Calling all art lovers! Arts Alive is back for 2022!

Saturday, August 20, 10am to 5pm

With over 200 visual and performing artists, this "must attend festival" has become a signature event in the lower mainland. This free, family event features live musical performances, artists and artisans show casing a myriad of mediums, live demonstrations, a children’s venue and special performance surprises all day long!

LOCATION: McBurney Plaza, Fraser Highway, between 204 & 206 Street

Arts Alive Festival

Celebrating 27 Years of FREE non-stop family fun!

Saturday, August 20, 2022
10 am to 5 pm, Fraser Highway
Between 204 & 206 Street

Visual Artists & Artisans

Beautiful new work from the finest painters, potters, sculptors and jewellery designers.

Arts Alive Showcase Stage

All-day musical performances in McBurney Plaza from BC's most talented musicians.

Salt Lane Activities

Live music, fun activities & vendors.

Children’s Fun Zone

Free activities for children. 

Amazing Food

Enjoy local restaurants and food trucks.

 

FREE ALL DAY FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!


Entertainment Schedule

McBurney Plaza Main Stage

10am - 11:30am Krystal Dos Santos

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12pm -12:45pm Travis Bernhardt

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1pm - 2:45pm Ryan McAllister Band

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3pm - 5pm John Welsh & Los Valientes

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Salt Lane Stage

10am - 11:30am David Capper

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12pm - 1:45pm Nikita Afonso

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2pm - 3:30pm Dueling Pianos Vancouver

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4pm - 5pm His | Hers Music

TBD

Children's Zone Stage

10:30am - 11:15am Cosmos Stage Show

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11:30am - 12:15pm Ginalina Trio

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12:30pm - 1:15pm Mike Norden Magic Show

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1:30pm - 2:15pm Kellie Haines – Ventriloquist

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2:30pm - 3:15pm Wild Moccasin Dancers

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3:30pm - 4:15pm Aché Brasil – Dance & Music

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Performers

Krystle Dos Santos

Krystle Dos Santos is a 2x Western Canadian Music Award winning soul, jazz and R&B singer based out of Vancouver, Canada. With an extraordinary voice that is commanding, powerful and rich with talent, her music, inspired by classic and neo-soul combined with smooth R&B elements is executed brilliantly; It’s simultaneously elegant, bold and sensual similar to modern legends Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley.  Her performances are mesmerizing; She sings with sheer heart wrenching dominion about heartbreak, struggle and falling in love. Krystle’s charming, self-deprecating manner establishes an easy rapport with audiences. She performs with her wildly talented and well-suited 5-piece band creating a magnetic performance with an avalanche of sound. Dos Santos is a rare marvel in contemporary music “an analogue girl in the digital world.”

Travis Bernhardt

In 2008, Travis became a full time professional magician, fulfilling his master plan – retroactively decided upon – of never becoming qualified for anything else. Travis’ shows are fast paced, funny, and accessible. His years of performing in every conceivable venue, from ballrooms to intersections to theatres big and small, allow him to connect with any audience. Lately his multiple "best of fest" award winning magic shows have played to sold out houses at theatre festivals across Canada. Travis’ TV credits include Magic Producer for YTV’s Tricked writing, designing, building, and executing magic for all twenty episodes. He has consulted for CBC’s Strange Empire, Fox’s Lucifer, and the USA Network’s Psych, crafting magic, training actors in sleight of hand, and performing as a hand double. Travis also designs and writes routines for other magicians. His work has appeared on America’s Got Talent and he has created magic for theatre shows, ads, and web series. 

Ryan McAllister Band

Expect a blend of folk, southern rock and sing along good times from Ryan McAllister & his band. Over the last 20 years, Ryan has shared his sense of humour and unique, heartfelt songs at thousands of concerts worldwide, playing stages alongside artists ranging from Willie Nelson to Sam Roberts. His songs have charted on Billboard and his work as a producer recently won a Juno. Joining Ryan in his band are Langley residents Jeremy Friesen (bass & vocals), Jason Davies (guitar) and Jay Stewart (drums). Check out Ryan McAllister, North Country Gentlemen, and Dakona to hear their music online.

