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Summertime festival scene fires up

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Whether you're into house, techno and bass, hip hop and dancehall, or bluegrass and acoustic rock, you should be able get your fill of live music at one of two music festivals this weekend.

The second annual Bass Coast Project is scheduled to go down from Friday, July 23 to Monday, July 26 on the white sand beaches of the Squamish Valley: think four days and three nights of amazing live and electronic music alongside the Squamish River. And organizers have nailed down a solid lineup for the event, including headliners Martyparty, Megasoid, Djunya, El Papa Chango, Adham Shaikh, Mat the Alien, Hrdvsion, Inkwell, Neighbour, Bitchin', Vinyl Ritchie and Foxy Moron. Tickets are $145. For more information, visit www.basscoastproject.com.

Anyone interested in a live-only lineup should probably head up to Birken, where the sixth annual Bonfire Festival will be going off from Friday, July 23 to Sunday, July 25. This family-owned and operated community festival has spent the last five summers on the Sunshine Coast. It has made the move to the mainland this year, setting up shop on the Moon Farm's 40-acre site, which features open fields, a 360-degree view of snowcapped mountains and the glacier-fed Gates River.

Organizer Keith Duggan has secured the Acorn Project, Headwater, Vaughn Kreestoe, New Monsoon, We Are The City, Baked Potato, The Release, Sixgun Buddha, Peace & Decision Israel, G. Willy, Outlaw Social, Redeye Empire, Kostaman & the Good Vibrations Band and The Tree Shepherds to perform throughout the weekend.

Three-day passes are $80 in advance or $100 at the gates, and youth aged 11 to 15 get in for $50 (kids under 10 are free). Day passes range from $20 to $40. For more information, visit www.bonfirefestival.com.

 

Comedy night at Chances

Squamish's new gaming and entertainment venue, Chances Boardwalk, has been offering up a pretty steady roster of live music and activities since opening in February, and now they're set to kick-off a regular comedy night at their Rock Bar and Grill.

To make sure that the laughs are aplenty, they've enlisted the help of one very funny man: Chris Molineux. Molineux is apparently one of the most "in-demand" comedians in Canada. He has worked with Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld, Norm Macdonald and Ellen Degeneres. He's performed on Just for Laughs and the H.B.O. Workspace.

Catch Molineux in action on Friday, July 30. Tickets are $___ and the performance starts at __ p.m.

 

Get creative with Kokanee

Just in time for the craziness that is Crankworx, the folks at Kokanee are calling on fans to get their artistic juices flowing and enter their original artwork into Crank the Can competition.

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