Olio festival starts tonight

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The Olio festival, a new independent festival here, gets up and running tonight on the streets of Gastown, one of four neighbourhoods the festival will take place in.

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“(Vancouver is) only 150 years old,” (Olio organizer) Jason Sulyma says.

“Montreal’s 400-plus years old. When you go visit other places that are older, you learn from them.

“It’s like hanging out with your older brother or sister and you start listening to the same records.

“You just take that little mental note from the bigger city and just wait for the time.”

“This whole year has been about doing stuff rather than just talking about it,” says Sulyma.

“We’re just really sick of people yapping away late at night and not doing anything with themselves.”

He laughs: “So we did it pretty much out of spite.”

Roving arts party takes a tour of the city
by Graeme McRanor, Special to the Sun
Aug. 12, 2009

Vancouver has a new group of cultural superheroes, on a mission to inject a little fun into the city’s arts scene.

Jason Sulyma, Dani Vachon and Scott Roberts are the masterminds behind the inaugural Olio Festival, a not-for-profit culture crawl that aims to bring music, comedy, design, art and film to Vancouver from across Canada and around the world.

A four-day, all-access Olio Festival pass will set you back only $25, plus a small service fee.

“This whole year has been about doing stuff rather than just talking about it,” says Sulyma.

“We’re just really sick of people yapping away late at night and not doing anything with themselves.”

He laughs: “So we did it pretty much out of spite.”

Three of the festival’s four days have been located in Vancouver neighbourhoods.

On Thursday, all performances will take place at various venues in Gastown; on Friday, at various venues along Main Street; and on Saturday, downtown. The festival closes Sunday at Venue on Granville Street.

Things kick off Thursday evening with the Olio Festival Accord, a free, all-ages, outdoor concert/comedy/ art event outside Chill Winston’s in Gastown.

So does all this mean our “no-fun” city is becoming more festival friendly?

Read the entire article here

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