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Music shines at the Cannery Museum

Lorraine Graves   Jun-23-2017

Sunny Friday night venue for music at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Rainy Fridays, the concert is indoors.

Photo courtesy Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society


Fair weather or foul, tourist and residents alike can enjoy music at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site every Friday evening this summer.

In fair weather, those enjoying a leisurely stroll through Steveston can stop at the cannery’s Tank Deck for the 6:30 p.m. concert outdoors. In fowl weather, those looking to get out of the rain can cozy into the woody warmth of the museum itself.

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The music ranges from Sibel Thrasher’s jazz to lilting folk from theIrish Wakers to blues from Harpdog Brown. One of the scheduled groups even has the appropriate name, Cannery Row.

The concerts start July 7 and run through Aug. 25. The $7 admission buys an evening of toe-tapping fun in historic Steveston.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is not a museum of static displays; it’s a place to really experience the fishing industry in this 1894 fish processing plant with things to touch, see, and smell with a few surprises along the way. (Just walk through the indoor fishing boat to find one of them.) This highly interactive museum has lots for kids to explore and try as well as information on the west coast fishery through history up to present day.

All 2017 admissions to National Parks and Historic sites is free for Canada 150.

The Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site of Canada is operated by the non-profit Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society, on behalf of Parks Canada.

Location: 12138 Fourth Avenue at Moncton, Richmond (Steveston Village).

Hours: Open daily, year round from 10am-5pm. www.gulfofgeorgiacannery.org

Performers’ List for Music at the Cannery - Friday Nights in July and August

July 7: Cannery Row. Purveyors of fine roots music and diverse range of instruments including piano, fiddle, guitar, accordion and more.

July 14: Willy Blizzard. Indie Folk/Roots trio playing the warm sound of double bass, acoustic and electric guitar and banjo.

July 21: Harpdog Brown. One of Canada's premiere blues singer and award-winning harmonica player, accompanied by piano and drum.

July 28: Norine Braun Trio.Award-winning artist performing a mix of roots, rock and blues with versatile vocals and harmonies.

August 4: Rock Line. Father and son, Gerry and Trevor Layton, bring you the best of Brit rock along with recent releases.

August 11: Irish Wakers. Lively Irish and Maritime music accompanied by flute, mandolin, guitar, bodhran and provincial fiddle champion Michael Burnyeat.

August 18: Sibel Thrasher. Jazz classics with smooth and soulful vocals and Sibel's unique style.

August 25: Company B Jazz Band. Vancouver’s foremost vintage jazz harmony group. A 6-piece ensemble featuring a female vocal trio (à la the Andrews and Boswell Sisters) framed by clarinet/sax, guitar, and upright bass.


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