The Arts Alive Festival
Celebrating 25 Years of free non-stop family fun!
Visual Artists & Artisans
Beautiful new work from the finest painters, potters, sculptors and jewellery designers.
Arts Alive Showcase Stage
All-day performances from BC's most talented musicians in McBurney Plaza.
Salt Lane Activities
Live music, fun activities & vendors.
Children’s Fun Zone
FREE activities for children.
Sponsored by Don Tebbutt of Royal LePage Wolstencroft
Enjoy local restaurants, food trucks or the stage side beer garden.
NON-STOP MUSICAL PERFORMANCES AND DEMONSTRATIONS!
FREE ALL DAY FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!
McBurney Plaza Main Stage
|10am - 11am||Ashley & Giddy Kizito||facebook.com/giddyandashleymusic|
|11am -1pm||David Beckingham||davidbeckingham.com|
|1pm - 3pm||Clay Ravens||clayravens.com|
|3pm - 5pm||Echo Nebraska||echonebraska.com|
Children's Venue Busking Style
Ashley & Giddy Kizito
Giddy is from a family of musicians including his grandfather the late, great George William Kakoma who composed the Ugandan National Anthem. Giddy spent years traveling with the world renowned Watoto Children’s Choir. Giddy was also a long-standing member of one of Uganda’s most renowned bands, Janzi Band, where he was the lead singer, and guitar player. Ashley found musical inspiration from her father and the jazz standards he loved. She spent much of her adolescence familiarizing herself with the Great American Songbook. Ashley has performed and recorded locally and abroad for years. Now that Giddy + Ashley are together in Canada, they are creating original music that pulls inspiration from the music they love, and the sounds and vibes of Ugandan music.
After years with Canadian Juno Award nominated Hey Ocean, Beckingham released his debut album, Just When The Light (May 2016). The album’s folk-pop gems touch on existential gratitude and deep, personal unrest. Among other festivals Beckingham was thrilled to headline at Edge Of the World Fest, Haida Gwaii in 2017. His album was released in Germany through Greywood Records on December 1st 2017 and David has just returned from extensive tours through Europe and across Canada.
Clay Ravens are a rocking six-piece heavy-folk band from Vancouver BC. Their sound combines the soul of Americana lyrics with masterful improvisation skills and foot stomping melodies reminiscent of the Drive by Truckers, Neil Young & Steve Earle. They blend acoustic elements of folk music with the electric power of rock to create a fresh sound that feels familiar. They’re are known for their high energy live performances that keep audiences engaged and craving more.
Hold up to the Fire, Echo Nebraska’s sophomore effort, sees the Vancouver folk-rock outfit expand on their reputation of combining soul-strung acoustic songs with melodic pop sensibilities. They were determined to write music that was universally accessible and affirming, focusing on introspective themes of love, loss and perseverance. The band spent the past two years touring Send the Ships across Canada, with drummer Mike Lauder, violinist Carly Frey and bassist Dan Ponich. After showcasing at BreakOut West 2016 in Regina, SK and CMW 2017 in Toronto, ON, Echo Nebraska turned their attention to writing the songs that would eventually make up the new record. The title track, 'Hold up to the Fire' was written in honour of bassist and founding member, Gunn Park, weeks after he lost his battle to cancer.
Rossi is a Vancouver based multi-instrumentalist performing on Spanish guitar, Caribbean Steel Drum, and Vocals. His music incorporates a fusion of styles from Spanish Rumbas, Nuevo Flamenco, to Brazilian Jazz and Calypso. Rossi infuses the fiery sound of his Spanish guitar with the subtle and mellow sound of the Caribbean steel drum creating a unique new style that Rossi likes to call Contemporary Caribbean Fusion. Rossi has performed and toured extensively in South Africa, Europe, and North America. He is now based in Vancouver, Canada.
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