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This concert series features live musical performances in a stunning, retreat-like forest setting to create a relaxed environment to enjoy the company of your family and neighbours. Experience warm summer evenings in scenic Queen’s Park with the commanding performances of local musicians.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! AUGUST 14 & 28, 2021

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Saturday, August 14, 2021 – 2:00 pmJesse WaldmanFrom the suburban sprawl of Thornhill to the bars of downtown Toronto, it was a journey cross-country that led Jesse Waldman to mountains, ocean, and Vancouver's Commercial Drive. Now his home of twenty years, the West Coast inspires his lush imagery, sublime melodies, and outstanding technique.

Influenced by Townes Van Zandt and JJ Cale, Jesse has performed at major festivals including Burnaby Blues and Roots, Vancouver Folk Festival, and Jazz Fest, and toured the Western US and the UK.

Waldman's debut album, Mansion Full of Ghosts, explores a city and the need to keep a light on in the dark.
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Saturday, August 28, 2021 – 2:00 pmAntonio LarosaThe sound of Antonio Larosa's music has been described as a nostalgic yet fresh take on modern country- rock music. With vocal styles comparative to Elvis Presley and electric blues guitar inspired by Eric Clapton, Larosa writes music from the heart to the heart of his listeners.

Antonio draws a large inspiration from artists such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton, Eric Clapton, and The Eagles.

His popular single “Hard Days” was written by Larosa and Producer Nygel Asselin (Half Moon Run) and mixed & mastered by CCMA & Juno award-winning Canadian producer Jeff Dalziel. “Hard Days” has been added to over 3 editorial country playlists and has hit over 150k streams and continues to grow on Spotify.

Antonio’s recent achievements include sharing festival bills with noteworthy artists such as Allen Stone, Brothers Osborne, and Maren Morris.
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Saturday, July 3, 2021 – 2:00 pmHarris & DeBrayThe dynamic blues/roots duo Harris&DeBray is an offshoot of the popular Vancouver act Lesismore. Made up of singer Leslie Harris (vocals and percussion) and guitarist Curtis DeBray (acoustic guitar and vocals) it is wowing audiences in venues across the lower mainland with its hip renditions of traditional blues songs, some roots classics and new original music. Their first cd, “Passin’ Time” has been in the top 40 on Reverbnation’s Blues Chart ever since its release. SOLD OUT
Thursday, July 8, 2021 – 7:00 pmQuayside VoicesQuayside Voices is a Canadian Vocal Band from New Westminster, BC. Since 2014, they’ve been performing and writing their own arrangements while bringing them to live in a wide array of venues. Pre-pandemic, you could find Quayside impressing crowds from private parties to outdoor festivals.
Quayside’s also collaborated with vocal bands across the country including Victoria’s Fifth Street, Edmonton’s 6 Minute Warning, and Toronto’s Countermeasure. Internationally, they’ve shared the stage with world-renowned artists The Real Group.

Follow their adventures on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok at @QuaysideV, and be sure to stream their content on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube.
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Friday, July 9, 2021 – 7:00 pmDey Rose Of all the appellations the hackneyed critic can heap on Dey Rose, tentative would certainly be last. Her music—every heaving, bruised, and intemperate second of it—is not so much a heightened hybrid of her favourites but, rather, an assemblage of variations on Byron and Shelley. In short, as an earlier review posited, it’s music for people who “feel the fuck out of things,” beyond fashion, outside irony, come hell or high water. Register here
Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 2:00 pmEmma CurrieEmma Currie is a dynamic pop/r&b/soul vocalist and songwriter from Vancouver, British Columbia. She has performed at various events in and around the greater Vancouver area, including Canada Day 150 Celebrations and the Harmony Arts Festival. She has also been a featured anthem singer for Jr. hockey teams in the greater Vancouver area, the SMART 2017 BA Conference, the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, and the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Team. Her talents have led Emma into the recording studio, resulting in her newly released EP “Welcome to the Wild”, produced by accredited industry professionals. Register here
Saturday July 10, 2021 – 4:30 pmBurnaby Summer Theatre (Burnaby Arts Council)Pulled into a dark forest, a group of children encounters ""The Grey"", an entity which they must overcome to return home."" This is a story that explores topics of grief and learning to go through this process. 

