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

Sarah Shook. Cowtown Chad photo.

Locals know that one of the city’s best summer weekends is the weekend of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Thousands gather in Jericho Beach Park, near the beach, to watch hundreds of performers in a variety of genres. Here are a few acts we think are worth checking out during the festival, July 19-21 (click on band names for video link). For a full schedule and ticket info visit thefestival.bc.ca.

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

Gladwell, Donoghue and Klein among guests at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest

Giller Prize winner Lynn Coady is a guest at this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival.

Malcolm Gladwell, Naomi Klein, and Emma Donoghue are among the featured guests just announced by the Vancouver Writers Fest. They are among more than 100 authors from around the world that will attend the event, which runs Oct. 21-27.

For more on these and other VWF guests, see below.

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Gladwell, Donoghue and Klein among guests at this year’s Vancouver Writers Fest

Five events to catch at this year’s Indian Summer Festival

Amjad Ali Khan & Sons with Sharon Isbin: Strings for Peace. Photo by SuvoDas.

The Indian Summer Festival is an annual festival of arts, music, and ideas. According to its website, its programming “is rigorous and quirky with an appetite for experimentation, deep thinking, and curiosity… We offer a model for dialogue, a possibility for an inclusive community that is unafraid of striking up conversations—both cheerful and difficult.”

The 9th annual edition of the festival runs July 4-14 at various venues in Vancouver. See below for five events we think are worth checking out, including a concert, a stand-up comedy show, and a presentation that asks: “Are we deranged?”

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Five events to catch at this year’s Indian Summer Festival

Ghost sightings, YouTube dance sensations and more at this year’s rEvolver Festival

Fake Ghost

Held in and around the East Vancouver theatre hub The Cultch, the 12-day rEvolver Festival includes a mock ghost tour, a male dancer recreating girls’ dance routines from YouTube, and a comedy about being watched.

All told, the seventh annual edition of the annual festival features nine main stage production, three site-specific experiences and three companion events. It runs from Wed., May 22 to Sun., June 2. Find out more below.

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Ghost sightings, YouTube dance sensations and more at this year’s rEvolver Festival

Nerd slam poets and more at East Van alternative literary festival

Portland slam poet Julia Gaskill co-hosts Spoken Nerd as part of Verses Festival of Words.

Billed by organizers as “Canada’s largest alternative literary festival,” Verses Festival of Words returns for another celebration of spoken word, poetry, graphic novels and marginalized voices. From April 25 to May 5, in venues across East Vancouver, the festival features writers, spoken-word performers and more.

See below for some highlights.

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Nerd slam poets and more at East Van alternative literary festival

True crime and not-so-true crime among the highlights of inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival

Comedian Alicia Tobin and musician Jessica Delisle host the Vancouver podcast Retail Nightmares.

Are you a podcast listener? If so, you probably know that one of the most popular podcast genres is true crime.

With that in mind, organizers behind the inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival have chosen “True Crime and Justice” for the festival’s theme. Festival guests include award-winning investigative journalists who have worked on podcasts such as the Peabody-winning In The Dark, Someone Knows Something, Kelly&Kelly, and You Must Remember This.

The festival will be held at various venues across Vancouver from Nov. 8-10. See below for highlights.

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True crime and not-so-true crime among the highlights of inaugural Vancouver Podcast Festival

Back by popular demand—Vancouver International Film Fest highlights this week

Susanne Wolff plays a doctor who sets out on a solo ocean voyage and encounters a boatful of refugees in Styx.

Did you miss this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival, or not see nearly as much as you would have liked?

Well, the fest is officially over for another year. But organizers have brought back some of the most popular films, with screenings on now until this Thursday, Oct. 18. Here is a list, along with some highlights. All films are screening at the Vancouver International Film Centre (1181 Seymour St.). Click on title to watch trailers.

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Back by popular demand—Vancouver International Film Fest highlights this week