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Westward Music Festival

The Westward Music Festival is a 4-day music festival that takes place in 2020 at various venues on September 10th to 13th in downtown Vancouver.

Westward Music Festival 2020

Celebrating its fourth year in 2020, the Westward Music Festival features international bands playing multiple genres of music at the Biltmore Cabaret, Fox Cabaret, The Imperial, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Rickshaw Theatre and Vogue Theatre. In addition to these ticketed venue performances, there are also free street party events with additional concerts in Yaletown.

Bands performing in 2019 included Joji (from Japan), The Paper Kites (from Australia), Lissie (from the US), Phum Viphurit (from Thailand), Busty & the Bass (from Montreal), Black Mountain (from Vancouver) and others. See below for the full lineup.

Festival Ticket Rates

Admission to the Westward Music Festival costs between $99 and $139 for a full festival wristband. $99 is the early-bird price. Taxes and fees are extra (so the full non-early-bird rate is actually $157.90). 2020 prices are to be confirmed but will likely be similar.

Tickets for individual concerts cost between about $10 and $50 each (plus taxes and fees), with the average being about $20.

Westward Music Festival Street Party
Yaletown Street Party

Yaletown Street Party

In 2019 the Yaletown Street Party took place in Yaletown Park (at 901 Mainland Street) on the Friday between 4:00 and 10:00 pm. The free music continued the following day on Mainland Street between Nelson Street and Davie from noon until 10:00 pm.

At the street party there were alcoholic drinks for sale, a few food trucks and a stage or two with live music. Admission was free, but there is usually a covered area for folk who’ve paid for VIP tickets.

The concert schedule for the Yaletown Street Party events in 2019 was the following (2020 will be comparable):

(Note: Times, venues and performer details are subject to change.)

Friday, September 13th, 2019

  • 4:00 pmBiawana
  • 5:00 pmMeltt
  • 6:00 pmOld Soul Rebel
  • 7:00 pmDiamond Cafe
  • 8:30 pmJo Passed

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

  • 1:00 pmGlass Forest
  • 2:00 pmPrado
  • 3:00 pmHOFFEY
  • 4:00 pmSam the Astronaut
  • 5:00 pmPhono Pony
  • 6:00 pmThe Tourist Company
  • 7:00 pmRare Americans
  • 8:30 pmI M U R
Concert at the Fox Cabaret
A Ticketed Concert at the Fox Cabaret

Ticketed Concert Schedule

For an idea of what to expect in 2020, below is the music lineup for ticketed events in 2019.

(Note: Times, venues and performer details are subject to change.)

 


Thursday, September 12, 2019


 

At the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 8:00 pmZach Kleisinger
  • 8:45 pmBlue J
  • 9:30 pmDeep Dark Woods

At the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 7:30 pmLittle Sprout
  • 8:15 pmDirty Nice
  • 9:05 pmElder Island

At the Imperial (319 Main Street)

The Early Show

  • 6:00 pm – Doors open
  • 7:00 pmDeep Sea Diver
  • 7:45 pmJOSEPH

The Late Show

  • 10:00 pm – Doors open
  • 11:00 pmJO PASSED/Babe Corner
  • 12:00 amYukon Blonde

At the Vogue Theatre (at 918 Granville Street)

The Early Show

  • 6:00 pm – Doors open
  • 6:30 pmChase Your Words
  • 7:15 pmChief State
  • 8:00 pmThe Wonder Years

The Late Show

  • 10:00 pm – Doors open
  • 10:15 pmJML
  • 11:00 pmDEM ROSE BOYS
  • 11:45 pmLeikeli47
Adam Mah in Concert
Adam Mah at the Fox Cabaret in 2019

 


Friday, September 13, 2019


 

At the Fox Cabaret (at 2321 Main Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 7:30 pmAdam Mah
  • 8:15 pmThe Faceplants
  • 9:00 pmHonors

At the Biltmore Ballroom (at 2755 Prince Edward Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 8:00 pmKapok
  • 9:00 pmJakub Evolved
  • 10:00 pmTravis Thompson

At the Biltmore Cabaret (at 2755 Prince Edward Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 8:05 pmRozmo
  • 8:45 pmHermit
  • 9:35 pmLe1f

At the Imperial (at 319 Main Street)

