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Music and meditation to fill Surrey City Hall, plaza during new 2-day festival in August

Transformational Theatre’s inaugural in-person festival follows online concert in May 2021

 

Festival goers leave Worthy Farm in Somerset, England, Monday June 27, 2022, following the Glastonbury Festival. Organizers at Canada’s summer music festivals say even as pandemic restrictions lift and live concerts return to some semblance of normalcy, it’s anything but normal behind the scenes. (Photo from the Canadian Press)

From travel woes to inflation, music festivals face most unpredictable summer yet

Several factors make putting together a festival more tumultuous, costly and unpredictable

 

The Punk in Drublic craft beer and rock festival comes to Abbotsford’s Tradex on Sept. 4. (Instagram)

Punk in Drublic craft beer and music festival coming to Abbotsford

Event scheduled for Abbotsford’s Tradex on Sunday, Sept. 4, NOFX and others performing

 

Summerfest and the West Coast Women’s Show take over Abbotsford’s Tradex starting today (Friday). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

VIDEO: Summerfest, West Coast Women’s Show opening in Abbotsford today

Dual event spectacular takes over Tradex from Friday to Sunday

Summerfest and the West Coast Women’s Show take over Abbotsford’s Tradex starting today (Friday). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Ryan McAllister is one of several performers hitting the stage at the inaugural Summerfest Country Music Festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday at Tradex. (Instagram photo)

Abbotsford’s Summerfest Country Music Festival moving indoors

Uncertain weather forecast leads organizers to take festival inside Tradex

Ryan McAllister is one of several performers hitting the stage at the inaugural Summerfest Country Music Festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday at Tradex. (Instagram photo)
Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues will be headlining the White Rock Jazz & Blues Festival, beginning June 10. (File Photo)

White Rock Jazz and Blues festival set for June 10-12

Free outdoor, ticketed indoor performances planned for inaugural event

Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues will be headlining the White Rock Jazz & Blues Festival, beginning June 10. (File Photo)
“The Comic Strippers” improv-comedy show features fictitious male stripper troupe, on Friday, May 6 at Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. For tickets and info, call 604-507-6355 or visit bellperformingartscentre.com. (Submitted photo)
“The Comic Strippers” improv-comedy show features fictitious male stripper troupe, on Friday, May 6 at Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. For tickets and info, call 604-507-6355 or visit bellperformingartscentre.com. (Submitted photo)
A colourful float makes its way down Ste. Catherine St. during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Montreal, Sunday, March 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Students, festival organizers make masks a choice as Canada nears St. Patrick’s Day

Return of the Irish holiday doesn’t come without risks, even though provinces have lifted mandates

A colourful float makes its way down Ste. Catherine St. during the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Montreal, Sunday, March 22, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.

Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker headline summer’s Rockin River Fest in flood-hit Merritt

‘Now more than ever, we need things to be excited about,’ city’s mayor says

Tim McGraw sings “Something Like That” in a video posted to Youtube.com. The American artist is booked to perform during the 2022 Rockin River Fest in Merritt, B.C.
Bass Coast raised $21,100 for disaster relief; music festival is back for 2022 (Photo - basscoast.ca)
Bass Coast raised $21,100 for disaster relief; music festival is back for 2022 (Photo - basscoast.ca)
TEASER PHOTO BRANDON ISAAK

In hotel penthouse where legends slept, Surrey blues musician created ‘Modern Primitive’

‘There were spirits of the greats with us while we were recording,’ recalls Brandon Isaak’s musical partner

TEASER PHOTO BRANDON ISAAK
Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)

This year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest to virtually showcase beauty of Comox Valley

Returning July 9 through 11 with more than 25 hours of music performances

Rita Coolidge played the main stage at Vancouver Island Musicfest in 2017. (Black Press file photo)
Musician JJ Lavallee has a socially-distanced chat about his life and music career. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Musician JJ Lavallee has a socially-distanced chat about his life and music career. (Photo: Malin Jordan)
Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo

Virtual Shambhala Music Festival postponed due to allegations of sexual violence

Postponement announced following sexual violence allegations made against performer Billy Kenny

Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo
(Photo: soundon.ca)

B.C.’s virtual ‘SoundON’ concerts kick off with sounds of Surrey festival

‘FVDED Broadcast’ from nightclub on July 18, as charity event

(Photo: soundon.ca)
The concept of a Summerset drive-in benefit concert has been quashed due to a 50-car event limitation expected to last for months to come, say organizers from Red Door Events. (Summerset/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Summerset’s 3-day drive-in benefit concert called off

Organizers of Fort Langley music festival cancel 2020 event, vow to be back in 2021 – maybe sooner

The concept of a Summerset drive-in benefit concert has been quashed due to a 50-car event limitation expected to last for months to come, say organizers from Red Door Events. (Summerset/Special to Langley Advance Times)
A visual rendering of Summerset Benefit concert, as it is planned for 2020. (Red Door Events photo)

Summerset music festival scheduled as drive-in benefit concert

A socially distant concert series August 28 to 30 will see proceeds go to struggling B.C. musicians

  • May 15, 2020
A visual rendering of Summerset Benefit concert, as it is planned for 2020. (Red Door Events photo)
Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo

Shambhala Music Festival postponed to 2021

The popular electronic music event near Nelson announced the news Tuesday

Shambhala Music Festival has been postponed to 2021. File photo
Vancouver Island MusicFest has been cancelled, due to COVID-19. File photo

COVID-19 forces cancellation of Vancouver Island MusicFest

Announcement regarding tickets forthcoming

Vancouver Island MusicFest has been cancelled, due to COVID-19. File photo
Gene Simmons dances with guests onstage at CannaFest 2018.                                (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)

Gene Simmons to launch new Titans of Rock music festival in Grand Forks

The rock legend has partnered with Chuck Varabioff to run Titans of Rock in Grand Forks

Gene Simmons dances with guests onstage at CannaFest 2018.                                (Kathleen Saylors/Grand Forks Gazette)