Canadian Rock Legends Coming to Burnaby Blues Fest, Aug. 9

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Photo credit: Rick Chung | Flickr

Blues legends are in Burnaby this Saturday, Aug. 9, for the annual Blues + Roots Festival at Deer Lake Park.  Headlining the show is the incomparable Big Sugar: the Canadian blues-rock-reggae band have inspired acts like The Black Crowes over their illustrious 20-year career.  Opening acts include Matt Andersen, the blues artist from New Brunswick known for his impassioned vocals and guitar playing, as well as Bettye LeVette, the Motown legend who toured with Otis Redding and James Brown.

The venue for the day-long festival, which features a dozen acts in total is Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park.  Located just off Highway 1 in Burnaby, the park is a unique natural oasis in the middle of the city.  Walking trails wind around the lake and through acres of parkland.  Musicians will be performing on three separate stages throughout the day, starting at 1 p.m. with the local acts and finishing up with Big Sugar on the main stage at 8:30 p.m.

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Big Sugar

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Canadian Rock Legends Coming to Burnaby Blues Fest, Aug. 9

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)

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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

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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