Giveaway – Vancouver Folk Music Festival Returns to Jericho Beach for 45th Year

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It’s been a staple of summer in Vancouver for almost half a century and it’s definitely one of the most beautiful festival locations you could dream of! The Vancouver Folk Music Festival (“VFMF”) returns to Jericho Beach July 15-17, 2022 and you won’t want to miss out on this incredible lineup of entertainment.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach
VFMF at Jericho Beach. Alyssa Burtt photo.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival Lineup

Alejandro Escovedo, Allison Russell, Asleep At the Wheel, Beledrone, Bella White, Blue Moon Marquee w/ Duke Robillard, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, Clerel, Debashish Bhattacharya, Five Alarm Funk, Ford Pier, Fortune Block, Frazey Ford, Golosa La Orquesta, Haley Heynderickx, Housewife, Kanatal, Lache Cercel & The Roma Jazz Ensemble, Lennie Gallant, Molly Tuttle, Quote The Raven, Redbird, RevoluSon, Robben Ford, Russell deCarle, SGaanaGwa, Shovels & Rope, SINNOI, Stringband Sundae, Suzie Ungerleider, Taj Mahal, The Bros. Landreth, The New Pornographers, Vancouver Fiddle Club, Vilda, and Witch Prophet.

The festival features three daytime stages, as well as the evening Main Stage. On Friday, the gates will open at 3:00pm with music from 4:00pm to 11:00pm.

The gates open at 11:00am on Saturday and Sunday with music from 12:00pm to 11:00pm. Tickets are free for children 12 and there’s concession priced tickets for elders, students, and youth. The 2022 festival features a Little Folks area, artisan market, food vendors, and an adult beverage garden.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Photo submitted.
VFMF. Photo submitted.

“I am so happy to have so many great Canadian and International artists coming this year,” says Artistic/Executive Director Debbi Salmonsen. “As well as legends like Taj Mahal, and many great Canadian and US musicians, we have artists joining us from Chile, Finland, India, Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan. This year our ‘folk music’ definition has really spread its wings into many roots genres. We can’t wait to see our Folk Fest fans, vendors and volunteers in person again this year. We are working hard to ensure a safe and joyful experience for everyone. I also want to express our gratitude to the Musqueam Nation for allowing us to hold our event on their unceded traditional land.”

Enter to Win Weekend Passes

I have a pair of full weekend passes to give away (value over $500!). Here’s how you can enter to win:

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

To view the full lineup of performers, find more information about the festival, and to purchase your tickets visit the VFMF website and follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Vancouver Bach Festival Giveaway

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Early Music Vancouver (“EMV”) presents the 2022 Vancouver Bach Festival – Scottish Baroque and Other Traditions from Tuesday, July 26 to Saturday, August 6 at various venues including The Chan Centre, Christ Church Cathedral, Pyatt Hall, VanDusen Botanical Garden, The Wolf & Hound, and UBC’s Sage Bistro.

Vancouver Bach Festival 2022

Vancouver Bach Festival

The 6th annual Festival explores the profound and entertaining fusion of Scottish traditional music and the music of the Baroque masters that emerged in the 17th century.

It is well known that J.S. Bach employed instrumentalists for his church performances who often also played in taverns. We also know that the music for popular country dances such as the gavotte and gigue (jig), were reimagined by ‘serious’ composers of the time for courtly circles. Scottish Baroque, a fusion of Scottish traditional music combined with the virtuosity and style of 17th and 18th century Italian music, was born in a pub in Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town, where, the music of Corelli sat side by side with the rhythmic drive of local reels and jigs. Musicians of the day would play both repertoires, with the same enthusiasm for each, using the same technique and instruments.

At this year’s Vancouver Bach Festival – Scottish Baroque and Other Traditions, audiences will hear traditional melodies weave throughout all of the concerts presented.

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Win Tickets to Theatre Under the Stars This Summer

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A beloved Vancouver tradition since 1940, Theatre Under the Stars (“TUTS”) returns to Malkin Bowl stage in Stanley Park July 2 to August 27, 2022. Audiences will travel back in time to witness the birth of the world’s first musical and launch into the future for a rock-and-roll fuelled revolution as TUTS presents Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You, running alternate evenings.

Theatre Under the Stars

  • Where: Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park 610 Pipeline Rd. Vancouver, BC
  • Dates: July 2 to August 27, 2022 Performances alternate evenings
    • Previews: July 2-5, 2022
    • Opening Nights: July 7 & 8
  • Times: All shows at 8:00pm, except on Fireworks Nights (July 23, 27 & 30) when shows begin at 7:00pm
  • Tickets: Regular Tickets $30–$65 available online now
TUTS_Something_Rotten by Emily Cooper
Photo by Emily Cooper

Something Rotten!

Set in the streets of Elizabethan England, Something Rotten! is brimming with humorous witticisms, clever lyrics, and colourful song-and-dance numbers that poke fun at everything audiences adore about Broadway, with melodic and choreographic references to such famed musicals as West Side StorySouth Pacific, and Les Misérables. Determined to write a hit show, playwright siblings Nick and Nigel Bottom enlist a mysterious soothsayer, who foresees they can beat Shakespeare’s success by creating a brand new form of theatre… the musical! The whimsical satire will be directed by Rachel Peake, who makes her TUTS debut. A three-time Jessie Richardson Award winner, Peake has directed works for numerous theatre and opera companies, including Vancouver Opera, Citadel Theatre, Gateway Theatre and Persephone Theatre.

