The Olio Festival In Vancouver

Olio festival is a fantastic event that has been held annually in Vancouver, Canada since 2008. Founded by experienced event organiser Dani Vochan and local popular DJ Jason Sulyma, Olio festival features over forty outstanding events spread out over five action-packed days. Held in the last week of the month of September, the festival is renowned for being the event to see out the summer season.

Unlike similar events, Olio festival brings together music, film, art, fashion, comedy and skateboarding to create a unique and diverse collection of artistic talent. Showcasing both local and international acts, this event attracts huge crowds, with more than thirty thousand people attending over the past four years.

Vancouver itself is host to an astounding array of exciting venues, all of which contribute to make this festival an experience to remember. From immense concert halls and grand theatres to more intimate venues such as basement clubs and bars, the Olio festival spans almost the entire city. Music line-ups include well-known artists such as the Cave Singers, Father John Misty, Dillon Francis and Ladyhawke, and local favourites such as Teen Daze, White Lung and Brasstronaut. This brilliant selection of musical talent offers festival-goers a wide variety of choice. There is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy at the Olio festival.

With big names such as Paul Anthony and Sunday Service putting on performances, the comedy acts lined up each year are set to provide audiences with some hilariously funny shows. Breath-taking and thought-provoking art galleries and exhibitions can be found in abundance, and various film screenings including the 12 Hour Film competition, are popular attractions. Elaborately choreographed fashion shows and runway parades all add to the fun and excitement of Olio festival. Even the skateboarding tournaments in the city’s vast selection of parks make for excellent entertainment over the course of the five day extravaganza.

You can get hold of an all-access wristband to enjoy the festival in its entirety, or you can purchase individual tickets to select shows and events. Either way, the party atmosphere and artistic talent is second to none, making the Olio festival an event not to be missed.


Are you a fan of the Arts? Are you a fan of Vancouver? Want to help promote the Arts in Vancouver? Olio Festival is a multi-media arts festival born of lovers of Independent Music, Comedy, Film & Art right here in Vancouver. Olio is a multi-venue festival that has been held in Vancouver since 2009. Contributing to Olio’s success are the masterminds behind the vision as well as many volunteers. You could be one of those volunteers! If you are interested in helping to make Olio a definitive destination on Vancouver’s cultural map and a highlight in the festival circuit, we need you!

Some volunteer positions, like guide distribution and day-of-runners require that you have a car – other positions we will need just you onsite.

OLIO will gladly provide references for volunteers and you will also receive VIP access to our festival wrap-up party.

TO GET INVOLVED – please email your name, telephone number, and a few sentences about why you want to volunteer. No experience is necessary but if you have some please let us know.