Free Concerts! CBC Musical Nooners are back for 2014!


The sounds of summer are here: the CBC Musical Nooners return for their fifth year! 

These free, live music concerts will be happening every weekday on the CBC plaza on Hamilton Street (between West Georgia and Robson). Grab your lunch, your friends, and your co-workers and join us Monday to Friday from noon - 1 pm.

This year we will host even more incredible local and international artists on the CBC outdoor stage. 

Friday, July 4 - The Boom Booms
The Boom Booms are a musical force, an East Van brotherhood, a Canadian indie soul band that lays down a energizing, organic groove that rattles around in your bones while beaming feel good messages into your head. We dare you not to dance.

Monday, July 7 - Tanga
Tanga's take on the sound of Cuba will make your feet move, your hips sway and paste a big smile on your face.  Save the air fare to Cuba and catch Tanga right here in Vancouver!

Tuesday, July 8 - Mani Khaira
Mani Khaira's music radiates outward from his beloved piano. His sound, best described as alt pop, is personal, upbeat, sometimes introspective, and always genuine. Don't miss this opportunity to hear a rare performance by this Vancouver singer-songwriter

Wednesday, July 9 - The Tourist Company
One of Vancouver's newest bands is already making it's presence felt with a great debut album, followed by a new EP this year with a sound that is fresh and super catchy.

Thursday, July 10 - Jasper Sloan Yip
A self-taught musician, Jasper leads this experimental folk-rock sextet on a journey of of the pains and joys of love and art against a backdrop of pop melodies.

Friday, July 11 - Kobo Town
In the world of Kobo Town, calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instruments are run through a cheesecloth of 21st century social commentary and indie rock attitude and then infused with infectious, danceable rhythms. One of the grooviest calypso bands anywhere.

Monday, July 14 - Melanie Dekker - Melanie is a singer-songwriter who started performing as a teenager. Now she pens her own hits (including top ten in Canada: "I Said I") and has opened for Diana Krall, Faith Hill & Chaka Khan.

Tuesday, July 15 - Dulsori - Dulsori means 'Heartbeat of the land.' They use the energy of traditional Korean drums, music, and song in an infectious mix that is used by Korean farmers to summon and celebrate the elementary natural forces, and captivate audiences around the world.

Wednesday, July 16 - Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson** - Ross and Jarlath are two young Celtic musicians who have been recognized by the BBC for the excellence of their interpretations. This is a must see for anyone with an interest in different bagpipe traditions from Scotland and Ireland.

Thursday, July 17 - Mokoomba*From the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe, Mokoomba combines traditional and modern instruments creating the vibrant, rich blend of rhythms traditional to Tonga music, while still embracing the sounds of southern Africa's diverse cultures.

Friday, July 18 - Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana*Italian accordionist and composer, Riccardo Tesi, brings the upbeat and tuneful sound of his native Tuscany to the stage that is perfect for a summer day. Che bello!

*In partnership with the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

**In partnership with the Harrison Festival of the Arts

Monday, July 21 - Good For Grapes*** -Indie-folk rising stars from Vancouver, Good For Grapes knows how to get your feet stomping. They make catchy music you'll love the first time you hear, and never get sick of. They love what they do and it's contagious. Expect a large contingent of very loyal fans who've already caught their bug

Tuesday, July 22 - VOU*** - Vou (rhymes with "go") is a group of young urban Fijian artists with passion for tradition and innovation. They dance, they make music, they are our Pacific neighbours with a deep history, fresh vibe, and tons of energy.

Wednesday, July 23 - The Lion The Bear The Fox*** - Three Canadian guys with beards...this is no boy band, this is a man band. Thanks to passionate performances and skilled songwriting, their brand of stomp-rock sounds exciting and new. Their macho harmonies and steady strumming will make you want to pump your flannel-clad arm and go chop some wood. 

Thursday, July 24 - John Welsh Band*** - cancelled - A world traveller raised in the Fraser Valley, John Welsh's songs are often based on his travel experiences and blend elements of folk, rock, reggae and latin. Welsh has recently released his new EP "On The Road" and will be playing at this years Mission Folk Festival(July 24-26). With upbeat rhythms and catchy melodies, John Welsh and his band will be sure to get you moving to the music!

