Uptown Unplugged

Uptown Unplugged is a weekly performing arts series presented in partnership with the Uptown New West Business Association and the Arts Council of New Westminster. Performances take place in various locations throughout Uptown on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2pm. Uptown Unplugged features talented musicians from throughout Metro Vancouver. The program takes place from June 1 – September 1, 2019. Contact music@acnw.ca for more information.

Uptown Unplugged – Barry Wilson – September 1, 2019 @ Royal City Centre

August 27, 2019

Barry Wilson is a regular performer at farmers markets and has been playing them for 8 yrs now. Barry’s music repertoire is catered to markets being upbeat and fun, strong vocals and he also mixes up the styles from country, folk, rock, pop and celtic, plus his original music to mix in.

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Uptown Unplugged – Nova Sol – August 31, 2019 @ Westminster Centre

August 26, 2019

Nova Sol is a Vancouver based group that performs bossa novas, sambas, smooth jazz, R&B soul/funk and pop. Our format can be anything from a duo to a full eight piece band.

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Uptown Unplugged – Patrick Kao – August 25, 2019 @ Royal City Centre

August 20, 2019

Jazz guitarist Patrick brings to the forefront a mix of blues, bebop, and latin music – he is not stranger to pop music either. Patrick uses unique arrangements to familiar tunes, as well as original compositions that inspire reflection. Patrick leads an organ trio featuring organist Nobuyoshi Nagata and drummer Todd Stewart.

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Uptown Unplugged – Angie Faith – August 24, 2019 @ New West Public Library

August 19, 2019

Music has been a part of Angie’s journey since the very beginning. Angie’s parents proudly proclaim that she belted out notes far before she could speak. Through writing songs and melodies, she discovered that her voice has proven to be as strong as her passion for music. Every piece that Angie writes holds a piece […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Tess Anderson – August 18, 2019 @ Royal City Centre

August 13, 2019

Tess Anderson is a singer, songwriter, and music producer based in Vancouver, BC. Trained as both a pianist and a vocalist, Tess brings her jazz background to the world of alt-pop music. She graduated from Nimbus School of Recording and Media in 2018, where she built her skill set and perfected her style, studying audio […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Knotty Dotters – August 17, 2019 @ Westminster Centre

August 12, 2019

The Knotty Dotters plays lively, joyful and highly danceable marimba music, based on traditional and modern Zimbabwean songs with a West Coast Flair. A multigeneration, all-woman band of 7 musicians playing beautifully unique hand-crafted marimbas and mbiras, along with hoshos, percussion, singing, and sometimes even a little gumboot dance or two. They’ve been performing at […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Ta’Kaiya Blaney – August 11, 2019 @ Royal City Centre

August 6, 2019

Ta’Kaiya Blaney is a singer-songwriter, actor, and environmental activist from the Tla A’min Nation, Turtle Island. From the Idle No More Movement to the United Nations Ta’Kaiya has performed and spoken at grass-roots Indigenous gatherings and rallies and at International conferences and forums across the globe. Ta’Kaiya is currently on the Red Road speaking, performing […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Corvin Mack – August 10, 2019 @ New West Public Library

August 5, 2019

Corvin Mack is a Canadian born musician of the Wit’set tribe who was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. He grew up going to concerts while he was still in diapers and grew to fall in love with music of all genres, taking a particular liking to various forms of rock and folk music. He […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Matt & Sara – August 4, 2019 @ Royal City Centre

July 30, 2019

Matt and Sara are local guitar teachers at the Neil Douglas Guitar Shop on 12th street. Both specializing in classical guitar, they began practicing as a duo before lessons at the studio. They have now been playing together for over a year! They play instrumental guitar music from all over the world and the span […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Matt Franceschini – August 3, 2019 @ Westminster Centre

July 30, 2019

Vancouver based Jazz Guitarist Matt Franceschini has been playing the guitar and performing for more than a decade. Performing with his trio he aims to set a balance between playing his own original compositions while still performing timeless classics from the great American songbook. The Trio is a dynamic and energetic group of musicians all […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Nova Sol – July 28, 2019 – Royal City Centre

July 12, 2019

Nova Sol is a Vancouver based group that performs bossa novas, sambas, smooth jazz, R&B soul/funk and pop. Our format can be anything from a duo to a full eight piece band. http://www.novasolmusic.com/

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Uptown Unplugged – Etienne Siew – July 27, 2019 – New West Public Library

July 12, 2019

Etienne Siew Is a folk singer-songwriter, whose performances have been providing escape and inspiration to audiences over the past 7 years. As an artist of mixed ancestry, his music is influenced by the eclectic blend of blues and folk roots he grew up listening to. His current work illustrates his deep connection to nature, while […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Purpose Society Youth Showcase – July 14, 2019 – Royal City Centre

July 12, 2019

The Purpose School is a private alternative education school in New Westminster. They recently launched a music program within their school. This concert will feature some of their students and they will showcase the hard work they have been doing over the past year.

