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New Westminster's Quayside Voices teams up with Victoria's Fifth Street for a concert of a cappella quintet music

When two a cappella quintets find each other, it only makes sense to team up.

That’s what New Westminster-based Quayside Voices and Victoria’s Fifth Street decided when they first worked together during a Canada Day performance at River Market this summer.

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They decided to go on tour together starting this fall, but, when a medical issue came up for one of Fifth Street’s members, the two groups postponed the tour until 2019. But their original tour launch date, Oct. 6, will still be a special occasion: the two groups are performing a special concert at 100 Braid Street Studios instead.

“We are all determined to put on an amazing experience and only see this as a detour for our tour QUINTEssential (because we’re both a cappella quintets),” writes Quayside’s Stephanie Lam in an email to the Record.

The Saturday, Oct. 6 concert – aptly named DETOUR – will feature a dozen pop hits arranged and performed by Quayside Voices, with special guests Fifth Street providing some jazz standards.

Quayside Voices will also feature a new singer in the lineup, as Elyse Kantonen is stepping in for regular lead Maggie Ma, who’s off on maternity leave.

The added treat for audiences is the chance to check out the work of artists who make their home at 100 Braid Street Studios, which pitches in as concert sponsor.

General admission tickets are $20, while student tickets are $15 (plus fees). General admission tickets bought before Oct. 1 are only $15. The show is family-friendly, and children six and under are free. See for information.



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