'Sidewalk Cellist' featured at Uptown Unplugged this weekend

She's known as "The Sidewalk Cellist," and she's bringing classical music to the streets of New Westminster this weekend.

Clara Shandler is in the lineup for this weekend's Uptown Unplugged summer busking series.

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Shandler, with her carbon-fibre cello, offers up a mix of everything from Johann Sebastian Bach to Nirvana, along with a wide range of styles in her own original compositions.

Also featured will be Bodhi Jones, who in 2009 earned B.C. Artist of the Month honours from Virgin Radio, was voted into the Peak Performance Project's top 20 and was named Vancouver's Best Busker by the Georgia Straight.

Over the past eight years, Jones has recorded five EPs and four full-length albums, selling more than 25,000 copies and continuing his busking on Vancouver streets.

Other featured artists include the Vancouver duo Ladybird, featuring singer Britt MacLeod and harpist Elisa Thorn.

Uptown Unplugged is on the outdoor stage at the Westminster Centre, presented by Westminster Centre and the Hyack Festival Association.

This weekend's schedule:

Saturday, July 20

Noon: Ladybird

1 p.m.: Bodhi Jones

1:30 p.m.: Kylie Shorter

2 p.m.: Clara Shandler

3 p.m.: Amanda Marino

3:30 p.m.: Bodhi Jones

4 p.m.: Kylie Shorter

4:30 p.m.: Amanda Marino

Sunday, July 21

Noon: Macabre and the Butterfly

1 p.m.: Braden Daniel

1:30 p.m.: John Bowman

2 p.m.: Kellan Banes

2:30 p.m.: The Groove Merchants

3:30 p.m.: Braden Daniel

4 p.m.: John Bowman

4:30 p.m.: Kellan Banes

For full details check out the Hyack website at www.hyack.bc.ca or www.facebook.com/uptownunplugged.

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