50 Free Bands + 40 Food Trucks: Khatsahlano Street Party Returns to Vancouver

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Vancouver’s biggest free music and arts fest is back.

The Khatsahlano Street Party is set to transform West 4th Avenue into 10 blocks of live music, beer gardens and outdoor art on Saturday, July 12.  Now in its fourth year, the festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 revellers to the Kitsilano neighbourhood, from Burrard to MacDonald Streets on West 4th Avenue.

Khatsahlano has earned a well deserved reputation for great live music.  This year, more than 50 bands with local roots will perform on eight different stages.  Headliners include The Poppy Family Experience, who emerged from Kitsilano’s counterculture scene in the 1960s and went on to international fame, as well as The Grapes of Wrath, the Kelowna-based rockers known for their hit record These Days who recently reunited after an 18-year hiatus.  A complete lineup is available on the festival website.

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50 Free Bands + 40 Food Trucks: Khatsahlano Street Party Returns to Vancouver

Full Celebration of Light concert lineup announced

The Sheepdogs at the Commodore Ballroom, Dec 20 2011. Jade Dempsey photo.

The Sheepdogs at the Commodore Ballroom, Dec 20 2011. Jade Dempsey photo.

This year’s Celebration of Light takes place July 26 (USA), July 30 (France) and Aug 2 (Japan).

Each evening will also feature concerts with bands performing in two locations - on the Bathhouse Roof at English Bay and the Rogue Stage at Sunset Beach Park. The full roster of talent has just been announced.

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Tegan and Sara, Dan Mangan and More Coming to Vancouver for CBCMusic.ca Fest, June 14 (Ticket Giveaway)

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Love home-grown Canadian music? Then this may be the event for you.

The CBCMusic.ca Festival is coming to Metro Vancouver’s Deer Lake Park on June 14. This is the second annual instalment of the festival, which highlights some of the top up-and-coming and established acts from across Canada.  Headliners include none other than Vancouver’s Dan Mangan, as well as Grammy-nominated pop duo Tegan and Sara.

Sound like your idea of a good time? Read on to learn how to win a pair of tickets to the event.

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Tegan and Sara, Dan Mangan and More Coming to Vancouver for CBCMusic.ca Fest, June 14 (Ticket Giveaway)

Tribute bands raise money for animals this Saturday

3 Inches of Blood

3 Inches of Blood and friends.

At first, you might not expect musicians who play in bands with names like Cooked and Eaten and Rotting Hills to be concerned about the furry beings who live among us.

Yet members of Vancouver’s hard rock and heavy metal community are coming together to aid in some planned pregnancy amongst the city’s four-legged types. These critter-conscious musicians are recombining into tribute groups to cover songs by metal faves like Rush, Sepultura and Thin Lizzy.

The second annual event is this Saturday night at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings) and will raise money for Neüterhead: Ace of Spays, a non-profit that assists rescue groups with the costs of spaying and neutering animals in their care. There are also prizes.

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Tribute bands raise money for animals this Saturday

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