Summer Live in Stanley Park: 3 Days of Free Music + Fun, July 8-10

Daniel Wesley

What a summer for free music in Vancouver!  Free performances as part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival; free Canada Day concerts across the city and – coming up July 8-10 – a free weekend of music and festivities in Stanley Park.

Summer Live, a special celebration at Brockton Point in Stanley Park in honour of Vancouver’s 125th birthday, will feature more than 180 performances and activities over three days.

Brockton Point

The festival runs from noon to 11 p.m. from Friday, July 8, to Sunday, July 10.  There’s a free shuttle bus to take you there from Waterfront Station.  Plus there will be a free, secure bike compound for cyclists.   Here are some of the highlights (for a complete schedule and map, click here):

Great free music: You’ve got to hand it to Summer Live organizers.  They brought in some top local acts to ring in the city’s birthday.  Headliners include Mother Mother (July 8, 9:45 p.m.), The New Pornographers (July 9, 9:30 p.m.), Dan Mangan (July 10, 9:30 p.m.), the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (July 10, 5:15 p.m.), Spirit of the West (July 10, 7:45 p.m.) and Hey Ocean (July 10, 10 p.m.).

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Interactive kids’ stuff: In the special KidZone, you can take kite-making, boat-building, origami and juggling workshops (actually, that sounds kind of fun even if you aren’t a kid).  On the Family Stage,  a range of acts will perform over the weekend, including  Asian synth pop/art duo Guimauves, Fresh Groove Productions’ youth dance groups and the Dusty Flower Pot Cabaret.

First Nations demonstrations: Coast Salish canoe races will be held in Coal Harbour from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, July 8.  At the Stanley Park totem poles, you can also experience Slahal games, storyteller Henry Charles and dance groups Children of Takaya, Musqueam Warriors and Welh Tima Kexwusem.

Sto:lo War canoes, First Nations

Family sports: Drop-in activities at the Brockton Oval include mini-soccer, a youth volleyball tournament, tennis, badminton and croquet, and BC Lions kicking and throwing clinics.

Outdoor art and theatre experiences: Art set up around Summer Live includes humongous robotic spiders and other creepy crawlies, giant Jenga and Twister board games, environmental art created from invasive plant species, a participatory mural and an origami heron pathway.

For a full schedule and map, check out the Summer Live website.

Anyone planning to go to Summer Live in Stanley Park?  What acts are you planning to see?

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