July 2011 Archives

CBC was proud to celebrate Pride with the colourful and cheerful crowds in downtown Students_Day1 034.jpgVancouver on Sunday afternoon. Adding to the energy of one of the city's liveliest festivals, the CBC Vancouver team shook their poms poms and performed dance routines for the ecstatic crowds to beats from CBC Radio 3.  The always lovely Gloria Macarenko played Queen of Hearts and curtsied her way through the streets capturing the hearts of CBC fans. CBC News Vancouver reporter Kirk Williams and Radio One host Sheryl MacKay were also on hand showing off their dance moves and handing out rainbow coloured fans. Always doing her part to keep things cool, CBC Radio 3 host Lisa Christiansen was an enthusiast of the extra large super soakers. Until next year, happy Pride season everyone!

artswells.jpg.jpgWells has always been a town vibrant of arts and culture. In the 1930s, musical acts were enjoyed in the very same Wells Community Hall where many of this year's shows and exhibitions are being held. Artists have traveled from across the country to this little mountain town to be part of this inspiring collaboration! Arts Wells is a 4 day outdoor & indoor festival designed with community in mind. Head over to the city of Wells and enjoy the weekend taking in great artists, the local flavour of nature trails, historical sites, artisans, and friendly folk!

  • Over 30 different Workshops to attend where you can learn everything from beatboxing to Ukrainian dance to lyric writing to laughter yoga and so much more.

  • Activities for kids including a crafting station, children's workshops and stage.

  • Over 100 musical performances on 9 stages including folk, jazz, country, funk, hip-hop, electronic, world, pop, roots & more
Vancouver Pride Parade & Festival - July 31st, 2011

The CBC Vancouver team will be marching in the 33rd annual Pride Parade and Festival. Join us along the parade route and you can see personalities like CBC News Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko, CBC Radio One's Sheryl MacKay and CBC Radio 3's Lisa Christiansen. To coincide with this year's parade theme "celebrate", you can expect more fabulous floats, more elaborate costumes and an even greater number of people filling the streets of Vancouver with Pride!  Catch the entertainment after the parade at the festival on Sunset Beach. CBC Ambassadors will be out in full force there too! For more information on the parade route and festival, visit www.vancouverpride.ca.

The tradition of presenting a brilliant mix of amazing music from around the world continues!

July 21 - 24, 2011
Fraser River Heritage Park

Mission Folk Music Festival 2011 brings you extraordinary music from Europe and the North Atlantic, from Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Spain's Basque region and from across Canada and the U.S. You'll hear hot Celtic tunes, banjos, fiddles, harps and guitars, powerful singer-songwriters, Sami yoiks, a little bit of Louisiana lilt, ancient songs from the Siberian steppes, Kyrgyz dancing and brilliant Belgian bagpipers. And get ready for The Church of the Blues, featuring 25 of the hottest blues players from both sides of the Mission Bridge and from down-river, too.

Advance tickets are now available until July 21st. Be sure to get your tickets today!

The 21st annual Harmony Arts Festival turns the West Vancouver waterfront into an open-air celebration of the arts from July 29 - August 7. Visitors can enjoy art exhibitions, artist talks and HAF2010.jpgdemonstrations, a Cinema in the Park, over fifty distinct concerts, and a unique wine and culinary experience in the Wine Garden.

Come experience the excitement and sounds of this award winning Festival along Ambleside and John Lawson Park. From rock, blues and jazz, to classical and world music, there is something for everyone and all musical tastes. 

The 2011 festival proudly features the new upscale Art Market with a line-up of artists and artisans selected by an esteemed jury. Taking over Argyle Avenue along the waterfront for the first time, 60+ artists and artisans from British Columbia and Ontario will be selling original creations.  Festival visitors will find one-of-a-kind pottery, jewellery, fashion, leather goods, paintings, wood-work, glass and more.  Come meet the talented artists and purchase a unique work of art.



Fellow British Columbians, it's your chance to show off your musical genius! CBC's new television show, Cover Me Canada, is looking for the best unsigned vocal and musical acts to cover some of our nation's most loved classic Canadian songs. You get to bring your own flair and personality to each of the songs so show us what you've got! 

The Prize: The winner of Cover Me Canada receives $100,000 cash and a contract to record a single with a leading producers which will then be distributed by Universal Music Canada.

How to Audition: Record a video of yourself or your group singing one of the 4 preselected songs and upload it to the Cover Me Canada website. Or, you can head to one of the Open Mic nights in downtown Vancouver. 

Deadline for auditions: It has been extended for one week, so be sure to get your audition tape in by 2 p.m. PT on Friday, July 15th

Good luck! The series premieres September 18th at 9 pm and we hope to see you there!
With over 200 artists (60+ artists and groups) the 34th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival again offers a brilliant weekend of musical discovery. The festival runs from Friday, July 15 through to Sunday night, July 17. 

Come hear the amazing Rosanne Cash, a rare live performance by Gillian Welch, Tim Robbins & the Rogues Gallery Band (yes, THAT Tim Robbins), African superstars Freshlyground, the Saharan sounds of Tinariwen, India's Nomadic Caravan, Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Jayhawks, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, New Country Rehab, James Cotton Superharp, Haiti's Ti-Coca & Wange-Neges and many more! Tickets are available in advance to July 14, 2pm and at the gate for Friday night, Saturday & Sunday - or you can purchase a full weekend pass.

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