Friday, July 25 - Hey Ocean! - This Juno-nominated Vancouver trio makes deliciously contagious pop. They join us to wrap up the CBC Music Beetle Road Trip Sessions that have taken CBC Music's Grant Lawrence across Canada this summer. You may find you "sing until you have no voice" because you'll recognize so many of Hey Oceans!'s songs. Ice cream recommended!

Check out all the stops and great artists Grant will meet along the way here! 

*** In partnership with the Mission Folk Music Festival 

Monday, July 28 - The River and the Road - They started musical life as a busking duo and now they're a quartet that's beginning to tour the world.  Find out why people are loving the new sound of folk with bands like The River and the Road.

Tuesday, July 29 -Hayley Sales - This young artist will steal your heart with her honest and tuneful songs. Hayley is also an actor who can be seen alongside Andie MacDowell in the 
W Network series, Cedar Cove.

Wednesday, July 30 - Pacifika - This group, who have just released their fourth record entitled Amor Planeta, centres on the creative trio of vocalist Silvana Kane, guitarist Adam Popowitz and bassist Toby Peter. Pacifika blends pop styles from North and South America into a sound that is uniquely their own.

Thursday, July 31 - The Sojourners - Rich soul and gospel with an under current of the blues propels The Sojourners into a rousing, feel good experience. 

Friday, August 1 -Mad Pudding - An energetic blend of traditional Scottish, Irish and North American tunes blended with a funky rhythm section and innovative arrangements.

Tuesday, August 5 - Babe Gurr - has a curious musical mind that makes her a hard one to label. But who would want to? This singer-songwriter and her polished band bring a crowd-pleasing vibe to every show they perform.

Wednesday, August 6 - Hilary Grist - She's got a sound that's as comfy as rain and warm as the sun.  Indie pop with style..

Thursday, August 7 - Zakiya Hooker comes from American blues royalty. Being the daughter of the legendary Mississippi blues man, John Lee Hooker, Zakiya Hooker and her stellar band deliver a depth for the music that is undeniable.

Friday, August 8 - Dawn Pemberton &  BJ Block -  Funky soul with a modern voice. Yes, Vancouver,  it can get funky!

Monday, August 11 - The Fugitives  - High energy spoken word artists

Tuesday, August 12 - Dominique Fricot describes himself as "a musician and entertainer embarking on a solo career after many years playing in bands". Originally from scenic Salmon Arm BC, this artist may be Vancouver's best kept musical secret. Check out his "swoon-worthy" baritone voice on songs from his just released sophomore album, Sweet Little Fantasy.

Wednesday, August 13 - Tonye Aganaba - Inspired by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, Tonye Aganaba has travelled the world making music. Her soulful voice, wicked guitar chops and magnetic stage presence defy category. 

Thursday, August 14 - Colleen Rennison - the creative force behind bluesy Vancouver band, No Sinner, returns to the CBC Musical Nooners stage with a solo project performing some of her favourite cover songs of all time. After hearing a performance by Rennison you will ask yourself if this gifted performer can sing a single note that is less than inspiring.

Friday, August 15 - Woodpigeon - You've got to like somebody with a song title like, "Are you there God?, it's me Mark". Thoughtful charming music that gets your toe gently tapping even while you feel a tug at your heart.

Monday, August 18 - Roy Forbes - A voice you never forget, Roy Forbes sings folk music with conviction and authority.

Tuesday, August 19 - BESTiE - A perfect summer band that mixes pure pop with the sounds of places where summer never ends.

Wednesday, August 20 - Murray Porter -Mohawk First Nations blues singer songwriter, this Juno award winning piano player will move you with his thought provoking lyrics and toe tapping tunes. 

Thursday, August 21 - Dan Moxon Trio - For a man with such a beautiful voice, Dan Moxon sure knows how to rock.  The man who leads Bends Sinister likes to step out from time to time on his own and it's always a musical treat.

Friday, August 22 - The Paperboys - The Paper Boys blend folk, latin, pop, celtic....yes all this and more, but they do it with a deft ease that makes you lose track of anything but good musical times.

Check back regularly for updates on this year's exciting schedule.

While we do control the line-up, we can't control the weather. Be sure to follow us on Twitter  @CBCVancouver or #musicalnooners in case of changes to the schedule due to inclement weather. 

Check out some great pics from last year's nooners! Come down and enjoy the fun!

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