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Watcha Clan brings the Folk Fest to its feet

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Watcha Clan, originally uploaded by inklake.

One of the best surprises of the Vancouver Folk Festival today. Absolutely wonderful, they had the audience dancing from the moment they stepped on the stage.

Here’s the entry from the Folk Fest on Watcha Clan:

Watcha Clan’s music sings with the spirit of traveling people. Powered by the riveting voice and stagecraft of lead vocalist Sista K, they juggle acoustic and electro rhythms and languages (French, Arabic, Hebrew, English) to the beat of the memories they have and the people and the places they visit. Musical nomads, their songs move from Eastern European melodies to the chaabi, the traditional music of Algiers to hip hop kicks.

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Tao Seeger plays the Vancouver Folk Festival

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Tao Seeger, originally uploaded by inklake.

Tao Seeger did real justice to the family name at the Vancouver Folk Festival yesterday.  Image taken with an iPhone.

Fund-raiser for Arts Umbrella “nothing short of perfection”

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Photos by Rebecca Blissett
Photos by Rebecca Blissett

Summer Sessions with Sarah McLachlan in West Vancouver nothing short of perfection
By Sarah Rowland
At Ambleside Park on Saturday, September 12

To say Saturday was the perfect day for an all-day benefit concert at West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park would be a grotesque understatement. Not even the best set decoration crew in all of Hollywood could have created a more picturesque setting. The short walk to the venue’s ticket booth offered a spectacular view of a glistening ocean, warm sandy beaches, and lush greenery. Once inside the concert grounds, ticket holders were surrounded by mountains, trees, and a clear blue sky. Yes, mother nature, you done us proud on this fine day.

And so did the musicians.

All proceeds from this event—billed as Summer Sessions at Ambleside—went to the Sarah McLachlan Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making music education accessible to inner city youth.

Read the entire article here.

No Sunlight

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deathcabStill thinking about the Death Cab for Cutie concert at GM Place a few weeks ago and it reminded me of this video.

Does it get better than an acoustic concert in the back of a London Cab?

Obviously the folks at Black Cab Sessions don’t think it does.

Take a look/listen …

These Black Cab Sessions are fantastic. Here’s a link to their website and a blurb from their facebook page:

Conceived and produced by just so films, artist selection by hidden fruit. The sessions are all about great music and the venue strips this to its essence. We aren’t picky about genre and will happily open the cab door to anyone who blows us away.

btw, here’s the song performed onstage by the band.

Richard’s on Richards closes its doors

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The news from The Georgia Straight:

Five Alarm Funk explodes with energy …
By Travis Lupick

On Sunday, July 19, 2009, Richards_090720after some 40 years as one of Vancouver’s premier live music venues, Richard’s on Richards closed its doors forever. Five Alarm Funk played the goodbye party.

For those who were in attendance, here’s something to help you remember the night. For those who weren’t, here’s a little bit of what you missed (shuttle to 2:37 for start of song) …

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~ ~ solo, originally uploaded by inklake.

Mandolin player breaks out a solo during a Denman Street jam on “Car-Free Vancouver Day” yesterday in the West End.

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VANCOUVER – After weeks of rain, more than 125,000 Vancouverites followed the sun on Sunday and took over city streets at four festivals celebrating Car-Free Vancouver Day.

“We have a weather committee and they’ve been working very hard,” laughed event co-founder Carmen Mills.

The event that started four years ago on Commercial Drive expanded this year to include three other venues – Denman Street in the West End, Main Street from 12th to 16th, and Kitsilano, where people on 21 blocks closed the streets and threw parties of their own, each capturing the flavour of their neighbourhood.

Vancouver Sun