TD Uptown Live Virtual Edition

TD Uptown Live is returning this summer – virtually!

New Westminster’s popular summer music festival, TD Uptown Live, is coming to your living room. The Uptown Business Association of New Westminster is pleased to announce that the annual festival will be presented as a virtual concert event this year and hosted by TV personality Fiona Forbes.

Fans of Uptown Live will be able to access the two-hour virtual broadcast on Saturday August 22 at 6:00 pm through the Uptown Live website and Facebook page. Performances include BC artists Warren Dean Flandez, Fionn, Brass Camel, Ezra Kwizera, Krystle Dos Santos, Colleen Rennison and Mazacote recorded live at the Massey Theatre in New Westminster. Each artists’ full concert will be available to view in its entirety following the August 22 live broadcast event.

“Uptown Live is an important event, not only to the Uptown New Westminster business area, but to the BC Music industry. After having to cancel this year’s summer festival due to COVID-19, we decided to reimagine the event,” said Bart Slotman, Board President, Uptown Business Association.

“The whole performing arts sector has been hit hard. Small businesses are suffering. The virtual concert is in response to the rapid changes in music content creation and distribution taking place throughout the world. There was an urgency to make something happen to shine a light on the incredible creators in our backyard and the businesses in our community while ensuring people are safe and healthy.”

“We are delighted to be playing a role in getting the industry working again,” said Douglas Smith, Managing Partner, Alliance West Sports & Entertainment who is producing the concert in association with Hubcast Media. “We are thrilled to be working with the team at Massey Theatre to make it happen.”

TD Uptown Live Virtual Edition 2020 is a presentation of the Uptown Business Association of New Westminster and is made possible through the support of TD Bank Group, Creative BC, and the City of New Westminster. The festival launched in 2012 and draws thousands to Uptown New Westminster each July. It has gained a reputation for showcasing top BC-based indie music artists.


VANJAM is a virtual battle-of-the-bands style music competition for emerging musicians in Vancouver, with an all-international judging panel! Discover some of Vancouver’s best underground bands as they show the rest of the world what makes Vancouver’s music scene so special. Music industry experts from the USA, France, The Netherlands, UK, Israel, Brazil, India, and Japan will deliberate and determine the final winners in a two-part livestream. For more information about the bands and judges, visit

July 31st: Find out who made it to the top 10!
August 7th: Watch the live awards show!

Sparky Spurr & The Wretched Sinners

Singer/songwriter Paula “Sparky” Spurr, a dynamic entertainer, fills the stage with her music and humor, both crazy originals and quirky covers. She’s joined by The Wretched Sinners, Jimmy Roy Kinloch on lap steel, Bob Petterson on bass, and Tony Lee on drums. They’ll get your toes tapping and lift your spirits right into next week.

Spiritual Warriors at LanaLou’s

The Spiritual Warriors, create music inspired by the land and life in the coast mountains of the Lilwat Nation. Their unique sound blends indigenous chants with contemporary roots, rock, and reggae rhythms. The uplifting beat underscores the beautiful harmonizing of the vocals sung in English and U’cwalmicwts, the Lil’wat Language. The Spiritual Warriors are led by father and daughter, Leroy Joe (vocals, guitar), and Daisy Joe (vocals) and are accompanied by Richard Doucet (djembe drum). The backbone of the Caribbean rhythm section is laid down by Mike Rowe (bass) and Tim Lall (drums) of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. Ancestors, their debut album was released in 2019 and won Best World Recording at the Native American Music Awards in New York. This truly unique band will take you on a cultural journey to the natural heartbeat of the Indigenous drum and the St’at’imc people.

This event has a limited number of seats at LanaLou’s. It will also be available online via live-stream from the ticket vendor.

Arts Matter Online: Song Catching with Yanti on Facebook Live!

From our friends in arts and culture. Visit Don’t Stop Here, find more events in British Columbia in the arts and culture industries.

Wednesday June 3rd at 5:30 PM on Yanti’s Facebook page:

Online together in community, we gently explore our voices through the songs of the Ubuntu Choir Network as taught in the oral tradition by local vocalist, Yanti.

There is no previous singing experience required, just watch Yanti and give it a try from the comfort of your home.

Yanti offers this free song catching event as part of the Penticton Arts Council’s Arts Matter Online program.

For more information or to apply for the Arts Matter Online program please visit:

#CULTUREDOESNTSTOP #ArtsMatter #PentictonArtsCouncil

Arts Matter Online: Listen + Create with Sam McNally

Sam McNally plays the French Horn for the community at home.

Visit our website on Saturday May 30th at 1:00 PM for Sam’s Arts Matter Online: Listen + Create performance!

A relative newcomer to the Okanagan, Sam McNally is passionate about making and teaching music. He currently teaches French Horn at the Penticton Academy of Music and performs with the Okanagan and Kamloops Symphonies. Sam has studied with various instructors throughout Canada and the UK, earning a Bachelor’s degree in performance and Master’s degree in Music.

For this Listen + Create Sam will be playing a selection of his favourite etudes that have accompanied him throughout his studies and into his career.

Sam offers this free performance for the community at home as part of the Penticton Arts Council’s Arts Matter Online / Listen + Create series and thanks the Penticton Arts Council, Province of BC, Canada Helps, Gore Mutual & generous community donors.

For more information or to apply for the Arts Matter Online program please visit:

#CULTUREDOESNTSTOP #ArtsMatter #PentictonArtsCouncil

Hope; #RedManTheAlbum LIVE From Rudegang Ent Studios

Coast Salish Hip Hop artist Hope (of Status Krew & Rudegang Entertainment) is going Live on May 20th to perform songs from his latest Album Red Man. The Livestream Performance will take place on Facebook and Instagram on May 20th at 7:30PM.
Make sure to follow Hope on Social Media for updates!



Follow the link to listen to Red Man

About Hope
Hope (born Patrick Kelly, 1984) is a professional Hip-Hop artist and performer from Leq’a:mel First Nation British Columbia, and based in Vancouver BC. Inspired by Tradition, Hope uses the art of storytelling and rhyme to depict life on the reservation and illustrate to others what it is to be indigenous. Releasing his first album with Indigenous Hip Hop Duo “Status Krew” in 2011, Hope has been steadily contributing to the BC Underground Hip Hop scene as well as the Indigenous Hip Hop scene through EP, Album and Music Video releases ever since. In 2014 Hope along with his rhyme partner “Doobie” joined local artist Mamarudegyal MTHC in co-founding Indigenous Hip Hop and Multimedia group “Rudegang Entertainment” Winning a Fraser Valley Music award in 2017 (Best in Hip Hop – Male) sparked new motivation for Hope, who then embarked on a new project and the most important album of his career thus far, “Red Man”, released July 2019.