This weekend, outdoor parties in Railtown and East Vancouver

Jen Severtson performs as Peach Pyramid at the Cultch Aug. 26.

Looking for a party this weekend—maybe something outside?

If so, you have a couple of different options: an electronica freakout, and an afternoon aimed at families.

On Sat., Aug. 25, the Monstercat Compound Block Party will fill the sky over Railtown with bouncy electro-dance tunes. And the next day, Aug. 26, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre hosts an outdoor/indoor party with Brasstronaut, Peach Pyramid and Mark Mills.

Let’s take a look at the two parties, shall we.

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This weekend, outdoor parties in Railtown and East Vancouver

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

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

Two Vancouver live music venue parties you won’t want to miss

Maggie May Morris brings her band Sunbathe to Vancouver for the Rickshaw Theatre’s 9th anniversary party.

While many of the city’s live music fans are still lamenting the recent closure of rock club the Cobalt, two other local venues are celebrating their staying power.

On Friday, July 6, Mount Pleasant’s the Biltmore Cabaret celebrates 10 years of hosting many of the most celebrated names in indie-rock, not to mention its dance-filled weekend DJ shows. And on July 13, the mighty Rickshaw Theatre pops the cork on nine years of presenting ear-damaging punk and metal shows, as well as some of the best in indie-rock, pop, and more, along with a wide variety of other shows and events.

See below for more info on how these two storied Vancouver venues are kicking out the jams for their respective anniversaries.

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Two Vancouver live music venue parties you won’t want to miss

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

Jazz Fest announces 150 free concerts!

UK singer/composer Gwyneth Herbert is among the performers at the 2018 Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The 33rd Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival just announced 150 free concerts at indoor and outdoor venues this summer, between June 22—July 1.

This year’s festival features hundreds of musicians participating in over 300 concerts at 35 indoor and outdoor venues. The 150 free concerts feature local, national and international artists. Venues include St. Andrew’s Wesley United Church (1022 Nelson St.), The Ironworks (235 Alexander St.), Granville Island in the afternoons (and all day on Canada Day), and at several venues on the North Shore.

Find out more below.

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Jazz Fest announces 150 free concerts!