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.

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.

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.

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.

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 of her heart. Her vision has become clear now that she has grown into who she is as a woman and as an artist. Angie’s goals are simple: she wants to inspire and connect with her audience, and allow them to feel something deep in their souls. The music that she creates conveys her previous moments, feelings, and emotions that heal and speak to her audience. It’s like putting the pieces of a puzzle together, except that puzzle has no refined edges nor proper place; Angie is never certain how it will turn out but she allows herself to release it anyway. She enjoys letting creativity flow from herself and allowing something beautiful to create itself. She has been strumming her guitar since she was a young teenager and have written music most of her life. She is an expressive person and she wholeheartedly enjoys the process of songwriting. Angie’s music pours out of her effortlessly, and singing soothes her soul. Music is not just a fragment of her career; it is her identity. Angie is so grateful that she has the ability to share her gifts and do what she loves to make her living. She is also extremely thankful for the support from her friends, family, and her fans that have been by her side throughout the years. They have and will always believe in Angie, which is a gift in so many ways. Angie looks forward to everything that the future holds for her life, and her career in the music industry.

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 engineering, music production and artist development. Tess’s latest endeavours include recording for her upcoming EP release, performing shows solo as well as with her band, and collaborating with other songwriters and producers both locally and internationally. Passionate about being a role model for young girls, Tess’s unique authentic character and raw live performances inspire confidence, humanity, and self-acceptance.

https://nimbusrecording.com/tess-anderson

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 festivals, community events, celebrations and gatherings for over 15 years, with their impressive instruments – the largest being over 6 ft long, over 4 feet tall, and with nearly 3 foot long keys. Audiences of all ages are drawn to this fun music, and find the urge to dance and move to the polyrhythmic sound irresistible!

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 and sharing her message with the world.

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 started playing guitar in highschool and after some time, fell into singing. Now he spends his time writing songs both for himself, and as a collaborative effort in his alternative rock band SQWATR, which has flavours of funk, grunge, and jazz incorporated into a lively rock sound as a result in the harmony between him and his bandmates Gabe Diaz, Glenn Sylvester, Brett Selinger and John “JD” David .

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 of time from renaissance Europe to 20th century Spain along with their own music and compositions! Occasionally they like to sing classics from then likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens!

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 looking to serve the song.

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/

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 the vulnerability he expresses, sheds light on topics of love, adversity and overcoming life’s obstacles. 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.

https://www.etiennesiew.com/

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.

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 High Castle”, and “Bad Times at the El Royale”. Through the summer of 2018, he toured through Europe, visiting and playing at over four countries. Sam Chimes is currently making music, performing on a daily basis, writing, and producing instrumentals in preparation for his first EP.

https://www.samchimes.com/

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 for London Bolivar Hall, British Columbia Arts Council, New Westminster Arts Council, City of Burnaby, City of North Vancouver, etc. He was also elected as musician for Translink Musicians Program in Vancouver. http://danielsebastianguitar.com/

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 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.

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 of her heart. Her vision has become clear now that she has grown into who she is as a woman and as an artist. Angie’s goals are simple: she wants to inspire and connect with her audience, and allow them to feel something deep in their souls. The music that she creates conveys her previous moments, feelings, and emotions that heal and speak to her audience. It’s like putting the pieces of a puzzle together, except that puzzle has no refined edges nor proper place; Angie is never certain how it will turn out but she allows herself to release it anyway. She enjoys letting creativity flow from herself and allowing something beautiful to create itself. She has been strumming her guitar since she was a young teenager and have written music most of her life. She is an expressive person and she wholeheartedly enjoys the process of songwriting. Angie’s music pours out of her effortlessly, and singing soothes her soul. Music is not just a fragment of her career; it is her identity. Angie is so grateful that she has the ability to share her gifts and do what she loves to make her living. She is also extremely thankful for the support from her friends, family, and her fans that have been by her side throughout the years. They have and will always believe in Angie, which is a gift in so many ways. Angie looks forward to everything that the future holds for her life, and her career in the music industry.

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/

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.

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 audiences and leaves listeners spellbound. He aims to engage the soul and transform his personal tale into a shared experience. His first single, “It’s You” is available on iTunes and Spotify.

