SKOOKUM After Dark: Festival widens its scope with post-park concert series

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      Vancouver’s highly anticipated fall festival SKOOKUM is quickly approaching. The multiday music, food, and art fete runs September 7 to 9 at Stanley Park’s Brockton Fields, and its organizers have just announced details of another aspect that will take place beyond the park.

      SKOOKUM After Dark is a series of intimate concerts at well-loved venues around the city. Festivalgoers will be able to catch postpark performances at the Rickshaw, the Railway Stage and Beer Café, and the Imperial, among others.

      The lineup of artists includes Jess Roper with Dana D, the Funk Hunters, Hey Ocean, Scott Verbeek Quintet, Outlaws & Gunslingers, and many more.

      “SKOOKUM After Dark adds another component to the SKOOKUM music experience,” said festival director Paul Runnals in a press statement. “These smaller venues provide a different showcase environment for music, one that would appeal to festival attendees looking for a unique and intimate performance from an artist.”

      This inaugural festival, produced by BRANDLIVE in collaboration with Virgin Mobile, will have a capacity of 20,000 people per day. It will feature more than 50 musical acts, including Florence + the Machine, the Killers, Arkells, Metric, and Chromeo.

      In addition to contemporary music on the stage, ticket holders will also be able to check out roaming talent and surprise pop-up entertainment. Live and multimedia art installations will also be on-site, created by artists like Katie So, Debra Sparrow, Drew Young, and Scott Sueme.

      The food program at SKOOKUM will be in the spotlight as much as its music and art counterparts. Gourmet culinary experiences will showcase some of Vancouver’s best chefs and restaurants. Signature events include the SKOOKUM Long Table Dinner series, and a dinner collaboration between Kissa Tanto and St. Lawrence.

      Pop-ups will be hosted by popular local eateries and food trucks Belgard Kitchen, Bao Bei, Monarch Burger, Cartems Donuts, Mr. Bannock, and Fat Mao Noodles, to name just a few. SKOOKUM picnic baskets put together by hot spots like Hawksworth, Oyama Sausage, and Les Amis du Fromage will be available.

      B.C. craft beers and wines will also be on offer from establishments such as Postmark Brewing, JoieFarm Winery, Main Street Brewing Company, and Twin Sails Brewing. Green Coast Coffee and Mountain Squeeze will be serving up caffeinated drinks and cold-pressed juices.

      Tickets to SKOOKUM After Dark will be available as add-on single-purchase tickets, which go on sale Thursday (August 23) at 10 a.m. at the SKOOKUM website.