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Vancouver Streets Come Alive With Block Parties: Events In Vancouver!
by Staff Writer

Summer Time In Vancouver Means Block Parties Are in Full Force. This is a popular Vancouver event.

 Summer Time In Vancouver Means Block Parties Are in Full Force.

Astro Drive Band Provided The Sparkle At The Block Party.

Astro Drive Band Provided The Sparkle At The Block Party.

Special Report: Inside A Vancouver Block Party

When Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robinson stated that Vancouver needs more block parties to help communities come together, he meant it. At almost any given weekend, there’s a block party happening. The City of Vancouver even has a Block Party co-ordinator.

On August 24, Windsor Street which is normally a regular neighbourhood and lined up with cars and several apartment buildings, came alive with the sounds of a live band, Astro Drive, playing upbeat music, and belting out a repertoire of hits from the music vaults of the likes of Smokey Robinson and James Brown.

The Vancouver-based band which normally plays at more regular venues like bars and pubs, took the plunge with a more outdoorsy event, hoping to get more exposure. Across the street, a group of on-lookers watched the band intently, sitting on the curb.

To check out their music and find out more about this band go to: http://astrodriveband.com

And what’s served at a block party? Hot dogs and cold drinks were served to a diverse group of people, ranging from couples with young children, to people of all ages. People also brought food, like chow mein, chopped fruit, cup cakes and other snacks. People also tried out  handmade music instruments provided by a vendor named Martin, who also rents his instruments at http://easymarimba.com/rentals.php. Another vendor a Chinese entrepreneur , Tony, offered egg rolls for sale and tastings to block party attendees. He sells his tasty egg rolls at festivals and on his website, www.eggrollcanada.com. Eventually, the young businessman hopes to get his product out in stores.

Over near the food area, one attendee,  Stephen, who admitted to going to many block parties in the past, declared this one the “best ever” he’s been to based on the quality of the music, energy and people.

Another resident, Tina, explained that she loved the music and it was the first dance in two years that she took to the floor.

She enjoyed the live music and during the course of the afternoon and evening, took to the dance floor, moving to the music spun by local DJ Pelage aka “Ice-B” Herve who also plays music for the swank Opus Hotel. This was definitely a much-needed change for the hard-working woman, who works six days a week at a local fast-food restaurant.

Another attendee said he heard the music while riding the bus and stopped his usual route to check out the action.  As the DJ music played on, kids played, some adults chatted, people danced, and the only thing missing was a dancing dog.

Actually, it was hard not to miss the block party. The area was cordoned off with barricades and a flag motif, complete with balloons, caught peoples’ eyes.

The event was covered by a neighbourhood grants program, the local Buy Low Foods, Starbucks, and Wisertraveller,org

The next time you hear music on a Vancouver street, you are not dreaming. It may just be another fun event, like a block party happening in a neighbourhood near you.

 

 

 

The Windsor Block Party Offered Music And Food To Attendees.

The Windsor Block Party Offered Music And Food To Attendees.

 

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Making Music: Block Party Host, Richard, Tries Out A Musical Instrument At The Block Party.

Making Music: Block Party Host, Richard, Tries Out A Musical Instrument At The Block Party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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