Stanley Park abuzz for Vancouver’s Summer Live festival

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      Hundreds of people milled about Stanley Park’s Brockton Point under sunny skies this afternoon (July 8) for the first day of Vancouver’s Summer Live festival.

      The free, outdoor music and culture festival is taking place July 8 to 10 as part of the city’s 125th birthday celebrations.

      Vancouver resident Jill Ottier said she arrived at the festival site around noon with her four-year-old granddaughter, Kaylee.

      “We’re just having so much fun. It’s great,” said Ottier, adding, “The weather’s beautiful.”

      The night’s main musical performances weren’t scheduled to start until 5 p.m., but the grassy festival grounds were already buzzing with family friendly activity by the early afternoon.

      Children raced around carrying balloons and kites while a stilt walker and a person in a glitter-covered lizard suit bobbed through the crowd. Others kicked soccer balls, played badminton, and stacked giant, neon-coloured Jenga puzzle blocks.

      Vancouver resident Sara Couttes and her friends were among scattered groups of people who had settled on the ground in front of the festival’s main stage during band sound checking.

      “I think it’s pretty cool,” Couttes said of the festival, adding she was waiting for local indie rock group Mother Mother to hit the main stage at 9:45 p.m.

      Other mainstage performers today include singer-songwriter Daniel Wesley, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, and the Be Good Tanyas.



      douglas peter

      Jul 9, 2011 at 11:13pm

      DO NOT GO TO THIS EVENT IF YOU VALUE YOUR SANITY & TIME!! What a major disappointment this event is! We tried to go down on Saturday & there are massively long line-ups for any shuttles or city buses trying to get to Brockton Oval. How can families with kids, strollers etc or seniors even get there? We turned around & went home due to inadequate transportation planning. What a failure in organization! Is this the Stanley Cup poor planning repeated yet again. We will be writing the Mayor, etc. to lodge an official complaint. If event planners advertise an event as family friendly & leave your cars at home, organizers have got to do better with transportation plans!!! Volunteers tell us there were massive line-ups to use bus & shuttles on Friday too - but nothing seems to have changed for Saturday. Watch out for Fireworks line-ups! The city just can't seem to get its public transit properly organized. HOW EMBARRASING for inspite of heady PR we are NOT a world class city when it comes to public transit inspite of those empty bike lanes.