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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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Exclusive Interview with Bend Sinister at Shorefest

VanMusic gets an Exclusive Interview with Bend Sinister at the Celebration of Light! Jordan from VanMusic was invited by Jive Communication to Shorefest on the 25th Anniversary of the Celebration of Light and sit down with Daniel Moxon and Matt Rhode from Bend Sinister before their set in front of  250,000 people along ...

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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 …

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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)

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







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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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Wonderfruit Festival in Thailand December 17-20 2015.

The festival is about to trend in all the social media. For the electronic music lovers that can’t wait to go to Envision in February after their Shambhala experience, Wonderfruit is your option this holiday season.
Wonderfruit 2015 is a 4-day cross-cultural arts and music festival taking place December 17 to December 20, just 150km southeast of Bangkok, set among The Fields at Siam Country in picturesque Pattaya in Chonburi province. It attracts attendees from all over the globe with its four stages of world-class international and local music, visionary arts, culinary farm to feasts, health and wellness experiences, engaging talks and workshops, natural adventures and more. With a vision of cultivating creativity and inspiring personal responsibility, the festival is a pioneer in Asia and beyond with its sustainable practices and forward-thinking offerings.

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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 on their first year to 15 last year and 13 the year before. Every edition they add stages so now its a whole city festival programming all genres of indie music and a couple of more commercial bands. The organization …

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Vancouver Fringe Festival Free Live Music Performances

This music festival within a theatre festival showcases some of Vancouver’s best up-and-coming talent alongside seasoned musicians and entertainers. The 11 days begin with **Adrian Teacher**, who Exclaim Magazine says, “dances between folk, psych and pop influences without losing his own distinct sound.” See his latest incarnation, Adrian Teacher & the Subs September 10. Colin Cowan & the Elastic Stars new psych-pop project is on stage September 11. JP Maurice a member of the top 12 in the 2015 Peak Performance Project, performs September 12. Supermoon ’s “summery melodies kissed with dreamy reverb fill the night on September 17 with The Uptights. Other artists include The Wintermitts, SAVVIE, DJ Su Comandante, Balkan Shmalkan, Cloudsplitter on the 13th with Tariq among others.