Harmony Arts Festival: Best of the West

Comments 73 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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 http://ow.ly/njAD6

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!

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73 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. ChelleThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 10:04am PDT

    Jeff Trigg

  2. Carol AnneThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 10:16am PDT

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

  3. DebbieThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 10:34am PDT


  4. Heidi C.Thursday, July 25th, 2013 — 10:59am PDT


  5. janThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 11:34am PDT

    Robert Gary Parkes

  6. MaureenThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 12:26pm PDT

    Artsy Kids Outdoor Studio workshops

  7. MoniqueThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 1:03pm PDT

    Champagne Republic

  8. Colm BThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 1:45pm PDT

    Spirit of the West

  9. JenniferThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 1:45pm PDT

    The Art Market!

  10. KathleenThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 1:49pm PDT

    Melanie Dekker

  11. lucThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 2:02pm PDT


  12. Holiday Baker ManThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 2:08pm PDT

    Sweet prize!

  13. KristineThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 2:12pm PDT

    Melanie Dekker

  14. David WeirThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 2:23pm PDT


  15. HarjitThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 2:29pm PDT

    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

  16. TamaraThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 2:46pm PDT

    Melanie Dekker

  17. ShannonThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 3:21pm PDT

    champagne Republic

  18. SchonaThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 3:41pm PDT

    ‘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.

  19. TracyThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 3:44pm PDT


  20. Scott PodwinskiThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 3:48pm PDT

    How about RARE!

  21. DonThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 4:10pm PDT

    Best of the West food and wine event – sounds great

  22. leahThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 5:57pm PDT

    spirit of the west

  23. Cindy SmithThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 7:49pm PDT


  24. RebeccaThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 9:00pm PDT

    Spirit of the West

  25. kaykayThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 9:05pm PDT


  26. Janet KongThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 9:19pm PDT

    Sunset Concert Series

  27. LindaThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 9:40pm PDT

    Best of the West

  28. JanetThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 10:22pm PDT

    RARE is an event!

  29. MarilouThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 10:57pm PDT

    Best of the West!

  30. MeghanThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 11:01pm PDT

    The Boom Booms

  31. KittyThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 11:09pm PDT

    Best of the West

  32. jennyThursday, July 25th, 2013 — 11:44pm PDT

    Champagne Republic

  33. DilaraFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 12:11am PDT


  34. RoyFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 5:04am PDT

    Spirit of the West

  35. NikkiFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 7:26am PDT

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

  36. BrendaFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 7:47am PDT


  37. CliffFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 7:48am PDT

    Art Market

  38. NatalieFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 10:00am PDT

    Spirit of the West!!

  39. Michelle W.Friday, July 26th, 2013 — 10:55am PDT

    I’d love to see Spirit of the West!

  40. lorFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 1:17pm PDT

    Spirit of the West!

  41. GazFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 1:34pm PDT

    Spirit of the West.

  42. rjFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 3:14pm PDT

    Best of the West

  43. Ron SFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 3:36pm PDT


  44. SanazFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 3:53pm PDT

    The Boom Booms

  45. ShirleyFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 4:14pm PDT

    Spirit of the West

  46. Javier DFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 8:33pm PDT

    waterfront lounge

  47. mariaFriday, July 26th, 2013 — 10:33pm PDT

    Best of The West

  48. Johanne GregorySaturday, July 27th, 2013 — 10:51am PDT

    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?

  49. EileenSaturday, July 27th, 2013 — 11:37am PDT

    Spirit of the West will be performing

  50. KarenSunday, July 28th, 2013 — 12:49am PDT


  51. Steve v.Sunday, July 28th, 2013 — 8:36am PDT

    Spirit of the West!

  52. LauraSunday, July 28th, 2013 — 8:37am PDT

    The Boom Booms.

  53. Mike RobertsonSunday, July 28th, 2013 — 8:50pm PDT

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

  54. Betty LoewenSunday, July 28th, 2013 — 11:32pm PDT

    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!

  55. Brenda FMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 12:12am PDT


  56. Billy QMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 12:05pm PDT

    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!

  57. AllisonMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 12:06pm PDT


  58. cindy quachMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 5:49pm PDT

    spirit of the west is best

  59. Sherry FMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 9:25pm PDT

    The Art Market

  60. Jatina LaiMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 10:01pm PDT

    Gary Comeau and the VoOdoo stars!

  61. SharylinMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 10:14pm PDT

    Sunset Concert Series ~ a nice line up of musicians!

  62. JuliaMonday, July 29th, 2013 — 10:31pm PDT

    BEST of the WEST

  63. HeidiTuesday, July 30th, 2013 — 9:35pm PDT

    Melanie Dekker!

  64. StotesWednesday, July 31st, 2013 — 6:00am PDT

    The Art Market!

  65. Dianne ChowWednesday, July 31st, 2013 — 2:40pm PDT

    Best of the West

  66. GraceWednesday, July 31st, 2013 — 2:53pm PDT

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

  67. AlexWednesday, July 31st, 2013 — 4:14pm PDT

    The Art Market

  68. GazelleWednesday, July 31st, 2013 — 6:31pm PDT

    Desiree Patterson at the Art Market

  69. Caroline KorolekWednesday, July 31st, 2013 — 8:52pm PDT

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

  70. TracyWednesday, July 31st, 2013 — 11:57pm PDT

    Spirit of the West!

  71. CGThursday, August 1st, 2013 — 9:55am PDT

    The Art Market – so great for gifts!

  72. hoThursday, August 1st, 2013 — 11:05am PDT

    Looks neat.

  73. RenThursday, August 1st, 2013 — 11:39am PDT

    Art Market!

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