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Western Canada has no shortage of stories on all kinds of entertainment.

Within these pages, search out your favourite destination, or search for things to do based on your interest, such as music. @FestivalSeekers, we’ve produced many stories guaranteed to ignite your passion to explore music, food, arts and cultural experiences.

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  • Music festivals choke the summer months. Sometimes they overlap causing you so much anguish. Do you go to The Calgary Folk Festival or to the Salmon Arm Roots&Blues? It’s such a dilemma when you are a lover of live music. Even though winter may be cold, its so much more civilized when it comes to music. The festivals are spread out, so you can leisurely pick one or all of them. Here’s a few to get you started. Oh, did I say the festivals are all civilized? I was kidding.

  • “The first thing every artist wants is a packed, fun venue. That can be a 20-person house party or a 20,000-person arena.” With that thought, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra lead Kurt Loewen waxes philosophical about friendship, taking your shot, quality versus quantity and staying up way too late getting lost in a hook. 

  • Do we really need to push repeat? We count down to midnight, kiss everyone, shout out “Happy New Year,” then we drink too much. THEN, we nurse yet another January 1st hangover while watching the Rose Bowl Parade while lazing on the sofa. Couldn’t we try something different this year? Check out these ideas for getting outside while celebrating the new year.

     

  • The weeks following the holidays can often feel a little glum with all of the festivities, merriment, and family time winding down. Fortunately, Alberta and BC offer some wonderful opportunities to keep the excitement going all winter long with an array of fun-filled events that celebrate ice and snow. From exploring mountain culture to brushing up on your ski and snowboard skills and partying at some of western Canada’s world-class ski resorts, these top picks for winter celebrations are sure to put those blues on hold indefinitely.

     

  • A country escape awaits only minutes from Nanaimo. As the excitement for the holidays begins to build, do yourself a favour and indulge in a slower-paced experience, rather than the frantic feeling that can come along with Christmas shopping. Point your vehicle towards the rolling hills and meandering roads of Cedar and Yellowpoint, where dozens of artists are preparing right now for the 29th Annual Country Christmas Self-Guided Tour.

  • Whether you are gearing up for a White Christmas in Calgary, a green one on Vancouver Island, or are lucky enough to experience a combination of both, the holiday season evokes a magical air of cheer, wonder, and good tidings.

  • Fall is definitely upon us. The snow is falling as fast as the leaves and kids are madly going about making costumes to wear under their winter coats. But before you say good-bye to the festival season, take a look at our last few perfect picks. Some are scary, some are educational and some are really weird.

     

  • Red or white. Ale or lager. Savoury, spicy or sweet. Fall culinary festivals are a great way to celebrate the bounty of the season and to bring people together before the chill of winter settles in. Here is a list of fantastic fairs to taste the flavours of fall.

  • As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, it sure feels like the Christmas countdown has arrived, putting us in the mood for the annual Kris Kringle Craft Market in Nanaimo.

  • The Huckleberry Festival at Castle Mountain Resort is the quintessential summer wrap-up party. With good times, great views, and huckleberries, it has become an annual tradition for many, including the Carmichaels, who are here for the 11th year in a row.

  • Ever wonder how Whistler Blackcomb got its name? It’s a cool story that reaches way back into the geological past of the Coastal Mountain range and has something to do with a punk hairstyle.

  • Leaving the City of Glass behind, I set sail to the Sunshine Coast this summer to spend time with two talented artisans who make a living working with glass. Their glass however isn’t stacked high into symmetrically sculpted skyscrapers reflecting cityscapes, it’s carefully hand- fired and crafted into beautiful and accessible works of art.