Next Wednesday, June 25, there will be a free music festival called Make Music Vancouver on the streets of Gastown, which will be closed to traffic from 5 to 10 p.m. About 100 bands and 200 musicians are expected to perform at a number of makeshift stages up and down Water Street and Maple Tree Square, which is in front of my store, Angel Vancouver.
The music will range from the Mexican folk-pop of Monika Schwartzman, who moved here from Mexico City two years ago, the surf-rockers Surfrajets, the funk of Disco Funeral and the blues of Garry Chalk, a Vancouver actor who appears in the new Godzilla movie, which was filmed in Vancouver. The full list of performers is here.
Last year, an estimated 25,000 turned out to enjoy the music and stoll down the car-free streets of Gastown.
Angel Vancouver will be open until 10 p.m. during the Make Music Vancouver festival.
Angel Vancouver is located at No. 2 Powell Street in the Gastown district of Vancouver, Canada. Our store is on the corner of Powell & Carrall Street in Maple Tree Square, which is where Vancouver began. The photo above shows what my store looked like in 1886.
The slogan of the Bacelona-based Desigual is La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool)! Desigual explains: “The slogan reflects Desigual’s way of thinking that is inevitably influenced by the Mediterranean, the sun, light, passion and a lust for life. A philosophy of life that reflects a way of dressing: fun, fresh, original and always instilled with a happy, playful and creative attitude. Be confident, don’t be afraid to be yourself.”
Today’s music video is by Vancouver duo The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer:The duo, who sound like The Black Keys, will play Aug. 1 & 2 at the Kaslo Jazz Fest and Aug. 9 at the Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival, along with Betty LaVette, who blew away The Who, who were in the audience when she performed Love Reign O’er Me at a concert to honor the British band:Bettye performed last year at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, which started Friday night… I caught a free concert Friday night by Alex Cuba at the Olympic Village as part of the Dragon Boat Festival — the Cuban-born musician lives in the small northern B.C. town of Smithers, about 1,150 km north of Vancouver, where this video was shot:Alex recently won a Grammy for Best New Latin Artist, and he won a Latin Grammy for this video: