouver Fringe Festival-lovers have been eagerly anticipating the release of this year’s Program Guide. Now that the cat’s out of the bag – the guide was officially released last night (July 29) – we’ve been able to take a peek at what’s coming, from the 108 Fringe shows to the free entertainment at the Fringe Bar (1363 Railspur Alley, on Granville Island).

As usual, the Fringe is a 10-day event (Sept. 10-20), with shows occurring at various venues, most situated on Granville Island or on or near Commercial Drive. With so many titles to choose from, it’s nearly impossible to pick just a few. But here are some that caught our eye.

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2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival guide is here!

5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

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The following is a guest post by Expedia Canada.

Vancouver is one of the best cities in North America, and proudly so. Here at Expedia Canada, we have a soft spot for the glittering city by the shore, which is why we’ve partnered with Inside Vancouver to present you the top five reasons to visit Vancouver this year (and why you’ll never want to leave).

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5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver This Year (And Why You May Never Want to Leave)

Celebrate Bastille Day in Vancouver on July 14 on Granville Island

bd1July 14th is a national holiday in France, and this year Vancouverites can join the French community in a special day of celebration on Granville Island. From kid-friendly fun to dancing after dark, L’association Bastille Day Society invite everyone to try a taste of France and indulge in the some of the marvellous clichés which make their country great. We spoke with Damien Hubert President of the Bastille Day Festival to find out more.

For people who don’t know, can you explain why Bastille Day is special for the French?

It’s a French  national fête day, we have to go back long ago to the 1789 revolution when the people of Paris took the Bastille -the jail– to explain why. To us it’s a symbol of a new democracy, the first step of the people making their own decisions and ever since then it’s been a celebrated French national day. Continue reading:
Celebrate Bastille Day in Vancouver on July 14 on Granville Island

Star Wars burlesque returns

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A popular burlesque take-off on one of pop culture’s most enduring franchises returns for a run this July.

A Nude Hope is a tribute to Star Wars featuring Luke Skywalker and company in a way you’ve never seen them. From a Death Star dance to a roller-derbying R2D2 and a biker chick Chewbacca, the production entertains with a show that has been described as “Star Wars meets Moulin Rouge and the Muppet Show.” A Nude Hope, which premiered at the Rio Theatre in East Vancouver two years ago, is coming back for an 11 performance run at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre July 8 – 19.

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Star Wars burlesque returns

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

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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