COAL HARBOUR MUSIC FESTIVAL at PAL from August 15 – 29!
For the very first year, PAL Vancouver and PAL Studio Theatre presented the COAL HARBOUR MUSIC FESTIVAL with integral support from the City of Vancouver thanks to a Community Arts Grant and generous sponsorship from the Coal Harbour Residents’ Association.
The COAL HARBOUR MUSIC FESTIVAL included evening concerts, a free twilight jazz series, free family fun and so much more! Festival headliners were Jim Byrnes and Dawn Pemberton on August 23 and 24.
The festival opened Wednesday, August 15th at 7pm with the first of three free Twilight Jazz Series concerts in the PAL Theatre. Gordon Grdina and Hamin Honari’s cross-cultural, boundary-annihilating music appealled equally to lovers of world, folk, jazz, avant-garde and indie music – a brilliant mix of effortless cohesion and wild abandon. On Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm, well known West Coast vocalist Joani Taylor took the PAL stage for an unforgettable, soulful evening that was free for all. The Van Django Trio played the final evening of the Twilight Jazz Series on Wednesday, August 29th at 7pm. Their music was rooted in 1930s Paris with flights of driving rhythm, jazz, and dazzling fancy.
Starting at 12 noon on Sunday August 26 PAL hosted Free Sunday Concerts and Family Fun until 5pm. Families, youth and everyone young-at-heart enjoyed free concerts and community programming including children’s entertainment; a “community beats” all-ages, no experience required drumming workshop; and a festive afternoon of live music including West Coast Jazz, New Orleans Street Beats, Balkan brass, and calypso rhythm. Local bands Tiny Islands and the Mike Higgins Trio performed for all ages.
PAL gratefully acknowledges the City of Vancouver’s generous support for the 2018 Coal Harbour Music Festival alongside our integral community partners.