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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 Festival season is just around the corner and if you don’t start planning now, you’ll blink and miss the whole season. We picked a few festivals you might want to pack the car for that start on the island and meander through B.C. and Alberta. Of course, there are many more to consider, so check out our calendar and keep filling in those dates.

  • Ahh, spring and love are in the air. Where? All over British Columbia and Alberta. Here’s our list of top spring festivals to impress your date this season.

  • Carol Pilon

    What would possibly make a beautiful young lady decide she needs to step out of a plane and stand on the wing while the plane dips and dives above a crowded airport?

  • Getting on to midnight, we’re close to the sweet spot for glimpsing the dancing bands of colours that can range from vivid shades of green to dazzling pinks. It’s completely up to Mother Nature though whether they’ll come out to wow us, so we continue to gaze skyward in the hope she’ll grant us our wish.

  • JASPER, AB - Ever since Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, it can be argued we’ve lost touch with darkness; we usually experience it when sleeping, with our eyes closed. Now in its second year, a new Jasper festival wants to change that by shining light on the natural beauty of the night sky.

  • Spring is the time to get out and explore and feed our awakening senses from the slumber of winter. There’s no better way to welcome the beauty and arrival of spring than to head to Nanaimo in March for Festival Nanaimo.

    The fourth annual Festival Nanaimo happens from March 1 to 31 throughout the city.

  • Along the western shoreline of Vancouver Island lies a rugged and wild region. Situated between Clayoquot Sound to the north and Barkley Sound to the south, this area has been home to the Nuu-chah-nulth-alt (people along the mountains) people for over 5,000 years. The Chief was responsible for everything he could see or touch, living or non-living from his people to the ocean and mountains. They valued the respect and connection to all life and where they called home. This connection is still alive and well through the Pacific Rim Whale Festival.

  • 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.