What music concerts in Vancouver looked like over 130 years ago

Summer is the season for music festivals.

Summer is the season for music festivals.

From the English epic of Glastonbury to Montreal’s massive Osheaga to Vancouver’s new Ambleside music festival, summer is by far the most popular time to head to a music festival somewhere in outside.

And while the Vancouver Music Festival has been a little flimsy at times, the music outside is part of local history. In the early days of the city, there were seven bandstands built as musical gathering points.

Only one still exists.

The photo above was taken in Georgia and Granville, a very different intersection these days. People gathered here to listen to music on Canada Day in 1892 (then it was called Dominion Day).

“(A) music festival in (the) CPR Park at the northwest corner of Georgia and Granville streets,” reads the archival description of the event.

You can’t quite make out the musicians, who seem to be somewhere in the middle of the crowd. But we can see a lot of people, and there are some notable differences and similarities.

. City of Vancouver Archives

The biggest difference, aside from the changes the intersection has gone through in the 130 years since, is fashion. Summer music festival-goers from 2022 would likely make quite a stir among this audience. And while the commotion isn’t quite as dramatic, if some showed up at FVDED IN THE PARK in a costume with a hat or cane, or in a big dress, they’d probably get a few sideways glances.

While fashion has changed tremendously (and we can’t see the merchandise stand or how many water bottles were going to do to comment), the fact that people are showing up with their own chairs shows that they’re not so different from a lot of people these days.

In fact, it shows an exceptional commitment to seating, as the chair appears to be wooden and not collapsible.

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