Music in the Courtyard

August 14, 2020

September 27, 2020


Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver


Events Description

The Firehall Arts Centre is pleased to present, Music in the Courtyard, a summer-long music series that will occur on weekends throughout August and September 2020.

August Schedule

Friday, August 14 | 7:00 PM – Latin Jazz Night (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

John Korsrud presents high-energy Latin jazz from Cuba and South America. Music by Eddie Palmieri, Arturo Sandoval and Irakere with Niho Takase (p), Ronny Swirl (b), Raphael Geronimo (d), Chris Couto (perc).

Saturday, August 15 | 7:00 PM – Blue Note Night
Blue Note Jazz Night features some of the best jazz musicians in Vancouver – playing groove-oriented jazz of Freddie Hubbard, Art Blakey, Grant Green and Stanley Turrentine with Steve Kaldestad (s), Chris Gestrin (p), Jeff Gammon (b), Joe Poole (d).

Sunday, August 16 | 3:00 PM – Cool Grooves Afternoon
John Korsrud presents an afternoon of funky groove-oriented fusion jazz with Brent Mah (s), Jillian Lebeck (p), Kerry Galloway (b), Omar Amlani (d).

Friday, August 21 | 7:00 pm – Zhambai (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Zhambai performs the polyrhythmic, hypnotic and deep traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe using the ancient mbira (thumb piano).

Saturday, August 22 | 7:00 pm – (In partnership with Savage Society)
Savage Society presents, The Backyard Sessions with Warrior Bunny, Sam Chimes, and Tzo’kam.

Sunday, August 23 | 3:00 pm – Celso Machado (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Virtuoso Brazilian guitarist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Celso Machado, transports his audiences through the richness and diversity of Brazilian music and beyond.

Thursday, August 27 | 7:00 pm – Elle Wolf Single Release Party

Elle Wolf’s new Galactic Synth Pop sound is touching on dark places, haunting self doubt, and ghosts of lovers past. Influenced by her time in Europe and her previous collaborations with local Electronic artists such as, Diana Boss, and Gabriel Savage, Elle Wolf has gone from her acoustic roots to synths and trigger pads.

Friday, August 28 | 7:00 pm – The Patsy Klein/Tony Wilson Band (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

A stunning and symbiotic collaboration, guitarist Tony Wilson’s original songs interweave bittersweet and transcendent melodicism with the plaintive, emotional voice of Vancouver hidden gem Patsy Klein. Understated and beautiful.

Saturday, August 29 | 7:00 pm – Waxwing (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Waxwing is a co-led group created by three veterans of the Vancouver music scene: Tony Wilson on guitar, Peggy Lee on cello and Jon Bentley on saxophones.

Sunday, August 30 | 3:00 pm – The Anti-Fogmatics (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

For a dose of country classic and original songs, heartfelt harmonies, and toe-tapping good times, look to the Anti-Fogmatics…just what the doctor ordered!

September Schedule

Friday, September 4 | 7:00 pm – Small Town Artillery

Saturday, September 5 | 7:00 pm – Small Town Artillery

Sunday, September 6 | 3:00 pm – Small Town Artillery

Small Town Artillery is a rock group with a horn section originally from Kaslo, British Columbia. They currently live & work in Vancouver BC. Bandleader Tom van Deursen (Guitar, Vocals) & brother Derek van Deursen (Drums, Vocals) have been playing together for 20 years, picking up their first instruments from pawn shops after seeing Colin James perform at the Kaslo Jazz Festival before either of them were teenagers.

Friday, September 11 | 7:00 pm – Gord Grdina Trio (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Gordon Grdina Trio has a massive dynamic range being at once quiet for an oud lead taqasim and then raging over a free form punk groove the next. The band is vibrant and exciting to see live as the audience never knows what is going to happen next. Gord Grdina, Tommy Babin, and Kenton Loewen.

Saturday, September 12 | 7:00 pm – Itamar Erez Trio (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Itamar Erez (guitars/piano), François Houle (clarinet), Jeff Gammon (bass), Kevin Romain (drums)

The Itamar Erez Quartet blends the delicateness of Middle Eastern music, the freedom found in jazz and the passion of flamenco. Based primarily on Itamar’s original compositions, the quartet of accomplished musicians and interpreters create music of depth and sensitivity that touches listeners deeply.

Sunday, September 13 | 7:00 pm – Sitka String Quartet (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Sitka String Quartet The Sitka String Quartet was formed by friends and colleagues in the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra after years of playing together.

Friday, September 18 | 7:00 pm – Paul Pigat (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

You’d never think it to look at Paul Pigat, but behind that unassuming grin and underneath those Doc Watson glasses lurks one of the most restless, combustible musical imaginations ever crammed like so much canned heat into a single body.

Saturday, September 19 | 7:00 pm – Ruby & Smith (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Ruby & Smith are a different kind of duo. Its members, Daphne Roubini and Andrew Smith, have chosen to strip their love of jazz, folk and roots music to their core components: two ukuleles paired with Daphne’s haunting vocals.

Sunday, September 20 | 3:00 pm – Laura Crema Quintet (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Laura Crema has a rare interpretive gift that allows her to inhabit a song and dive deeply into the lyrics of an old standard to suggest new meanings, shades and inferences that have lain dormant until they were lit up by the resonance and warmth of her voice.

Friday, September 25 | 7:00 pm – Triology (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)
Triology is an trio featuring three of Canada’s most award winning and sought after jazz musicians – Jodi Proznick, Billl Coon and Miles Black. This super group was fashioned after the great early jazz trios of Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson and features spontaneous arrangements of classic standards and beautiful original tunes by the trio members.

Saturday, September 26 |@ 7:00 pm – Microcosmos (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Microcosmos was formed in Vancouver in the spring of 2010 to perform the rich repertoire of string quartets written in the past 100 years.

Sunday, September 27 | 3:00 pm – Van Django (In partnership with Hard Rubber New Music)

Van Django is a Vancouver based acoustic string ensemble which performs primarily the swing jazz of 1930s Paris France made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.


Tickets : $20

How to get tickets?

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Date & Time:

Weekends throughout August and September 2020.

Fridays and Saturdays | 7:00 PM

Sundays | 3:00 PM (with the exception of the performance on Sunday, September 13, which will take place at 7:00 PM).

Venue & Address :

Firehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova Street, Vancouver

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