Do you enjoy live music but find that going to concerts is hard on your wallet?
From Jan. 21 to Mar. 18, the Anvil Centre is offering relief by hosting six days of free performances for visitors, featuring musicians from six regions across Canada.
The Outside/In concert series is a celebration of arts and culture, bringing together the community for a strong lineup of live performing arts.
“IN” performances will feature nationally renowned performing artists from different parts of Canada over the six days. The performances will happen every Saturday from January to March starting at 7:30 p.m.
The first performance, by BC World Music Collective, is slated for Saturday, Jan. 21, and will feature musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, the U.K. and Canada.
The second weekend will feature dancers New Dance Horizons, and musicians Farhad Khosravi and Daniel Stadnicki from the Prairies.
The Regina-based New Dance Horizons will present RE-Tangled, a remix of a duet dance and dance on film creation entitled Tangled, and Flowers, an ode to the beginnings and ending of life, followed by Khosravi and Stadnicki performing contemporary music.
On Feb. 18, Mi'kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney from the East Coast will bring together the fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq People.
Ensemble performers New North Collective from the Yukon and Northwest Territories will deliver their contemporary-meets-traditional musical performance on Feb. 25.
The final two weekends will feature Ontario and Quebec performers OKAN, a women-led ensemble that fuses Afro-Cuban roots with jazz, folk and global rhythms in songs about immigration, courage and love, and Sinha Danse, delivering a scintillating contemporary dance showcase inspired by Indian culture.
The Outside is an outdoor street festival happening at Hyack Square from 2 to 5 p.m. on the scheduled performance days. The street festival will feature local musicians, artisans, vendors and activities, where festival-goers can experience and learn from activities like interactive Indigenous storytelling and hands-on planting.
In addition to fun-filled concerts and activities, visitors can also enjoy giveaways like fortune cookies in celebration of Lunar New Year on Jan. 21 and free hot chocolate by Serious Coffee Company on Jan. 28.
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