Florence, The Killers, and Mudhoney top two September music festivals in Vancouver

Florence + The Machine come to the Skookum Festival to promote their fourth album, High as Hope.

Two festivals in Vancouver this September should be enough to satisfy any music fans—and maybe some foodies, too.

Produced by Vancouver-based BrandLive, the inaugural Skookum Festival runs Sept. 7-9 in Stanley Park. Featured headliners include The Killers and Florence + The Machine, along with international indie-rock sensations like St. Vincent, Father John Misty, and War on Drugs. The festival has a food and visual arts component as well.

Then, from Sept. 13-16, the Westward Music Festival takes over Vancouver’s downtown and East Van live music venues. Now in its second year, and produced by Western Canadian concert promoter MRG, the lineups feature an eclectic mix of American, Canadian and local acts. Headliners include Angel Olsen, Mudhoney, and Kelela.

For more info on both festivals, see below.

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Florence, The Killers, and Mudhoney top two September music festivals in Vancouver

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

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

Nostalgia rules as Loverboy, Trooper headline this year’s SHOREFEST

Trooper.

Trooper.

Get ready for some classic rock at this year’s Celebration of Light. The annual fireworks competition features three stages of free music on English Bay and Sunset Beach over three nights, July 23, July 27, and July 30.

Presented by the radio station LG 104.3, the concerts showcase local and national talent at the LG 104.3 Stage at the Keg Lounge in English Bay and the Sunset Beach Stage at beautiful Sunset Beach. This year’s headliners include eighties Canadian rock bands Loverboy (“Turn Me Loose,” “Working for the Weekend”) and Trooper (“Raise a Little Hell,” “We’re Here for a Good Time”), as well as some newer artists.

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Nostalgia rules as Loverboy, Trooper headline this year’s SHOREFEST

Quick Guide to Vancouver Music Festivals this Summer

Vancouver Music Festivals 2015

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It’s festival season in Vancouver again! Pretty much every weekend from April – June is filled with festivals that cater to foodies, beer lovers, and art fanatics. It’s also time for music fans to rejoice because Vancouver hosts some of the best and most diverse music festivals in the country.

Starting in June and going into August, Vancouver music festivals bring a wide array of impressive talent to the city. Whether you’re into Jazz, Folk music, or Indie, there’s a music festival just for you. Check out our list of the top Vancouver music festivals happening this year in the city:

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Quick Guide to Vancouver Music Festivals this Summer

Dance music takeover in Vancouver this weekend!

French pop band Yelle, pictured at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Oct. 25 2014, is one of the acts coming to the 2015 Seasons Festival. Kirk Chantraine photo.

French pop band Yelle, pictured at Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Oct. 25 2014, is one of the acts coming to the 2015 Seasons Festival. Kirk Chantraine photo.

The Seasons Music Festival has kicked into high gear. Now in its fifth year, the festival began April 1 and runs all weekend until Monday April 5. Featuring some of the biggest and fastest-rising names in contemporary dance music, the festival takes place in clubs around town and, for two raging nights, at the Pacific Coliseum in East Vancouver.

So what are some of the highlights?

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Dance music takeover in Vancouver this weekend!

Austin in Vancouver – Levitation Festival tickets now on sale!

L.A. Witch

L.A. Witch is one of the bands scheduled to appear at the inaugural Levitation music festival in Vancouver June 5-7.

As hordes of music-lovers descend on Austin, Texas this week for the annual music, film and interactivity festival known as South by Southwest, tickets have gone on sale for a festival in Vancouver with a connection to that city.

In partnership with the Austin Psych Fest, now known as Levitation, Vancouver concert promoter Timbre is presenting the first annual Levitation Festival June 5-7.

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Austin in Vancouver – Levitation Festival tickets now on sale!