Enjoy cocktails by some of Vancouver’s finest mixologists at this year’s Harmony Arts Festival

Looking for a reason to visit West Vancouver? Look no further than the Harmony Arts Festival. Now in its 28th year, HAF is a celebration of visual art, music, food and drink. It takes place on and near the Ambleside waterfront Aug. 3-12.

Back this year are perennial favourites that include free exhibits, workshops, and concerts, along with ticketed events like Night on the Pier (local bartenders craft innovative cocktails) and Best of the West. But this year’s festival offers some new additions as well.

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Enjoy cocktails by some of Vancouver’s finest mixologists at this year’s Harmony Arts Festival

5 Reasons to Attend the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 13 – 15, 2018)

Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2014

Image courtesy of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Tickets are still on sale for the 41st annual Vancouver Folk Festival–the city’s “Best Local Music Festival” as rated by Georgia Straight Newspaper readers (five years in a row!).

The concert takes place over three days from July 13 – 15 and draws over 30,000 enthusiastic attendees to the beautiful Jericho Beach Park. The event is a unique mix of music and culture of more than 40 international, national, and local acts.

Need even more reasons on why you should be checking out the festival? We’ve got five great ones below…

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5 Reasons to Attend the Vancouver Folk Festival (July 13 – 15, 2018)

Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

One of Vancouver’s biggest music festivals of the year kicks off Friday, June 22. The TD International Vancouver Jazz Festival runs until July 1.

Along with ticketed concerts, there are numerous free shows, from all-day events downtown and David Lam Park to sets in smaller venues. Here, we’ll look at some of the acts playing free shows in the first days of the festival, June 22-27.

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Six free shows to catch at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival this week

Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

For yourself or for the fathers in your life, there is a lot of fun to be had this weekend. The Queer Arts Festival opens, there’s free family events at the Bill Reid Gallery, symphony, comedy, football, drag, burlesque, a car show, and behind-the-scenes tours of the Commodore Ballroom.

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Things to Do in Vancouver This Weekend

Raise your spirits with the final Good Noise Gospel Choir concert of the season

Looking for a spiritual good time? Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir presents its season finale, Jazz Meets Gospel, June 2. The Choir presents two concerts, and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., at Christ Church Cathedral.

Filled with uplifting jazz and gospel numbers, Jazz Meets Gospel features songs made famous by legendary performers like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nina Simone and more.

Find out more about the Choir, the shows and guests below.

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Raise your spirits with the final Good Noise Gospel Choir concert of the season

Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Dirty Projectors. Jason Frank Rothenberg photo.

Robert Plant is among the headliners at the 33rd Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The former Led Zeppelin lead singer is performing with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. Other headliners include Macy Gray, Kamasi Washington, Bonobo, and St.Paul and the Broken Bones.

This year’s festival takes place June 22-July 1 at various venues in Vancouver. For a look at a few more of the more than 1800 artists who will perform at over 300 indoor and outdoor events, scroll below.

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Robert Plant among headliners at this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Free concert alert! Dillon Francis in Vancouver this Friday (April 20)!

Dillon Francis at Fvded in the Park, Surrey, July 7 2017. Jason Martin photo for thesnipenews.com.

EDM sensation Dillon Francis headlines a free concert tomorrow (Friday) April 20 at Harbour Event Centre (760 Pacific Blvd). Others on the bill include Dzeko and Daijo.

The concert kicks off the Illumination concert series, a nation-wide series of free shows that will bring 20 artists to Canadian cities this summer.

Find out more about Friday’s show below, including some fun facts about Francis.

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Free concert alert! Dillon Francis in Vancouver this Friday (April 20)!