2015 Music by the River

Thanks to a One Prize Community Grant from Donald’s Market and River Market, the Arts Council of New Westminster has been able to create and present a brand new pilot project called Music by the River featuring over 20 buskers on weekends and holidays down at the River Market boardwalk in New Westminster.

We have received a mountain of applications to this program and we thank everyone for their interest but unfortunately we are unable to accommodate more participants to the program at this time.  If you are interested in being contacted for future busking/musical opportunities please contact us at info@artscouncilnewwest.org

July 1st – River Market Boardwalk

11am – 3pm The Alviar Trio

The Alviar trio are three young musicians from the lower mainland who bring a medley of musical styles to the stage with an innovative energy.






3pm – 5pm El Grupo Cubano Brisas del Palmar
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The rich harmonies of Brisas del Palmar have been pleasing crowds in Santiago de Cuba since their inception in 1999, where they perfected the boleros, sons, and guarachas of their island homeland. The quintet proudly presents a varied repertoire of traditional Cuban music, a cappellas, romantic ballads, and original compositions, reflecting their unique style and interpretation. Their music is featured daily on the nationally broadcast Radio Taino. In winters months, Brisas del Palmar used to performed at the Bodeguita del media, the Havana bar made famous by Ernest Hemingway.



July 4th – River Market Boardwalk

10am – 2pm Alexandra Cavanagh
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I am a solo acoustic flutist, and I have a variety of Celtic, renaissance, and classical music. I mostly play the Celtic and renaissance music during the summer because it’s very joyful and family-friendly. I have played in the Etsy market, and I plan to play for them this year, and in the Hawker’s Market place. I generally play on Robson street, in Gastown, and until this year, I played at the waterfront. Last December, I decided to add Christmas music to my repertoire and it was very well received and enjoyed. I will find out this week if I made it into the Robson Street Program and the Granville Buskers Program for the summer.





July 5th – River Market Boardwalk

1pm – 3pm Roland and Emma Nipp
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Roland and Emma are a father-daughter guitar playing duo with a wide repertoire of family oriented music spanning the last 85 years. Roland is a professional guitar teacher and Emma, a Grade 7 student, is already an experienced guitarist having played more than half her life. They perform throughout Greater Vancouver on a weekly basis, and their audiences are as diverse as the music they play. Over the past year, their performances have been well received at outdoor markets, festivals, seniors communities, restaurants, Granville Island, Westminster Quay, the Chan Centre, weddings, civic ceremonies, and memorial services.




July 18th – River Market Boardwalk

12pm – 4pm Michael Jabusch
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I’m a guitar/vocalist. I perform covers of the latest pop songs, and hits from here and there, using a looping pedal and a composite fiberglass guitar.
I often collaborate with other musicians and may bring a few musician friends, or make collabuddies on the spot! In-act, I make brilliant originals from looping sounds together, making an original full of chemistry.








July 25th – River Market Boardwalk

11am – 3pm Jaleyna Murdoch
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My name’s Jelayna Murdoch and I’m a singer/songwriter from North Vancouver. I love to busk at farmers markets, am inspired by nature and the ocean and am best friends with my guitar.









August 1st – River Market Boardwalk

10am – 2pm Sam Cave
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Only three months after graduating high school, the young teen packed everything up and left for the other side of world to pursue a dream. Sam was born and raised in the outback of Brisbane, Australia and ever since a child has been entertaining guests, whether on stage or at a backyard barbeque.







August 3rd – River Market Boardwalk

10am – 2pm David Akselrod
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David Akselrod plays fingerpicking guitar with tasteful flair and joyful spirit. He gives dymanic performances filled with original, imaginative and fluid melodies. David has performed in festivals, local venues and collaborates with visual artists and filmmakers










2pm – 6pm Braden Daniel
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Braden Daniel is a Canadian musician that writes original music, and performs covers professionally as a guitarist/vocalist. He has an interest in many different styles, and is currently performing as a solo acoustic act specializing in a variety of covers, including pop, rock, classics, country, hip-hop & alternative.















August 8rd – River Market Boardwalk

9am – 12pm Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders has been playing guitar for over 30 years. Maybe you’ve seen him playing out front of Moonrakers in Uptown New Westminster? His blues style works well on his old acoustic guitar.


















August 16rd – River Market Boardwalk

2pm – 6pm Stephen DeCoste

I do acoustic and electric guitar work . Solo, duo and often with band. I play a range of Acadian music, country and contemporary light rock> Canadiana /Americana.














August 22rd – River Market Boardwalk

2pm – 6pm John and Darren Fedoruk

David Akselrod plays fingerpicking guitar with tasteful flair and joyful spirit. He gives dymanic performances filled with original, imaginative and fluid melodies. David has performed in festivals, local venues and collaborates with visual artists and filmmakers






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About ONE Prize

ONE is a customer appreciation program and community fund started by River Market and Donald’s Market. When ONE members shop at Donald’s, Donald’s contributes 1% of every dollar spent to the ONE Prize fund. For more information, click here