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Corona Presents The Summer Salsa Cruise Series Sailing since 2000

Summer Salsa Cruise Series hosts a series of Salsa Cruises in Vancouver beginning Sunday, July 2nd, Saturdays, July 15th, August 12th & 26th and September 9th. Sailing aboard the MV Britannia in Coal Harbour, this vessel boasts 3 levels and 3 DJ’s holding just under 430 people. We offer a beginners Salsa lesson, taught by some of Vancouver’s best instructors. Food is available by Salsa & Agave. Group Rates are available.

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Jazz, Blues & Folk on the North Shore North Shore Jazz

North Shore Jazz hits North and West Vancouver venues, including The BlueShore at Cap and Presentation House, June 23-July 2 (in partnership with TD Vancouver International Jazz Fest). Concerts include the “voice of New Orleans” John Boutte, folk fave Roy Forbes, “King of the Slydeco” Sonny Landreth and Steely Dan tribute band Steelin’ in the Years – plus four free outdoor shows: www.capilanou.ca/centre

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String Cheese Incident Returns To Canada Element Music Festival

Colorado's The String Cheese Incident returns to Canada for three nights (including six sets) at the independently owned and operated Element Music Festival! Additional acts include the reunion of Garaj Mahal (five sets), Steve Kimock (three sets), Five Alarm Funk & more. August 3 - 6 at the pristine Snug Lake Amphitheatre outside of Princeton, British Columbia, Canada!

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A Birthday Celebration You Don’t Want to Miss Canada Day 150 at Granville Island!

The cultural and culinary jewel of Vancouver’s crown will be shining bright this Canada Day. Prepare for family fun and national pride as you take in the colours and costumes of the Annual Canada Day Parade, the world rhythms of a Mela! performance, a special edition Lee’s Donut, lobster cookout, live jazz, a party “Under The Bridge,” and so much more!

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Elevate Your Summer Patio Game 50% off Sunset Saturdays

For the best patio near Vancouver look no further than the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, 45-minutes north from downtown. The 10-minute gondola ride offers stunning viewpoints, walking and hiking trails, food, drinks and a 100m suspension bridge. Insider tip: get 50% off tickets when visiting on a Saturday after 5pm (some restrictions apply). See website for details.

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World Music & Art: Small Town Roots Harrison Festival of the Arts

Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival is an internationally acclaimed celebration of global creativity and diversity. Set amongst the majestic mountains and sandy beaches of Harrison Lake, this nine-day, cross-disciplinary, multicultural art event has entertained, enlighten and embraced Festival goers for almost 40 years. Its reputation for excellence and family atmosphere are why it is fondly proclaimed the "best little fest in the west".

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For The Best Weekend of Your Summer 40th Vancouver Folk Music Festival

It's a stunning slice of global music and culture! Over 65 folk, world and roots music acts from 20+ countries perform on 7 beachfront stages to celebrate 40 years, July 13-16 at Jericho Beach Park. Performers include Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shawn Colvin, Barenaked Ladies, Ferron, Sidestepper from Colombia, Congo's Mbongwana Stars, LA's La Santa Cecilia and many more!

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Acclaimed International Artists 41st Annual Powell Street Festival

Canada’s largest Japanese Canadian festival returns with live performers from around the world. This year’s extravaganza includes a presentation on Japan’s Third Gender, a panel with two of Haruki Murakami’s top translators, and renowned international musical acts like Melbourne’s George and Noriko and Japan’s Ensemble Liberta. Also enjoy delicious Japanese food, craft markets, sumo tournament, and more. All events are free. Photo credit: Lucas Lau

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Celebrate Our Country at Canada150 at Canada Place Canada 150 at Canada Place

Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver is celebrating Canada’s 150th with some incredible free community events. Celebrate all things Canada at one of the country’s most iconic landmarks, at National Aboriginal Celebration, Fête Francophone, UNITE! a celebration in Canadian multiculturalism, and a two-day Canada Day event that includes five stages, fireworks, a pancake breakfast and a Canada150 parade as the grand finale on July 2.

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10 Days of Art, Music and Ideas Indian Summer Festival

Join the conversation at the Indian Summer Festival July 6-15 at various locations across Vancouver. Experience the legendary musical duet of Grammy award-winning artists L. Subramaniam and Ernie Watts, culinary maestro Vikram Vij, the literary genius of Kamila Shamsie and Molly Crabapple, and a host of bright minds and speakers. With over 20 free and ticketed events, there will be something for everyone.

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