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Make Music Vancouver in Gastown

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:04pm PDT
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Vancouver’s historic Gastown neighbourhood has transformed over the years from being part of the city’s original townsite, to a tourist destination, a creative space for living and working, and a current hub of gastronomical delight. It has hosted the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, motorcycle exhibitions, show and shines, and now it will be home to the second annual Make Music Vancouver.

Byrnes Block Building, Gastown
Photo credit: AntonTeterine on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Make Music Vancouver is a free music showcase featuring over 150 local musicians this Thursday, June 21st, 2012. Make Music Vancouver is a non-profit event, supporting local arts and culture. Sidewalks, storefronts, and public areas will turn into live concert venues from 5:00pm until 10:00pm. Every show is free thanks to the artists, both professional and amateur of various genres, who will be donating their time.

To promote Make Music Vancouver and notorious Gastown, I have a $50 gift card for the Irish Heather to give away. The Irish Heather is part of the Heather Hospitality Group that also includes Shebeen, Salty Tongue, Salt, and Judas Goat. The Irish Heather has a hearty pub menu with local ingredients and an impressive line-up of craft and international beer.

Here’s how you can enter to win $50 for the Irish Heather:

  • Leave a comment here naming your favourite thing about Gastown (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win $50 for @TheIrishHeather in @Gastown from @MakeMusicVan & @Miss604 #MMV12

I will draw one winner at 9:00am on Thursday, June 21st, 2012. Must be 19 years of age to enter and win. Please enjoy responsibly and plan a safe trip home.

Follow Make Music Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter for more information about the event.

Update The winner is Jane!

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  1. Erin says:

    I love the energy in Gastown. There’s always so much going on and such a diversity of people and activities.

  2. Masumi says:

    My favourite thing about Gastown is all the different places you can go for food and drinks!!!

  3. Christine says:

    The restaurant options and laidback atmosphere!

  4. HarjitCh says:

    It is hard to pick just one thing, but I like the way Gastown looks, like the cobbled streets and historic buildings.

  5. Aaron B. says:

    The architecture!!!

  6. Vania says:

    I love the red brick buildings, lamps, flowers hung here and there and the sort of pavement used on the streets there. So charming!

  7. Caitlin says:

    I love the historic feel and the fun times

  8. Jewels says:

    I love the old buildings, cobblestone roads the different restaurants from upscale to the economic establishments that all serve delicious foods and drinks, but I have to say my favourite is the variety of people who frequent and live down in the proximity of Gastown & Hastings area…makes it much more entertaining to walk around!

  9. Ada says:

    definitely the buildings! it’s beautiful!

  10. Rachael says:

    My favourite thing about Gastown is Salt, window shopping at Fluevog and Jenga at Guilt and Co.

  11. Meg W. says:

    I love the history and the choice of fun pubs ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. lindsey says:

    I think the greatest part of gastown are the buildings. They really give the area its character and atmosphere

  13. Don Foran says:

    My favorite thing about Gastown is the Hotel Europe, as I lived there during Expo ’86.

  14. Jen says:

    I love the steam clock in Gastown!

  15. Mr Shaun Cameron says:

    Excited to head down from the Okanagan Thursday to check this groovefest out in my old hood! I miss events like this right out my back door. My favorite thing about Gasatown would be the 5 years worth of crazy & awesome & great memories & friends made there…and the Blinding Light Cinema (RIP).

    A GC for the Irish would be doubly nice!

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  17. Eric Bulmash says:

    Gassy Jack statue!

  18. A. Johnston says:

    I love making it a summer evening down there .. pick one of the many great places to eat for dinner, wander the interesting shops, then hop on a horse drawn carriage for a ride through the street!! Love it..

  19. delight007 says:

    I love gastown because it is incredibly unique and always fun.

  20. Michael Kwan says:

    The historic architecture… and the cool restaurants. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Rachel says:

    The cobbled streets!

  22. Erica says:

    Steam clock has to be the most symbolic item in gastown. Still remembering seeing it for first time with my parents. All the tourists who come to Vancouver take a picture with it and wait for the music and steam at every hour and half hour ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. Riley says:

    Delicious food and beer!

  24. Make Music Vancouver, or course.

  25. Lauren says:

    Best part about Gastown is the history.

  26. lor says:

    the cobblestones!