TUTS We_Will_Rock_You by Emily Coopery
Photo by Emily Cooper

We Will Rock You

Set 300 years in the future, where the world is ruled by sinister leader Killer Queen, two misfits, Galileo and Scaramouche, rise up in their fight for freedom. We Will Rock You reflects the spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances and earned the band its pinnacle position in rock history. Having thrilled more than 16 million audience members worldwide, the musical features over 20 hits from the band’s iconic songbook including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Are the Champions,” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” Also making her TUTS debut is We Will Rock You director Saccha Dennis, an actor and director, most recently seen on stage in the hit musical Come From Away. Dennis has toured across Canada and the U.S., including the first U.S. national tour of We Will Rock You.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to each performance. Enter via the contest box and if you’re sharing on social or leaving a comment entry, you can include which show you’d like to see (Something Rotten! or We Will Rock You).

Theatre Under the Stars

Feature Performances

Relaxed Performance Monday, July 25

This year TUTS is proud to partner with the Canucks Autism Network to host a relaxed performance of Something Rotten! A Relaxed Performance is designed for anyone who may need a more casual environment to enjoy the theatre, including (but certainly not limited to) people on the Autism Spectrum, people with sensory or communication disorders, neurological disorders, or people with a learning disability. We will have a more relaxed attitude about how our audience experiences the performance and ask all audience members to be aware of people’s needs to move or make noise.

Pride Night Tuesday, Tuesday, July 26

TUTS is thrilled to host its fourth annual Pride Night, the official kickoff event for this year’s Vancouver Pride Week! Audiences will enjoy all the hard-rocking international phenomenon, “We Will Rock You,” celebrating Queer icon Freddie Mercury and QUEEN’s iconic songbook. Join in for a high-octane feast for the senses! All seat cushion and programme donations from the night will be matched by TUTS in support of Vancouver Pride Society.

We Will Rock You Sing-Along Night Wednesday, August 3

Feeling like “[You] Want to Break Free?” Blending the excitement of a musical with the electricity of a concert, join us for a special We Will Rock You Sing-along Night on August 3 for some fist-pumping, foot-stomping fun. Featuring more than 20 hits from QUEEN’s discography, “We Will Rock You” arrives at the Malkin Bowl having rocked more than 16 million audience members around the globe! Come sing your heart out dressed like your favourite rock stars for this special evening of rock-and-roll. 

Grouse Mountain Outdoor Movies and More Summer Fun

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Grouse Mountain has announced their new ‘On the Mountain’ lineup of live entertainment and an outdoor movie series on the mountaintop this summer. Guests are invited to enjoy live music, trivia and games, as well as the return of popular summer activities and attractions like the Skyride Surf Adventure® and World-Famous Lumberjack Show®.

Grouse Mountain Summer Views - Photo Submitted/Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain Summer Views – Photo Submitted/Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain Outdoor Movies

Beginning July 15th, guests can enjoy ‘Movies on the Mountain’ on select Friday nights in July and August, including Ferris Bueller’s Day OffAustin Powers: International Man of MysteryThe Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. There will also be ‘Music on the Mountain’ featuring local performers every Sunday throughout the summer starting July 3rd and ‘Trivia on the Mountain’ hosted by IQ2000 on select Monday nights at Altitudes Bistro.

More Summer Fun On the Mountain

In addition to the On the Mountain series, guest can enjoy a variety of seasonal favourite experiences at Grouse Mountain. Soar above the trees aboard the Skyride Surf Adventure® or take in unparalleled 360° views of Vancouver on the scenic Peak Chairlift. Guests can also take to the skies for a bird’s-eye view on a Helicopter Tour above the North Shore Mountains departing from the mountaintop.

Adventure seekers can feel the rush on the exhilarating five-line Mountain Ziplines or navigate their way through the trees on the Mountain Ropes Adventure aerial ropes course. Young adventurers can explore the Kids Tree Canopy Adventure™, a fully contained activity zone for children ages 3 to 8 years old, and guests of all ages will enjoy the epic World-Famous Lumberjack Show®, featuring a 60-foot tree climb, log rolling and axe throwing.

Grouse Mountain’s New Mountain Ropes Adventure
Grouse Mountain Ropes Adventure – Miss604 Photo

At the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, guests can say hi to resident Grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, in their 5-acre habitat, watch a falcon take flight during the awe-inspiring Birds in Motion® Demonstration and learn more about wildlife through the informative Ranger Talks and Owl Talks.

Outdoor movies and live entertainment are included in your SkyRide/admission. Additional fees apply for certain mountain activities, including but not limited to, the Mountain Ropes Adventure, Mountain Zipline and more.

Indigenous Market at SFU

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The SFU Burnaby Campus is hosting an Indigenous Market for vendors to showcase and sell their products. Support Indigenous artists, makers, and food vendors and shop everything from beaded jewelry, apparel, home care, wellness and much more.

Indigenous Market at SFU

Indigenous Market at SFU

  • When: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
  • Where: SFU Burnaby Campus, Convocation Mall
  • Admission: Free to attend

Vendors include: Indigenous owned tea company Raven And Hummingbird Tea Co., a mother/daughter family business by Cease Wyss and Senaqwila Wyss. Art from Skwachàys Lodge, an artist collective and gallery located inside the first Indigenous boutique art hotel in the country. Beading from Burnt Wood Beading, and many more.

Related: Indigenous Gift Guide for Shopping Local