Music in the Park

This year enjoy the summer with an afternoon performance in Lions Park every Saturday from 1-4pm. Music in the Park features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver, playing a variety of genres.  All ages welcome.  This event is FREE and Rain or Shine.

https://www.portcoquitlam.ca/recreation/events-attractions/summer-in-th…

Lions Park (2300 Lions Way)        Saturdays            Jul 6 – Aug 31                     1-4pm                  
Saturday July 6th

Taylor Meers, 1:00-2:00pm
Taylor Meers primary goal as a musician is to move people, both physically and emotionally.  His style combines groove, melody, and storytelling into one package, so anyone can come away from his music with a layered experience. His motivation for creating mainly comes from an innate need for expressing things that aren’t always easy to put into words, coupled with the idea that what he does for himself is a free therapeutic exercise. Main themes in his work include human connection and a desire to navigate the distance between people, as well as alienation and existential exploration.

Les Finnigan, 2:00-4:00pm
Canadian acoustic guitarist Les Finnigan specializes in composing, recording and performing new original pieces for solo acoustic guitar. His compositions combine polymodal and counterpoint techniques, standard and alternate tunings, and hybrid picking (fingerstyle and flatpicking), to create music that is artistic, thought provoking, and rich with melodic motifs. http://www.lesfinnigan.com
Saturday July 13th

Barry Wilson, 1:00-2:00pm
Barry Wilson is a local performer who can be found performing solo at various farmers markets, craft shows, and charity fundraiser events. In live performances Wilson will play a little of everything from rock, folk, country, modern pop, Irish traditional and even some blues.  http://www.barrywilson.org/

Bob Richard, 2:00-4:00pm
Bob Richard is a guitar player, singer, and songwriter who has been playing professionally for over 25 years. Bob’s combination of talents range from laid back acoustic, to electric up-tempo contemporary, blues, new country, rock, and even a little bluegrass when occasion calls.  His talent and dedication to guitar technique are evident when watching Bob perform. He has an obvious command and passion for his instrument, and it shows. https://bobrichard.webs.com/
Saturday July 20th

The Radnecks, 1:00-2:00pm
Formed in 2014, The Radnecks fuse classic and modern rock with elements of blues, folk, country and punk.  Featuring the talents of Jeff Myles (Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica), Archie McAffer (Drums/Vocals) and Alan Blackwaters (Vocals/Bass/Chapman Stick), The Radnecks are serious about creating fun, irreverent music that puts the listener first. A soundtrack equally potent for a night on the town or a kegger in the backcountry. http://www.theradnecks.com/

Gabriel Palatchi, 2:00-4:00pm
Join Argentinian pianist and composer Gabriel Palatchi for an eclectic musical journey with his original blend of genres such as latin jazz, tango, funk, middle east and more!  Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, Gabriel Palatchi started his first piano lessons at the age of 8. He spent his formative years in Buenos Aires studying classical piano, and being mentored by some of the great maestros of blues, tango, jazz and Latin jazz. After graduating in 2007 from Berklee international School, Argentina, he spent several months in Cuba where he studied latin jazz with the master “Chucho” Valdez. The album received critical acclaim from music industry journals, and was chosen as one of the best Latin Jazz albums of the year by JAZZ FM Toronto. https://www.gabrielpalatchi.com
Saturday July 27th

Allie McDonald, 1:00-2:00pm
Allie McDonald is an up-and-coming, classically trained artist. Her haunting sound and surprisingly powerful voice can give chills to even the most detached listeners.  Allie has spent her life writing songs that evoke the same kind of emotions out of her listeners as she feels when she’s writing them – whether it’s the good, bad, or ugly.  Allie’s diverse sources of inspiration and music styles contribute to her versatility as a performer and a songwriter. She has always been incredibly passionate in all that she does, and wants to spend the rest of her life learning more instruments, and continuing to write the often heartbreaking music she loves. www.facebook.com/the.allie.mcdonald/

Jessica Barbour, 2:00-4:00pm
Jessica Barbour is a musical soul from Langley, B.C. After chasing inspiration around the world for a few years, she has found herself back in her home town as a full-time performer. Pop music is Jessica’s first love and writing catchy melodies has always been her calling card. The newest project by Jessica Barbour is the 6 song, folk-pop EP entitled “I might be”. It is Jessica’s playful way of expressing the fact that she is always changing as a person and as an artist.  https://jessica-barbour.com/
Saturday August 3rd

William Clements, 1:00-2:00pm
William Clements is a french-canadian jazz vocalist who’s performed with several auditioned ensembles including the BCMEA, Envision Rep, and NiteCap jazz choirs. He was granted a full ride scholarship towards the Drayton Harbour Festival Camp in Washington in 2016, and gigs frequently with his jazz trio for local restaurants, conferences and private functions. Having performed for several years as a touring vocalist, Will is no stranger to the microphone.  Will has shared the stage with many notable artists including, Dee Daniels, Maria Schneider, Ineke Van Doorn, Colin Maskell, Dawn Pemberton, Steve Kaldestad and more. https://willclemmusic.weebly.com/   

Aaron Hardie, 2:00-4:00pm
Aaron Hardie first picked up the saxophone in his grade seven school band, and has been playing ever since.  As a performer, Aaron leads his own jazz quartet, which performs his original compositions in the modern jazz tradition. As well, he has a trio dedicated to playing various song forms from the standard jazz repertoire. As a freelance musician, Aaron has experience with various large and small ensembles and styles, including funk, R&B, salsa, swing, and rock. He continues to develop as a professional saxophonist through numerous playing opportunities.  https://www.aaronhardie.com/
Saturday August 10th

