Hoping to catch an aca-awesome performance at this year’s Uptown Live? Well, look no further. New Westminster’s own a capella singing group Quayside Voices will be belting out custom arrangements of hit songs and classic tunes to offer a harmonic alternative to festivalgoers.
Stephanie Lam, creator of the group, believes it’s their unplugged, unaccompanied sound that sets them apart from other artists in the Uptown Live lineup.
“We’re kind of like your local Pentatonix,” says Lam. “We’re looking forward to seeing the wow on people’s faces.”
The group has performed at various festivals and events across the city since coming together in 2013, including last year’s Pride picnic and Quayside Boardwalk Festival and Sale. Three out of the five main vocalists live in New West, and Lam says performing in such an evolving city is a treat.
“I really like the vibe,” she says. “We like the direction of where it’s going. It’s really geared towards people our age, the next generation.”
Quayside Voices’ setlist for Uptown features arrangements of many familiar favourites, including Meghan Trainor’s All About the Bass and the David Guetta hit Titanium.
The group will also be preforming at the New West Pride Street Party, where they’ll be part of a crowd singalong of True Colors by LGBT activist Cyndi Lauper, in light of the recent mass shooting at Orlando’s queer nightclub, Pulse.
“We want to be funky and we want to motivate people,” says Lam.
Quayside Voices take the Buy-Low Foods Stage at 2 p.m., Saturday July 23 at Uptown Live street fest.