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Uptown Unplugged – Sam Chimes – July 13, 2019 – Westminster Centre

July 12, 2019

Sam Chimes was born in Nigeria, Africa and lived in Brunei, SE Asia for five impressionable years. In 2015, Chimes was accepted into the Vancouver Film School’s “Sound for Visual Media” program. Since graduating, he has worked in a number of feature films and tv series including but not limited to “No Tomorrow”, “Man in the […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Daniel Sebt – July 7, 2019 – Royal City Centre

July 6, 2019

A guitarist with exceptional musicality and guitaristic technique, Daniel is renowned as a talented musician for his attention to detail and provocative lyrical phrasing which bring each piece he plays to life. Daniel performed in London, Manchester and Vancouver. In addition to performing for television shows, commercials and radio programmes, he was invited to perform […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Teresa Chang – July 6th, 2019 – New West Public Library

July 6, 2019

Teresa Chang is a Vancouver based Jazz and R&B Vocalist, Soloist and Artist. She is currently studying at Capilano University in Jazz Studies (B.Mus) under nationally acclaimed Jazz artists, such as Jennifer Scott and Steve Maddock. Since a young age, Teresa has shown a talent in singing; Whether it be in a vocal ensemble, a […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Angie Faith – June 30th, 2019 – Royal City Centre

June 19, 2019

Music has been a part of Angie’s journey since the very beginning. Angie’s parents proudly proclaim that she belted out notes far before she could speak. Through writing songs and melodies, she discovered that her voice has proven to be as strong as her passion for music. Every piece that Angie writes holds a piece […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Sydney Beau – June 29th, 2019 – Westminster Centre

June 19, 2019

Singer-Songwriter Sydney Beau grew up in the city of Abbotsford British Columbia, whose motto, “the city in the country”, perfectly describes her style. Her songs carry the excitement of the city while still containing that small town, heart filled emotion. http://sydneybeau.com/

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Uptown Unplugged – Patrick Kao – June 23rd, 2019 – Royal City Centre

June 19, 2019

Jazz guitarist Patrick brings to the forefront a mix of blues, bebop, and latin music – he is not stranger to pop music either. Patrick uses unique arrangements to familiar tunes, as well as original compositions that inspire reflection. Patrick leads an organ trio featuring organist Nobuyoshi Nagata and drummer Todd Stewart.

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Uptown Unplugged – Elliott Slinn – June 22nd, 2019 – New West Public Library

June 19, 2019

Elliott Slinn is a performer who takes you on a journey of the heart with his honest songwriting and poetry. With a unique style and an emphasis on the musicality of his lyrics, his storytelling and sonic signature weave together as one. Slinn’s haunting and powerful voice carries an air of gentle melancholy, which captivates […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Tess Anderson – June 16th, 2019 – Royal City Centre

June 14, 2019

Tess Anderson is a singer, songwriter, and music producer based in Vancouver, BC. Trained as both a pianist and a vocalist, Tess brings her jazz background to the world of alt-pop music. She graduated from Nimbus School of Recording and Media in 2018, where she built her skill set and perfected her style, studying audio […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Sam Baglieri – June 15th, 2019 – Westminster Centre

June 13, 2019

The Samuel Baglier Quartet consists of some very prominent young jazz musicians in the Vancouver scene. Including: Jimi James Fraser on piano, Brad Pearson on bass, Todd Stewart on drums and Sam Baglier on tenor saxophone. This band plays a collection of bebop, hardbop and modern tunes and a handful of originals.

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Uptown Unplugged – Elspeth Tremblay – June 9th, 2019 – Royal City Centre

June 9, 2019

Elspeth Tremblay is an openly out Australian singer-songwriter and musician, known for her pared-down songwriting style in the folk music genre. Following the success of her debut release Return (2014), Elspeth toured the U.S, Australia, and Canada, where she now calls home. https://www.elspethtremblaymusic.com/

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Uptown Unplugged – NWSS – June 8th, 2019 – Westminster Centre

June 8, 2019

This mardi-gras style marching band promises to get the blood pumping with exciting renditions of New Orleans classics (When the Saints, Lil Liza Jane) and fun versions of old European traditional songs. A party band for all occasions and predicaments, serving New Westminster and its environs, made up of current and former students of New […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Shawn Bullshields – June 2nd, 2019 – Royal City Centre

June 2, 2019

Shawn Bullshields is a singer, guitarist and harmonica player with natural charisma and professional delivery. A member of the Blackfoot Nation, he grew up on the Blood Reserve, Standoff, Alberta, and moved to Vancouver in the early ‘90s. His repertoire of songs include the genres of pop, country and folk: the point where they intersect […]

