Folk festival parties without the attitude 0
When it comes to beautiful settings, it really doesn’t get much more idyllic than Jericho Beach Park. You’ve got iconic mountain ranges, quaint duck ponds, tranquil ocean shores, slow-burning sunsets and lush greenery for as far as the eye can see. Of course, all this stunning scenery is a big part of what makes the Vancouver Folk Music Festival so special. Well, that is if the weather is co-operating and, thankfully, it was this year. Yes, this beloved three-day outdoor concert was blessed with nothing but sunshine. Seriously, I can’t remember the last time our city has been this brag-worthy.
Another beautiful aspect of the event is the overall vibe. With an eclectic mix of bands from across the world, the festival grounds vibrate with a celebratory spirit of awareness and acceptance – i.e. attitudes are not welcome in these parts. And thank goodness, too. I mean is there anything grosser than a hostile hippie?
And then there’s the food. It just wouldn’t be Vancouver Folk Fest without all that delicious fare to choose from. Which reminds me, whisky hazelnut ice cream, you could very well be my new best friend.
Fashion for furry critters
To celebrate the grand opening of Madame Moje, the south Granville clothing boutique hosted a fashion show to benefit the SPCA. Despite the modest size of the store, the turnout was pretty impressive. Celebrity stylists, reality TV stars, fashion reporters, and even a token beauty queen showed up to check out these Vancouver-produced glam threads – not to mention support a great cause. Animal lovers know what I’m talking about here. Purrrrr.
People showed up in throngs to the latest FUSE party at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Together with Arrival Agency (creative peeps behind the Waldorf), VAG presented an evening of art, music, dance and theatrics. Pretty much every room on each floor was packed to the rafters and people were still lining up outside, waiting to get in – and not just hipsters and highbrow art connoisseurs either. With that in mind, seeing so many different walks of life supporting the arts with such enthusiasm was a beautiful thing.
- The Queer Arts Festival runs from July 24 until Aug. 9. To check out the complete lineup and buy tickets, visit queerartsfestival.com.
- Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of B.C. presents the Caribbean Days Festival at Waterfront Park July 27-28. More info: caribbeandays.ca.
- Vancouver Foodster presents Tasting Plates on July 23 at restaurants in North Vancouver. Tix: tastingplatesnorthvan.eventbrite.com.