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Dia de Muertos Funk Costume Bash Friday October 30th.

Yucastereo, Radio Alicia, VanMusic and Super Chido productions have teamed to produce an all day party with an art exhibition, Altars for the dead, costumes, food and drinks and a special kind of market. LIVE music by The Maneuver, Disco Funeral, Caracas, Lucid Afterlife and more. The Hall at 1739 Venables previously ...

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Music Films at VIFF

VanMusic recommends these music films VIFF 2015 returns with a stellar line up music films featuring great performances and in-depth visits with some of the greatest artists. Check out for dates and tickets. The Vancouver International Film Festival is running until October 9th on different theatres around the city. VanMusic is sponsoring ...

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VanMusic to sponsor Landfill Harmonic at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

For the 5th consecutive year VanMusic is glad to sponsor a film in the most important film festival in North America VIFF This year we are proud to present Landfill Harmonic (USA, Paraguay, 2015, 84 mins, DCP), a very human, touching, humbling and inspirational documentary about music being born from the ...

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Rifflandia 2015 September 17-20 in Victoria.

The Best music festival in Victoria is back! Check out the videos! Schedules and buy tickets! Rifflandia 8 will take place around the capital of British Columbia. The annual event keeps growing with every edition. Rifflandia Music Festival is a four-day multi-venue music celebration. This year they have 22 stages! Up from 5 ...

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Shambhala 2015: A mystic experience.

The best party this side of the Rockies. By Edwin Cardona and Oswaldo Perez Photos: Edwin Cardona. It's not a surprise that the tickets were sold out for the festival that for almost two decades has created its name showcasing life-transforming experiences in their stages full of international and local talent and art.  This ...

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A weekend Fringe Festival experience

The Fringe Festival is a combination of different arts, but since we in VanMusic dedicate ourselves more to the art of music we went to see a couple of musical plays and of course we went to check out the Fringe stage. The festival had its main centre of operations on Granville Island but the shows were held in different parts of the city.

This year even more people attended the Festival with a nearly 7% increase in attendance. The 31st Vancouver Fringe Festival was a fantastic kick off to a fourth decade of creating opportunities for performing artists to showcase their work and connect with audiences—all while coming together for a great big theatre party!

Canadian Bands, CD Release, Press Release »

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Did You Die – Debut Full Lengthy out on Wiener Records this November 2015

Coming out on Wiener Records Tuesday November 17th 2015
It’s official our debut album is coming out on southern California based indie label Wiener Records . By clicking on the album cover above will link you to a private stream of the album on SoundCloud. All tracks are available for download individually from this link as well.
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We are hoping you’d be interested in either reviewing the album and/or doing a story on our band. In this year alone we’ve managed to release 4 EPs, 7 Singles & …

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Dia de Muertos Funk Costume Bash Friday October 30th.

Yucastereo, Radio Alicia, VanMusic and Super Chido productions have teamed to produce an all day party with an art exhibition, Altars for the dead, costumes, food and drinks and a special kind of market. LIVE music by The Maneuver, Disco Funeral, Caracas, Lucid Afterlife and more.
The Hall at 1739 Venables previously know as Astorino’s.
Costume contest Zombies vs Space sci-fi characters (Dr Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, the Twilight light zone, etc).
Prizes for best costume in each category and both events plus the super prize for the best costume ever.
The night …

News, shows »

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Double Fuzz – Oct 2

Double Fuzz has established itself as one of the most dynamic guitar driven duos to come out of Western Canada, since sparking interest on the scene in 2010, with the release of a 3 song EP.
The group released their full-length, self-titled debut in 2012, delivering an intensity that leapt out of the riff-laden grooves like a house on fire. The release made it clear that the band was a sonic force to be reckoned with, and leader Jonny Whitehead staked his claim as a powerful songwriter, combining memorable hooks with …

News, Press Release, Reviews »

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The 2015 Western Canadian Music Award Winners and Western Canadian Music Industry Award Winners

The conference and festival weekend lead up to the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards, presented tonight at McPherson Playhouse. The Awards Show was hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence, a 5-time-WCMA-hosting-champ, honouring all 2015 WCMA Nominees and the individual winners, along with feature presentations, live performances, and reflections on the last year in western Canadian music. The audience took in moving performances from Tanya Tagaq, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Joe Silva, Annette, Jesse Roper, Sarah MacDougall, The Wet Secrets and the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees NoMeansNo, presented by the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent in Recordings (FACTOR)

Contests, shows, Tours »

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Catfish and the Bottlemen at the Commodore Ballroom (Ticket Giveaway)







Doors: 7:00PM Show: 8:30PM


FILM, Reviews »

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No Land’s Song: Iranian documentary hits VIFF.

This documentary tells a couple of stories: the fight for women’s’ voices to be heard in Persian society, and the protest of the ban on female soloists; it also tells the tale of a cultural bridge between Europe (France and Germany) with Iran, a bridge built by music, musicians and cultural promoters. The documentary is in itself an act of defiance portraying another act of defiance as we see the many hurdles Sara and Ayat Najafi have to go through to present a concert with female soloists. The documentary also records audio (I assume without permission) from the officials (Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance) who are denying the permits.

Festivals, Folk-Rock, Reviews, Show Reviews »

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Accordion Noir Festival 2015.

When we got there the hostess Ana Bobbon was playing the accordion, entertaining the people. The Wise Hall was pretty full and the public immediately warmed up to the Halifax couple Kate and Rich Duo whose Ragtime, Folk and Klezmer filled the space. Rich would come back later with his clarinet to play with the last band Compassion Gorilla. Next was Geoff Berner with special guests. Berner came out whiskey in one hand and his instrument on the other. His tongue is sharp, his style is close to the gypsies and his message is direct. Who said punk is dead? It just possessed the souls of different musicians with a love for Klezmer. He just pre-released his latest CD We are going to Bremen to be Musicians, on sale October 16th. Compassion Gorilla came from BC capital Victoria. A collective of musicians with a rich sound and high energy. They take from everywhere, Latin, African, Balkan into a world mishmash of music.

Albums, Tours »

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Never More Together – Tour & Album Preview from Oliver Swain’s BIG MACHINE

The long-anticipated new album from the BIG MACHINE, Never More Together, is set to release officially October 2nd, kicking off Canadian tour from west to east with Oliver accompanied by BIG MACHINISTS Adam Dobres (guitar), Jeremy Penner (violin) or Trent Freeman (violin). The album is a rich and sublime example of Swain’s personal obsessions. He strays towards the whimsical, the spiritual, and the socially conscious side of what he likes to refer to as “chamber folk odyssey”, and it’s these beguiling and provocative elements that make him unique as an artist and songwriter. Clawhammer banjo, bowed bass and slack key guitar style, combined with pure, multi-octave vocals present the writer’s fascination with ethnomusicology. Modern rock and early R&B are curated within the traditionally-based songs, used as springboard into the imagination.

Live Video, Metal, Rock »

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Screaming at Demons (featuring Shimon Moore Former Sick Puppies Frontman)

Screaming at Demons (featuring Shimon Moore Former Sick Puppies Frontman)
You may have already heard about the great things that are coming from the movement since it has gone viral as reported by Mike Mangas here:
Shimon Moore (Former Sick Puppies frontman),Chris Clemence (bassist of Rap Scallions), and Russell Ali have formed a band called Screaming at Demons. Their first single will be an AMAZING uptempo hard rocking track called “Rockstar”. Nigel Skeet is a longtime friend of Shimon’s and asked him to put together the song and a video for …