John Welsh & Los Valientes

John Welsh & Los Valientes began with the belief that music has the power to bring people together regardless of language, age or culture. With a global sound that appeals to a wide audience the band has been compared to artists such as Michael Franti and Manu Chao. Fluent in Spanish from a young age, John Welsh began his career performing at international student parties finding songs and musical styles that would engage people from around the world. After releasing his first EP “On The Road” Welsh and his band began touring throughout western Canada and the US. For his latest project, John Welsh has recruited a talented group of Canadian and Colombian musicians incorporating instruments such as the accordion and Colombian tiple. Blending upbeat rhythms from latin, reggae and soca music John Welsh & Los Valientes get crowds dancing and singing wherever they perform. A favourite at summer festivals and outdoor events, the band were last year’s nominees for “World Artist of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2017 their #FACTORFUNDED album "Vamonos Mi Chica" debuted at #2 on the iTunes Canada World Charts and was particularly well received in Mexico, producing two radio singles there with “Sayulita” and “Me Hace Sentir”. To date the band’s song “Sayulita” has surpassed 700k streams on Spotify and garnered support from listeners all over Canada, the US and Latin America. With performances from Edmonton, Alberta to Tijuana, Mexico the band has gained fans of all ages and cultures with their diverse sound and positive message. John Welsh & Los Valientes were recently nominated for a 2019 Fraser Valley Music Award and are currently working on their next album. 

David Capper

David Capper is a Vancouver based singer-songwriter and entertainer who has been performing professionally for over a decade. Coming from a diverse musical background, he has played in genres as varied as jazz, country, musical theatre and folk. 

Nikita Afonso

Rarely can one find artists who continue to generate organic music and artistry despite our increasingly superficial world. While many artists may be content to depend their career entirely on mainstream trends that are sure to garner views and traction, Nikita Afonso has made it her mission to create songs that provoke human emotion. She has taken her love of country music and made it her own, incorporating modern components and inspirations from her favourite artists, Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan, to name a few. Like the world, Nikita's artistry is continuously evolving, and yet, she maintains the quintessential elements of classic songwriting, moving listeners and putting music to emotions we have all felt and know. Her words and voice have enchanted audiences worldwide; the mesmerizing blend of pop and rock has allowed her opportunities to open for country star Paul Brandt, share the stage with the iconic Keith Urban, and awarded her countless accolades. Despite several international awards under her belt, Nikita's career continues to transcend across genres, particularly with the release of her highly acclaimed singles, Holy, My Heart, and House on A Mountain. 

Dueling Pianos Vancouver

Playing many favorite tunes to get the crowd singin’ along as well as requests of all types. From boogie woogie rockin’ blues of Jerry Lee Lewis, standards from Elton John and Billy Joel, sing-a-long anthems like Bohemium Rhapsody and Don’t Stop Believing, classics, modern and everything in between… a fun time is guaranteed for all!  

His|Hers Music

Gideon and Ashley are singers, songwriters and musicians and there is little they haven't sacrificed for the sake of their love and their music. They have flown thousands upon thousands of miles, lost jobs, said goodbye to family members and started from scratch several times over just to be together. Now, with a new baby in tow, Gideon and Ashley are embarking again on new adventures and new music. Originally from Uganda, Gideon fuses his East African heritage into every song he writes, gleaning inspiration from the greats such as Sauti Sol, Maurice Kirya, and Juliana Kanyomozi. Ashley immersed herself in The Great American Songbook from an early age listening to an eclectic selection of musicians ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Ms. Lauryn Hill. Ashley grew up in and around Vancouver but treasures the short time she spent living in Uganda.

Cosmo's Pop-Up Circus

Cosmo has an arsenal of antics in her clown trunk. Circus surprises abound with flying hats, precipitous balancing acts, and inspired confusion. What will pop up next? Prepare yourselves for a generous helping of danger, dorkyness, and delight as she attempts valiantly to share the joys of circus with the audience, while skirting disaster. Witness the comedic stylings of Cosmo as she juggles, balances, and bumbles her way through this exciting show. About Melissa Aston: brings 20 years experience to the U.S. and Canadian stage, circus ring, and hospital. As the sole female clown in the historic Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, she toured the U.S. on a circus train. Melissa has wrestled sharks in a duck pond and set funny bones at BC Children's Hospital. She has swallowed flaming marshmallows in Catholic school shows, and juggled deadly machetes for a famous contemporary Canadian photographer.

