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Summer’s ending, so why not party at the Olio Festival?

Published in the Vancouver Sun on September 23, 2010.


For the second year in a row, Olio Festival organizers are shaking out their ceramic piggy banks and putting their hard-earned pennies toward nearly 50 different music, art, film and comedy acts.

The Vancouver event, which features both local and international performers at various venues around town, has been the brainchild and investment of festival directors Jason Sulyma and Dani Vachon. (Olio means mixture or hodgepodge.)

“We didn’t lose any money [last year],” says a relieved, laughing Sulyma, who runs Glory Days at the Biltmore Cabaret when he’s not working on the Olio Festival. “We paid our taxes, and decided to do it again because we were all still friends.

“We pretty much self-financed 99 per cent of the festival. We’re all local promoters, like arts and film curators. With every dollar we make doing these local shows, instead of spending it on stupid stuff like clothes or shoes or eating out, we just spend it on [Olio] instead. It’s pretty much a self-financed DIY festival.”

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