Archive for the ‘Festivals’ Category

Happy Canada Day: fireworks information


So it’s Canada Day.  Hopefully you all have a great day.  If I were back in Kelowna I might make a note about boat safety, since basically all anyone does is drink and then go ride around the lake until the city shoots its fireworks off by the Okanagan bridge.

Of course once again Vancouver is going to have its own fireworks display [cdfw] with fireworks platforms on the water in both West Vancouver and Coal Harbour.  The fireworks start at 10:30 pm and while there’s a ticketed controlled area at Canada Place for watching them you can see them for free at a number of local spots, which I’ve listed below.

Barge 1: West Vancouver Barge

  • West Vancouver Seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave
  • The Stanley Park Seawall, West Side
  • Kitsilano
  • Jericho

Barge 2: Coal Harbour Barge

  • Canada Place – a controlled access point – Tickets are sold through Ticketmaster. Net proceeds go to support the Strathcona Community Centre Food Security for Children Program.
  • Harbour Green Park
  • Stanley Park Seawall, East Side
  • Harbour View Park, North Vancouver
  • Lonsdale Quay

R.E.M. launch tour at Deer Lake Park

R.E.M. live @ Deer Lake Park

They’ve recorded here, and claim to be planning on doing so again. They’ve launched tours here, and played secret club shows here. If it feels like Athens Georgia’s R.E.M. is in Vancouver as much most local bands, well that certainly did not dampen the expectations on the group as they kicked off their latest world wide tour in Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park. Headlining a three act show that included Modest Mouse and The National, the show is an early front runner for highlight of the local concert season, and was well worth even the steep ticket cost.

After the jump a closer look at each of the three groups’ performances as well as pictures from the Deer Lake Park show on Friday.


Eat it, Vancouver!

EAT! Vancouver logo
Oops, that should be EAT! Vancouver, my bad.

May 23-25 at BC Place Stadium. It’s a festival of food, and I really, really like food.

Nice weather we’re having

Nice day for it

So I hope you took advantage of the ridiculously good weather on Saturday, followed by the merely pleasant Sunday.

And I’ll have no more complaints about the weather until it rains again, okay?

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Nelson Trees
[ Nelson Street -March 2006 – photo by Barbara Doduk ]

Welcome to Spring 2008.

Every year in Spring there is the annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (March 25 to April 20). This time of the year our city gets covered in PINK. As a child I remember collecting endless bunches of cherry blooms and being covered in pink pedals. I find it so beautiful.

Tree Talk Walk will be held March 29, 2008 1:00pm to 2:30pm @ Queen Elizabeth Park or March 30, 2008 1:00pm to 2:30pm @ Stanley Park or April 12th, 10:00am to 11:30am @ UBC.

There is a Pink Tie Affair, for $75 a ticket held on April 2, 2008 featuring The Cherry Blossom Martini.

There are also Trolley Tours every Sunday from 10:00 am – 12 pm for $25 or $20 for seniors.

This year the event partnered with Slow Food Vancouver to create the Slow cycle tour event, Bike the Blossoms during the 4 week long festival. SATURDAY APRIL 19, 2008 9 am – 4 pm (this is not a race – start & finish when you like) (prior online registration recommended) START PLACE: VANDUSEN BOTANICAL GARDEN, 5251 Oak St. west parking lot (parking on Oak & 37th streets only) FREE TO ALL.

[ Image from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival web site. ]

Further information and lovely pictures can be seen on their web site. Enjoy Spril 2008 and the pink.

CelticFest is on NOW (and has been since Wednesday, incidentally.)

Stephanie Cadman
I have to say, being able to attend two free concerts on my lunch hour from the day job was really a nice treat. On Thursday I saw Stephanie Cadman and yesterday it was Kinship. These free concerts are part of CelticFest Vancouver and it is happening right through the weekend. Looks like tonight’s going to be packed with all kinds of great musical entertainment. Tomorrow is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with all the bagpipes you could ever want. My co-worker, Terry, will be there playing the pipes starting at 11:00 on Davie & Howe and hiking all the way down to Granville and Drake. But don’t take my word for it, check out the parade map here. I’m not so good with reading directions and street maps. Yikes.

