Olio Festival Starts Tonight – Music, Comedy, Art and Film

The mother of all independent art festivals has arrived.  Starting tonight and running through Sunday, Sept. 26, the Olio Festival will showcase more than 500 local and international artists at venues around Vancouver – including up-and-coming musicians, artists, comedians and filmmakers.  This is the second year for the event, which aims to nurture Vancouver’s best and brightest homegrown talent while also featuring  headliners from around the world.

Tickets are available on the Olio website and start as cheap as $8 for individual shows.  Day passes are available starting at $20 and a full festival pass is $60.  The complete lineup can viewed here.

Films to be premiered include a very unique big-budget skateboard fantasy called Macho Taildrop (Friday, Sept. 24, at 9:30 p.m. at the Rio Theatre). Filmed throughout Europe, it documents one boy’s surreal quest for skateboarding immortality.  Here’s a clip:


There’s also a great documentary called No Fun City on Vancouver’s underground music scene and the challenges that musicians face in finding venues to play (Saturday, Sept. 25, at 10 p.m. at the Rio Theatre).

BC’s own psychedelic artist Bob Masse – who has been producing concert posters for the likes of the Grateful Dead and the Steve Miller Band since the ’60s – headlines the art segment of the Olin Festival, along with lots of talent from local art galleries.

Among the local musicians performing are indie favorites Babe Rainbow (an experimental electronic project), Nu Sensae (Smashing Pumpkins meets AD/DC) and No Gold (ambient funk).

The worst part about the Olio Festival is that there’s so much to see and so little time.  Fortunately, a free, full-color guide is available at record stores, clothing shops and restaurants across the city.  It features schedules, artist bios and venue information.

Did anyone attend the Olio Festival last year?  What did you think of it?

Remy Scalza

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