Five bands to see at this year’s International Pop Overthrow Festival in Vancouver

Psyche-rock act The Top Boost are among the 20 acts playing this year’s International Pop Overthrow (Aug. 30-Sept 1).

Vancouver has two big music festivals coming up in September: Skookum and Westward. (Watch this blog for more details.) Before that, though, there’s a smaller but no less vital music fest that sees multi-act lineups of lesser-known but talented local (mostly) acts playing one stage over four nights.

Now in its 13th year in Vancouver, The International Pop Overthrow Festival returns to the Fairview Pub (898 W. Broadway) Aug. 30-Sept. 1. The festival features 20 pop and rock bands, from Vancouver and beyond, and for only $10 a show.

See below for some of the highlights.

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Five bands to see at this year’s International Pop Overthrow Festival in Vancouver

Get lucky at Ambleside Park with Vancouver classic rock royalty

Loverboy, circa now.

How about some classic rock? How about some Canadian classic rock? What about some Vancouver classic rock?

Rock Ambleside Park features three days of bands from yesteryear performing hits that burned up Canadian FM radio dials in the ’70s and ’80s in a lovely park setting. Many of the bands are Canadian, some are from Vancouver, and a few are even international: Nazareth (Scotland), Sweet (Britain), and Little River Band (Australia).

Other heavy-hitters include Loverboy, Trooper, and Chilliwack. Rock Ambleside Park takes place Aug. 17-19 at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. Let’s take a look at some of the performers, shall we?

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Get lucky at Ambleside Park with Vancouver classic rock royalty

Six acts to catch at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival

iskwé is one of the 2018 Polaris Music Prize nominees playing this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival continues its tradition of eclectic lineups mixing established, mid-career and rising artists.

Among the heavy-hitters at this year’s VFMF are indie singer/songwriter Neko Case, country singer/songwriter Rodney Crowell, and guitarist Ry Cooder. The lineup also includes some emerging Canadian talent that has made the long-list for the annual Canadian music critics’ choice Polaris Music Prize.

The 41st Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival happens July 13-15, with evening concerts all three days and day-time shows on the Saturday and Sunday. As usual, it all takes place in scenic Jericho Beach Park, a stone’s throw from the beach. Here are some shows we think are worth catching.

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Six acts to catch at this year’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Juno Award winner tops francophone bill at this year’s Festival d’été

Daniel Bélanger plays songs from his 2017 album Paloma, as well as some of his francophone hits at this year’s Festival d’ete.

This year’s winner of the Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year headlines the annual Festival d’été (June 14-23). Now in its 29th year, the Vancouver festival is an inclusive event that welcomes anglos, francophones and anyone else who wants to experience the cultural diversity of la belle province, and French talent from across the nation.

This year’s Summer Festival features not only Juno winner Daniel Bélanger but also a fellow nominee for Francophone Album of the Year, Patrice Michaud, and several other local and national artists. See below for a rundown of this year’s guests. All shows are at Studio 16 (1551 W. 7th Ave.) unless otherwise noted.

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Juno Award winner tops francophone bill at this year’s Festival d’été

Musicians from all over the world explore Chinese music at Sound of Dragon Festival

21 Strings Plus perform at this year’s Sound of Dragon Festival.

Local and national artists mix it up with guests from Taiwan and China in the 3rd Sound of Dragon Music Festival.

Featuring innovative music collaborations, the biennial festival celebrates diverse music with Chinese roots or influences. It is Vancouver’s first festival devoted to Chinese music, and showcases diverse musical styles, from ancient folk to contemporary compositions, as well as jazz, world, fusion, and avant-garde improvisation in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances.

This year’s edition features four evening concerts at the Annex Theatre (823 Seymour St.) and the Roundhouse Community Centre ((181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver), as well as free workshops at SFU Harbour Centre and the Roundhouse.

Find out more about the performers below.

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Musicians from all over the world explore Chinese music at Sound of Dragon Festival

Billboard’s #1 hip-hop act headlines inaugural outdoor festival in Vancouver

Migos, which has become the fifth hip-hop act with more than two #1 albums, headlines a new music festival in Vancouver in June.

Migos and Tory Lanez top a bill that includes some of today’s hottest hip-hop artists at this spring’s Breakout Festival. The inaugural edition takes place June 9 and 10 at the PNE Amphitheatre.

The outdoor hip-hop and R&B event also features 6lack, Lil Pump, A-Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ski Mask the Slump God, Ybn Nahmir, Kodie Shane, Pressa, Wondagurl, Brevner, Manila Grey, Illyminiachi, Mcevoy Withinroots, Acdatyoungn****, Daamcp, and 2hunnit. Below is a look at some of the artists.

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Billboard’s #1 hip-hop act headlines inaugural outdoor festival in Vancouver

Quiet please? An army of electric guitars at the library, and more with World New Music Days 2017.

The Bozzini Quartet performs as part of ISCM2017.

ISCM World New Music Days is the world’s foremost festival of new music. This year, Vancouver is hosting the annual event, which is overseen by the International Society of Contemporary Music.

ISCM2017 features over 30 new music events, over 135 composers, and music from 50 countries. From Nov. 2-8, at various venues in Vancouver, music lovers will have a chance to see what’s new and what’s next in the worlds of new and neo-classical music. The seven-day celebration promises to provoke, excite, and engage audiences long after the final note has sounded.

Besides the concerts, ISCM World New Music Days is also hosting special events including a series of talks, a festival hub and streaming video. Here are some highlights.

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Quiet please? An army of electric guitars at the library, and more with World New Music Days 2017.