Make Music Vancouver in Gastown

Comments 109 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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. ErinTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:08pm PST

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

  2. MasumiTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:15pm PST

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

  3. ChristineTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:15pm PST

    The restaurant options and laidback atmosphere!

  4. HarjitChTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:19pm PST

    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.Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:27pm PST

    The architecture!!!

  6. VaniaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:27pm PST

    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. CaitlinTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:31pm PST

    I love the historic feel and the fun times

  8. JewelsTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:33pm PST

    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. AdaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:36pm PST

    definitely the buildings! it’s beautiful!

  10. RachaelTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:36pm PST

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

  11. Meg W.Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:37pm PST

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

  12. lindseyTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:38pm PST

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

  13. Don ForanTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:39pm PST

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

  14. JenTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:44pm PST

    I love the steam clock in Gastown!

  15. Mr Shaun CameronTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:46pm PST

    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!

  16. au07Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:46pm PST


  17. Eric BulmashTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:46pm PST

    Gassy Jack statue!

  18. A. JohnstonTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:46pm PST

    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. delight007Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:49pm PST

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

  20. Michael KwanTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 1:56pm PST

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

  21. RachelTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 2:14pm PST

    The cobbled streets!

  22. EricaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 2:29pm PST

    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. RileyTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 2:30pm PST

    Delicious food and beer!

  24. Amelia StegemanTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 2:36pm PST

    Make Music Vancouver, or course.

  25. LaurenTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 2:53pm PST

    Best part about Gastown is the history.

  26. lorTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 2:55pm PST

    the cobblestones!

  27. MarTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 3:19pm PST

    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. JanTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 3:35pm PST

    mostly people watching when sitting on patio with a beer

  29. gordTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 3:39pm PST

    The iconic steam clock ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. MeganTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 3:42pm PST

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

  31. AmandaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 3:45pm PST

    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. BevTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 3:47pm PST

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

  33. Olivier HarremanTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 3:52pm PST


  34. SamanthaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 4:16pm PST

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

  35. EmmaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 4:17pm PST

    The great cocktail bars!

  36. lucTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 4:18pm PST

    I like having coffee at Revolver.

  37. Elysia STuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 4:25pm PST

    I love walking on the cobblestones!

  38. CliffTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 4:26pm PST

    The restaurants!

  39. KevinTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 4:39pm PST

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

  40. coralTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 4:42pm PST

    My favourite thing about Gastown is the history!

  41. Donna LTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 5:01pm PST

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

  42. BrendaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 5:01pm PST

    I love the variety of local independent restaurants

  43. Lisa CTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 5:15pm PST

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

  44. DarcyTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 6:40pm PST

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

  45. LindaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 6:42pm PST

    The great restaurants

  46. LindaTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 6:47pm PST

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

  47. JeffTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 8:15pm PST

    All the great restaurants and bars!

  48. RayTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 8:23pm PST

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

  49. BernadetteTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 8:29pm PST

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

  50. GaryTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 9:41pm PST

    I love the architecture

  51. ShannonTuesday, June 19th, 2012 — 10:49pm PST

    i love friends and drinks.

  52. NikkiWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 12:10am PST

    The architecture.

  53. TracyWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 1:25am PST

    the cobblestone roads and street lamps make it feel otherwordly

  54. MandWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 2:46am PST

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

  55. LeahWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 7:22am PST

    I like the shopping and restaurants!

  56. StephanieWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 7:40am PST

    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 CorsiWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 7:45am PST

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

  58. CGWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 7:49am PST

    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. LaurenWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 8:04am PST

    The brick roads in the rain.

  60. Emilia TurnerWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 8:36am PST

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

  61. EileenWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 8:50am PST

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

  62. ChrisWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:05am PST

    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. kevinWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:08am PST

    the steam clock!

  64. rinoWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:09am PST

    I love the architecture.

  65. taniaWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:10am PST

    I love walking on the cobblestones!

  66. Cfriday7Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:57am PST

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

  67. jcWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:58am PST

    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. GregWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 10:43am PST

    All the great food options!

  69. LindsayWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 10:54am PST

    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. wono99Wednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 11:12am PST

    The Irish Heather! and Peckinpah’s bbq.

  71. Angela PriveWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 11:12am PST

    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. AlfonsoWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 11:18am PST

    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. GerbeanWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 12:19pm PST

    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. ChelleWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 12:20pm PST

    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. Steve Zussino – Grocery AlertsWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 12:36pm PST

    I love the history!

  76. chrissyWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 12:38pm PST

    The food & the drinks!

  77. GaryWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 1:16pm PST

    The steam clock

  78. KatyWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 1:24pm PST

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

  79. Mary RoseWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 1:33pm PST

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

  80. Hilary HenegarWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 2:20pm PST

    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.

  81. DeidreWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 3:28pm PST

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

  82. JaneWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 3:58pm PST

    i love the ancient buildings and the selection of restaurants

  83. SharonWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 4:11pm PST

    The steam clock!

  84. AlexWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 4:14pm PST

    Unique food and drink places and coffee shops

  85. Jenn SWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 5:08pm PST

    This history of it all

  86. AndreaWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 5:25pm PST

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

  87. RebeccaWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 6:55pm PST

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

  88. TinaWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 7:43pm PST

    the buildings and the cobbled streets

  89. gigiWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 8:00pm PST

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

  90. TeresaWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 8:59pm PST

    Shopping at different stores

  91. JasWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:16pm PST

    Cobblestone streets!

  92. kahhleeWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:49pm PST

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

  93. DebraWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 9:52pm PST

    Watching all the tourists taking it all in!

  94. PHOENIXWednesday, June 20th, 2012 — 10:11pm PST

    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.

  95. KatherineThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 12:02am PST

    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.

  96. graceThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 7:54am PST

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

  97. NicoleThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 8:03am PST

    The cobblestone

  98. Robert CarnegieThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 8:06am PST

    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.

  99. AndyThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 8:06am PST

    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!

  100. Robert CarnegieThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 8:07am PST

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

  101. LyndsayThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 8:15am PST

    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!

  102. RonThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 8:25am PST

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

  103. MelissaThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 8:37am PST

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

  104. BernadetteThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 9:47am PST

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

  105. KandesThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 10:54am PST


  106. SarahThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 11:21am PST

    The historic clock of course!

  107. KatieThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 2:30pm PST

    Great people watching – eclectic group of people

  108. VinceThursday, June 21st, 2012 — 4:26pm PST

    Love the atmosphere – it’s all the history!

  109. GlendaSunday, June 24th, 2012 — 7:38pm PST

    the buildings

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