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Uptown Unplugged – Barry Wilson – June 1st, 2019 – Westminster Centre

June 1, 2019

Barry Wilson is a regular performer locally, and can be found usually performing solo at various farmers markets, craft shows or doing a charity fundraiser event. In live performances Barry tries to play a little of everything from rock, folk, country, newer pop, old time, Irish traditional and even blues. He enjoy’s most styles of […]

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September 9th

September 1, 2018

Saturday September 8th is the annual Recovery Day festival in Uptown New West, featuring headliner Matthew Good! Uptown Unplugged returns on Sunday September 9th with Laura Bower in front of Royal City Centre! Laura is a Vancouver-based vocalist. She performs a wide range of music, from jazz, folk, pop, and soul. Her unique style of storytelling […]

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September 1st & 2nd

August 27, 2018

Larry’s Brother is an electric & Acoustic guitarist/singer. Solo, duo and often with band. He plays a range of Acadian music, country and contemporary light rock (Canadiana /Americana). Kelly Kay is a professional bass player and singer with 20+ years experience touring, festivals and club dates. Catch this duo on Saturday in front of Westminster Centre! […]

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August 25th & 26th

August 21, 2018

Porteau is an indie folk band led by Victoria Williams and Craig Stevenson. The duo began writing songs while living in Montreal, daydreaming of summer drives on the Sea to Sky highway. They are currently recording their debut album, Water’s Gate, a thematic collection of songs set for release this summer. With lyrics steeped in […]

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August 18th & 19th

August 21, 2018

Camina Bolinao will serenade Uptown on Saturday with his soulful sound!   Sharing his Mexican culture, Monika Schwartzman is bringing her bilingual reportoire to Uptown New West on Sunday!

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August 11th & 12th

August 21, 2018

It’s the New West Cultural Crawl weekend! Besides the various exhibiting venues in the Uptown neighbourhood, we are continuing to present free live music to you! On Saturday, enjoy the premieum acapella group of New West – Quayside Voices!     On Sunday, emerging local young guitarist Patrick Kao is assembling a jazz quartet right […]

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August 4th and 5th

August 3, 2018

This weekend Atley King is on the Westminster Centre Stage on Saturday, with his stylish Jazz arrangements as well as impressive improvisational material.   And then on Sunday at Royal City Centre Jeff Neufeld will be returning with his ‘bluesey’ tunes!

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July 28th and 29th

July 26, 2018

Eddie Lam is here! He will blow you away with his towering vocals and friendly conversation. Then Sunday, Jessica Barbour is back this year with some new material to show off. You won’t wanna miss these incredible performers.   

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July 14th and 15th

July 12, 2018

What’s that? You want even more live music? Well you’re in luck, because Pernell Reichert is a veteran when it comes to performing live. Then on Sunday at Royal City Centre, unique duo Nice Verdes is sure to get your foot tapping. Yowza!    

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July 7th and 8th

July 6, 2018

Summer is in full swing and we have OXLIP back to keep the sun shining! Sunday, jazz vocalist Laura Bower will seduce you into a place of tranquility. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt.     

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June 30th and July 1st

June 29, 2018

It’s Canada Day weekend! Ranj Singh is performing at Westminster Centre with great sense of humour. You won’t wanna miss his unique voice and profound compositions. After, Leonard Pallerstein is going to rock your socks off with his amazing pop renditions and acoustic guitar style.     

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June 23rd and 24th

June 21, 2018

This weekend, local favourite, Dougie Greig will take our stage with his powerful compositions and stellar vocals. Sunday, Pop icon Alexis Lynn is at Royal City Centre with her covers and songs.    

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June 16th and 17th

June 15, 2018

NWSS Music takes the stage Sunday at Westminster Centre with the Senior Jazz Band as well as several other student-lead groups. Sunday, OXLIP performs her own originals and acoustic music.   

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June 9th and 10th

June 7, 2018

This weekend we have two more amazing acts, moving into steadily into June. Saturday it’s What We Embrace at Westminster Centre and Carmina Bolinao at Royal City Centre on Sunday. All Uptown Unplugged concerts run 12-2pm on weekends.    Originally hailing from Scotland, the newly-formed duo What We Embrace have been heavily influenced by their […]

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June 2nd and 3rd, 2018

May 30, 2018

We have a fabulous opening weekend planned for Uptown Unplugged this year! Be sure to check out Jeff and Heidi this weekend at Westminster Centre on Saturday, and Royal City Centre on Sunday.   At the heart of the music Jeff Neufeld performs is the sound of an acoustic guitar & voice. Playing a high energy mix […]

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Uptown Unplugged is back!