The Burnaby Summer Theatre is a professional development program for the local performing arts community. Emerging performing artists assume a summer internship where they will produce an original work while developing the skills required to succeed as a performer, director and administrator in the industry. Participants learn what it takes to create an original work: from the conceptualization and direction, to marketing, budget management, and much more. It is a hands-on experience from concept to a final production that will be enjoyed by the community.

The Summer Theatre creates an accessible channel to the performing arts. The final production is presented to the community. The story, language, choreography, stage direction, etc., is meant to be inclusive and accessible to all ages, abilities and cultures. Performances are free for audiences, taking place at public venues; locations include public parks, libraries, museums and community centers during the summer.
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Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 7:00 pmCassius Khan & Amika KushwahaCassius Khan is a globally renowned Canadian Indian classical musician who uniquely plays the Tabla and sings Ghazal simultaneously and has been crowned the only professional performer who does so. Given the honourary title of "Ustad" or Maestro for this unique ability, Khan has toured the world and has lent his voice and hands on numerous albums and performances of all genres with some of the worlds finest musicians. He is featured on a Nanak Foods TV ad and has received a large number of accolades including the 2005 Salute to Excellence Award From the City of Edmonton, a Juno Award nomination in 2008 alongside the late Slide Guitar Legend Ellen McIlwaine , a 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards nomination and the 2019 City of New Westminster Chamber of Commerce ‘Artist of the Year’ Award. Recognized as “Canada’s Multifaceted Musician” by the Edmonton Journal, at the young age of 18 Khan was recognized as the top 50 World Musicians in by Deutschlandfunk Radio in Europe and as one of Canada’s most influential musicians by CBC Radio 2. He has also performed twice for WIPO and the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. Khan is endorsed by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award Tabla makers Ustad Qasim Khan Niyazi & Sons in Laxminagar, New Delhi as well as Aman Kalyan’s Australian based ‘Lehra Studio’ a smartphone app for Tabla players. He is an instructor of Indian music to Mulgrave School, the Curator of the “Massey Global Tea Series with Cassius Khan, “and is also the Founder and Producer of the Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance which debuted in 2012 and takes place on the last Saturday of every September.
www.cassiuskhan.com

The globally renowned Amika Kushwaha is a Canadian Kathak exponent who has learned the nuances of the Lucknow Gharana ( school) of Kathak. Her style is one of grace, beauty, fluidity of movement, as well as immense strength and stamina. In her performances Amika skillfully showcases her prowess on mathematically difficult compositions, her strong footwork patterns coupled with her graceful beauty in dance, thus creating her trademark “Poetry In Motion.” A 2005 Salute to Excellence award winning, 2019 Bernie Legge Artist of the Year Award recipient, 2017 Shakti Award, 2011 Western Canadian Music Award nominee and 2019 Drishti Award recipient, Amika is a delight to watch on stage, and seamlessly takes her audience on a wonderful journey of everyday and personal anecdotes all while performing fast footwork patterns, blinding pirouettes and elegant expressions, educating them on how life relates to Kathak. Asides from Kathak, Amika is a brilliant Harmonium player of par excellence, with the unique ability to follow vocalists with her nimble fingers note to note, or keeping the lehra, a time keeping melody for Tabla or Kathak soloists, has accompanied some of the very best musicians of Indian music including the Khalifa of the Delhi Gharana Ustad Iqbal Ahmad Khan, and has performed for the Permanent India Mission to the UN and WIPO in Geneva, Switzerland in 2017/2018. She is also the Artistic Director of the Mushtari Begum Festival of Indian Classical Music and Dance, is a sought after dance teacher, adjudicator, composer, choreographer and holds and MsC in Chemical Engineering"
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Sunday, July 11, 2021 – 2:00 pmKeAloha


KEALOHA

SINGER | SONGWRITER | MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST | DANCER

{ kay - ah - loh - hah }

KeAloha is an interdisciplinary artist who intertwines her gifts of song, dance, words, and rhythm. She was born and raised in Prince George, where her Lheidli T’enneh ancestry hails, and moved to the ancestral homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (so-called Vancouver) in 2015.

