Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: VFMF

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: Hannah C Productions

A spoken-word stalwart with an ear for stripped down beats, a Chinese music ensemble with bluegrass leanings and floral crowns that echo Woodstock: the Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2013 is back, chockablock full of Vancouver-area talent.

Of the 65 acts performing at this year’s Folk Fest – among them Toronto folkster Hayden, former Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and gypsy-dance group DeVotchKa – more than fistful of artists call Vancouver home.

The 36-year old event is a guaranteed good time at Jericho Beach Park, July 19-21. Below is a sneak peek at local musicians and B.C. artisans flocking to the fest to share their songs with and sell their unique wares to the sun-kissed masses. Continue reading:
Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

5 Can’t-Miss Free Summer Festivals in Vancouver

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Photo credit: jonrawlinson | Flickr

Let’s be honest.  For nine months of the year or so, the weather in Vancouver can be a bit . . . cloudy.   Umbrellas are required accessories and you get used to not seeing your shadow for weeks at a time.

But summer changes everything.  For three months, Vancouver is possibly the most perfect spot on the planet.  Long, sunny days.  Warm beach weather.  And – last but not least – a bumper crop of free outdoor festivals.

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5 Can’t-Miss Free Summer Festivals in Vancouver

Swim! Outdoor Pools Open Today in Vancouver

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It’s that time of year again -  time to officially trade those toques and jackets for beach towels and flip-flops.

Several of Vancouver’s outdoor pools open today, just in time to take advantage of the May Long Weekend.  The Kitsilano, Second Beach, New Brighton and Hillcrest outdoor pools all open for business May 19.

And though the weather might not be exactly balmy yet, don’t worry: All the pools are heated.   So which is the right pool for you?  Continue reading:
Swim! Outdoor Pools Open Today in Vancouver

New Night Market to Open in Richmond this Summer

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Greater Vancouver’s night market scene just got a little hotter.

A new Asian-style night market has been approved for this summer in Richmond, next to the River Rock Casino (see map below).  The Richmond Night Market opens May 18 and runs through Oct. 8, featuring 88 vendors serving authentic Asian cuisine, plus more than 200 vendors selling merchandise. It’s open Fridays and Saturdays from 7 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The new market joins the Lower Mainland’s two other existing night markets:  the Summer Night Market on nearby Vulcan Way in Richmond and the Chinatown Night Market on Keefer Street in downtown Vancouver.   The night market phenomenon, which caught on over the last decade, has grown into a summer staple for many Vancouverites: a unique chance to sample authentic Asian cuisine, browse “designer” goods from overseas and take in some live Asian pop or karaoke.

Details about the new Richmond Night Market are still emerging.  But it’s already got a few things going for it.  Continue reading:
New Night Market to Open in Richmond this Summer

Best Vancouver Daytrip? You make the call!

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Vancouver’s short, sweet summer is in full swing.  The beaches are lined with tanned bodies, Stanley Park is full of walkers and bikers, patios everywhere are jammed with diners sipping and snacking in the sun.  But, as beautiful as the city is in summer, some times you just have to get out of town, if only for an afternoon.

So, I’d like to pose the question:  What’s the best Vancouver summer daytrip? Share your ideas by leaving a comment below.

Where do you like to go to get away from it all?  Is there a particular park, a refreshing lake, a quaint town or a secret little beach you like to escape to?  Just one ground rule:  These should be legitimate daytrips – i.e. no more than 90 minutes or so of travel time each way.

To get things started, I’ll share one of my favourite summer daytrips:  a visit to Golden Ears Provincial Park, just north of the suburb of Maple Ridge.

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Best Vancouver Daytrip? You make the call!