The Early Show

  • 6:00 pm – Doors open
  • 6:45 pmKNOWN
  • 7:00 pmPRADO/Cody James
  • 7:30 pmJunglepussy

The Late Show

  • 10:00 pm – Doors open
  • 11:00 pmYung Heazy
  • 11:50 pmPhum Viphurit

At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre (at 650 Hamilton Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 8:00 pmPhum Viphurit
  • 9:00 pmJoji

At the Vogue Theatre (at 918 Granville Street)

The Early Show

  • 6:00 pm – Doors open
  • 7:00 pmEmily Brimlow
  • 7:45 pmZiggy Alberts

The Late Show

  • 10:00 pm – Doors open
  • 10:45 pmBombargo
  • 11:45 pmHonors
  • 12:30 amBusty & the Bass
Emily Brimlow
Emily Brimlow at the Vogue Theatre in 2019

 


Saturday, September 14, 2019


 

At the Biltmore Ballroom (at 2755 Prince Edward Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 8:00 pmMatt Brevner
  • 9:00 pmZack Villere

At the Biltmore Cabaret (at 2755 Prince Edward Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 8:10 pmBarrie
  • 9:15 pmWHY?

At the Imperial (at 319 Main Street)

  • 8:00 pm – Doors open
  • 9:00 pmDOUSE
  • 10:00 pmOwen Pallett

At the Rickshaw (at 254 East Hastings Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 8:00 pmHarlequin Gold
  • 9:10 pmLissie

At the Vogue Theatre (at 918 Granville Street)

The Early Show

  • 6:00 pm – Doors open
  • 6:55 pmCHIIILD
  • 7:45 pmEMOTIONAL ORANGES

The Late Show

  • 10:00 pm – Doors open
  • 10:15 pmDead Quiet
  • 11:00 pmMajeure
  • 11:45 pmBlack Mountain

Free Events in September

 


Sunday, September 15, 2019


 

At the Biltmore Cabaret (at 2755 Prince Edward Street)

  • 7:00 pm – Doors open
  • 7:25 pmCasinos
  • 8:05 pmKim Gray
  • 8:50 pmClub Sofa
  • 9:45 pmLUDIC

At the Imperial (at 319 Main Street)

  • 8:00 pm – Doors open
  • 9:00 pmAANTHEMS
  • 9:45 pmNEEDLES//PINS
  • 10:40 pmTitus Andronicus

At the Vogue Theatre (at 918 Granville Street)

The Early Show

  • 6:00 pm – Doors open
  • 6:55 pmHarrison Storm
  • 7:45 pmThe Paper Kites

The Late Show

  • 10:00 pm – Doors open
  • 11:00 pmJeremie Albino
  • 11:45 pmMt. Joy
Westward Festival Concert at the Vogue
A Westward Festival Concert at the Vogue

Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions and extra information to help you make the most out of your experience at the Westward Music Festival.

TIP #1: The festival features music from a wide range of genres. Unless you like all kinds of music, check out the background of individual artists in advance if you aren’t familiar with them. Not everyone likes rap, not everyone likes heavy metal and not everyone likes the acoustic guitar. There is something for every taste, but not everything is necessarily for everyone.

TIP #2: If you like live music but don’t want to pay for it, go to the concerts at the Yaletown Street Party.

TIP #3: Don’t drink and drive. Have fun, but plan how to get home in advance. And take public transit if you can.

TIP #4: Some of the bands attract big crowds and tickets to their shows sell out. With other bands though, especially the non-headliners at the starts of the night, the audience can be pretty small (but not always). It depends on the artist, but also the time and the venue. If the cover charge for the show costs $15 or less, expect things to be slower, especially early in the evening. For concerts costing $40 or $50, expect the place to be packed and for the show to sell out.

TIP #5: Some of the venues are big and fairly fancy (like the Queen Elizabeth Theatre). Some are older, but classics and pretty cool (like the Vogue Theatre and Fox Cabaret). And some are older, less fancy and harder to find, at least they were for us (like the Biltmore Ballroom). This last one was also a “dry event” and didn’t sell alcohol when we went in 2019.

Biltmore Ballroom
The Biltmore Ballroom

Other Information

For more information about the concerts see the Westward Music Festival website.

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