Vancouver’s Biggest Free Music and Arts Fest: Khatsahlano Street Party is Back

Photo sourced from khatsahlano.com

Photo sourced from khatsahlano.com

The biggest free music and arts fest of the year is about to descend on Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.

The Khatsahlano Street Party is set to transform West 4th Avenue into 10 blocks of live music, beer gardens and outdoor art on Saturday, July 11. Now in its fifth year, the festival is expected to attract more than 100,000 revellers to the stretch of West 4th from Burrard to MacDonald Streets.

The street party is perhaps best-known for great live music. This year, more than 50 bands with local roots will perform on eight different stages. The lineup includes a mix of talent old and new from Vancouver and BC.  Indie rockers Yukon Blonde and dark pop favourites The Belle Game share top billing with vintage punk and underground acts the Pointed Sticks and the Enigmas. Up-and-coming bands from The Peak 102.7 Peak Performance Project will also be taking the stage. the A complete lineup is available on the festival website.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a street party without street food.   Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Biggest Free Music and Arts Fest: Khatsahlano Street Party is Back

Broadway Musicals in Stanley Park: Theatre Under the Stars is Back for 2015

97fc10ce4468953d2b2f48ce9f73-660x474It’s a campy musical with a deeper message that’s anything but corny: racial justice in the American South.

The Broadway hit Hairspray – about an awkward teen who dreams of TV fame and gets more than she bargained for – is making its way to Vancouver’s Stanley Park for the 2015 instalment of Theatre under the Stars, starting July 10. It’s joined by another classic, Oliver, The Musical – the stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ever-popular Oliver Twist.

Staged outdoors at dusk, Theatre under the Stars is a unique Vancouver tradition. Since 1940, nearly 70 seasons of plays, musicals and operettas have been performed, featuring everything from the old-time classic South Pacific to the contemporary hit Footloose. While the performers and technicians are amateurs in training, the results are anything but.   Continue reading:
Broadway Musicals in Stanley Park: Theatre Under the Stars is Back for 2015

Top Canada Day Celebrations in (and around) Vancouver – 2015 Edition

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

Photo credit: Rikki / Julius Reque | Flickr

It’s Canada’s 148th birthday. And Vancouver is ready to celebrate.

Bashes across the city, not to mention the big parade and fireworks, will commemorate Canada Day on Wednesday, July 1. Here’s a look at where you can join the excitement:

Canada Day at Canada Place
The city’s biggest party – and the largest Canada Day celebration outside of Ottawa – is Canada Day at Canada Place, a full day of live music, food and entertainment downtown. Musical headliners this year on the big stage include local singer Hannah Georgas and Latin-inspired group Rumba Calzada. A separate stage features a beer garden and performances by local favourites Watasun and the Hairfarmers.

There’s also plenty of street food and interactive games, as well as a display by the Vancouver Circus School and, of course, the annual Canada Day citizenship ceremony for new citizens. Also stop by the Vancouver Convention Centre’s open house, where you can learn about its six-acre living roof, enjoy a brew on the Pacific Terrace and even see the Olympic Cauldron lit for Canada Day. Activities start at 10 a.m. Canada Place, Vancouver Convention Centre and Jack Poole Plaza.  

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Top Canada Day Celebrations in (and around) Vancouver – 2015 Edition

Free Summer Concert Series (Plus Craft Beer) Starting on Vancouver’s False Creek – June 20

Photo credit: Venture Vancouver | Flickr

Photo credit: Venture Vancouver | Flickr

Saturday nights on Vancouver’s False Creek waterfront just got a little more exciting.

A brand-new (and completely free) concert series kicks off at the Plaza of Nations in downtown Vancouver on Saturday, June 20, continuing through Sept. 12. For Vancouver music fans, it’s a chance to enjoy waterfront shows from some of the city’s hottest bands, while also enjoying an incredible lineup of food trucks and even craft beer.

The venue for all this excitement is the picture-perfect (but rarely used) Plaza of Nations outdoor stage, located just next to the Edgewater Casino and not far from B.C. Place and Rogers Arena. Organizers have lined up a who’s who of local food trucks for the event, including Vij’s Railway Express (award-winning Indian cuisine from Vikram Vij), Roaming Dragon (Asian fusion), The Reef Runner (Caribbean), Guanaco (Salvadoran), Super Thai, Rocky Point Ice Cream and more than a dozen others.   Continue reading:
Free Summer Concert Series (Plus Craft Beer) Starting on Vancouver’s False Creek – June 20

Bike Sharing Still Coming to Vancouver … Maybe

Bay Area Bike Share bicycles. Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious | Wikipedia

Bay Area Bike Share bicycles. Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious | Wikipedia

Shareable bikes may be coming to Vancouver after all.

The city is currently seeking a new partner to launch its long-anticipated bike share scheme. An initial plan, approved in 2013, called for $6 million to be spent to implement a network of 1,500 rental bikes throughout the city. But multiple delays have plagued the initiative.

Most recently, the company that was to provide the city with bikes went bankrupt. Bixi Bikes filed for bankruptcy protection in 2014 and was subsequently bailed out – to the tune of tens of millions of dollars – by the city of Montreal. As a result, Bixi’s partner for the Vancouver launch – a Portland company called Alta Bicycle Share – was unable to get the program rolling in the city.

In the wake of the debacle, Alta has changed its name to Motivate and now manages successful bike-share programs in Toronto, New York and Melbourne. Vancouver, however, is still bike-less – but maybe not for long.   Continue reading:
Bike Sharing Still Coming to Vancouver … Maybe