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 2 – September 9, 2018. Contact music@acnw.ca for more information.

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 through music is both captivating and soulful.


This marks the end of the Uptown Unplugged this season! We would like to acknowledge the support of Uptown Business Association, the City of New Westminster, Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, Creative BC; and of course the support of the community! Thanks to everyone who came out to support the local musicians that we have been proud to present!

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!


On Sunday, Lenny Pallerstein returns with his beautiful solo guitar!

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 folklore, they use their surrounding West Coast landscape as a backdrop to explore and unearth stories of human nature. 


One of your local favourites Ranj Singh returns to Royal City Centre on Sunday! Self-taught singer/songwriter Ranj Singh has a very unique voice and 12 string guitarmanship. His music is a masala of Indian melodies with Western Folk, a genre he calls his own as Indo-Folk-Music.

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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