It has been an incredibly long winter for us Vancouverites. Are you getting the winter blues on this wet and snowy afternoon? It seems like the season's been abnormally chilly and dreary, am I wrong? In my opinion, one of the best ways to beat the the SADs on a stormy Vancouver evening like today is to stay cozied up indoors with your favourite people, enjoy delicious food, and tune-in to music that will get your toes tapping (*read: warm) again. The good news for us is that in little over one week we will be able to shuffle down in our parkas to Granville Island's Winterruption Festival to do just that!
Below is our guide for Winterruption--tips on what we're most looking forward to on the roster of the festival's best vendors, musicians, events, and more!
Festival Day 1: Friday February 17th
Tip Number 1: eat donuts
The Winterruption Donut Spectacular
Lee’s Donuts, Public Market
When: Friday, February 17, 2017 to Sunday, February 19, 2017
Venue: Lee's Donuts
Enjoy a surprising combination of flavours in these donuts made exclusively for our winter festival. With one bite launch your palette from winter into spring.
Tip Number 2: groove to the Afro-Funk music!
Fri 8:30pm, $25 inclusive
Explosive ten-piece instrumental groove monsters Camaro 67 channel classic Fela Kuti and the modern Afrofunk of Antibalas, whipping up a made-in-Vancouver heavy funk experience. Featuring members of the now-defunct Miami Device, Camaro 67 is the next big deal in the smoking hot BC groove scene!Bigfate Modern jazz crosses over into R&B while mixing juicy odd-meter grooves with adventurous harmony. Led by bassist James Calvin “JC” Thompson, this hot new Vancouver group’s modern jazz crosses over into R&B while mixing juicy odd-meter grooves, adventurous harmony, and challenging arrangements influenced by Dave Holland, Thundercat, and Snarky Puppy. With Malcolm Aiken trumpet, Dominic Conway tenor sax, Mary Ancheta, Ian Cox keyboards, Daniel Klenner drums.
Venue: Performance Works
Festival Day 2: Saturday February 18th
Tip 3: sip fancy cocktails
Tip 6: We all need eclectic avant-pop on a Sunday afternoon.
Sun, 1pm & 2:10pm FREE
Free Vocalist/pianist Robyn Jacob’s eclectic avant-pop compositions and adventurous vocal arrangements evoke Bjork and Dirty Projectors. With drummer Kevin Romain, bassist Jeff Gammon and singers Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, Only A Visitor is “one of the most fascinating and singular musical projects to come out of Vancouver in recent memory” (Discorder Magazine).
Venue: Performance Works
Sun 1:15pm & 2:15pm | FREE
A unique, darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz that takes listeners on a journey to an age where cool meant classy and noir was the norm. Daphne Roubini, playfully named ”First Lady of Uke”, sings and plays the Ukulele in her band Black Gardenia, the Vancouver-based five-piece whose ‘London Jazz meets Americana’ sound has delighted festival and club audiences on two continents. A unique, darkly-relaxed blend of vintage jazz, country, folk and blues from the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s.“Daphne Roubini’s voice flows over you like golden syrup. Black Gardenia is that perfect balance between Louisiana Jazz and a hazy Maui afternoon.” Fleur Cooper, CITR radio. www.blackgardenia.ca
Venue: The Forge
Tip 7: Between musical acts this afternoon, warm up with some mulled wine!
Traditional Glühwein is the perfect winter warm-up. This mulled classic berry wine created by Waeldertau is a well-known family recipe from Germany. You can also enjoy a white Glühwein made from roasted apples by Waeldertau. Heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, vanilla pods, cloves, citrus and sugar; a sip will have you glowing!
The Forge, Under the Bridge Feb 18 & 19. Sat & Sun, 10:30 – 5pm. Market Price, 19+
And those are my festival tips! I hope that you have a great Winterruption Festival 2017! See you at Performance Works for some hot tunes, and of course at Lee's Donuts and the Forge for some festival treats.