Sorry for the extended leave of absence! I was away on my summer vacation--two words that hold a special place in my heart, right next to ice cream and getting things in the mail. And trust me, that means a lot when your town is a 7-hour drive from the nearest major city, and a 17-hour drive from your final destination.
And every year I am reminded of why it is so worth it to get out of town. Vancouver (a major Canadian city in southern BC, fyi) was celebrating it's 125th birthday with a 3 day festival in Stanley Park. They had performances from Canadian and international artists, like Said the Whale, Neko Case, Mother Mother, Aidan Knight and Dan Mangan. Their music was beautiful, the setting was amazing, and I'm so glad I went.
Here are some pictures from the official site, and I highly recommend you listen to some of their music, especially Aidan Knight and Dan Mangan, whom I may just have a massive crush on. They sound so beautiful, and we could all use something beautiful.