Monday, January 18, 2010

Free concerts during the Olympics


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David Lam Park, the beloved grassy field along Yaletown's False Creek waterfront (as seen above in happier days), has been turned into a collection of pavillions and tents. I've been watching them construct this for weeks. It's in preparation for LiveCityVancouver: a series of free concerts that will be happening during the Olympics.

The list of performers actually looks like something compiled right out of CBC Radio 3's playlists - a little CanCon, a little ethnic, a little folk, a little indie, and a little blues.

I'm interested in seeing a few shows: Blue Rodeo, Jill Barber, deadmau5, Wilco, Delhi2Dublin, Jim Byrnes, Malajube, and Matisyahu. Heck, the Olympics would probably be a good time to finally see Dal Richards. But there are also bands I'm really not interested in seeing whatsoever, like Default or Alexisonfire. Although even if I stay at home, I'm still right across the street so will be exposed to these shows whether I want to be or not!

What about you?

Any performers that stand out for you?

Any recommendations?

Here's the list of official performers so far for LiveCity Yaletown (aka: David Lam Park):

13-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Bollywood Olympics with En Karma
6:15pm - 7:15pm Default
7:30pm - 8:30pm Califone!
9:00pm - 10:45pm Wilco

14-Feb-10
5:00pm - 5:30pm Lion Dancers
6:00pm - 7:30pm Silk Road
8:00pm - 9:00pm Mother Mother
9:30pm - 10:45pm Daniel Wesley

15-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm DJ Spooky and DBR
6:30pm - 7:30pm Grand Dérangement
8:00pm - 9:00pm Malajube
9:30pm - 10:45pm Matisyahu

16-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm TBC
6:30pm - 7:30pm Kevin Parent with Pornflakes
8:00pm - 9:00pm Vulgaires Machins
9:30pm - 10:45pm Alexisonfire

17-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:30pm DRUM!
6:30pm - 7:30pm Alpha Yaya Diallo
8:00pm - 9:00pm Allez Ouest
9:30pm - 10:45pm Corb Lund

18-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Radio Radio
6:30pm - 7:30pm Zuco 103
8:00pm - 9:00pm Keisha Chante
9:30pm - 10:45pm Marianas Trench

19-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Andrée Watters
6:30pm - 7:30pm Lennie Gallant
8:00pm - 9:00pm Les Breastfeeders
9:30pm - 10:45pm Deadmau5

20-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Vishten
6:30pm - 7:30pm The Arkells
8:00pm - 9:00pm Coeur de Pirate
9:30pm - 10:45pm Sam Roberts Band

21-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm DanceSport Snowball Classic
6:30pm - 7:30pm Dal Richards Band
8:00pm - 9:00pm Lazare Halk
9:30pm - 10:45pm Jully Black

22-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Zapata Negro
6:30pm - 7:30pm Dustin Bentall with guest Barney Bentall
8:00pm - 9:00pm Jill Barber
9:30pm - 10:45pm Colin James

23-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Tigerstyle
6:30pm - 7:30pm Bitterly Divine
8:00pm - 9:00pm Constantines
9:30pm - 10:45pm Wintersleep

24-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Eagle and Hawk
6:30pm - 7:30pm Tambora Rasa
8:00pm - 9:00pm Chocolat
9:30pm - 10:45pm Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

25-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Ache Brasil
6:30pm - 7:30pm illScarlett
8:00pm - 9:00pm Crystal Shawanda
9:30pm - 10:45pm Johnny Reid

26-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Polyjesters
6:30pm - 7:30pm Tracey Bone
8:00pm - 9:00pm TBC
9:30pm - 10:45pm TBC

27-Feb-10
5:00pm - 6:00pm Bollywood Olympics with Delhi2Dublin
6:30pm - 7:30pm Matt Mays
8:00pm - 9:00pm Chic Gamine
9:30pm - 10:45pm Blue Rodeo
11:00am - 12:15pm Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson and The Sojourners

In addition to David Lam Park (aka: LiveCity Yaletown), there's also LiveCity Downtown at the corner of Georgia and Cambie which will have these following performers:

13-Feb-10
8:30pm - 9:30pm TBC
10:00pm - 11:30pm Jessie Farrell

14-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm TBC
9:30pm - 11:00pm Elliot Brood

15-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm TBC
9:30pm - 10:30pm Jets Overhead

16-Feb-10
7:30pm - 9:00pm TBC
9:30pm - 11:00pm Buck 65

17-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm Romy Mayes
9:30pm - 10:30pm TBC

18-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm House Of Doc
9:30pm - 11:00pm Rumba Calzada

19-Feb-10
9:30pm - 10:30pm Town Pants

20-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm Billy Joe Green
9:30pm - 10:30pm Sherman Downey

21-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm John Reischman and The Jaybirds
9:30pm -10:30pm In Flight Safety

22-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm TBC

22-Feb-10
9:30pm - 11:00pm Alpha Yaya Diallo

23-Feb-10
8:00pm - 9:00pm Julie Doiron

24-Feb-10
11:30pm - 12:30am Quinzy

25-Feb-10
11:30mpm - 12:30pm Inward Eye

26-Feb-10
11:00pm - 12:00am TBC

27-Feb-10
11:00pm - 12:30am Soulstream

5 comments:

Robyn said...

So nobody's planning to go to any of these concerts? I don't buy that. ;)

Andy said...

I am excited about Deadmau5 and Alexisonfire :) Plus I live overlooking this venue, so even if I am not in the tents, it will be like I am there!

Robyn said...

Sweet - so that makes two of us living across the venue. Should make for some entertaining nights!

Rachel said...

I was going to see Wilco but am avoiding it as I'm seeing them back home (Auckland) in April! I think its a great idea though.

Robyn said...

I saw Wilco once open up for REM back in 2003, but I wasn't that familiar with them at the time.

But Rachel, I've also had that happen where I've seen a band in a big festival in one location, only to go back home and see them at a much smaller, intimate venue. And the smaller shows are always more memorable. Of course, this is entirely assuming it'll be a smaller show. But maybe you can make time to see them twice. :)