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Harmony Arts Festival: Best of the West

Thursday, July 25th, 2013 — 9:49am PDT
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The Harmony Arts Festival, presented by Odlum Brown Limited, will once again celebrate arts, culture, food, and music in West Vancouver this summer. Running from August 2nd until August 11th, 2013.

Best of the West
Photo courtesy of Harmony Arts on Flickr

Families will love Artsy Kids Outdoor Studio, Spirit of the West and others will perform during the Sunset Concert Series, the Art Market will showcase local artists and designers on Argyle Avenue between 14th and 16th Street, and the Waterfront Lounge will be open daily at the foot of 15th Street for casual dining and entertainment from the Pacific Arbour Garden Stage. A full festival guide will be distributed in the North Shore News on Sunday, July 28th, 2013.

Garden Stage Art Market
Photo courtesy of Harmony Arts on Flickr

Other signature events include RARE, sponsored by Fresh St Market, which will take place on August 8th. This culinary evening is inspired by the West Vancouver Museum’s collection of notable Canadian artists including Emily Carr, Gordon Smith, Jack Shadbold and more. The beachfront at Lawson Creek Studio will transform into a contemporary casual dining lounge featuring Rodney’s Oyster House. The knowledgeable staff from house wine will be on site to serve the beverages.

Best of the West

The third annual Best of the West is another signature event, happening August 7th. Thirteen of the North Shore’s best restaurants will be paired with thirteen BC wineries and tasked with creating the perfect complementary dish. The evening’s guests will vote on their favourite, with the winning restaurant and winery team crowned BEST of the WEST for 2013.

Participating Restaurants

Participating Wineries

Bene Sushi Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars
Cactus Club Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Carmelo’s Ristorante haywire
CC Violin Patisserie and Cafe Laughing Stock Vineyards
Finch and Barley Mission Hill Family Estate
Fishworks and Canoe Oyster Bar Nichol Vineyard
Fraîche Restaurant Painted Rock Estate Winery
Gusto di Quattro Pentâge Winery
Louis Gervais Fine Foods & Catering Poplar Grove Winery
Mangia E Bevi Ristorante Quails’ Gate
PIER 7 Restaurant + Bar Road 13 Vineyards
The Beach House Stag’s Hollow Winery & Vineyard
The Observatory Tantalus Vineyards

Thanks to Harmony Arts, I have a pair of tickets to give away for Best of the West on August 7th. Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment here naming a Harmony Arts event or artist (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win tickets to @HarmonyArtsWV #BestoftheWest from @Miss604

Follow the Harmony Arts Festival on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about upcoming events and activities. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Must be 19+ to win this contest and attend Best of the West. Please enjoy responsibly.

Update The winner is Tracy!

Current contests on


  1. Chelle says:

    Jeff Trigg

  2. Carol Anne says:

    The best Arts Festival showcasing a variety of Artists from all over and entertainment on every evening…it’s a must see!

  3. Debbie says:


  4. Heidi C. says:


  5. jan says:

    Robert Gary Parkes

  6. Maureen says:

    Artsy Kids Outdoor Studio workshops

  7. Monique says:

    Champagne Republic

  8. Colm B says:

    Spirit of the West

  9. Jennifer says:

    The Art Market!

  10. Kathleen says:

    Melanie Dekker

  11. luc says:


  12. Kristine says:

    Melanie Dekker

  13. David Weir says:


  14. Harjit says:

    Creative Kids Day Drum Café
    Saturday, August 10 @ 11:15 am & 1:15 pm
    Looks like a fun festival! Thanks for the chance twitter fan@plumerea

  15. Tamara says:

    Melanie Dekker

  16. Shannon says:

    champagne Republic

  17. Schona says:

    ‘Spirit of the West’ is going to be an amazing show, those North Shore boys never disappoint. Looking forward to it, what an incredible festival, true community connection! Love my home.

  18. Scott Podwinski says:

    How about RARE!

  19. Don says:

    Best of the West food and wine event – sounds great

  20. leah says:

    spirit of the west

  21. Cindy Smith says:


  22. Rebecca says:

    Spirit of the West

  23. kaykay says:


  24. Janet Kong says:

    Sunset Concert Series

  25. Linda says:

    Best of the West

  26. Janet says:

    RARE is an event!

  27. Marilou says:

    Best of the West!

  28. Meghan says:

    The Boom Booms

  29. Kitty says:

    Best of the West

  30. jenny says:

    Champagne Republic

  31. Dilara says:


  32. Roy says:

    Spirit of the West

  33. Nikki says:

    Rare and Best of the West! I’ve always wanted to go as Ambleside is one of my favourite spots in the city.

  34. Brenda says:


  35. Cliff says:

    Art Market

  36. Natalie says:

    Spirit of the West!!

  37. Michelle W. says:

    I’d love to see Spirit of the West!

  38. lor says:

    Spirit of the West!

  39. Gaz says:

    Spirit of the West.

  40. rj says:

    Best of the West

  41. Sanaz says:

    The Boom Booms

  42. Shirley says:

    Spirit of the West

  43. Javier D says:

    waterfront lounge

  44. maria says:

    Best of The West

  45. Johanne Gregory says:

    Am soooo looking forward to hearing John Reischman and the Jaybirds play in the BA Blacktop Concert Series. Music by the beach; what could be better?

  46. Eileen says:

    Spirit of the West will be performing

  47. Steve v. says:

    Spirit of the West!

  48. Laura says:

    The Boom Booms.

  49. Mike Robertson says:

    Spirit of the West are always a good time!!! See you at the Harmony Arts Festival !!!

  50. Betty Loewen says:

    What a fabulous, RARE combination: great food, fine wine, classic BC art and a stunning setting – all on a sunny summer day in the most beautiful part of the Lower Mainland!

  51. Brenda F says:


  52. Billy Q says:

    Would love to see upcomers Champagne Republic during the sunset concert series – to get a chance to attend the best of the west on top of that would be sublime!

  53. Allison says:


  54. cindy quach says:

    spirit of the west is best

  55. Sherry F says:

    The Art Market

  56. Jatina Lai says:

    Gary Comeau and the VoOdoo stars!

  57. Sharylin says:

    Sunset Concert Series ~ a nice line up of musicians!

  58. Julia says:

    BEST of the WEST

  59. Heidi says:

    Melanie Dekker!

  60. Stotes says:

    The Art Market!

  61. Grace says:

    Best of the West! (which I want to win tickets to!)

  62. Alex says:

    The Art Market

  63. Gazelle says:

    Desiree Patterson at the Art Market

  64. Caroline Korolek says:

    The best food and wine. The setting and music, could not ask for anything better.

  65. Tracy says:

    Spirit of the West!

  66. CG says:

    The Art Market – so great for gifts!

  67. ho says:

    Looks neat.

  68. Ren says:

    Art Market!

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