Musical Dim Sum: A Guide to Small-ish Music Festivals in BC and Washington
Date: Throughout the summer Web: http://www.malkinbowl.com/
Blurb: It's like going to the woods to see a show but you are only a stroll from the West End so you can start with ramen on Denman before sitting on the lawn -- either inside with a ticket or outside for free
Musically noteworthy: Can't miss with any of Vampire Weekend, Flaming Lips, Swell Season with Black Francis, The National, K'Naan
Pacific Rim Arts Society Summer Festival 2010 (Tofino)
Date: July 1-15
Musically noteworthy: Virtuoso Russian accordionist, harp and steel duos, and modern versions of indigenous music make for a varied choice
Princeton Traditional Music
Blurb: It's free (by donation) street fair with the streets closed down for concerts, plus panels and workshops from mining & railway songs and more plus spontaneous "mini jams and guerilla dances" in a small town 300 km from Vancouver.
Camping: Daily bus from Vancouver and camping close to site plus bed and breakfast and motels in town
Musically noteworthy: An extensive mix of early and traditional music
Have some time to disconnect and chill? Pack up the microbus and head to any of these exotic treasures:
Starbelly Jam http://www.starbellyjam.org/ Crawford Bay, July 16, 17, 18
Getting there is plenty of fun with a free ferry ride from Nelson to see Steve Kimock, Blackalicious and Chad VanGaalan near Creston on Kootenay Lake
Kispiox Festival http://www.kispiox.com/kvmf/ July, 23, 24, 25
Down home style community music and arts festival waaaay up between Prince George and Prince Rupert near-ish Smithers and Terrace for rustic fun
Discovery Coast Music Festival http://www.bellacoolamusic.org/ July 24 & 25
Family fun (read: no beers) with kids acts, along with the very adult Jim Byrnes, nestled in the heart of the Coast Mountains
Edge of the World http://www.edgefestival.com/ Aug. 6, 7. 8
Seems like heaven up on Haidi Gwaii if you can get there to see Scatterheart rock out (twice) or Crabapple Creek Electric Jug Band go old-timey funny
Shambhala Music Festival http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com/ Aug. 6, 7, 8, 9
They say, "Shambhala is a journey, an adventure, a life altering experience" So go hear mostly electronic music near Salmo and "just let loose and dance, dance, dance"
So ... are you on the bus or what? Good, i thought so.
Which gigs did i miss? Drop a comment and let me know where I'll see you boogie-ing-down this summer.
Just look for the grey beard, shady visor and a big smile.