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Kits Beach Offers Music, Sun And Great People Watching
by Staff Writer

July 29 2013

If you want a beach that offers live music, swimming, and great people watching, head on down to Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach park.

At this cosy park, you may find people reading a book, doing yoga, walking their small dogs, sun tanning, or even walking the tight rope! On a recent visit, we walked by a group of men and women trying to balance on a make-shift tight rope. Still another group of exercise buffs stretched their hands on the grass while the instructor hovered over them.

Close by, we made our way to the Kitsilano Showboat which featured a couple belting out a song from The Beatles group. The music got a few older men dancing too, while others who were seated at the stages’ outdoor seats, moved their arms enthusiastically.

Incredibly, the Kitsilano Showboat, which provides live music from June 24 to August 17, has been around for 78 years. For two hours starting at 7 pm, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, park visitors have an opportunity to watch dance groups, listen to singers and bands, listen to multicultural acts and participate in contest giveaways.

On a recent evening, we caught a very colorful Mexican group singing and dancing to traditional songs. At the finale, we were treated to a delightful couple singing a medley of old and new songs.

Back to the car, the beach park buzzed with the actions of people doing all types of activities.  If you want ideas on how to have fun in the summer, come on down to Kitsilano Beach where you surely will pick up a few great ideas. And dont forget to catch all the great acts at The Kitsilano Showboat before the season ends.

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Dancers Perform At The Kitsilano Showboat

 

 

 

Mexico Vivo Performs At The Showboat

Mexico Vivo Folk Dance Troupe Performs At The Showboat

 

Young People Show Off Their Physical Fitness At Kitsilano Park

Young People Show Off Their Physical Fitness At Kitsilano Park

 

A Few Brave Folks Practice The Tightrope At The Park.

A Few Brave Folks Practice Balancing At The Park.

 

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July 30th

19:15
General Interest

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Shines a Spotlight on Music From All Over The World
by Staff Writer

July 23, 2013

If you haven’t discovered the Vancouver Folk Music Festival yet, you will have to rediscover them via photos, hear from friends, or wait until next year.  Last weekend, fans of all ages –many dressed in beach wear — gathered at Jericho Beach Park to attend the 36th annual music festival. It delivered its promise to deliver great music and the weather couldn’t have been better –the hot sun delighted attendees and offered quick sales for the vendors selling ice cream and food.

Walking to the festival, I couldn’t help but  overhear a group of teenagers talk about getting into the festival by tunnelling underground. However, since the festival is well gated and manned by enthusiastic security volunteers, more than likely the teenagers faced a formidable task and gave up. Actually, lots of park visitors caught some music from  outside the gates.  For people winning to pay to get into fthe festival, they had a chance to listen to more than 60 artists and bands offering a taste of music from their own home country.

On the inside, one could catch a glimpse of the easy-going, laid-back fun side of the attendees. A message on a public board jokes of someone losing his contact lens in front of the main stage and asks the finder to return it to the lost and found area. For real? Another message that seems more genuine is from a woman asking for a hiking companion. She leaves her number on the message board. I’ve personally experienced some honesty among the folk fest fans.

I accidentally almost lost a very expensive sun tan lotion on the ground but some young man caught my attention to advise me that I dropped it.

On Sunday at Stage 3, a group of young women, in a display of trust,  dropped their bags and purses on the grounds in front of me so that they could dance to the music of the very popular  Nomadic Massive, a band from Quebec.

The music certainly did not disappoint. One could hear a diversity of folk music, influences of jazz, African beats, poetry, a Chinese music ensemble, fiddles, banjos, guitars, trumpets —clearly a music feast for the eyes and the ears.  Certainly, there really is an amazing variety of musical sounds to be found at this much-loved music festival.

A program guide is a must for the festival. Using this as a guide, we arrived almost  on time to see the various concerts offered at the larger main stage as well as the smaller seven stages. It didn’t matter that some of the bands sang in different languages. People danced, clapped and yelled out  their appreciation for the music. Clearly, music is a great way to build bridges among countries separated by distance and culture.

 

Hanggai, a group from China, performs at the festival.

Hanggai, a group from China, performs at the festival.

People drop their bags to dance to the music of Nomadic Massive.

People drop their bags to dance to the music of Nomadic Massive.

Hanggai from China singing in their native tongue plays in front of an enthusiastic audience.

Hanggai from China singing in their native tongue plays in front of an enthusiastic audience.

 

A man relaxes on the grass, while selling t-shirts outside the festival.

A man relaxes on the grass, while selling t-shirts outside the festival.

A volunteer opens the appreciate waste bin for someone who has finished his meal. Recycling is encouraged at the festival.

A volunteer opens the  waste bin for someone who has finished his meal. Recycling is encouraged at the festival.

 

The best seats at the festival  turned out to be the grass.

The best seats at the festival turns out  to be the grass.

 

Bannock bread anyone? A food vendor shows off some Native Indian food served at the festival.

England’s Anthony Joseph performs.

 

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A young woman displays bannock bread in the food market.

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Steve Earle performs in front of the main stage Saturday night.

 

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The music from Debo Band brings  out some dancing moves from festival attendees.

 

 Love to dance? So do this couple who moved to the music.

Love to dance? So does this couple who moves to the music.

 

The public board at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival displays a sense of humour with this message.

The public board at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival displays a sense of humour with this message.

