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by Staff Writer

If you are young at heart, or just young, you don’t want to miss this year’s Vancouver Jazz Festival which offers musicians and bands that span a wide variety of genres, including gospel, big band, funk, hiphop, mainstream or avant innovative styles.
The festival, which kicked off June 23 to July 2, is popular among locals and tourists. One of the most popular stages are located in downtown Vancouver at Robson and Georgia street, where many people gather to sit and listen to the free music. Food trucks are within a stone’s throw of the music lovers, and if you are hungry, you can take your pick of gelato, East Indian food, and chicken wings, among others. Beer lovers also have a chance to drink and listen to the music outdoors in a special section.

For further information, please visit www.coastaljazz.ca. Many musicians are performing around the city, including Granville Island and David Lam Park. Don’t mix out on this year’s 32nd annual festival and catch some great acts. If you missed the reggae artist, Ziggy Marley, who played at the Vogue, there’s still time to be inspired by other artists that are both local and international.

In other news, if you are looking for something to do for Canada Day, you’ll find music, fireworks and activities in the Greater Vancouver area. July 1 marks 150 years of Canadian Confederation. You can take part in the weird –there’s the Canada Day Silent Disco, June 30, 8 pm to midnight at the Vancouver Art Gallery, discover the all-ages activities at Granville Island, join the crowd at Canada Day at Canada Place, head to Canada Day In New West where you can listen to music at the Bandshell from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm, or take the sky train to the YVR Food Fest’s Canada Day Cookout.

If you want something that’s easier to get to, go to the Waldorf, which is hosting a Canada Day Block party, which features food, music and drink. You’ve got 14 hours to celebrate the big day, while munching on veggie or beef burgers, drinking lager and just chilling out.

Just in case you want to celebrate Canada Day with a little protest of your own, check out Cannabis Day at Thornton Park. (Just don’t tell your boss.) This is where you can buy and smoke weed without getting arrested and perhaps talk to Canada’s prince and princess of pot, Marc and Jodie Emery.

There’s a party in every city –yeah, right, literally.

The city of Burnaby offers music and appearances by local bank Sideone, African dance group, Kokoma, and Juno nominee Will Street. The fun starts at 5 to 10:30 pm.

It’s going to be a hot one and don’t forget to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and don’t leave your pets in hot cars. Happy Birthday Canada!

Below: Nik West performs at the Jazz Festival. Also, next photo is Blue Moon Marquee.




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