Who’s who at this weekend’s Asian pop music festival

South Korean pop star Kim Tae-yeon plays the Albatross Music Festival this weekend at Hastings Racecourse.

Albatross Music Festival is a two-day outdoor music festival happening this weekend (Sept 14-15) at Hastings Racecourse. What’s unusual about this music festival—which happens the same weekend as the Westward Music Festival—is the lineup, which is predominantly Asian.

The musicians come from as far away as the Philippines, Hong Kong and South Korea, and as near as Vancouver and Surrey, B.C. Genres run the gamut from hip-hop to K-pop to traditional Mongolian music. For more info, including the complete lineup and ticket info, visit the Albatross Music Festival Facebook page.

In the meantime, here’s a brief rundown of some of the acts coming to Hastings Racecourse (188 N. Renfrew St.) this weekend.

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Who’s who at this weekend’s Asian pop music festival

Five acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival

Toronto’s Charlotte Day Wilson is a buzzed-about artist coming to Vancouver for the Westward Music Festival.

Vancouver hasn’t had its own music multi-venue, multi-genre music festival since the late lamented Music West went under shortly around the turn of the century. (Music Waste has tried to fill the gap, but the event is focussed on local punk and underground acts.)

This year’s Westward Music Festival will attempt to fill that void. From Sept 14-17, the four-day event populates various venues with 15 live music events, including acts from all over North America. The shows all take place within a 2.5 km radius of one another at locations such as the Vogue Theatre (open to all ages), the Biltmore Cabaret, The Imperial Theatre and Fox Cabaret. (Note: sets originally scheduled for a two-day outdoor event at Red Truck Brewery have been moved to the Vogue and Venue.)

Headliners include Vince Staples, A Tribe Called Red, and Gov’t Mule. Here’s a look at five of the undercard players.

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Five acts to catch at this year’s Westward Music Festival

Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Russian band Iva Nova

Russian ethno-rock quartet Iva Nova plays this year’s Accordion Noir Festival in Vancouver.

In the not-your-baba’s-accordion-festival department, the Accordion Noir Festival is back with more fun-filled squeezebox adventures.

This year’s lineup includes talent from as far away as Finland Russia, as well as an accordion fixer from Montreal. The event takes place Sept. 7-10 at various venues around town, with the four evenings arranged by theme. These include Accordion Drink-o-Bingo (Sept. 7), Accordion Alchemy parts I & II (Sept. 8), Accordion Community Day (Sept. 9, the same night as an album release party from local accordion sensation Geoff Berner), and Underdog Instrument Grudge Match: The Millennial Edition (Sept. 10).

Here’s some more of what to expect.

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Talent from near and far puts the squeeze on Vancouver at this year’s Accordion Noir Festival

Six must-see shows at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Kandace Springs.

With hundreds of acts and dozens of shows, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival represents a challenge to anyone interested in the event but not totally up to speed on they myriad genres and artists represented. Here’s a short list of five must-see acts for those who are pretty sure they want to check something out during the festival’s 11 days (June 22-July 2), but aren’t sure where to start. (Note: the list tends towards more non-standard jazz acts. For those looking for more adventurous fare, we’ve included another list of some of the festival’s cutting-edge acts.)

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Six must-see shows at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

International sounds abound at third annual Vancouver World Music Festival

Tonya Aganabe performs with the B.C. World Music Collective at the Vancouver World Music Festival.

The third annual Vancouver World Music Festival takes place April 6-8. The three-day events features musicians originally from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and London, and who now make their home in B.C.

Here are some highlights.

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International sounds abound at third annual Vancouver World Music Festival

Free music festival in Downtown Eastside celebrates 12th year!

Jody Glenham performing at the Khatsahlano Street Party this summer.

Jody Glenham performing at the Khatsahlano Street Party this summer.

The Victory Square Block Party is a free music festival that traditionally marks the end of summer, at least for some Vancouverites. The Labour Day event features local indie acts, vendors and more, all in the Downtown Eastside’s Victory Square (316 W. Hastings St.) on Sept. 4.

Let’s look at the lineup for the 2016 edition.

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Free music festival in Downtown Eastside celebrates 12th year!

Blow your mind this weekend at Vancouver’s psych-rock fest!

Rock out with Madrid, Spain's HINDS this weekend at Levitation Vancouver.

Rock out with Madrid, Spain’s HINDS this weekend at Levitation Vancouver.

This weekend, mindblowing rock ‘n’ roll bands and experimental music acts take over the city for the second Levitation Vancouver music festival.

The Vancouver edition grew out of the Austin-based Levitation festival, itself originally called the Austin Psych Fest. The idea behind Levitation is to bring together acts from all over the world with a taste for adventurous sounds. Local punk act White Lung, Spanish buzz band HINDS and acclaimed experimental Los Angeles producer Flying Lotus are just a few of the reasons to check out Levitation Vancouver this weekend (June 16-19). See below for more.

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Blow your mind this weekend at Vancouver’s psych-rock fest!