Six must-see Vancouver concerts in June!

Belle Game Live at Squamish Aug 21 2011

Belle Game Live at Squamish Aug 21 2011. Tamara Lee photo.

Since the massive third weekend of May, Vancouver’s concert scene has slowed considerably. However we see things start to pick up this month, especially towards the middle of June, when the CBC Music Festival hosts a slew of great Canadian acts. Several big-ticket shows, from Michael Bublé to Cher (Rogers Arena, June 7), follow. We picked a few for your enjoyment and edification (tickets still available as of this writing).

Some other notables not mentioned below: Jonathan Richman at the Biltmore Cabaret, June 4; Vancouver indie-folk troubadour Destroyer, playing a solo show June 12 at the Rickshaw; singer/songwriter Josh Rouse June 14 at the Biltmore; the return of ’90s rockers Veruca Salt (“Seether”), June 24th at the Biltmore Cabaret; and of course the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1.

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Six must-see Vancouver concerts in June!

Accordion Noir Festival

Guro Von Germeten

Guro Von Germeten. Photo courtesy Mod May Productions.

Vancouver is known for its mountains, oceans, trees and, perhaps one day, its accordion scene.

While guitars, keyboards and drums usually get all the attention, a group of local musicians have banded together to shine the spotlight on the oft-ignored squeezebox.

Called the Accordion Noir Festival, the event is now in its fifth year. From Sept 13 – 16 both local and international performers will gather in various venues in the city to celebrate the instrument that has never quite recovered its cool since being featured on the Lawrence Welk Show.

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Accordion Noir Festival

Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan will appear at Folk Fest 2012. Photo credit: Vancouver Folk Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Festival returns to Jericho Beach Park for its 35th anniversary this Friday, July 13, through Sunday, July 15.

If you’ve never been, Folk Fest is the kind of grassroots, community-driven live music event where you’ll find old timers who’ve attended for 30 years rubbing shoulders with a fresh crop of university students who won’t miss a Dan Mangan show. It’s the mix of guests and performers that makes Folk Fest what it is.

The hotly anticipated Vancouver Folk Festival line up includes such talents as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. The food cart line up is almost as impressive with 30 local vendors serving everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken.

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Everything You Need to Know About Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2012, July 13-15

Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival – June 14 – 24, 2012

Piknic Électronik at the Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival. Photo: Vancouver Courier

Officially, June is Italian Heritage Month in Vancouver, but it could just as easily be “multicultural month:” There are so many multicultural events happening! Along with  North America’s Largest Dragon Boat Festival and Greek Day on Broadway, there’s also the 23rd annual Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival (Festival d’été), which starts this week.

Primarily a music festival, the Festival d’été, organized by Le Centre Culturel Francophone de Vancouver, showcases the rich diversity of the francophone community through an eclectic line-up of musicians and artists. And tickets to the performances—which range from an outdoor techno dance party at Stanley Park to the annual “Children Fete”—are just $5 – $10!

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Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival – June 14 – 24, 2012

BC Cultural Crawl – August 1 – 31, 2011

It’s a big year for Vancouver. Not only is 2011 the City of Vancouver’s 125th birthday and Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary, it’s also the 10th birthday for the BC Cultural Crawl. Launched as a B.C. Day celebration in 2001, today’s BC Culture Crawl is a huge arts festival that spans the province and the entire month of August.

The BC Cultural Crawl is a collection of arts and cultural events at 70 cities and towns throughout British Columbia, including outdoor theatre, art walks, annual festivals, and special events that demonstrate the unique “footprints” of the various B.C. communities.

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BC Cultural Crawl – August 1 – 31, 2011