Arts & Culture

Summer nights swing at the Cannery

By Lorraine Graves

Published 4:17 PDT, Fri July 6, 2018

At the end of each summer week, wanderers, strolling people or those who just make a point of heading into Steveston after supper, will all have a chance to feast on a variety of toe-tapping music as the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site once again starts their affordable Friday night concert series, Music at the Cannery.

The first concert on Friday the thirteenth of July offers six-piece alt country Wayward Hearts. Featuring accordion, violin and banjo the band affords the audience a lively and happy time.

For the second Friday night of Music at the Cannery on July 20, Vancouver’s Halifax Wharf Rats bring Irish and Scots folk tune with an East Coast twang that turns the concert into a kitchen party.

July 27, Rock Line returns to the cannery. Gerry and Trevor Layton mix Brit rock with their own releases.

Aug. 3, the long weekend kicks off with vintage music from the Beauty Shop Dolls channeling the spirit of The Andrews Sisters and the Chordettes. The vocal trio help listeners roar through the twenties, swing in the fourties, twist with the fifties and rock on for the sixties.

Aug. 10 sees the Irish Wakers return by popular demand. Their fusion of Irish and Maritime music got people up dancing in the aisles last year. It was a night when everyone felt like a seafarer as they tapped their toes to the fiddle, the Irish flute, the mandolin, guitar and bodhran.

At the Aug. 17 concert, the Steve Kozak Band offers westcoast style soul and roots music. According to the Cannery’s Mimi Horita, “Maple Blues Award winning artist Steve Kozak is on guitar and vocals accompanied by Dave Roger Brant on bass, and John Nolan on drums.”

Aug. 24 brings Indie Folk/Roots trio bring you classic Canadiana with Willy Blizzard’s warm sounds of double bass, acoustic and electric guitar, banjo.

For the last concert of the summer, Aug. 31, Hirota calls the group, “A crowd-pleaser. Harpdog is an award-winning harmonica player and one of Canada's premiere blues singers; accompanied by piano and drum.”

Inclement weather doesn’t stop the fun. All concerts are planned for the outdoor Tank Deck but, if the weather doesn’t follow the plan, musicians and audience will find themselves indoors, inside the cozy wooden environment of the cannery.

Tickets $7 at the door on the night of the concert. Come early to get a seat. If you don’t get into the Tank Deck, you can loiter in the park outside and still hear the music. The museum can be found at 12138 Fourth Ave. at Moncton Street, Steveston Village. Call 604-664-9009 for details or check the website.

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