North Vancouver country trio The Heels features The Heels. B.C. country music trio Brittni Domonelli, Kyla Rawlins and Bobbi Smith.
Harmony Arts FestivalWhen: Aug. 2-11Where: West Vancouver waterfrontTickets: some ticketed events at harmonyarts.ca1. The Heels. With songs like Ex Rated and We Can Country, this North Vancouver female country trio has garnered comparisons to Carrie Underwood and Kimberly Perry (from the Band Perry). They’re one of over two dozen acts appearing at the West Vancouver festival, now in its 29th year. Other performers include cover bands (Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band, Dreams: The Ultimate Tribute to Fleetwood Mac), solo artists (singer/songwriter Desirée Dawson) and local groups both new (Via Barcelonia) and seasoned (The Matinee, The Paperboys).
Desiree Dawson performs at this year’s Harmony Arts Festival, which runs from Aug. 2-11.
2. Plunger Cove. Each year at the festival, artisans show and sell their work at the Fresh St. Market Art Market. Among this year’s craftspeople is Plunger Cove, an artist who turns what he calls “OPJ” (i.e. other people’s junk) into one-of-a-kind tug boats and fishing boats, lighthouses and submarines, and more. “I have found myself wandering into the world of vintage sci-fi,” he writes on plungercove.com, “The submarines morphed into spacecraft and robots have made an entrance!”3. The Truman Show. Free evening movies begin at 9 p.m. weekend nights during the festival at John Lawson Park. The movies are a family-friendly mix of the new-ish (Incredibles 2, Green Book, Black Panther), classic (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), and in-between (The Truman Show, Top Gun).4. Food. Food is always one of the reasons to take in the fest. Besides lots of eats from local food-makers, this year’s experiences include the annual Best of the West, which features 12 of Lower Mainland restaurants paired with 12 local wineries, and the Indigenous Feast.5. Picture-perfect (and Instagram-ready). Festival events are held in a number of scenic and oceanside locals, including Ambleside Pier, the Park Royal Beachside Patio and the Re/max Waterfront Lounge.