Alicja Moniatowicz, 1:00-2:00pm
For many talented musicians, it starts at an early age, and for Alicja this was no different. She has performed in a variety of venues from small to very large, participates in singing contests and is constantly working on her original material. She recorded her first 13 track, self-produced solo album at the age of 17. She went on to learn the art of recording and engineering and is using those skills to record her own songs.  She currently is the front woman for two bands. An Evanescence cover band named FOREVERESCENCE and an original material (rock/metal) project OUTSIDE EDEN. https://alicja3.wixsite.com/alicja-m 

Ben Cottrill, 2:00-4:00pm
By age 17, Ben Cottrill had already spent years as a busker and a songwriter, with every spare moment dedicated to his music. It wasn’t coincidence; it’s just hard to ignore destiny when it’s all you can hear. Raised among five skilled musicians, Cottrill’s fierce drive to achieve was instilled early on, as was his love for classic Folk, Rock and Soul music. After a decade of quietly honing his musical prowess, Cottrill released his first EP just weeks after graduating High School. The Red Lines EP scored him his first major win as a finalist in the Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists’ Program, complete with career mentorship and financial support from the likes of Universal Music. In January 2019, it was announced Cottrill was chosen out of 20,000 applicants to work with Bryan Adams on CTV’s The Launch music series, which aired February 2019. https://www.bencottrillmusic.com/
Saturday August 17th

Western Jaguar, 1:00-2:00pm
Hailing from Mission, British Columbia, Western Jaguar is an alternative indie rock group who has established themselves as a creative, dynamic and skilled musical force. Humbly originating as the solo project of songwriter Jeffrey Trainor, Western Jaguar has evolved into a stirring union of reverb drenched guitars, pulsating bass and bruising percussion. These elements are the cornerstones of Western Jaguar’s unmatched sound and provide the foundation for the group’s haunting and memorable melodies. Western Jaguar has drawn comparison to groups such as The War on Drugs, Foals and Death Cab For Cutie while simultaneously evoking connection to genres such as dream pop, art rock and post rock.  Western Jaguar is comprised of Trainor on guitar and vocals, Kier-Christer Junos on guitar and vocals, Ryan Domingo on bass and AJ Buckley on drums.  https://westernjaguar.tumblr.com

Matt Storm, 2:00-4:00pm
Matt Storm is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver B.C. As a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Matt produces and records all his own work at East Vancouver’s Orchid Studios. When he’s not creating his own tunes, he is hard at work helping other local artists realize their sonic vision as Orchid Studios house engineer. His sound can be described as indie soul, playing on classic references such as Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway, intertwined with new sounds like Emily King, Nick Hakim and Ray LaMontagne. Drawing on life experience and introspection, his songwriting searches for meaning through melancholy, and hopes to define love through vulnerability. www.mattstorm.ca
Saturday August 24th

Skyline Park, 1:00-2:00pm
Skyline Park believes their music doesn’t conform to one particular style of rock music. Their style blends straightforward alternative rock bangers, light pop-punk influenced songs, and heavier prog epics with a sound influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Alice in Chains, and Baroness. Skyline Park melds these sounds together to try and create a holistic experience for the listener from start to finish. Their aim is to push the boundaries of what rock music can sound like. https://skylinepark.ca

Bruce Coughlan, 2:00-4:00pm
A career songwriter and recording artist residing in British Columbia, Bruce Coughlan is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer with over three decades of professional experience. Bruce is regularly a featured artist at festivals, arts presentations, community and corporate events. He’s performed in 8 provinces, 38 states and has toured the United Kingdom on a dozen occasions.  Since recording his first LP in 1984, He’s recorded 14 albums of original and adapted traditional music across a broad range of the Roots Music genre. His songs have been recorded in turn by some of the most legendary names in Acoustic Music. http://www.songsmith.ca
Saturday August 31st

Groove Terminal, 1:00-2:00pm
Groove Terminal is a high energy show band made up of experienced male and female musicians that covers a wide variety of musically interesting material spanning such genres such as pop, blues, funk, soul, country, jazz and rock from the last 7 decades. With our extremely diverse selection of music, a Groove Terminal performance pretty much offers something interesting and entertaining for everybody. http://groove-terminal.weebly.com/

Jesse Waldman, 2:00-4:00pm
One of Jesse Waldman’s most cherished possessions is a cassette of his grandmother singing the Yiddish folk song Papirosen to his mother. A remnant, like the abandoned guitar discovered in his parent’s basement, that drove his rock ‘n roll dreams out of the suburban sprawl of Thornhill, Ontario, and into the bars of downtown Toronto. A journey cross-country led him to mountains, ocean, and into the arms of Vancouver’s Commercial Drive music scene. Now his home of over twenty years, the West Coast continues to inspire his lush imagery, sublime melodies, and outstanding technique. Influenced by folk and blues pioneers Townes Van Zandt, Taj Mahal, and Neil Young, Jesse has toured Canada, Western US, and the UK, performing everywhere from local pubs to soft-seat theatres, appearing at major festivals including Vancouver’s Folk and International Jazz Fests.  https://jessewaldmanmusic.com/

*Performers are subject to change without notice. Check latest updates on www.portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare, Facebook (Leigh Square Community Arts Village) or call 604.927.8400 for more info.
 

Location Address

2300 Lions Way
Coquitlam BC
Canada

Location name
Lions Park

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