Harmony Arts Festival 2011

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The Harmony Arts Festival is West Vancouver’s annual 10-day summer celebration of all things food, performing arts, and visual arts happening July 29th to August 7th, 2011.

Harmony Arts FestivalConcerts
Jeremy Fisher, The Dustin Bentall Outfit, Jim Byrnes, and more will have late evening performances on the Garden Stage at dusk (8:45 pm). We Are the City, Headwater, and more will take to the Sunset Stage at 7:30 pm.
Visual Arts
Visit the Art Market July 29th to August 1st, drop in on the ArtSpeak tent for daily programs, or do the Re/Max Studio Tour as artist studios and galleries host open houses throughout the festival.
Cinema in the Park
The free outdoor movie series comes to John Lawson Park presenting Pollock July 29th and Slumdog Millionaire on August 5th.
For Kids
KinderTunes and Creative Kids Day will host family-friendly concerts and activities including appearances by Bobs & Lolo, and Music with Marnie.

The Harmony Arts Festival will be located on the waterfront between 14th Street and 16th Street (and you’ll find a Wine Garden at the foot of 15th Street in Millenium Park). While the concert series and outdoor movies are free to attend, there are a few select ticketed events such as Best of the West.

Happening Thursday, August 4th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at The Pier (foot of 14th Street) Best of the West is a food tasting and wine pairing event with 10 restaurants and 10 wineries.

Beachside Forno, Carmelo’s Ristorante, Fraîche Restaurant, La Régalade French Bistro, Louis Gervais Fine Foods & Catering, Mangia E Bevi, Restaurant Chez Michel, The Beach House Restaurant, The Observatory Restaurant, and Zen Japanese Restaurant will be represented. Participating wineries include Black Hills Estate Winery, Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars, CedarCreek Estate Winery, haywire, JoieFarm, Laughing Stock Vineyard, Mission Hill Family Estate, Poplar Grove Winery, Quail’s Gate, and Tantalus Vineyards.

Tickets for Best of the West are $75 and I also have a pair to give away. If you would like to attend the Best of the West, here’s how you can win your way in.

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    1. TanayaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 11:23am PDT

      I’ve never been to this, but The Beach House Restaurant’s menu looks mouth-watering!

    2. Lois PattersonWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 11:31am PDT

      This may sound a bit crazy, but I love Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. The scenery coming up to it is fantastic, and it’s a gateway to amazing adventures.

    3. SanazWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 11:31am PDT

      Ambleside and the lighthouse park are my favorite places to hang out at in West Vancouver

    4. Kevin | 604 FoodtographyWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 11:32am PDT

      If we’re talking strictly West Vancouver attractions, then Cypress Mountain it is.

    5. StevenWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 11:33am PDT

      Ambleside offers such an alternative view of downtown.

    6. NicoleWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 11:35am PDT

      I have always enjoyed the Beach House. Have never had a bad experience there and the food is always consistent!

    7. lindaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 11:59am PDT

      salmon house on the hill 🙂 yummy seafood

    8. TeresaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 12:03pm PDT

      Lighthouse Park

    9. RebeccaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 12:08pm PDT


    10. KristynWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 12:25pm PDT

      Can’t beat the beauty of Lighthouse Park!

    11. StephanieWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 12:27pm PDT


    12. AliciaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 12:39pm PDT

      Lighthouse park! So nice

    13. John MahWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 12:42pm PDT

      Ambleside for me !

    14. Sunshine GWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 12:52pm PDT

      Definitely Lighthouse Park.

    15. SandraWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 1:28pm PDT

      Love Ambleside…especially back in the days of the bon fires!

    16. soniaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 1:59pm PDT


    17. loriWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 2:01pm PDT


    18. LauraWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 2:02pm PDT

      The Boathouse!

    19. EricaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 2:07pm PDT

      Fraîche Restaurant

    20. GazzaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 3:01pm PDT

      Saltaire Restaurant

    21. LauraWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 3:12pm PDT

      i love going to Ambleside!!!

    22. MeghanWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 3:36pm PDT

      Favourite West Van attraction? Watching the sunset and having a picnic from the rocks at Lighthouse Park or Whytecliff Park.

    23. SteveWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 3:45pm PDT

      i like food

    24. DonWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:14pm PDT

      The pier at Horseshoe Bay

    25. Kim MWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:19pm PDT

      Lighthouse Park.

    26. MarlisWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:19pm PDT

      Whytecliff Park!

    27. KathyWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:23pm PDT

      I love strolling along West Vancouver Seawalk! Great view & so romantic!

    28. Marc SmithWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:23pm PDT

      My fav West Vancouver attraction has always been ambleside park. a great afternoon plus the pitch and putt is awesome.

    29. JeffWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:28pm PDT

      My favourite West Vancouver restaurant would probably be the Boathouse.

    30. KellyWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:29pm PDT

      I love an early Sunday morning walk around the Stanley Park seawall – the lovely clash of nature vs. city (which makes this city so fun!)

    31. RubyWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:29pm PDT

      Ambleside is a fave!

    32. WyWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:29pm PDT


    33. Dianne ChowWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:32pm PDT

      Picking blackberries at Ambleside Park to make jars and jars of jam to give away!

    34. KristinaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 4:41pm PDT

      I would love to go!!

    35. Darcy gWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 5:01pm PDT

      Los margaritas!

    36. JackieWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 5:16pm PDT

      It’s a toss up between Ambleside/West Van seawall & Cypress mountain. For food, I love lunch on the patio at Dundarave Fish Market.

    37. Sandra DiWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 5:32pm PDT

      This sounds like so much fun!

    38. TracyWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 6:00pm PDT


    39. JennWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 6:09pm PDT

      Ambleside for sure!

    40. MavWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 6:47pm PDT

      Ambleside Park

    41. DomWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 7:21pm PDT

      Lighthouse park!

    42. VanessaWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 7:31pm PDT

      My favourite restaurant is Kadoya!

    43. JaneWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 7:50pm PDT

      La Regalade!

    44. Anita BWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 8:27pm PDT

      Centennial Seawalk is pretty wonderful…. Toss up with skiing on Cypress, depending on the season. 🙂

    45. Jessica TWednesday, July 20th, 2011 — 9:14pm PDT

      Banana Leaf!

    46. BrendaThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 7:43am PDT

      Lighthouse park!

    47. DeidreThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 9:14am PDT

      Lighthouse park! Its lovely.

    48. LeahThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 9:51am PDT

      I love the tasty goodness at Savary Island Pie Company! If you haven’t visited them yet, go for lunch and enjoy a post-meal slice of delicious and freshly baked pie of any variety.

      My favorite WV spot is the pier in Dundarave because on my birthday last year we saw a family of furry otters playing around below! Awesome!

    49. Albert CThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 12:02pm PDT

      Park Royal is in West Van right?

    50. PinarThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 2:30pm PDT

      horseshoe bay for me 🙂

    51. EddieThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 3:43pm PDT

      Sewell’s Marina Horseshoe Bay

    52. CliffThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 8:32pm PDT

      La Regalade

    53. BrendaThursday, July 21st, 2011 — 8:32pm PDT

      Fraiche restaurant

    54. NickyFriday, July 22nd, 2011 — 9:21am PDT

      La Regalade – traditional french food – my favourite and super lovely owners

    55. GeraldFriday, July 22nd, 2011 — 12:43pm PDT

      Brunch at Saltaire in a window seat on a sunny day with a walk on Ambleside beach is a perfect weekend morning.

    56. EileenFriday, July 22nd, 2011 — 6:29pm PDT

      I love the doggie beach at Ambleside – its dog watching heaven and one of the few places in West Vancouver that recognizes how important our furry fmaily friends are to us.

    57. laurelSaturday, July 23rd, 2011 — 8:00am PDT

      tweeted good luck to all my favourite West Vancouver attraction i think is Kits beach, but Starbucks too

    58. Government grants for schoolSaturday, July 23rd, 2011 — 1:15pm PDT

      My favourite is cliff jumping at Whytecliff Park

    59. JenSunday, July 24th, 2011 — 8:48am PDT

      Lighthouse park!

    60. MidoriSunday, July 24th, 2011 — 9:20am PDT

      Salmon house restaurant.

    61. CameronMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 8:00am PDT

      My favorite is the West Van SeaWall. To me, that is what living in Vancouver is all about – tall snow capped mountains on one side, broad expanse of water on the other, and always something interesting happening (one time we were walking behind a guy who was exuberantly dancing by himself the entire seawall).

    62. rinoMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 10:24am PDT

      The Beach House Restaurant and The Observatory Restaurant are my fav.

    63. taniaMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 10:25am PDT

      lighthouse park

    64. moiraMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 12:03pm PDT

      Cypress 🙂

    65. Tracy GoyerMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 12:23pm PDT

      I love Le Regolade. Comfort food at it’s best!

    66. ShannonMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 12:35pm PDT

      there is no way you can pick the favorite from the list. The restaurants involved are all fantastic!

    67. mickyMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 1:30pm PDT

      Beach Side Restaurant! love the fish and chips!

    68. LydiaMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 1:39pm PDT

      My favourite West Van attraction is when I’m watching the Celebration of Lights fireworks from Lighthouse Park, sitting right at the water. Amazing!

    69. Shawn NygrenMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 4:10pm PDT

      Ambleside park is by far my favourite place to be.

    70. mariaMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 7:48pm PDT

      Ambleside is great!

    71. AmieMonday, July 25th, 2011 — 8:49pm PDT

      Love the Beach House Restaurant. If in North Vancouver Louis Gervais is the only place to dine.

    72. KPTuesday, July 26th, 2011 — 1:23am PDT


    73. JennTuesday, July 26th, 2011 — 10:26am PDT

      Savory Island Pie Company to go lunch (and dessert) enjoyed in Lighthouse Park.

    74. Kash KaurTuesday, July 26th, 2011 — 10:38am PDT

      I love the secluded beach of Whytecliff Park!

    75. alexTuesday, July 26th, 2011 — 3:38pm PDT

      The Ambleside strip is soo nice…

    76. IanWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 8:42am PDT

      Lighthouse park is pretty sweet!

    77. glennoWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 8:42am PDT

      fishing from the shore by nelson creek and visiting the nelson creek salmon hatchery.then strolling by the public gardens by ambleside

    78. GraceWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 8:43am PDT

      Ambelside beach! It’s their own version of like white rock or steveston!

    79. StevenWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 8:47am PDT

      Ooo tough one although like others have said beach house restaurant is pretty darn good!

    80. AlexWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 9:03am PDT

      I love the little french restaurant ‘La Regalade’

    81. JackieWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 9:08am PDT

      What a shame: I just miss the festival. But am sure I will try one of those fab places while visiting Vancouver in 2 weeks time !

    82. TYWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 9:35am PDT

      ambleside park for sure!

    83. lisaWednesday, July 27th, 2011 — 10:04am PDT

      the boathouse is one of my favourites.

    84. sherWednesday, August 3rd, 2011 — 10:43am PDT

      I’m kinda partial to Carmelo’s Ristorante

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