Starting January 21st, New Westminister’s Anvil Centre presents OUTSIDE/IN, a series of six free performances and events between January and March. Featuring six regions of Canada, OUTSIDE/IN is a free celebration of arts and culture with “IN” performances at the Anvil Theatre feature nationally-renowned performing artists from different parts of Canada. “OUTSIDE” is an outdoor street festival from 2pm to 5pm on performance days in Hyack Square, featuring local artisans, musicians and more.
Everyone is invited to come IN to experience exceptional live performing arts or go OUTSIDE to connect with family, friends and neighbours.
Made possible from a grant from the Department of Canada Heritage (Celebration and Commemoration Program), the IN series includes:
Saturday, January 21, 7:30pm
BC World Music Collective (British Columbia)
Bringing together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, the U.K. and Canada, the BC World Music Collective takes you on a worldwide listening journey without leaving your seat! Adonis Puentes, Celso Machado, Tonye Aganaba, Kurai Blessing, JP Carter, Locarno (Tom Landa, Pedro Mota, Robin Layne, Liam MacDonald, Nick La Riviere, Kalissa Landa, JeanSe LeDoujet) and First Nations (St?:lo/ St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux Territories) rapper, Ostwelve weave their own musical traditions together to create a high-energy, truly global music experience.
Saturday, January 28, 7:30pm
A double bill with New Dance Horizons and Farhad & Daniel (Prairies)
New Dance Horizons (NDH) is a Regina-based dance company and presenter, nationally recognized as a champion of creative dance. They will present RE-Tangled, with dancers Anastasia Evsigneeva and Anna Protsiou, and Flowers, ode to the beginnings and ending of life.
Farhad & Daniel provide the second half of this Prairie double-bill gives the audience the opportunity to hear the evocative sound of this ancient Persian instrument, the santur, performed in a contemporary style that traverses time. Farhad Khosravi’s santur weaves naturally with the earthy sounds of Daniel Stadnicki’s percussion, creating a seamless musical journey.
Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm
Morgan Toney (East Coast)
Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney brings together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq People with brilliance and heart. This concert features Toney (fiddle/lead vocals), Keith Mullins (guitar/vocals/foot percussion), Colin Grant (fiddle), Boyd MacNeil (bazouki/banjo), Aaron Prosper (dancer/vocals) and Sarah Prosper (dancer/vocals).
Saturday, February 25, 7:30pm
New North Collective (Northern Canada)
The New North Collective (NNC) is an ensemble of performing artists from the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Their music is a message from the north – at once both contemporary and traditional, engaging and thought-provoking. Featured: singer/songwriter Diyet from the Kluane First Nation, Nunavut’s Sylvia Cloutier (throat singer/drum dancer), Carmen Braden from Yellowknife (piano, vocals), Graeme Peters (guitar, vocals), Bob Hamilton (steel pedal guitar, mandolin), Selena Savage from Yukon (trombone) and North Vancouver’s Eric Redd (guitar, bass, mandolin).
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Taking their name from the word for heart in the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, the women-led ensemble, OKAN, fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage, and love.
Saturday, March 18, 7:30pm
Sinha Danse (Quebec)
Sinha Danse is a professional contemporary dance company based in Montreal and founded by Roger Sinha over 25 years ago. Creating, producing, and presenting contemporary dance are the center of the company’s mandates, choreographing with a level of excellence inspired by the Indian cultural heritage of its founder.
IN performances take place at ANVIL THEATRE, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster. Performances are free but advance tickets are required; some performances are already sold out so book tickets soon online at anviltheatre.ca
On the same dates, and highlighting the same Canadian region, OUTSIDE Street Festival takes place from 2pm-5pm at Hyack Square, New Westminster.