Musical Dim Sum: A Guide to Small-ish Music Festivals in BC and Washington

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Date: Throughout the summer Web:

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


Blurb: A variety of arts and culture events in the groovy village -- pick a weekend with something you like to make your surf trip funner

Musically noteworthy: Virtuoso Russian accordionist, harp and steel duos, and modern versions of indigenous music make for a varied choice

Princeton Traditional Music


Date: Aug. 20, 21, 22 

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

 Further Afield

On the roadHave some time to disconnect and chill? Pack up the microbus and head to any of these exotic treasures:

Starbelly Jam 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 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 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 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 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"

More Hi-jinks

Dead Vegas -- Are you on the bus or what?

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.

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