KeAloha is a mixed race femme, whose blood carries legacies of Polynesian navigators and dancers, Lheidli trappers and medicine people, Irish farmer-settlers, and Chinese immigrants. Her music is a vessel for her to build relationships and understanding with the many identities she holds.

KeAloha is releasing her debut single this spring - entitled: Mama’s Hands, in celebration and love for the one who raised her. Mama’s Hands is part of a larger body of work which KeAloha will release over the coming seasons, and which centre her experiences as a femme of colour, discovering her ancestral stories, and re-envisioning life with chronic illness disability.

KeAloha is a usual suspect in Vancouver’s RnB, Latinx, jazz, fusion, Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, Folk, and Pop scenes, and is committed to shaping her career and community through reciprocity for the people and music-cultures who inspire her, including the chants, mele, and rhythms from her own Hawaiian and Tahitian roots; Black genres of RnB, Hip Hop, Soul, and Jazz; salsa Cubana; cumbia Colombiana; and Afro-Indo Caribbean soca. Through her music, KeAloha invites us into the moments of liberation that we find when we hold ourselves, each other, and our complex intersections with tenderness, solidarity, and pride.
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Sunday, July 11, 2021 – 7:00 pmTissa RahimTissa Rahim is an RnB songstress with a Middle Eastern flare. Tissa combines modern soul with her multi-generational background in Iranian music and deeply personal lyrics. With a 40-city North American tour under her belt, Tissa’s upcoming releases are certain to capture the attention of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Register here
Thursday, July 15, 2021 – 7:00 pmAmber Tsang and Alvin BrendanAmber Tsang and Alvin Brendan are two young up-and-coming jazz musicians based in Vancouver, B.C. Despite their youth, they have shown a lot of promise as they emerge into the Vancouver jazz scene. As a duo, Amber and Alvin’s style and tone compliment each other while also highlighting their own individual talents. Their arrangements aim to breathe new life into the timeless jazz standard canon and the American Songbook. Register here
Saturday, July 17, 2021 – 2:00 pmBlackthornBlackthorn is Vancouver’s longest-running Celtic group. Their extensive repertoire is rooted in the musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland as well as the folk music of English and French Canada. They are famed for their refreshing diversity of characters inside the group’s polished and solid sound, which they use to create sweet harmonies with complex instrumentation. From lively jigs and reels, to songs with rousing choruses and heart-wrenching airs and ballads, they bring the music to life. Register here
Thursday, July 22, 2021 – 7:00 pmEtienne SiewEtienne Siew is a Coquitlam based Folk artist, who writes from his experiences as a touring song-writer, student of life, and nature lover. His relatable experiences are woven into songs that will guide you through the themes of love, loss and triumph over adversity, that he explores in his original work. Whether he is performing in soft seated theatres, or beside campfires, his blend of warm tones, dynamic melodies, and powerful vocals will speak to your heart and make you feel as though you are walking right beside him in his stories. Register here
Saturday, July 24, 2021 – 2:00 pmTeresa Chang TrioTeresa Chang is a Vancouver based Jazz and R&B Vocalist, Soloist and Artist. She is currently studying voice at Capilano University in Jazz Studies (B.Mus) under many nationally acclaimed Jazz artists, such as Jennifer Scott and Steve Maddock. Teresa has had the great pleasure of working with a few different musical groups, such as the BCMEA vocal jazz ensemble, the Capilano University C band, as well as Capilano University’s top vocal ensemble Nitecap. Since a young age, Teresa has shown a talent in singing; Whether it be in a vocal ensemble, a choir or for her family, her rich, sultry voice has captured the attention of audiences from all over. Teresa takes inspiration from musicians such as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, and finds joy in putting her own personal take on popular music. Teresa can now be found performing in various restaurants and clubs all across the lower mainland. Register here

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