Vancouver Urban Spaces Initiative brings back outdoor Electronica

Photo credit: Vancouver Urban Spaces Initiative

Photo credit: Vancouver Urban Spaces Initiative

My summer entertainment bucket list usually includes these three elements every year: a beach, close friends and danceable beats.   

 Music festivals check all of three of these boxes off at once. In British Columbia we are blessed with a range of outdoor, beach-proximal fests to choose from: from Keloha in Kelowna to the Edge of the World Festival on Haida Gwaii to our very own Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

One of my favourite forms of music to en plein air is electronica, IDM (short for intelligent dance music), or bleeps & bloops. Or whatever you want to call it when a person stands behind turntables, twiddles some knobs and mixes songs together in a set that’s guaranteed to bob your head and tap your fingers, if not more.

The organizers of the Vancouver Urban Spaces Initiative (VUSI) agree with me. Inspired by the rooftop parties of Miami, Piknic Electronic in Montreal or the famous outdoor parties of Detroit and Barcelona, Kelvin Beaudette and Dan Hellman are organizing a number of free or almost free mini-electronic music festivals called the Special Summer Series.   Continue reading:
Vancouver Urban Spaces Initiative brings back outdoor Electronica

CBC Musical Nooners return to Vancouver

Photo credit: CBC

Photo credit: CBC

Nooners are back! For the 9-5 set, CBC Musical Nooners are an excuse to enjoy the sun, meet up with friends and discover new music. Who doesn’t love a mini, outdoor concert halfway through their day?  

This year’s nooner program features refreshing blasts of music from sweet Canadian and international indie acts.

“We are really pleased with this year’s lineup, there is a lot of fantastic music to enjoy in a number of different styles, so get ready for some surprises” remarks Jon Siddall, lead producer for the series. “And, this year we’ve added more Latin music and a very entertaining Balkan big band.”

The free concert series runs Monday – Friday, from noon to 1:00 pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from July 5 – August 23. Continue reading:
CBC Musical Nooners return to Vancouver

200 Bands for Free: Make Music Vancouver, June 21

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Ready to kick off summer with a ton of free, live music?

On June 21, the first day of summer, Make Music Vancouver will transform Gastown’s Water Street into one, huge outdoor concert with dozens of different sidewalk stages (Editor’s Note: This event has also been expanded into Yaletown this year).  The event, which runs from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., was inaugurated in Vancouver last year and attracted  20,000 people and 150 bands.  This year, organizers are expecting 200 bands.

200 bands in one evening?  That’s right.  And the reason it’s possible is because Make Music is unlike any festival you’ve ever been to.

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200 Bands for Free: Make Music Vancouver, June 21