Uptown Live MusicFest takes over the Uptown business district (at 6th Avenue and 6th Street in New Westminster) on August 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The third-annual festival is free and open to people of all ages.

This year’s festival features an impressive lineup of local and international musicians, including headliners Five Alarm Funk and Texas-based rockers The Bright Light Social Hour. Other artists performing at the fest include Rykka, BESTiE, Jordan Klassen, The Matinee, Ash Grunwald, Headwater, Pacifika, Santa Lucia, Redeye Empire, Halfway to Hollywood, Rich Hope and the Blue Rich Rangers, and Ben Rogers.

Live Nation has announced that American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams is coming to the Orpheum Theatre on October 7.

Ryan Adams has confirmed September 9 as the release date of Ryan Adams, his new album and first to be released on the combined Pax Am/Blue Note imprint. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the new record is the North Carolina-born singer-songwriter’s first full-length release since 2011’s acclaimed Ashes & Fire.

Live Nation has announced that Vancouver electro-industrial band Skinny Puppy is coming to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on December 16, with guests YNV Nation, Haujobb, and Youth Code.

Skinny Puppy formed in 1982 from the partnership of Cevin Key (Kevin Crompton) and Nivek Ogre (Kevin Ogilvie) in Vancouver. Key was dissatisfied with the pop direction of his then-current band Images in Vogue and began Skinny Puppy with the intention of doing something more raw and experimental. The duo recorded their first self-released cassette Back & Forth in 1984.

Weapon, the band’s twelfth studio album, was released in May 2014.

Live Nation has announced that singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright is coming to the Vogue Theatre on December 7.

Live Nation has announced that Canadian indie-rock band the New Pornographers are returning to the Commodore on October 3 (with guests Pickwick and Cool) and October 4 (with The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and High Ends).

The New Pornographers formed in 1997, almost immediately recorded the classic Letter From An Occupant, and it was on. Their four full-lengths (as well as numerous solo ventures from A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Todd Fancey, Kathryn Calder, and numerous films directed by Blaine Thurier) received critical and public acclaim, and continue to enjoy bigger (and taller and smarter) audiences.

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street) July 18 until August 16. Performances run in reperatory with The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Duchess of Malfi.

The Normal Heart tackles the public and private indifference to HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s. Considered largely autobiographical, the play by American playwright Kramer, focuses on Ned Weeks, an author and gay activist fighting to expose the truth about a burgeoning epidemic killing gay men.

Live Nation has announced that singer-songwriter Patty Griffin is returning to the Vogue Theatre on October 23, with guest John Fullbright.

American Kid, Patty Griffin’s seventh album, is her first album of mainly new material since Children Running Through in 2007. In between, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church (2010), her version of classic gospel (though it featured three original songs). She also became a member of Band of Joy, the group in which leader Robert Plant and his cohorts meld British and American folk, rock and spiritual music.

The fourth annual Your Kontinent Film & Media Arts Festival takes place at the Richmond Cultural Centre from July 17 to 26. The celebration of arts, culture, as well as personal and global interconnectedness profiled notable and emerging Canadian and international media artists.

The 37th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival takes place at Jericho Beach Park on Friday to Sunday (July 18 to 20). This year’s festival includes six daytime stages on Saturday and Sunday and two evening stages on all three nights.

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival features over 60 artists and groups from 12 different countries, seven provinces, and 12 states covering folk, world, roots music, and more.

Live Nation has announced that singer-songwriter Vance Joy is returning to the Commodore Ballroom on November 16.

Vance Joy has an original voice which at first he kept to himself. Feeding on a diet of the Pogues, Paul Kelly, and whatever else was playing, he cut his teeth performing at open mike nights in Melbourne. It is folk music with pop influences. His songs capture the familiar pulse of everyday experiences in a unique and celebratory manner. His lyrics will reach out to you and hold on for a moment.

Tickets for the 19+ show are priced at $22.50 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale Friday, July 18, at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.