  27. Mar says:

    I love that it’s where Vancouver, the city as we know it, sprang from and how the cobblestones and redbrick give the area a historic feel!

  28. Jan says:

    mostly people watching when sitting on patio with a beer

  29. gord says:

    The iconic steam clock ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Megan says:

    I love Gastown for the many wonderful establishments that have craftbeer, great food, and fun times!

  31. Amanda says:

    I work in Gastown, and I just got back from a two and a half week vacation in Europe to visit my family. Coming back after a well-needed break made me have a new appreciation for my favorite neighbourhood in Vancouver. I think my favorite thing is kind of a cop out โ€” it’s just the atmosphere I get when I’m walking to work and I cross Main St. on Alexander and I can tell I’m instantly in Gastown. It’s a feeling that I don’t get anywhere else.

  32. Bev says:

    The laid-back, sexy-cool vibe…and the eclectic shops and eats that are all within walking distance!

  33. Olivier Harreman says:


  34. Samantha says:

    I’ve never been – please help me make a first Gastown memory?!

  35. Emma says:

    The great cocktail bars!

  36. luc says:

    I like having coffee at Revolver.

  37. Elysia S says:

    I love walking on the cobblestones!

  38. Cliff says:

    The restaurants!

  39. Kevin says:

    My favorite thing about Gastown is all the little bars and restaurants that have great food/drinks and even better atmospheres

  40. coral says:

    My favourite thing about Gastown is the history!

  41. Donna L says:

    I’ve never really explored much of Gastown but I always think of the steam clock first when someone mentions it

  42. Brenda says:

    I love the variety of local independent restaurants

  43. Lisa C says:

    I love that is has an alley called “Blood Alley” which sounds scary but in reality, houses 2 great restaurants!

  44. Darcy says:

    Old buildings, lamp posts, flowers, steam clock, etc

  45. Linda says:

    The great restaurants

  46. Linda says:

    I like the historic feel of gastown, its cobblestone streets and beautiful old buildings.

  47. Jeff says:

    All the great restaurants and bars!

  48. Ray says:

    The Irish Heather is definitely a fav. Plus, I love the historic feel.

  49. Bernadette says:

    i love the historic feel and the quality of the pubs ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Gary says:

    I love the architecture

  51. Shannon says:

    i love friends and drinks.

  52. Nikki says:

    The architecture.

  53. Tracy says:

    the cobblestone roads and street lamps make it feel otherwordly

  54. Mand says:

    Love the varied eating options in Gastown, and the independent shops.

  55. Leah says:

    I like the shopping and restaurants!

  56. Stephanie says:

    Gastown is a great part of our city! From the cobblestone streets to the historic buildings with all the little restaurants and shops in between. Definitely a must-see neighbourhood in Vancouver!

  57. Elsa Corsi says:

    My favorite thing about Gastown is that there is no shortage of cool eateries!

  58. CG says:

    Love the atmosphere and the steam clock of course! If I really had to choose though, my favourite thing about Gastown is the Old Spaghetti Factory!

  59. Lauren says:

    The brick roads in the rain.

  60. Emilia Turner says:

    Waterfront cafe, and the tree lined streets with the lamposts and the one way traffic for cars,

  61. Eileen says:

    The cobblestone roads, coupled with the Victoria street lights give it another-worldly experience.

  62. Chris says:

    I love Gastown for its quintessential Vancouver feel, the fresh smell of the ocean, the historic buildings, the amazing diversity of people, and the promise of delicious food and drink. Add to that it is a hub of people arriving, the bus station right there, and the cruise ships not far away. Great shopping nearby, too with the Salmugundi shop full of fun intriguing items and great shops with the latest fashion. Clearly I could go on….would love to have another excuse to visit!

  63. kevin says:

    the steam clock!

  64. rino says:

    I love the architecture.

  65. tania says:

    I love walking on the cobblestones!

  66. Cfriday7 says:

    So many options for great food, drink, and entertainment!

  67. jc says:

    Since I was a kid I’ve always been intrigued with Blood Alley. The name, the story, the images it conjures up. Deliciously macabre.

  68. Greg says:

    All the great food options!

  69. Lindsay says:

    It has to be the cobblestone sidewalks and the old world feel it has. Sometimes it feels like another place despite just being a few blocks from the more city like area.

