Picks of the Olio Festival

Still from Wall Writers

New York has PS1. In Calgary, it’s Sled Island. And in Montreal, there’s Pop Montreal: Meticulously curated festivals that celebrate all forms of artistic expressions in an allotted amount of time, so that culture cravers have something to look forward to all year round. Or simpler terms, really hip parties that draw big crowds of attractive people.  And don’t for a second think that we don’t have an equivalent here in Vancouver.

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Picks of the Olio Festival

20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in September 2012

Catch Hip.Bang! Improv perform for the 2012 Vancouver Fringe Festival at Little Mountain Gallery, Sept. 6-16.

It’s easy to love a month that starts with a three-day weekend. And the Labour Day long weekend has a full agenda of staycation goodness including a smokin’ BBQ competition in Gastown, the Victory Square Block Party and your last chance to visit the Fair at the PNE.

As the month progresses and the air cools, September in Vancouver is all about the arts. Expect eclectic theatre and funny-bone-shattering improv from the annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival, Sept. 6-16. The Olio Festival presents an edgy mix of mediums including skate, fashion, theatre and art, Sept. 19-23. Get ready for the hotly anticipated Vancouver International Film Festival, Sept. 27-Oct. 12, featuring 400 exciting movies, from world premieres to North American premieres.

Finally, you can’t talk fall without a mention of fall fashion. As Vogue debuts its biblical September tome, Vancouver glams up with style events Fashion’s Night Out (Sept. 6) and Main St.’s Spend on Trend (Sept. 14-16).

Oh and Bill Clinton and Madonna are coming to town. But not together.

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20 Unmissable Vancouver Events in September 2012

Vancouver Olio Festival – September 22 – 25, 2011

Back for its third year, the 2011 Olio Festival is a four-day celebration of music, art, comedy, skate and film that brings together both local and international talent for 30+ events at venues around Vancouver.

A unique festival of fresh perspectives, the Olio Festival features musical performances by Mascis of Dinosaur JR, Glass Candy, Chromatics, Ladyhawk, Cave Singers, Teen Daze, AraabMuzik, Bend Sinister, Bonjay, Braids, The Pack AD, Keys N Krates, Besnard Lakes, Malajube, Chicharones, Revolver, Chateau Marmont, Active Child, Chad Valley, Com Truise, as well as over 50 local Vancouver bands.

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Vancouver Olio Festival – September 22 – 25, 2011

Olio Festival Starts Tonight – Music, Comedy, Art and Film

The mother of all independent art festivals has arrived.  Starting tonight and running through Sunday, Sept. 26, the Olio Festival will showcase more than 500 local and international artists at venues around Vancouver – including up-and-coming musicians, artists, comedians and filmmakers.  This is the second year for the event, which aims to nurture Vancouver’s best and brightest homegrown talent while also featuring  headliners from around the world.

Tickets are available on the Olio website and start as cheap as $8 for individual shows.  Day passes are available starting at $20 and a full festival pass is $60.  The complete lineup can viewed here.

Films to be premiered include a very unique big-budget skateboard fantasy called Macho Taildrop (Friday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 p.m. at the Rio Theatre). Filmed throughout Europe, it documents one boy’s surreal quest for skateboarding immortality.  Here’s a clip:

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Olio Festival Starts Tonight – Music, Comedy, Art and Film