Free music festival in Downtown Eastside celebrates 12th year!

Jody Glenham performing at the Khatsahlano Street Party this summer.

Jody Glenham performing at the Khatsahlano Street Party this summer.

The Victory Square Block Party is a free music festival that traditionally marks the end of summer, at least for some Vancouverites. The Labour Day event features local indie acts, vendors and more, all in the Downtown Eastside’s Victory Square (316 W. Hastings St.) on Sept. 4.

Let’s look at the lineup for the 2016 edition.

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Free music festival in Downtown Eastside celebrates 12th year!

Blow your mind this weekend at Vancouver’s psych-rock fest!

Rock out with Madrid, Spain's HINDS this weekend at Levitation Vancouver.

Rock out with Madrid, Spain’s HINDS this weekend at Levitation Vancouver.

This weekend, mindblowing rock ‘n’ roll bands and experimental music acts take over the city for the second Levitation Vancouver music festival.

The Vancouver edition grew out of the Austin-based Levitation festival, itself originally called the Austin Psych Fest. The idea behind Levitation is to bring together acts from all over the world with a taste for adventurous sounds. Local punk act White Lung, Spanish buzz band HINDS and acclaimed experimental Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus are just a few of the reasons to check out Levitation Vancouver this weekend (June 16-19). See below for more.

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Blow your mind this weekend at Vancouver’s psych-rock fest!

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

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

Seven Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows for people who don’t like jazz (and seven for people who do)

Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart play this year's Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart play this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

Every year, when the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival rolls around, our ever-so knowledgeable jazz music aficionado friend tells us about some awesome Norwegian tenor saxophonist we have to see, or the piano player that toured with Miles Davis for six weeks in 1963, and who can’t be missed.

That’s all well and good, what if we don’t really, uhm, like jazz?

Fortunately, the jazz festival – from June 18 – July 1, at various venues around town – hosts a wide variety of acts, including groups that can be enjoyed even if you don’t have Sketches of Spain, Kind of Blue and/or Love Supreme in your record collection (or even if you do, and that’s the limit of the jazz titles in your collection). Here’s a look at seven of them. And, in the interests of fairness, our jazz-loving friend also shares his recommendations.

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Seven Vancouver International Jazz Festival shows for people who don’t like jazz (and seven for people who do)

Quick Guide to Vancouver Music Festivals this Summer

Vancouver Music Festivals 2015

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It’s festival season in Vancouver again! Pretty much every weekend from April – June is filled with festivals that cater to foodies, beer lovers, and art fanatics. It’s also time for music fans to rejoice because Vancouver hosts some of the best and most diverse music festivals in the country.

Starting in June and going into August, Vancouver music festivals bring a wide array of impressive talent to the city. Whether you’re into Jazz, Folk music, or Indie, there’s a music festival just for you. Check out our list of the top Vancouver music festivals happening this year in the city:

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Quick Guide to Vancouver Music Festivals this Summer

Austin in Vancouver – Levitation Festival tickets now on sale!

L.A. Witch

L.A. Witch is one of the bands scheduled to appear at the inaugural Levitation music festival in Vancouver June 5-7.

As hordes of music-lovers descend on Austin, Texas this week for the annual music, film and interactivity festival known as South by Southwest, tickets have gone on sale for a festival in Vancouver with a connection to that city.

In partnership with the Austin Psych Fest, now known as Levitation, Vancouver concert promoter Timbre is presenting the first annual Levitation Festival June 5-7.

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Austin in Vancouver – Levitation Festival tickets now on sale!