Live performances return, as Firehall Arts Centre hosts Music in the Courtyard concerts starting tonight

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      Those missing live concerts can finally get their socially distanced fix as the Firehall Arts Centre and Hard Rubber New Music announce their Music in the Courtyard series.

      Running on weekends through August and September, performances will take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. (with the exception o September 13, with a show at 7 p.m.).

      The programming ranges from jazz to world music.

      John Korsrud, Niho Takase, Ronny Swirl, Raphael Geronimo, and Chris Couto kick things off this evening (August 14) with a Cuban-style Latin Jazz Night.

      John Korsrud helped plan the music series and hits the courtyard stage tonight.
      Diane Smithers


      A maximum of 40 people are allowed to enter for each concert. Safe physical distancing rules are strongly encouraged in addition to wearing a face mask. Masks will be available for sale at the door.

      The Firehall has hosted two other successful events this summer in the courtyard during Pride and the Dancing on the Edge festival. Both followed the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols.

      "When planning this music series with Diane Kadota and John Korsrud, I wanted to offer a place where audiences could sit back, relax, and enjoy music from some of B.C.’s finest musicians, and to provide a little joy to people’s COVID lives," Firehall artistic producer Donna Spencer explained of the new concert series in the announcement today.

      The full program is below, with more info here:

      Friday, August 14 at 7 pm | Latin Jazz Night
      John Korsrud, Niho Takase, Ronny Swirl, Raphael Geronimo, and Chris Couto

      Saturday, August 15 at 7 pm | Blue Note Night
      John Korsrud, Steve Kaldestad, Chris Gestrin, Jeff Gammon, and Joe Poole

      Sunday, August 16 at 3 pm | Cool Grooves
      John Korsrud, Jillian Lebeck, Brent Mah, Kerry Galloway, and Omar Amlani

      Friday, August 21 at 7 pm

      Saturday, August 22 at 7 pm |
      Savage Society Presents The Backyard Sessions with Warrior Bunny and Sam Chimes

      Sunday, August 23 at 3 pm
      Celso Machado

      Thursday, August 27 at 7 pm
      Elle Wolf

      Friday, August 28 at 7 pm
      The Patsy Klein/Tony Wilson Band

      Saturday, August 29 at 7 pm

      Sunday, August 30 at 3 pm
      The Anti-Fogmatics

      Friday, September 4 at 7 pm | Saturday, September 5 at 7 pm | Sunday, September 6 at 3 pm
      Small Town Artillery

      Friday, September 11 at 7 pm
      Gord Grdina Trio

      Saturday, September 12 at 7 pm
      Itamar Erez Trio

      Sunday, September 13 at 7 pm
      Sitka String Quartet

      Friday, September 18 at 7 pm
      Paul Pigat

      Saturday, September 19 at 7 pm
      Ruby & Smith

      Sunday, September 20 at 3 pm
      Laura Crema Quartet

      Friday, September 25 at 7 pm

      Saturday, September 26 at 7 pm

      Sunday, September 27 at 3 pm
      Van Django