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Summer sounds: Catch top choral music on New West stages

Two June concerts feature Quayside Voices and the Vancouver Youth Choir.
The Vancouver Youth Choir, seen here during their trip to the World Choral Symposium in Istanbul, will perform their international program in concert at the Massey Theatre June 16.

If you love choral music and a cappella ensemble singing, June is your lucky month in New Westminster.

Music lovers have a pair of top-notch events right here at home this month.

Quayside in Concert: Friday, June 9

Join New West's favourite a cappella quintet, Quayside Voices, as they bring their vocal stylings to the stage for their first self-hosted show since 2019.

"A lot has changed in three years, and through this evolution, Quayside is pumped to be performing a full program in their hometown," says a write-up about the show.

The performance will include both fan favourites and new covers.

It takes to the stage in Studio 1B at Eighth & Eight Creative Spaces (the Massey Theatre complex at 735 Eighth Ave.) on Friday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.49 plus fees, available online.

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Vancouver Youth Choir: Friday, June 16

Want to hear from a choir that has gained international attention and represented Canada at the World Choral Music Symposium 2023 in Istanbul?

Then you want to turn out to hear the Vancouver Youth Choir onstage at Massey Theatre (735 Eighth Ave.).

Founded in 2013 by Carrie Tennant, the choral organization has expanded to include more than 320 singers in seven ensembles. Its flagship ensemble, the Vancouver Youth Choir, is made up of 70 singers aged 14 to 24.

At the international symposium, the choir performed a program featuring music from some of Canada's most exciting programs and arrangers, a write-up about the show notes. Much of the music reflects the cultural diversity of the country, from Gujarati folk songs to newly composed music in Cree and cutting-edge French-Canadian works. 

The choir will offer up their international program selection of new and favourite compositions in 15 languages.

The performance is on Friday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10; buy online.

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