Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dirty Projectors. Jason Frank Rothenberg photo.

Robert Plant is among the headliners at the 33rd Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The former Led Zeppelin lead singer is performing with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. Other headliners include Macy Gray, Kamasi Washington, Bonobo, and St.Paul and the Broken Bones.

This year’s festival takes place June 22-July 1 at various venues in Vancouver. For a look at a few more of the more than 1800 artists who will perform at over 300 indoor and outdoor events, scroll below.

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Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Free concert alert! Dillon Francis in Vancouver this Friday (April 20)!

Dillon Francis at Fvded in the Park, Surrey, July 7 2017. Jason Martin photo for thesnipenews.com.

EDM sensation Dillon Francis headlines a free concert tomorrow (Friday) April 20 at Harbour Event Centre (760 Pacific Blvd). Others on the bill include Dzeko and Daijo.

The concert kicks off the Illumination concert series, a nation-wide series of free shows that will bring 20 artists to Canadian cities this summer.

Find out more about Friday’s show below, including some fun facts about Francis.

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Free concert alert! Dillon Francis in Vancouver this Friday (April 20)!

Sonic Boom showcases best of BC contemporary classical music

A multi-day celebration of contemporary classical (new) music by BC composers, the Sonic Boom Music Festival takes place March 22-25.

Presented by Vancouver ProMusica, the festival is now in its 31st year. The annual event spotlights a BC Composer in Residence, a Featured Artist and an Ensemble in Residence, along with a mix of ensembles of one to four players. The musicians perform new works by emerging and established West Coast composers.

This year, Sonic Boom presents four evening concerts at Pyatt Hall (843 Seymour St.) and the Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St.). Find out more below.

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Sonic Boom showcases best of BC contemporary classical music

2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle shines a spotlight on the stories behind the songs

Ruth B is one of the singer/songwriters performing at the 2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle March 25 at the Orpheum.

With the 2018 JUNO Awards just a few weeks away, excitement is mounting for the Canadian music industry’s biggest night of the year. The March 25 event marks the first time since 2009 that Vancouver has hosted the annual awards show.

Along with the show, which will be broadcast live from Rogers Arena, a number of other JUNOS-related events are coming to the city. These include the JUNOS Cup (a hockey game with musicians facing off against former NHL players) and the 2018 JUNO Songwriters’ Circle.

Considered by many as “the jewel of JUNO Week,” the Songwriters’ Circle presents some of the country’s best-known songwriters performing some of their favourites in an acoustic setting. In addition, the songwriters share the stories behind the songs. For more info about hosts, performers, and tickets, keep reading.

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2018 JUNOS Songwriters’ Circle shines a spotlight on the stories behind the songs

New music, yes—but also new ideas, collaborations and fusions at ISCM World New Music Days 2017

Vicky Chow is one of four pianists interpreting contemporary work in the closing concert of ISCM World New Music Days 2017.

ISCM World New Music Days 2017 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to explore new music.

From marquee concerts to musical adaptations of literary works to immersive avant-garde works, the week-long festival features a cornucopia of new ideas, collaborations and fusions from all over the world.

From Nov. 2-8, Vancouver hosts the event, which is held in a different city each year. The schedule features over 30 events, 135 composers, and music from 50 countries at various venues in the city. Of special note are the opening and closing events.

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New music, yes—but also new ideas, collaborations and fusions at ISCM World New Music Days 2017

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: September 7, 2017

It’s a weekend of the arts as the Vancouver Fringe Festival has begun, bringing performance of all kinds on to Granville Island for 10 days of creative expression you can go watch and even participate in. There’s also an accordion festival, there’s the Facade Festival projecting all over the outside of the Art Gallery, concerts, a Persian calligraphy workshop, and two different sports that can be called “football” depending on where you’re from.


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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: September 7, 2017

Five acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival

Toronto’s Charlotte Day Wilson is a buzzed-about artist coming to Vancouver for the Westward Music Festival.

Vancouver hasn’t had its own music multi-venue, multi-genre music festival since the late lamented Music West went under shortly around the turn of the century. (Music Waste has tried to fill the gap, but the event is focussed on local punk and underground acts.)

This year’s Westward Music Festival will attempt to fill that void. From Sept 14-17, the four-day event populates various venues with 15 live music events, including acts from all over North America. The shows all take place within a 2.5 km radius of one another at locations such as the Vogue Theatre (open to all ages), the Biltmore Cabaret, The Imperial Theatre and Fox Cabaret. (Note: sets originally scheduled for a two-day outdoor event at Red Truck Brewery have been moved to the Vogue and Venue.)

Headliners include Vince Staples, A Tribe Called Red, and Gov’t Mule. Here’s a look at five of the undercard players.

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Five acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival