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Savour Summer Festival Happens at River District Town Centre August 10th

6 Aug

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If are looking for some free summer fun and entertainment, you may wish to check out the Savour Summer Festival happening this Saturday, August 10th at the River District Town Centre, 8550 River District Crossing. The festival features summer games, mini golf, a dunk tank in support of local charities along with the latest craze which we hear is axe throwing?!   We also hear a beer garden will be available for 19+ patrons. If you don’t already know, an Everything Wine store is located across from the River District Town Centre and they will have lots of in store wine tastings happening during the festival.   The event also features live music by lots of local talent including Cory Owens and The Boom Booms.  The festival runs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and again it’s free. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Vancouver Greek Summerfest July 4th to July 14th, 2019

2 Jul

GreekSummerFest2019The Vancouver Greek Summerfest is back for its 33rd consecutive year at the edge of East Van, 4541 Boundary Road.  Vancouver Greek Summerfest kicks off Thursday, July 4th and runs till July 14th.  This is a free fun community event with great Greek food including BBQ Lamb, Loukoumade, souvalaki, gyros and more available for purchase. The event features dozen of live singers and dancers on the Performance Stage including belly dancing, folk dancing and Serbian dancing.  Organizers also have a great music line up including performances by bands Zougla, Urban Myth, Asi Somos, Dolphin Jazz and legendary Blues musician Jim Byrnes. If you love George Michael, you may wish to mark July 6th on your calendar, Gotta B George Michael will be performing that day kicking off the fun at 7:30 pm.  When there are not live performances, a DJ will be spinning tunes.   The event takes place in the parking lot behind the Greek Orthodox Community Church of East Vancouver at 4541 Boundary Road which is located on the border of Vancouver and Burnaby.  If you are coming from Vancouver, the intersection is 29th Avenue. If you are coming from Burnaby, it is Moscrop.  The event is free to attend. Note, as there is food and lots of moving bodies, pets are not permitted.  During the week, Monday to Wednesday, activities take place from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and from Thursday to Sunday, things go from Noon to 11:00 pm. To learn more about the event, what’s available for food or which musician is playing on which date, check out Greek SummerFest. Opa! Live and eat like a Greek for a day.

Ready, Set, Recycle! ReycleFest Returns To Trout Lake July 13th

25 Jun

 

On Saturday, July 13th RecycleFest returns to John Hendry Park. You are invited to bring your unwanted small appliances and power tools on this day. They will be accepting over 400 electronic items for recycling. To see the full list of what you can bring, check out ElectroRecycle.  This 5th annual event will also feature a whole lot of free family fun including outdoor yoga, live music by the Milk Crate Bandits, arts and crafts, food, Hoops with HoopDreamer, sustainable vendors, a repair and lending library. So if you have something to repair, maybe it just needs a simple fix, button or hem stitched. Bring it!  RecycleFest happens 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. Stop by and learn more about recycling and sustainable living.

Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series Returns July 3rd

17 Jun

TheSodaCrackersThe Trout Lake Outdoor Summer Concert Series is back for another year starting Wednesday, July 3, 2019.  If you have not checked out this great free summer event, you are missing out on the perfect summer evening.  This annual event is hosted by the Trout Lake Community Center at 3360 Victoria Drive.  Concerts happen every Wednesday evening throughout the summer rain or shine. If it rains, concerts go indoors to the Grandview Room. We’ve had the opportunity to take in some of the concerts on a nice summer evening and we have to say, it is a pretty perfect way to spend an evening. Bring a blanket, your friends, family, kids or the dog or all of the above and a picnic and you are set.  If you aren’t able to organize a picnic, you can grab some food at the Carousel Café.  We have set out the musical line up for this summer below.  Each evening kicks off at 6:30 pm.  By the way, dancing is encouraged.

For those that love the lantern processions around Trout Lake, take note. On thLostSoulsSouthHilltin-can lanterns hanginge very last concert of the summer, August 28th, there will be an opportunity to make lanterns from 6:00 pm to 8:15 pm  after which there will be a lantern procession along with performers and musicians around Trout Lake at dusk (8:30 pm).  Keep an eye out for the Lantern Tent to make yours that evening, or bring your own creation from home.

 July 3
SANCTUARY ALL STARS
A 17 piece big swing jazz band led by Bob Liley.

  July 10
EAST VAN CHOIR

  July 17
YOUTH EAST VAN MARIMBA ALL STARS

  July 24
BLACKTHORN CELTIC BAND

  July 31
CHAR HUNTER AND GEORGE FAULKNER

AUGUST 7
KATHARA SOCIETY

AUGUST 14
NORINE BRAUN WITH BAND

AUGUST 21
SODA CRACKERS
Vintage country, jazz and roots music.

AUGUST 28
CHECO TOHOMASO & Gospel Choir
Motown music.

Note: Performances are subject to last minute changes.

34th Annual TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival Hits The Imperial June 21st to July 1st

27 May

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Coastal Jazz & Blues Society announced the Imperial Series performances taking place at The Imperial, 319 Main Street, during the 2019 TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival which runs this summer from Friday, June 21st to Monday, July 1st.  There is an amazing line up of talent coming to Vancouver.  We’ve run  listed the artists coming to The Imperial. If you wish to see the full list of performances during the festival including free ones, visit TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival.

The Comet Is Coming June 21 • The Imperial @ 9pm • $28

“Powered by Arkestral cosmic forces, The Comet Is Coming. Brace for impact”—The Guardian. Debuting music from their Impulse! Records release, The Comet is Coming is the soundtrack to an imagined apocalypse. In the aftermath of widespread sonic destruction, what sounds remain? Who will lead the survivors to new sound worlds? Who will chart the new frontier? In a London warehouse circa 2013, three musical cosmonauts built a vessel powerful enough to transport any party into outer space. It’s after the end of the world, the stage is a spacecraft, and the mic is an accelerator — brace yourself for The Comet is Coming, featuring King Shabaka saxophone, Danalogue keyboards, Betamax Ohm drums.

Jonathan Wilson (with guest Ben Rogers) June 22 • The Imperial @ 9pm • $35

Jonathan Wilson has had a busy couple of years, producing Father John Misty’s Grammy- nominated Pure Comedy, touring the globe as a guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters, and releasing his sublime new album, Rare Birds. “Dizzying in ambition, dazzling in execution” (All Music), it diverges from his 70s-Laurel Canyon-inflected work and takes cues from the high density 80s British production of early Peter Gabriel and mid- career Kate Bush. Regardless of what era his influences come from, Wilson’s richly detailed and sprawling music hits like an emotional tidal wave. “He’s an utterly original and irreverent thinker who’s evolving with blinding speed” (NPR).

The Suffers June 24 • The Imperial @ 9pm • $28

“The sort of neo-retro group you never knew music was so badly missing” (Spin Magazine), eight-piece wonder-band The Suffers are a fired-up, contemporary version of the great R&B/funk bands of ‘70s and ‘80s like Earth, Wind & Fire, Rufus, and Kool & The Gang. Coming in hot out of Houston, Texas, The Suffers pack elements of reggae, jazz, salsa, rock, and hip hop into their trademark Gulf Coast soul. Brimming with contagious grooves, combustible energy and Kam Franklin’s powerhouse voice, this is “soul, straight from horn to heart” (NPR).

Makaya McCraven (with guests Eli Davidovici’s Shapes) June 26 • The Imperial @ 9pm • $28

“Jazz is dance music again.”—Rolling Stone Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, composer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process and intuitive, cinematic style defies categorization. Blurring the boundaries of jazz and electronic music, his “hypnotic, wholly new and radically communal” (Pitchfork) Universal Beings—featuring collaborations with Shabaka Hutchings, Tomeka Reid, Jeff Parker, and other greats—made “’Best Jazz Albums of 2018” lists in the New York Times, Billboard, NPR, The Guardian, Pitchfork, and more.

Thus Owls, Jo Passed, and Unnatural Ways featuring Ava Mendoza June 27 • The Imperial @ 9pm • $25

Blending artful chamber pop with “swirling, forceful and textured modern rock” (Wall Street Journal), Montreal’s ever-morphing, Polaris Prize-nominated Thus Owls’ “mystical and enchanting” (Huffington Post) sound finds Simon Angell’s charismatic guitar meeting the urgency of Erika Angell’s voice, stretching their already unusual indie-pop/avant-jazz compositions into new and surprising shapes. With Samuel Joly drums.

What would happen if Lennon and McCartney somehow got really into Sonic Youth, Neu!, and XTC? Vancouver’s Jo Passed have a pretty good idea. With a knack for dreamy melodies, chord progressions that sound like they’re from a land far, far away, and philosophical lyrics with counterculture bite, Jo Passed is “rich in bombast and noise on the one hand and clever musicality on the other” (Under The Radar).

Ava Mendoza is “a wizard on a semi-circle of effects pedals, but equally adept with FX-less technique” (NPR). The Brooklyn-based experimental guitarist/vocalist/composer has collaborated with Carla Bozulich, Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Matana Roberts, the Violent Femmes, and more. She brings next-level shredding and waves of jagged visceral expression to the heavily deconstructed jazz, metal, blues, and post-punk of her trio Unnatural Ways, with Tim Dahl (Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, Child Abuse) bass and Ches Smith (Marc Ribot, John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3) drums.

Anteloper, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, and Gordon Grdina’s Haram June 29 • The Imperial @ 9pm • $25

“What if tribal music was from space?”—TinyMixTapes Anteloper is trumpeter Jaimie Branch (“Fly or Die”) and drummer Jason Nazary (Little Women), two musicians who have been collaborating with each other for years, both playing their chosen instrument plus synthesizer. With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations, and effortless melodic negotiations, Anteloper bounds freely over the grassy plains of jazz, electro, and free music.

New York-based Swedish/Turkish saxophonist, impresario and general scene-maker Ilhan Ersahin’s exploration of his Turkish roots began in the ‘90s and continues to this day with this Istanbul-based creative take on dance music. Eschewing electronics, this super funky band gets people up and dancing with “real playing.” With Alp Ersonmez bass, Turgut alp Dekoglu drums, Izzet Kizil percussion.

“The music’s backbone is traditional, but wild outbursts of free improvisation and subtle injections of noise make it quite unlike anything you’d hear in the shisha dens of Cairo or Baghdad,”—Georgia Straight. A phenomenal culture-mashing juggernaut led by JUNO Award winner Gordon Grdina on Iraqi oud, Haram pays homage to traditional Arabic music while mixing elements of noise, electronic soundscape, and western free improv into their explosively self-expressive sound. With creative heavy-hitters JP Carter trumpet, Jesse Zubot violin, Kenton Loewen drums, Tommy Babin bass, Emad Armoush vocals, François Houle clarinet, Chris Kelly saxophone, Tim Gerwing, and Liam MacDonald percussion.

Jacob Collier June 30 • The Imperial @ 9pm • $42

“This is serious music that puts a massive grin on your face – and Collier should rightly have the world at his feet in years to come,”—JazzWise. Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and k.d. lang are big fans of young phenom Jacob Collier, and once you hear his virtuosic, multi- layered sound, you’ll be hooked too. An omnivorous sponge for inspiration, the multiple GRAMMY-winning Londoner combines elements of jazz, funk, folk, classical, Brazilian music, gospel, and soul (to name a few). “Jazz’s new prodigy” (London Jazz News), Jacob’s tour de force live show sets his unbelievable vocal/piano/harmonizer/bass/guitar and percussion chops loose alongside MARO.

 

European Festival At The Alpen Club Sunday May 26th

14 May

EuropeanFestival.jpgThe 21st Annual European Festival happens Sunday, May 26th at the Vancouver Alpen Club (Victoria and 33rd Avenue).  This all day event is rich in culture and features live music and performances, lots of amazing food as well as an artisan marketplace which feature hand-made jellies, honey products, teas, ethnic instruments and much more.   This is a great opportunity to learn about the tastes and sounds of Europe without travelling very far. The European Festival kicks off at 11:00 am on Sunday, May 26th and runs till 6:00 pm. To see what performances they’ve got lined up, visit the Festival Schedule. Admission is $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door, the day of the event or  in advance through Eventbrite.

Bonfire Nights – Indie Music Fundraiser April 5th At The Notional Space

19 Mar

BonfireNightsA group of talented musicians are hosting an inaugural Bonfire Nights Fundraising event in support of Aunt Leah’s Place on Friday, April 5th. If you aren’t familiar with it, Aunt Leah’s Place is a great local organization that has been working in the community for over 30 years. They do some amazing work with kids in foster care and young mothers.   On April 5th, My Blue Dirt Girl trio, Sarah Wheeler and Reid Jamieson will perform at The Notional Space, 1523 Pender Street.  Luppolo’s Brewing Co. will be donating some craft beer for the evening along with special camp mugs. The founder of Aunt Leah’s Place, Gale Stewart, will also be on hand with a talk about the impact of Aunt Leah’s Place in the community work of Aunt Leah’s Place. Doors open at 7:30 pm, music kicks off at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20 and available through Brown Paper Tickets.

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