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Mar 31, 2014

Featuring Tegan and Sara, Spoon, Arkells, Hannah Georgas, Wake Owl, Chad VanGaalen, Belle Game, Crystal Shawanda and more

Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with special co-host appearances by CBC’s Stephen Quinn, with more CBC talent and stars to be announced. is proud to present the second annual Festival produced by Live Nation Canada. This year’s festival will take place at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, B.C. (6450 Deer Lake Ave) on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

In the spirit of continuing to connect music lovers with the very best Canadian and international music and concerts, and after the hugely successful inaugural Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach last year, this year’s festival in Vancouver will feature some of the hottest musical acts in Canada.

The Vancouver Festival full line-up:

Tegan and Sara - JUNO Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated duo Tegan and Sara began their musical path in 1995 and have released seven albums to date. They released their latest studio album, Heartthrob, to international success in early 2013. Since then, Tegan and Sara have been touring the world, receiving attention from music critics and fans alike.

Spoon - With their heady blend of precision punk and serpentine classic rock, Spoon went from underground press darlings to one of indie music’s premiere commercially and critically acclaimed acts. With a career spanning more than 20 years, Spoon is currently working on their eighth album, to be released this summer.

Arkells - Formed in Hamilton, Ontario, Arkells have become one of Canada’s most acclaimed alternative rock groups. With two albums under their belt, dozens of worldwide tours, countless festival plays and a JUNO Award in 2012 for Group of the Year, the band is currently in studio writing a new album, slated for release in the summer of 2014.

Hannah Georgas - Vancouver indie pop artist Georgas released her debut album This is Good in 2010 and spent two years on the road to support it. Her follow-up self-titled record was released in 2012 to mass praise, both nationally and internationally. Georgas has received JUNO nominations for Songwriter of The Year as well as Alternative Album of The Year.

Chad VanGaalen - The indie-folk-electronic artist from Calgary has released four studio albums and four EPs spanning more than 13 years in the music business. He’s also an incredibly talented visual artist and animator who has done all the artwork for his albums, as well as animated a number of his music videos. His newest album, Shrink Dust, is scheduled to be released at the end of April.

Wake Owl - The indie pop band based in Vancouver, B.C. and Portland, Oregon is made up the talented duo of Colyn Cameron and Aiden Briscall. After several years travelling around the world, the band released their debut EP as a free internet download in 2012 and it was re-released through Vagrant Records in January 2013. The EP has garnered the attention of music critics, giving the band a 2014 JUNO Award nomination in the Breakthrough Artist of the Year category. Their debut full-length album, The Private World of Paradise, was released in March of this year.

Belle Game - The orchestral dark pop band from Vancouver, B.C. formed in 2009, though Alex Andrew and Adam Nanji have been friends since they were five. The band recently released their debut album, Ritual Tradition Habit, and have toured North America playing festivals like SXSW in Austin, Texas, and NXNE in Toronto, Ontario, and have toured with The Zolas, Hannah Georgas, and Hey Ocean!.

Crystal Shawanda - Born on the Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island, Shawanda accompanied her truck-driver father on a long haul to Nashville when she was 12 years old. By 13 she had recorded her first album there. Her single You Can Let Go was the fastest-rising single in Canadian BDS history and reached the top five in Canada and top 20 in The United States. To date, Shawanda has won eight Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards, five Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, a Canadian Country Music Award and one JUNO.

CBC Music’s Searchlight Winner - Still to be determined, the Searchlight winner will be announced on CBC Radio One’s Q on Friday, May 9.

In addition to the music performances, the Festival will also highlight some of CBC Music and CBC Radio’s exceptional talent. CBC Radio One’s Jian Ghomeshi will host the event and there will guest appearances throughout the day by a number of CBC hosts including On The Coast’s Stephen Quinn, Tom Power, CBC News Vancouver hosts Gloria Macarenko and Renee Filippone. As well, Rich Terfry will DJ a special set on stage. Also, CBC Radio One’s hit comedy program The Irrelevant Show will take the stage for their first-ever Vancouver performance. Neil Grahn, Donovan Workun, Ryan Parker and music director Jan Randall will perform a half-hour of the show’s most popular songs and music-related sketches, including the Ben Mulroney song, the middle-aged boy band and much more.

Tickets for the Festival will go on sale Friday, April 4 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster. General admission tickets will be available for $59.50 (plus FMF and service charges), and a Family 4-pack ticket bundle will be available for $200 (plus FMF and service charges) at, all Ticketmaster outlets and by phone at 1-855-985-5000. The show is all-ages. will have an exclusive advance sale for users on Thursday, April 3 from 10 a.m. PT until 10 p.m. PT.

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