  70. wono99 says:

    The Irish Heather! and Peckinpah’s bbq.

  71. Angela Prive says:

    The best part of Gastown is bringing my friends from all over the world to experience some local Vancouver history! Tomorrow my friend Sven from Germany and I are going to rip it up at the Make Music Festival! ONE LOVE

  72. Alfonso says:

    I love gastown. I live here, and one thing you notice is not only the gentrification of new restaurants and indie retail, but also the existing markets like Sunrise, Save on Meats, and finally the personalities, and shortcomings of the downtown east side. We all live and work in harmony, and see it everyday that everyone truly cares, and love this historic area of Vancouver.

  73. Gerbean says:

    My favourite thing about Gastown has to be that it attracts tourists to our beautiful city, and therefore can showcase our heritage and culture in a concentrated area, that was the real origins of Vancouver. I hope it can become more than just a commercial area one day, and expand to be the vibrant arts and culture community we would love to see.

  74. Chelle says:

    I love how you start really feeling Vancouver’s history when you walk around there. So many other areas of town have just been overtaken by so much newer architecture, you tend to forget about what came before.

  75. chrissy says:

    The food & the drinks!

  76. Gary says:

    The steam clock

  77. Katy says:

    The sense of history… the cobblestones and the clock. Wonderful

  78. Mary Rose says:

    I love the sense of history of Gastown! Walking on the cobblestone streets..friendly atmosphere and Charles Bar ๐Ÿ™‚

  79. Steeped in history, and reborn many times over, Gastown has long served as the city’s heart, where people of all stripes mingle and gather over food, booze, or whatever vice of their choosing. It is a place of tremendous energy and vitality, as well as of ingenuity. A place where very different communities exist at once, sometimes in collaboration and other times as if on different planes.

  80. Deidre says:

    I love the sense of history – not to mention the food!.

  81. Jane says:

    i love the ancient buildings and the selection of restaurants

  82. Sharon says:

    The steam clock!

  83. Alex says:

    Unique food and drink places and coffee shops

  84. Jenn S says:

    This history of it all

  85. Andrea says:

    My favourite thing about Gastown is huge variety of different places to go and eat (and drink!).

  86. Rebecca says:

    My favourite thing about Gastown is its historical feel. The architecture, cobblestones, etc.

  87. Tina says:

    the buildings and the cobbled streets

  88. gigi says:

    Love the dainty shops and the street – very historical-like.

  89. Teresa says:

    Shopping at different stores

  90. Jas says:

    Cobblestone streets!

  91. kahhlee says:

    historic buildings and the clock tower!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Debra says:

    Watching all the tourists taking it all in!

  93. PHOENIX says:

    I love the historic atmosphere of Gastown.Everything from the cobblestone roads to the steam clock lets you know your home when your in Vancouver.

  94. Katherine says:

    I have been visiting Gastown since the late 60’s. I have so loved to see the transition and changes; how it is a people place and such a heart of the city.

  95. grace says:

    Has to be the history you can see in the style of the buildings and the awesome food everywhere!

  96. Nicole says:

    The cobblestone

  97. Robert Carnegie says:

    My favorite thing about Gastown is walking along the historic streets with the one I love and listening to the majestic chimes of the steam clock.

  98. Andy says:

    Hard to pick one thing to love about Gastown! I am a big nostalgia nut though so I love going down there and imagining what it might have been like at the start. Plus it’s a great place to catch a patio pint!

  99. Robert Carnegie says:

    My favorite thing about Gastown is walking along the historic streets and listening to the majestic chimes of the steam clock.

  100. Lyndsay says:

    My favourite thing about Gastown is the people watching! Gastown draws people from all over the city as well as being a top tourist destination so there’s always an eclectic and interesting mix of people!

  101. Ron says:

    The history. There’s no where else like it in Vancouver.

  102. Melissa says:

    I LOVE the lamp posts at night and the cobbolstone streets ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Bernadette says:

    Historic buildings, brick walkway and of course I can’t forget about the steam clock and its wonderful charm!

  104. Kandes says:


  105. Sarah says:

    The historic clock of course!

  106. Katie says:

    Great people watching – eclectic group of people

  107. Vince says:

    Love the atmosphere – it’s all the history!

  108. Glenda says:

    the buildings

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