Music in the Courtyard at the Firehall Arts Centre

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The Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre (“VIM”) present the 2021 Music in the Courtyard series this summer from Friday, July 30th to Sunday, September 5th. Performances for the second edition of this series will take place outdoor in the courtyard at The Firehall Arts Centre every Wednesday to Sunday.

Music in the Courtyard 2021
Top: M’Girl (Renae Morriseau), Electronica Night, Gentle Party. Bottom: Emily Molloy, Tonye Aganaba (Yasmin Hannah Photography), Handmade Blade

Music in the Courtyard at the Firehall Arts Centre

  • When:  Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm
    • with the exception of the concert on Sunday, August 1st, which is scheduled for 7:00pm 
  • Where: Firehall Arts Centre (Courtyard – 280 East Cordova St, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: On sale today! They are expected to go quickly as each performance is limited to 50 patrons.
    •  Patrons will be required to wear masks in public areas within the building, but may remove their masks once seated in the outdoor courtyard area. 


“The Firehall is thrilled to be working with the Vancouver Independent Music Centre on Music in the Courtyard,” says Artistic Producer Donna Spencer. “It is fabulous to be welcoming people back to live music performances, and with such an amazing range of musical talent. I think this series is fast becoming a must-hear event in the Vancouver summer season!” Check out the impressive lineup:

Friday, July 30 at 7:00pm 
Percussive hand drum songs that blend harmonies to reflect their cultural practice and personal journeys.  Renae Morriseau, Michelle Bardach, Sherryl Sewepegaham, & Beaver Thomas. 

Saturday, July 31 at 7:00pm 
Haram (presented in partnership with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival) 
Arabic avant-garde ensemble mixes wild abandon with lyrical time tested melodies. Gord Grdina, François Houle, Jesse Zubot, JP Carter, Chris Kelly, Emad Armoush, Tommy Babin, Kenton Loewen, Liam MacDonald, & Tim Gerwing. 

Sunday, August 1st at 7:00pm 
Gentle Party (guest curator, Peggy Lee) 
Solos, duo, and trio create lush, mischievous, “achingly beautiful” soundscapes and harmonies.  Meredith Bates, Elisa Thorn, & Jessicka. 

Wednesday, August 4 & Thursday, August 5 at 7:00pm 
Small Town Artillery (with guest opener Aza Nabuko) 
Kaslo-born, Vancouver-based rock & roll band with a horn section. Founding members are brothers Tom and Derek van Deursen, who have been playing music together for 20 years. 

Friday, August 6 at 7:00pm 
Microcosmos Quartet 
String Quartet Masterworks: Franz Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” and Thomas Adès’ “Arcadiana”.  Marc Destrubé, Andrea Siradze, Tawnya Popoff, & Rebecca Wenham. 

Saturday, August 7 at 7:00pm 
The C.R. Avery Orchestra (presented in partnership with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival) 
C.R. Avery, Elyse Jacobson, Shannon Scott, Molly MacKinnon, Ross Fairbairn, John Kastelic, & Doug Gorkoff. 

Sunday, August 8 at 3:00pm
Only a Visitor 
Vocal-driven art-pop/indie. Deceptively catchy, poetry-forward songs. Robyn Jacob, Emma Postl, Celina Kurz, Jeff Gammon, & Kevin Romain. 

Thursday, August 12 at 7:00pm 
Emily Molloy 
Emily Molloy is one part soul, one part blues, and a gallon of rock and roll. 

Friday, August 13 at 7:00pm 
Murray Porter 
Soulful blues piano man from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. 

Saturday, August 14 at 7:00pm 
Mohamed Assani Trio 
Assani takes his sitar to new realms with music from his latest album Wayfinder.  Mohamed Assani, Jeans Le Doujet, & Liam MacDonald. 

Sunday, August 15 at 3:00pm 
Tonye Aganaba 
Their music is connected and intimate, a kind of vulnerability for which we all hunger. 

Friday, August 20 at 7:00pm 
Ad Mare with guest artist Julia Nolan 
Stellar woodwind quintet performs a great spectrum of repertoire, in genre and epoch.  Marea Chernoff, Sophie Dansereau, Christopher Lee, Mark McGregor, Andrew Mee, & Julia Nolan. 

Saturday, August 21 at 7:00pm 
The History of Gunpowder 
Blues-inspired orchestrated chaos with an experimental tendency; Tom Waits meets Mars Volta meets Nick Cave.  Alex Morison, Katie Stewart, Mike WT Allen, Nikko Whitworth, Nik Focht, Cole Tinney, Bradshaw Pack, & Jen Davidson. 

Sunday, August 22 at 3:00pm 
Rumba Calzada 
Eclectic, powerful mix of salsa, jazz, and Afro-Cuban rhythms.  Raphael Geronimo, Allan Johnston, Lou Mastroianni, Rolo Preza, Rod Murray, & Tristan Paxton. 

Wednesday, August 25 at 7:00pm 
Ophelia Falling 
Symphonic metal at its finest. Powerful vocals over a dense arrangement of power metal accompanied by orchestra and choir. 

Friday, August 27 at 7:00pm 
Quatuor André Lachance 
Music shaped by jazz and informed by pop, prog rock, and improvised ambient electronic textures.  André Lachance, Brad Turner, Chris Gestrin, & Joel Fountain. 

Saturday, August 28 at 7:00pm 
Electronica Night 
An evening of progressive electronica with three of Vancouver’s most exciting performers. x41 – ambient; Hitori Tori – breakcore; & Sara Gold – drone. 

Sunday, August 29 at 3:00pm 
Brad Turner Quartet 
Internationally recognized Vancouver quartet of keen, intuitive, and skilled masters of jazz. Brad Turner, André Lachance, Bruno Hubert, & John Lee. 

Thursday, September 2 at 7:00pm 
Made in Canada: an agricultural song cycle (A Rice & Beans Production) 
Originally slated as a live theatre show titled Made in Canada: an agricultural operetta, the work has evolved into an album featuring 10 songs composed by Mishelle Cuttler. Blending mariachi influences with lyrics sourced from the words of seasonal temporary foreign workers, news articles, and legal text surrounding the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, Made in Canada: an agricultural song cycle braids a musical journey that amplifies the narratives of the people who harvest our food and nourish us throughout the pandemic. 

Friday, September 3 at 7:00pm 
Alvaro Rojas’ Gran Kasa (guest curator, Peggy Lee) 
A 70s prog band, a salsa band, and a string quartet going on a road trip together. Alvaro Rojas, Meredith Bates, Peggy Lee, Chris Gestrin, James Meger, Sam Cartwright, & Liam MacDonald. 

Saturday, September 4 at 7:00pm 
Handmade Blade (guest curator, Peggy Lee) 
Striking and explosive improvisations and compositions from three musicians with a huge sonic palette.  Aram Bajakian, JP Carter, & Peggy Lee. 

Sunday, September 5 at 3:00pm 
Alpha Yaya Diallo 
Guinean-born singer and guitarist. Diallo is among the most inspired and inspirational musicians in the world. Alpha Yaya Diallo with Naby Camara. 

For more information about this series and more, follow the Firehall Arts Centre on Facebook.

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