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Outside/In moves indoors as New West faces snowy forecast

Mother Nature plans to send some snow and cold to accompany this weekend's Northern-themed festivities.
The New North Collective performs Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anvil Theatre for the next instalment of the Outside/In series. The "outside" portion of the event is moving indoors, thanks to the winter forecast.

With cold and snow in the forecast for tomorrow in New Westminster, Saturday's edition of Outside/In is moving indoors.

The cross-Canada concert series continues tomorrow with a Northern Canada theme — and, fittingly enough, Mother Nature seems destined to send cold weather and snow while it happens.

The street social portion of the event has been moved from outside, in Hyack Square, to inside, on the main floor of Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St.).

Folks of all ages can stop in to "Pan With Dan" — panning for gold with Dan Moore, a.k.a. Yukon Dan. Participants who pan for real gold will get to take home a polished mineral of their choice. Moore is a professional gold panner who spent many years in the wilds of the Yukon perfecting the craft of gold panning, an event notice explains.

You can also shop from market vendors including Biscuits and Beyond, Clove & Quartz Candles, Studio Eighteen and more.

Plus, of course, there will be music. You can enjoy the Nordic soundscapes of Yellowknife-born Torben Brown, a Vancouver-based songwriter who draws on a pan-Canadian and Scandinavian heritage in a sound that combines jazz, rock, blues and roots. Brown will play from 2:15 to 3 p.m. and 3:45 to 4:30 p.m.

The evening will see a 7:30 p.m. performance by New North Collective, an ensemble of performing artists from the Yukon and Northwest Territories. The concert will feature singer/songwriter Diyet from the Kluane First Nation, Nanavik’s Sylvia Cloutier (throat singer/drum dancer), Carmen Braden from Yellowknife (piano and vocals) Graeme Peters (guitar and vocals), Bob Hamilton (steel pedal guitar and mandolin), Selena Savage from Yukon (trombone) and North Vancouver’s Eric Redd (guitar, bass and mandolin).

Tickets for the concert, held in the Anvil Theatre, are free, but you need to book ahead. As of the writing of this post, a few are still available online; if it sells out, rush tickets may be available at the theatre.

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