Free Concerts Every Weekday outside CBC Vancouver

Dustin Bentall and the Outfit (including Kendel Carson) at the CBC Plaza

The summer of freebies continues.  In case you haven’t already noticed, free daily concerts are being staged downtown outside the CBC studios on Hamilton Street from noon-1 p.m. all summer long.  The free music series, called Musical Nooners, started back in July and will continue until Aug. 26.

The concerts only last 60 minutes, but it’s a fantastic way to spend your lunch hour if you happen to be downtown.

So far, some great local acts have taken to the CBC’s outdoor stage, including Juno-winning songwriter Greg Sczebel, Dan Moxon of Bend Sinister and the Brazilian group Ache Brazil.   Here’s a video of Vancouver bluegrass band Headwater performing at last year’s Nooners series:

There are some excellent bands slated to perform in the days ahead.   On Monday, Aug. 8, local Kanye West-influenced hip-hop artist Panther and the Supafly take the stage.  On Thursday, Aug. 11, you can catch local Rockabilly icon Paul Pigat.  And on Friday, Aug. 12, pop-rockers Sun Wizard perform.

The remainder of the schedule hasn’t been announced yet (at least not that I’ve been able to find).  But I think that half the fun is actually just showing up and being surprised by whatever act happens to be on stage.  The genres are so diverse – from rap to rock, country to roots – that you always get to listen to something new.  Plus, it’s free.

CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners are presented every weekday afternoon from noon-1 p.m. at the CBC’s outdoor stage on 700 Hamilton St. (between Robson and W. Georgia Streets).  The concerts continue from now through Aug. 26.

Has anyone been to one of this year’s Musical Nooners?  What did you think of the show?

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