May 22, 2018

  Uptown Unplugged is returning this summer starting June 2! Enjoy free, live music from musicians from Lower Mainland every weekend 12-2pm in Uptown New West! Saturdays, Uptown Unplugged will be hosting live concerts at the Westminster Centre at Belmont and 6th st. Sundays, the program moves to the corner of 6th st and 6th […]

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September 9th & 10th, 2017

September 4, 2017

On our final weekend, we will be making full circle by inviting back Bruce Andrews on Saturday for an exciting afternoon of voice and guitar from 12 til 1pm. The festivities will continue at our Arts Council Stage at the Recovery Day events in Uptown on 6th st. Be sure to check it out! And […]

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September 2nd & 3rd, 2017

August 28, 2017

This weekend we will be featuring jazz guitarist, Madeleine accompanied by Chad on bass at Westminster Centre on Saturday.   On Sunday we will be featuring Ranj at Royal City Centre for some original folk music.  

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August 26th and 27th, 2017

August 21, 2017

This Saturday we are featuring the jazz stylings of Atley and Sam on guitar and saxophone from Capilano University. On Sunday we will be featuring Quayside voices for some spectacular acapella music live at Royal City Centre.

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August 19th & 20th, 2017

August 14, 2017

This weekend we are featuring several upcoming youth artists in partnership with the Momentum Youth Arts Movement.

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August 12th & 13th, 2017

August 7, 2017

It’s #NWCultureCrawl weekend! We are featuring both Barry Wilson and Jeff Neufeld, who have enormous busking experience among them. Saturday will have Barry at Westminster Centre, and Sunday will feature Jeff at Royal City Centre. Make sure you check out  https://www.newwestculturalcrawl.com/home  for more information on the Culture Crawl!    

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August 5th & 6th, 2017

August 2, 2017

This weekend we have the pleasure of bringing Jessica Barbour to the Uptown Stage on Saturday!   On Sunday we will be having the guitar music of Leonard at Royal City Centre. You won’t wanna’ miss it!

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July 29th & 30th, 2017

July 26, 2017

On Saturday we are featuring Pernell Reichert with his amazing solo music!   Sunday is Allie Mcdonald with his unique musical stylings at Royal City Centre on Sunday!  

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July 23rd, 2017

July 19, 2017

This weekend we are featuring Ranj Singh at Royal City Centre on Sunday for some refreshing acoustic music.

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July 15th & 16th, 2017

July 12, 2017

The stunning Carmina Bolinao will be performing at Westminster Centre on Saturday!   Followed by the excitingly-delicious ‘SWEETZ’ ensemble for a special acoustic set at Royal City Centre on Sunday!  

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July 8th & 9th, 2017

July 5, 2017

This Saturday we have the fantastic ‘Scared to be Seen’ acoustic act at Westminster Centre from 12-2pm!   Sunday we will be featuring the lovely stylings of ‘Oxlip’ at Westminster Centre.  

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Uptown Unplugged July 1st & 2nd, 2017

June 28, 2017

For Canada Day, we have the fabulous Antoinette Libelt performing at Westminster Centre on Saturday from 12-2pm!   And then on Sunday we have Daniel Sebt playing guitar at Royal City Centre!     Our refreshed program runs every Saturday at Westminster Centre and Sunday at Royal City Centre from 12-2pm every weekend until September […]

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Uptown Unplugged June 24 & 25, 2017

June 22, 2017

And Julian Jayme is performing on Saturday at Royal City Centre:   This weekend we have Emma Toth on Sunday from 12-2pm at Westminster Centre!  

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Uptown Unplugged June 17th & 18th, 2017

June 14, 2017

This weekend we have Dougie Greig on Saturday from 12-2pm at the Uptown Parklet on Belmont Street!     And then on Sunday at Westminster Centre we have Eddie Lam!      

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Weekend of June 10th/11th, 2017

June 7, 2017

This weekend we will be featuring New Westminster Secondary School’s Music Department. Several smaller ensembles will take our stage and present unique jazz, classical and pop stylings.     Sunday will be featuring the folk-stylings of Shadowfax!  

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Uptown Unplugged Opening Weekend!

May 31, 2017

This weekend we are featuring Bruce Andrews at the Westminster Centre on Saturday (12-2pm) and Ashley Pater at Royal City Centre on Sunday (12-2pm).

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: Buskers Wanted 2017

May 10, 2017

The Arts Council of New Westminster coordinates busking style performances throughout New Westminster through various programs and events. 2017 will see the return of this program! We are seeking submissions of small musical acts including solos, duos, and full band performances. All genres of music will be considered. Performances will take place Thursdays through Sundays, […]

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Uptown Unplugged – October 16 2016

October 10, 2016
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