Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: VFMF

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: Hannah C Productions

A spoken-word stalwart with an ear for stripped down beats, a Chinese music ensemble with bluegrass leanings and floral crowns that echo Woodstock: the Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2013 is back, chockablock full of Vancouver-area talent.

Of the 65 acts performing at this year’s Folk Fest – among them Toronto folkster Hayden, former Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and gypsy-dance group DeVotchKa – more than fistful of artists call Vancouver home.

The 36-year old event is a guaranteed good time at Jericho Beach Park, July 19-21. Below is a sneak peek at local musicians and B.C. artisans flocking to the fest to share their songs with and sell their unique wares to the sun-kissed masses. Continue reading:
Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Enchanted Evenings at Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden & Wild Rice Start July 6

Chinatown’s landmark Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a gorgeous venue for outdoor summer concerts: when you’re there—the starry lights twinkling, the music pouring over you—it feels like you’re a world away from the city. It’s magical.

Every summer, in July and August, the Chinese Garden hosts Enchanted Evenings on Friday nights, a series of outdoor world music concerts performed at the Garden’s exquisite outdoor and indoor spaces.

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Enchanted Evenings at Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden & Wild Rice Start July 6

Best Vancouver Band? You make the call

When it comes to great music, the Pacific Northwest has a lot to be proud of.  Seattle was the birthplace of grunge, after all, giving rise to such legendary acts as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.  And Portland has always been a hotbed for up and coming artists.

Vancouver – at least in international terms – has never been quite as well known for its homegrown musical talent.  Not to say there aren’t plenty of great bands based in and around the city.  In recent years, Vancouver has produced the indie success The New Pornographers, party pop favorite Hey Ocean and folk rockers Headwater.

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Best Vancouver Band? You make the call