Ginalina Trio

Heart-forward and three-time Juno nominated Ginalina creates a world of indie folk music and beautiful children's books that celebrate family, children, nature, community, and the connections we share between them. Her songs and stories are respectful and real, warm and winsome, fun and folky, emotive and energizing. Together, and in English, Mandarin, and French, with loved ones, strangers, and friends, we can share wild and wonderful moments of singing, dancing, and a sort of kindness that this world needs more than ever.

Mike Norden Magic Show

Norden was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC. When he was 19 he moved to Surrey for a few years, but ended up in Burnaby in 1999. There he found the local magic shop, as well as the one in Vancouver – and his love for the art began. After moving to Maple Ridge where they lived for 7 years, he and his wife relocated to her home town of Mission – where they reside today, but Norden still performs all over the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley area! He has toured the entire province and has performed in over 200 towns, cities and districts across BC! Now after almost 20 years performing, Norden is known as one of the TOP children's magicians in the entire country. He is the only Canadian magician in history to win the top award for Children's Magic for ELEVEN years now! His humor filled show and his wacky behaviour delights children and adults of all ages. If you want your guests scratching their head in wonder and laughing so hard their sides hurt – then Norden is your answer! 

Kellie Haines – Ventriloquist

This hilarious show blends musical numbers with fast paced ventriloquism comedy bits, with Magrau the bird and Kamilla the frog!  After a brief musical warm-up with Kellie, the audience meets Magrau the bird, who is a little hungry and full of surprises. He and Kellie take a series of comic detours – like a mangled rendition of the Itsy-Bitsy Spider song to a cupcake caper. Next, we meet Kamilla the frog, a precocious four year-old frog with red hair. When it becomes clear that Kamilla forgot to round up other frogs for her big production number, Kellie invites audience members on stage to help save the show. This heartwarming and funny show concludes with a final song about believing in yourself called Never Give Up! 

Wild Moccasin Dancers

Shyama-Priya began her journey of learning to pow wow dance as a teen. Dancing helped Shyama-Priya in many ways to build confidence, and gave her a purpose and a sense of self. Shyama-Priya is of Celtic Icelandic and Indigenous Cree descent from her mothers side. From her late Dad's side, she is Bihari. Having mixed heritage and questions being raised about identity, she had to ask herself why she dances? There are many people who feel lost and unsure of where they come from or where they fit in. Dancing connected Shyama-Priya to her spirit. It connected her to a part of herself that goes beyond the physical reality. Sometimes we meet people who see something in us, that we don’t see in ourselves. When Shyama-Priya met Coast Salish dancer, Curtis Joe over 20 years ago, aka her uncle, he sat down beside her and invited her to join pow wow dance classes. He showed her the importance of having an instructor who takes the time to help others realize their own potential. Our gifts are our blessings and to honor our gifts, we must share them. Learning to dance changed her life and even if one person finds connection to themselves by learning, then Shyama Priya feels she has honoured her traditions by passing them down to others.

Ache Brasil

Aché Brasil represents the culture, the traditions, the beliefs, the music and the movement of the people of Brazil. Equal parts dance, music, spectacle, Aché Brasil has played to enthusiastic audiences and critical acclaim from all over North America receiving a nomination for "Live Performers of the Year" at the West Coast Music Awards. Aché Brasil specializes in the performance of popular and traditional Afro-Brazilian music, dance and rhythms. Amazing acrobatic feats and dances all done to a combination of Brazil’s most infectious rhythms, featuring a fabulous back-up band comprised of some of Brazil’s and Canada’s finest musicians. While Aché Brasil’s music is rooted in the more traditional forms of Brazilian rhythms: Samba, Maracatu, Coco de Roda, Capoeira; it also reflects the influences of Brazilian and North American pop. These influences have created something new, Aché Brasil’s own contribution to the evolution of Brazilian music. Originating from Pernambuco, by founder and director, Mestre Eclilson de Jesus, the group has gone on to receive international acclaim, performing in thousands of festivals and special events including 19 shows for the 2010 Olympic Games Celebration Sites; Jazz and Folk Festivals, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre; as well as many television programs such as, On The Road Again - CBC; Anti-Racism Campaign - Much Music; Knowledge Network - Learning channel, and more.