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 engineering, music production and artist development. Tess’s latest endeavours include recording for her upcoming EP release, performing shows solo as well as with her band, and collaborating with other songwriters and producers both locally and internationally. Passionate about being a role model for young girls, Tess’s unique authentic character and raw live performances inspire confidence, humanity, and self-acceptance.

https://nimbusrecording.com/tess-anderson

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.

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/

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 Westminster Secondary School.

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 is through his masterful singing voice. Shawn commands instant attention because his voice conveys the truth, beauty and deep meaning within each song, expressed with the full weight of his personal life experience. Shawn sings from the heart and each song is truly a gift.



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 music and has a huge repertoire to choose from, so he can tailor to what is needed for the time at hand. Barry is a big proponent of supporting local whenever he can. http://www.barrywilson.org/

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.

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!

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 in front of Royal City Centre!

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!

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. 

 

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!

 

 

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. 

 

 

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. 

 

 

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.

 

 

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. 

 

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 relocation to British Columbia, and have been igniting audiences and feeding their souls with their rich Folk/Country roots sound.

Dougie Greig has come to the duo a seasoned performer having topped the folk charts in Canada and the UK with his debut album “Black Water Son” and numerous festival spots in Europe including a coveted sold out show in legendary launchpad venue King Tuts in Scotland.

Newcomer Lindalouise Greig may be new to songwriting but an experienced creative having won the 2007 Robert Burns Award for Performance and the 2009 Willie Strachan Creativity award at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Scotland for her installation “Duplicity”.

Their debut single “The Light” will be released 2018 and has currently made it into the quarter finals of the International Songwriting Competition Country category.


 

Carmina Bolinao is an independent Singer-Songwriter based out of Vancouver, BC. Bringing forth a soulful, self-aware set of original music, she puts on a show that is both relaxed and captivating.


 

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 of classic Roots music styles, Jeff has performed well over 250 solo shows in over 40 different venues over the past 10 years to a suprisingly diverse range of audiences. Whatever the venue or event, Jeff has just the right group of songs for the occasion.


 

 

Heidi McCurdy is an award-winning singer & songwriter. Her unique “Global Soul” is inspired by a diverse tapestry of influences. She has toured in Canada and Europe with numerous bands, performing at jazz and world music festivals. Her CD “Fickle Mind” received songwriting awards and national airplay, and her lyrics resonate with the beauty of dreams, the depths of the soul’s passions and our collective power to create positive change. In solo performances, she explores the threshold between composition and improvisation, sharing original songs and spontaneous creations that incorporate vocal looping, guitar, drums, singing bowls and spoken word.


 

 

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 ave in front of Royal City Centre. Lineup to be announced soon…

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 then on Sunday, we are very fortunate to be inviting Monica to perform some music of her own.

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.

 

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.

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

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!

 

 

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!

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!

 

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

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!

 

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.

 

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 10th! Come and check out live music in your very own community.

 

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!

 

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!

 

 

 

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!

 

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).

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, and will be coordinated by Arts Council staff. A PA system will NOT be provided but electricity is available (Please indicate if you plan to bring your own).

There is no fee to apply for the music program. However, Artists chosen to participate in the music program are required to be members of The Arts Council of New Westminster. Membership fees can be paid in person at The Gallery at Queen’s Park, via the mail, or via Paypal on our website. Individual memberships are $20. Student/Senior memberships are $15.

Participants of the music program will be paid an honorarium for their performance.

To register, please fill out this following form at: http://artscouncilnewwest.org/buskers/
All inquires, email music@acnw.ca

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Margene - web - October 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Nathen Aswell - web - October 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Daniel Sebastian-Cheung - web - October 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Emma and Roland Nipp - web - Oct 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Masa Ichigo - web - Oct 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Timothy Lambert - web - October 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Mike Dunbar - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Joline - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Daven - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Katie and Peter Chow - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Jeff Neufeld - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Jayne Trimble - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Emma Toth - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Barry Wilson - web - September 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Katie and Peter Chow - web - August 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Jayne Trimble - web - August 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Chris and Justin O'Connor - web - August 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Norine Braun - web - August 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Emily - web - August 2016

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Ranj Singh - August 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Jonathan Zylberg - August 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Mike Dunbar - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Scared to be Seen - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Masa Ichigo - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Timothy Lambert - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Emma and Roland Nipp - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Larry's Brother ft. Barry Wilson - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Bruce - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Banx - July 2016 - web

ACNW - Uptown Unplugged - Instagram - June 2016 -web