Firehall Arts Centre Presents Music in the Courtyard

Emily Molloy. Photo: Firehall Arts Centre

The Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Independent Music Centre (VIM) are pleased to present the 2021 Music in the Courtyard series this summer from Friday, July 30 to Sunday, September 5. Performances for the second edition of this series will take place outdoor in the courtyard at The Firehall Arts Centre Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7:00pm, and Sundays at 3:00pm, with the exception of the concert on Sunday, August 1st, which is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Ticket prices range from $20 to $40, and it is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance at as tickets will go quickly. Each performance will be 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 lineup for the 2021 Music in the Courtyard series is as follows:

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.

Haram. Photo: Firehall Arts Centre

Gentle Party. Photo: Firehall Arts Centre

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, B.C.-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.

Microcosmos Quartet. Photo: Firehall Arts Cenre / Emily Cooper

Saturday, August 7 at 7:00pm
The C.R. Avery Orchestra (presented in partnership with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival)
“C.R. Avery is a creative avalanche…one has to remember to breathe through it all.” – Shayne Koyczan. 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.

“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!”

For more information on the Firehall Arts Centre, please visit the following platforms:


About Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society (VIM):

VIM is a nonprofit, charitable organization established in 2011 with a mandate to develop a well designed, central, accessible, sustainable and culturally diverse music centre. Through research and planning, we’ve heard from hundreds of musicians, music
presenters, concertgoers, managers and others to determine the vision and feasibility for a new state of the art venue for Vancouver. In 2018, the City of Vancouver passed zoning at the Plaza of Nation s to include a 20,000 square foot music centre based on the VIM’s
vision and plans.

About the Firehall Arts Centre:

The Firehall Arts Centre continues to open doors through the arts in celebration of the Canadian experience. Located in a heritage fire station that was built in 1906, the Firehall Arts Centre is one of the most unique cultural institutions in Vancouver, hosting over two hundred performances each year and bringing diverse audiences together to enjoy, discuss, question, and explore artistic works that reflect the society and world in which we live. With Artistic Producer Donna Spencer at the helm, the Firehall Arts Centre produces and presents theatre that is innovative, eclectic and at times politically-charged, as well as exquisite, cutting-edge dance performances and interdisciplinary works that challenge assumptions. The venue also acts as a host to visual arts exhibitions and performances from other performing arts organizations, supporting local and national artists. The Firehall Arts Centre is proud to support emerging artists and companies, and strives to program work that is inclusive, culturally rich, and reflective of the many voices and perspectives in Canada.


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