200 Bands for Free: Make Music Vancouver, June 21

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Ready to kick off summer with a ton of free, live music?

On June 21, the first day of summer, Make Music Vancouver will transform Gastown’s Water Street into one, huge outdoor concert with dozens of different sidewalk stages (Editor’s Note: This event has also been expanded into Yaletown this year).  The event, which runs from 5 p.m.-10 p.m., was inaugurated in Vancouver last year and attracted  20,000 people and 150 bands.  This year, organizers are expecting 200 bands.

200 bands in one evening?  That’s right.  And the reason it’s possible is because Make Music is unlike any festival you’ve ever been to.

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200 Bands for Free: Make Music Vancouver, June 21

Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 – June 22 – July 1


There are a few events that really define summer in Vancouver: Canada Day, the Celebration of Light Fireworks Competition, Vancouver Pride, and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (VIJF). Called the “hippest jazz festival in the world” by The Seattle Times, the VIJF is Vancouver’s biggest, greatest music festival of the year, and its as beloved by locals as it is by the hundreds of thousands of visitors it attracts.

Back for its 27th year, the 2012 Vancouver Jazz Festival features 1800 musicians and 400 concerts (100+ of which are free) at 40 venues across Vancouver. There are major headliners, five free mini festivals-within-the-festival, intimate concerts in Vancouver bars and restaurants (the 2012 VIJF Club Series), and music virtually everywhere you look. So get ready to fall in love with the Vancouver Jazz Festival all over again!

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival 2012 – June 22 – July 1

More Free Concerts: Deep Cove Daze on August 28

Deep Cove BC

The summer, and its incredible lineup of free music, is quickly winding down – But here’s one more free concert to slip into your schedule.  This Sunday, Aug. 28, is Deep Cove Daze at Panorama Park in Deep Cove.

The event features live music all day on the main stage, as well as an assortment of festival fun: a beer garden, midway with rides, artisans and even cardboard kayak race. The best part: Admission is free.

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More Free Concerts: Deep Cove Daze on August 28

More than Fireworks: Free music at Celebration of Light

Watching Wil perform at #ShoreFest @Shore104fm @CelebofLight #fireworks

Vancouver’s annual three-night fireworks spectacular Celebration of Light kicks off on Saturday, July 30, with two more shows on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Saturday, Aug. 6.  Dana has a great post up on the best places to see the shows and what to expect.  But did you know that Celebration of Light also features free live music?

Preceding the fireworks, free (and, well, almost free) concerts will be staged at three different stages as part of SHOREfest 2011. Acts range from up-and-coming bands competing for airtime on local radio station Shore 104.3 FM to established stars like Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page.

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More than Fireworks: Free music at Celebration of Light

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.

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