INTERNeX Canada: What to do on the weekend

It’s summer, it’s weekend –  it’s beach and festival time! Attend one of the FREE festivals on Saturday and join INTERNeX for a relaxing Sunday on the beach!



INTERNeX Beach Day
This Sunday we will be heading out to the beach! Come join us for a day full of relaxing, swimming, and beach volleyball! We hope to see all of you there! For details and updates please check our facebook event and attend!
Disclaimer: This is a nude beach so please use your own judgment to as whether or not you are comfortable going. People will be both clothed and not clothed depending on their comfort zone, just a forewarning.

When: Sunday, July 15th at 2:00 pm
Where: Wreck Beach, Kitsilano (Meet at the McDonald’s by UBC. We will walk the couple of blocks from there… and then down all of the stairs)

Vancouver International Busker Festival
See Vancouver’s downtown come alive with street performances, musicians, jugglers, acrobats… Among international, Canadian and local talents are names like Chalkmaster Dave, LOL Brothers or
Basketball Jones. Don’t know them? Check out their shows this weekend! See the official website for more:

When: Monday, July 9th to Sunday, July 15th
Where: Granville Island: July 9th – 15th (12-4pm), West End: July 11 – 13th (6pm – 10pm), Gastown: July 12th and 13th, Canada Place: July 14th & 15th

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

It’s the 35th Vancouver Folk Music Festival! The Folk Fest attracts both young and old and offers a mix of performers and amazing live music. The festival line up includes talents suc as Dan Mangan, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams, Hey Rosetta! and K’naan. 30 local vendors serve a similar impressive variety: everything from organic ice cream to roast corn and jerk chicken. For more information and tickets see here:

When: Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15
Where: Jericho Beach Park

Vancouver Farmers Market at Trout Lake
Engage in Vancouver’s local life: visit a Saturday farmer’s market, find delicious locally made food and enjoy knowing where your food comes from!

When: Saturday, July 14th, 10am – 2pm
Where: North parking lot of John Hendry Park at Trout Lake



Unity Festival 2012
Experience a four day celebration of the voices of youth and their artistic talents. The event features Canada’s top breakdancers, beatboxers, spokenword artists and much more across the city of Toronto! As a special there is a day-long concert at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday, July 12th. For locations and details see:

When: Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15
Where: Various locations in Toronto, Yonge-Dundas Square

Festival of India
Travel through India during this 40th annual Festival of India! The festival starts off with a parade with 40-foot tall floats, singing, drumming and dancing that starts at Bloor, runs down Yonge Street continuing south to Lakeshore Blvd. After the parade experience artistic performances, Indian music and dance, a South Asian Bazaar, exhibits, and face painting on Centre Island. The festival website has the full program:

When: Saturday, July 14th to Sunday, July 15th
Where: Yonge Street, Centre Island

Pan American Latin Jazz Festival
The 2012 Pan American LATIN JAZZ Festival celebrates the culture of the Americas and is the first Festival in Canada to focus exclusively on Latin Jazz music. On several stages present there will be live performances of over 200 musicians, dancers and local artisans. Additionally, the event includes food vendors, arts and crafts displays and children’s events. The festival is free to the public! See the program at

When: Saturday, July 14, 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Mel Lastman Square, Toronto

Have a great weekend!


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Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149

Summer Time is the Best Time!

I just absolutely love summertime. Fresh, cool air breezes through the city and brings with it the aroma of sizzling meat on the barbecue. In Vancouver, the groups of people clustered on Robson Street signal the latest in-store sales and product promotions. In Toronto, the  GO trains become packed with Blue Jays fans waiting to see Ricky Romero wind up on the pitcher’s mound. Ahhh, summer.

This past Saturday was a great summer day for myself and some friends. If you live in Vancouver and were anywhere near Gastown this past weekend, you know that the Vancouver International Jazz Festival was on. As we strolled down Water Street, the atmosphere surrounding us was uplifting. Magicians and jugglers lined the streets, welcoming any and all spectators. Nearby pubs were packed with jazz fans yearning for a pint. Lemonade stands and corn on the cob stations offered food to satisfy anyone’s taste buds and two different stages hosted the smooth, rhythmic beats of Jazz.

Looking around, I couldn’t help but really feel a part of something that day. People lucky enough to live in Gastown hung out their windows, watching the live performances from the comfort of their own home. The crowds watching the shows were both young and old, tourists and Vancouverites alike – all coming to enjoy the same genre of music. It was a great day!

If you didn’t get the chance to go out this past weekend – shame on you…buuuutt don’t worry. The Jazz festival will continue until July 4, 2010.  For more information on show times and locations, visit the website.