Five reasons to check out VIFF LIVE

Louise Burns plays Oct. 3 as part of VIFF LIVE. Jennilee Marigomen photo.

This year, the 2017 Vancouver International Film Festival (on until Oct 13) is stepping up its live music component in a big way. There are two nights of bills featuring local musicians, an evening of live music and visuals, and an after-party (Oct. 5, featuring hip-hop artist Nav). All of the shows take place at Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender St.).

Here’s a look at some of the scheduled performances.

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Five reasons to check out VIFF LIVE

Who’s who at this weekend’s Asian pop music festival

South Korean pop star Kim Tae-yeon plays the Albatross Music Festival this weekend at Hastings Racecourse.

Albatross Music Festival is a two-day outdoor music festival happening this weekend (Sept 14-15) at Hastings Racecourse. What’s unusual about this music festival—which happens the same weekend as the Westward Music Festival—is the lineup, which is predominantly Asian.

The musicians come from as far away as the Philippines, Hong Kong and South Korea, and as near as Vancouver and Surrey, B.C. Genres run the gamut from hip-hop to K-pop to traditional Mongolian music. For more info, including the complete lineup and ticket info, visit the Albatross Music Festival Facebook page.

In the meantime, here’s a brief rundown of some of the acts coming to Hastings Racecourse (188 N. Renfrew St.) this weekend.

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Who’s who at this weekend’s Asian pop music festival

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

Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Russian band Iva Nova

Russian ethno-rock quartet Iva Nova plays this year’s Accordion Noir Festival in Vancouver.

In the not-your-baba’s-accordion-festival department, the Accordion Noir Festival is back with more fun-filled squeezebox adventures.

This year’s lineup includes talent from as far away as Finland Russia, as well as an accordion fixer from Montreal. The event takes place Sept. 7-10 at various venues around town, with the four evenings arranged by theme. These include Accordion Drink-o-Bingo (Sept. 7), Accordion Alchemy parts I & II (Sept. 8), Accordion Community Day (Sept. 9, the same night as an album release party from local accordion sensation Geoff Berner), and Underdog Instrument Grudge Match: The Millennial Edition (Sept. 10).

Here’s some more of what to expect.

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Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

The Burn Ins bring a blues-rock component to this year’s International Pop Overthrow. No shouting “Dwight Twilley!” at inopportune moments.

Pop music is alive and well. And no, we’re not talking about the Justin Bieber/Rihanna set, the kind played by folks who can afford million-dollar Hollywood Hills song doctors (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course).

We’re talking about power pop—songs played with guitar/drums/bass, with plentiful melodic hooks and harmonies. In other words, the kind of pop music that pretty much became a commercial kiss-of-death following the break-up of the Beatles.

Every year, the International Pop Overthrow brings together purveyors of this wondrous sound, and sets up in different cities with different lineups. This year, the Vancouver edition runs Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at the Fairview Pub (898 West Broadway). If you’re looking for a (cheap—only $10!) night out that will leave you tapping your toe and humming a new favourite song, check out one of these shows. To help, we’ve highlighted a few of the bands playing. Continue reading:
Get ready for Vancouver’s power-pop event of the year!

Basia Bulat shares her secrets of the city!

Basia Bulat plays the Fox Cabaret Aug. 12.

Basia Bulat is no stranger to these parts. So we thought we’d ask the Toronto-based singer/songwriter, who plays Vancouver often, about some of her memories of the city, and playing shows here.

Bulat grew up in Etobicoke, Ontario, and first learned to play music on the autoharp. She released her debut album, Oh My Darling, in 2007; her most recent album, Good Advice, came out last year. In a review, the Guardian called Bulat’s latest “a rich and raw return,” and said that, “compared to her first three albums… her latest feels supercharged.”

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Basia Bulat shares her secrets of the city!

10 must-see acts at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Matt Holubowski 2017 Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Matt Holubowski is one of the performers at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 13-16).

This year’s edition of the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival kicks off this Thursday (July 13) with a free concert, and keeps going with afternoon workshops and shows and evening sets until July 16. The festival features dozens of artists, some returning, some here for the first time; some veteran acts and some exciting up-and-coming musicians.

Here are a few of the many artists in this weekend’s lineup we think are worth checking out.

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10 must-see acts at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival