Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Doors Open Vancouver, Hawker’s Market, Water’s Edge Days and Toronto Raptors basketball game are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend, Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

See 100+ Bands at Free Gastown Street Party, Make Music Vancouver

Sourced from Make Music Vancouver. Photo Credits to Florian Hossfeld.

Sourced from Make Music Vancouver. Photo Credits to Florian Hossfeld.

What do more than 100 live bands crammed into the space of three city blocks sound like?

Pretty amazing.  Make Music Vancouver, the event that transforms city streets into an outdoor stage for literally hundreds of local bands, is back, June 25.  This year, Gastown’s Water Street will once again be blocked to traffic and serve as the setting for the free, crowd-sourced music festival.

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See 100+ Bands at Free Gastown Street Party, Make Music Vancouver

Tribute bands raise money for animals this Saturday

3 Inches of Blood

3 Inches of Blood and friends.

At first, you might not expect musicians who play in bands with names like Cooked and Eaten and Rotting Hills to be concerned about the furry beings who live among us.

Yet members of Vancouver’s hard rock and heavy metal community are coming together to aid in some planned pregnancy amongst the city’s four-legged types. These critter-conscious musicians are recombining into tribute groups to cover songs by metal faves like Rush, Sepultura and Thin Lizzy.

The second annual event is this Saturday night at the Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings) and will raise money for Neüterhead: Ace of Spays, a non-profit that assists rescue groups with the costs of spaying and neutering animals in their care. There are also prizes.

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Tribute bands raise money for animals this Saturday

Six concerts in Vancouver this weekend

!!! at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, June 4 2013. The band returns to the venue with Ra Ra Riot this weekend. Photo credit: Kirk Chantraine.

!!! at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, June 4 2013. The band returns to the venue with Ra Ra Riot this weekend. Photo credit: Kirk Chantraine.

Each year around this time, Vancouver sees a flurry of shows. One of the main reasons is that our dear neighbour to the south, Seattle, hosts one of the best music and arts festivals in North America each and every Labour Day long weekend. And for those of us who can’t or don’t make it down, many of the bands do us the favour of crossing the border to play Vancouver. This year is no exception, as alt-rock faves like Deerhunter, the Breeders and !!! (pronounced “chk-chk-chk”) all make the journey. Here’s a look at those and some other shows happening Aug. 30 – Sept. 2.

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Six concerts in Vancouver this weekend

Live at Second Beach: music in Stanley Park highlights

Del Barber at WECC, Winnipeg, June 18 2010. Photo credit: Ailsa Dyson.

Del Barber at WECC, Winnipeg, June 18 2010. Photo credit: Ailsa Dyson.

This weekend, as Stanley Park celebrates its 125th anniversary, the city is bringing in an impressive array of musical talent. A number of acts will perform at Second Beach this Saturday and Sunday. Here are a few highlights of this free concert extravaganza…

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Live at Second Beach: music in Stanley Park highlights

FUSE at Vancouver Art Gallery July 19

FUSE Vancouver July 19

Martin Honert’s Kinderkreuzzug/Children’s Crusade (1985-1987). Collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy. Photo credit: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery.

What you see above is a photo from a current exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Inspired by the (possible) myth of the Children’s Crusade in the 13th century, Martin Honert’s Kinderkreuzzug is a life-size installation. Along with other works by the German artist in the fascinating multimedia show, it is inspired by memory.

Honert’s work is on view during regular VAG hours until October. But those attending the latest in the gallery’s FUSE series will be able to check out the work too, along with other exhibits, DJs, food carts and special performances, from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday July 19.

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FUSE at Vancouver Art Gallery July 19

150 Bands for Free: Make Music Vancouver Returns

Photo sourced from Make Music Vancouver

Photo: Florian Hossfeld www.florianhossfeld.com

Want to see 150 bands in one night, for free?

Make Music Vancouver, the crowdsourced music fest, is back for its third edition on June 21.  For one night, the streets of Gastown – every last curb, doorway and plaza – will be filled with 150 local acts performing everything from rock and reggae to classical, jazz and punk.

For music lovers, and anyone into raw, unbridled creativity, it’s an auditory and visual feast: sometimes messy, sometimes inspiring, always entertaining.

From a distance, all you hear is a cacophony of cymbals, booming bass and a chorus of dozens of different voices.  Up close, however, each act comes into its own. Continue reading:
150 Bands for Free: Make Music Vancouver Returns