Sadly, tomorrow I’m going to be part of a Diva Race that I haven’t even trained for. Hence, I’ll be walking. Slowly. I doubt I’ll make it in time from Jericho to the parade. But, I will be there if some kind of fitness miracle takes place for me in the next 24 hours.

Also, I learned from Kinship yesterday that “Oh ye cannae shove yer grannie aff the bus”. So please don’t. You’re brother’s okay, but not your grannie. Please enjoy the Celtic Fest and the bus responsibly.

Pemberton Festival to make Pemberton cool for a few days

Doesn’t It Make You Feel Better…, originally uploaded by Nicola T.

From the CBC [cbc]:

…the inaugural festival will feature a host of headliners that include Coldplay, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jay-Z and Nine Inch Nails.

Canadians slated to take part include The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts Band, Metric, Buck 65, MSTRKRFT and Wintersleep.

The bill will also feature many newer and emerging acts, including Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, MGMT and The Airborne Toxic Event.

Excuse me? I believe I can hear my mind melting inside my head. Typcially we’ve always had to travel if we’ve wanted to see a decent music festival. EdgeFest was fun though it generally focused on one big band and a number of smaller acts. For example do you remember Econoline Crush? I do because I saw them at EdgeFest.

Having said that a concert on this level rarely happens in Canada, and when it does it’s generally in Barrie Ontario. So this is somewhat massive. The acts are wide ranging enough that there’s nearly something for everyone.

Tickets will be onsale, and probably sold out, on March 28th.  The festival will run from July 25th to the 27th.  More information can be found at the festival’s website [pmf].

The Vancouver Five: 2010 Opening Concert

Ron Sexsmith @ Cultural Olympiad Vancouver 2010

The pre-Olympic hype kicked off with a concert featuring Ron Sexsmith and Feist playing alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Here are five random thoughts that popped into my head during the show.

5) My math might be off, but isn’t 2008 two years too early for the Olmypics?

4) Ben Mulroney hosting? What they couldn’t get Justin Trudeau? Are Ben’s writers on strike too, because he’s painfully unfunny?

3) Three songs from Ron Sexsmith, I thought he was supposed to be a co-headliner. Jesus, Jorane got more stage time.

2) I understand not getting press credentials, because we all know this internet thing is just a fad, but please if I’m taking a photo without disturbing anyone else and without a flash do we really need ushers converging on me like I just snuck outside food into a movie theatre.

1) Who taught Feist how to rock? And why doesn’t she do that on her albums?

Bonus) I really need to go see the VSO at some point. They’re quite good.


What the?

Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

I believe this ad if for a Chinese New Year thing at the QE Theatre on Feb 9th, but beyond that I can’t really make much out. It might not even be for Chinese New Year, it might be for some sort of elaborate puppet show or perhaps to watch a young boy sing and then get eaten by an aligator.

My favorite part of the poster is the bit in the background where a UFO is using a tractor beam to steal an elephant. Or possibly the octopus hiding in the bush, as they are known to do.

I don’t want anyone to explain this to me, or translate it, because frankly it’s a special kind of beautiful the way it is.

Destroyer and Vote Robot at Richard’s


Scratch Records [sr] is having a 20th anniversary show at Richard’s On Richards November 10th. The show is headlined by Destroyer but includes a smattering of other local and regional bands like The Pink Mountain Tops and every Kelowna indie kid’s favorite Vote Robot. That’s following their first 20th anniversary show on November 3rd with local group Black Mountain and Climax Golden Twins from Seattle.

Tickets for either show, or the middle show on the 9th, can be bought at Zulu, Scratch or Ticketmaster.

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