 

 

 

A big hit at the festival was this frozen mango treat.

A big hit at the festival turns out to be this frozen mango treat.

 

7 Unbelievable Reasons Why You Must Go To The Vancouver Folk Music Festival
by Staff Writer

Not too long ago, I talked to my sister who is a long-time Vancouver resident but has never been to the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.  She opined that she felt it was not her league and feared the festival would be full of hippies and other throw-backs of yesterday. I tried to set her straight but despite my enthusiastic reasoning, she never budged. Now if this article doesn’t change her mind,  I may have no choice but to bring the  musicians to her. Just kidding. 

On a more serious note, I’ve penned what I feel are the 7 best reasons why people ought to go to the annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival held from Friday night July 19 to the evening of July 21.

1. First off, take the setting. Held at Jericho Beach, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival has the honour of holding its event in one of the most perfect settings in North America. While the music plays on, you will fall in love with the beautiful sunset that casts its glow on the park, filled with luscious trees and ponds. Hearing the music is easy: you’ll have plenty of places to park yourself  and can choose to sit down on the well-kept grass or are free to bring your own chair.

2. The music. Whether you are a country girl, love the blues and are hypnotized by African drums, there are plenty of music to suit your taste buds.  I can personally vouch for the wide-variety of shows you can see.  This year is much the same and attendees can look forward to over 60 artists and bands, coming from all parts of the globe. It’s not all folk stuff at the festival.

3. Friendly people. I’ve never seen a more laid-back peace-loving crowd. Everyone there, from the musicians, organizers, food vendors and  the many hard-working  volunteers, love being there and you”ll come away revitalized by the music and the energy of the people. You might even meet long-lost friends or start new friendships. You’ll see all kinds of people, of all ages and all backgrounds. It’s cute to see that the young ones are called Little Folks.

4. Taste the food. Sure you can bring your own food, but why bother when you have a chance to taste so many different types of food and from all parts of the world. And you can never get enough of corn-on-the-cob, or those “chunky fries’ belted out by a long-time food vendor.

5. Take a staycation. You don’t have to travel far to have a holiday. Take public transit or the bus and you will have a musical experience that you won’t soon forget. Many people, myself included, wait for months anticipating the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Many people bring their own  tent which is a great idea if you want to take an afternoon snooze or have the kids take a short break, too.

6. Start an annual tradition. Get the gang together or have all your relatives meet up to catch up on the latest news as well as take in the music. Why get the relatives together for a cruise, when you can get together on land, catch some sunshine and gather for fun times on the wide open spaces available at the festival.

7. Let yourself go for the weekend. Be yourself. Buy hippie clothing or shop for cool cotton clothing at the market place filled with interesting vendors offering goods from all over the world.  I can attest that you won’t find much of the clothing offered by the vendors for sale at your local mall. If you dance, don’t worry. People won’t laugh at you. More likely they’ll be dancing, too. For tickets, go to: http://thefestival.bc.ca/ticket-information/

 

The Stages Are Coming Up For The Upcoming Festival.

The Stages Are Coming Up For The Upcoming Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is situated in one of the prettiest places in BC.

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is situated in one of the prettiest places in BC.

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July 15th

21:51
Featured

Kitsilano Celebrates Summer With A Block Party Featuring Music, Food And Shopping
by Staff Writer

If you love music, food and shopping, you may have popped in on Vancouver’s annual Khatsahlano Festival on West 4th avenue held July 13.  With the street blocked off from traffic, music lovers got the opportunity to sample tunes from fifty talented and diverse bands.

On an afternoon visit near Balsom Street, the music blared loudly and people of all ages  crowded around several stages dancing to the different beats and clapping enthusiastically. One band called Bestie  featured a group of young men belting out 80’s era songs reminiscent of The Cure. Their sound, also, is quite sunny and influenced by summer fun, beaches, girls and love.

A more different Neil Young- type sound came from the talented Lions in the Street band. The lead singer who says he works in the sanitarian field sang an emotional and moving  tune about coal miners.

Another crowd draw came from the strong vocals from the singer known as Rykka. The blond-haired singer who has the charisma of a young Gwen Stefani, and her fellow guitarist, gave everyone a taste of a sound that is both electrifying good and danceable.

Apart from music, people could take advantage of specials  and samples offered by participating vendors. I took part in a fun event promoting Yelp, a new website and got a shooter glass.

Food? A large selection of food trucks, offering offering from perogies, to hot dogs, to fish and chips, awaited the taste buds of the summer time crowd.

Bestie performs in Kitsilano during the annual block party.

Bestie performs in Kitsilano during the annual block party.

 

People made themselves comfortable on the sidewalk to listen to fifty bands.

People made themselves comfortable on the sidewalk to listen to fifty bands.

 

A vendor sells chocolate at this popular annual block party.

A vendor sells chocolate at this popular annual block party.

 

Plenty of food trucks parked along 4th avenue to feed the  hungry.

Plenty of food trucks parked along 4th avenue to feed the hungry.

 

Spinning the wheel at the block party made many block party participants happy.

Spinning the wheel at the block party made many block party participants happy.

 

The band Lions in the Street brought applause from the crowd.

The band Lions in the Street brought applause from the crowd.

 

 

Charismatic Rykka hypnotized the crowd with her strong vocals and energetic presence.

Charismatic Rykka hypnotized the crowd with her strong vocals and energetic presence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 13th

23:49
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