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Revelstoke Street Music Festival rocks Grizzly Plaza all summer long

Revelstoke’s Summer Street Music Festival offers free, live music every night between 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. from late June until the end of August, hosting talented local performers and visiting acts from across Canada.

The performances in Grizzly Plaza in the heart of downtown Revelstoke have built up quite a reputation amongst visitors, says plaza manager Vittoria van Leur.

Steve Palmer plays an intimate weeknight set in Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
Steve Palmer plays an intimate weeknight set in Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando

“We have visitors from all over. I have met people from Germany, Switzerland and from Spain,” van Leur said. “People are booking their holidays in conjunction with our summer street music festival. They are making it a part of their vacation.”

The nightly performances thrive on their authenticity. They attract locals and visitors, who mingle and share their love of live performances. For Revelstokians, it’s a social occasion, a chance to catch up with friends.

The vibe is summer casual. Younger guests lounge on the flowering planters near the back, catching up on gossip. Seasoned music fans sit under the gorgeous hanging flower baskets, enjoying the shade. Festival staff are available to assist anyone with special needs, and public washrooms are right there.

Each night, workers fill the plaza with chairs and make the sometimes hundreds of guests feel at home.

The Revelstoke gazebo in Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando
The Revelstoke gazebo in Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando

The musical variety enriches the summer street music festival. It features solo acoustic performers, country acts, roots, rock, Maritime, Canadiana, jazz and soul performers to name the main genres. You might even catch a Neil Diamond or Rod Stewart tribute act!  The focus is on authentic musical talent and the close, interactive vibe with the live audience.

The plaza is home to several restaurants, and many choose to take in the performances from a nearby patio, or get takeout to eat at the show. See if you can resist the gelato and ice cream available from shops bordering the plaza.

Van Leur says visitors are amazed the summer street music festival is 100 per cent free.

“They are so impressed buy the fact that we are able to pull this off for the entire summer. They can’t believe that with the size [of Revelstoke] we can do it,” she said.

The festival attracts a broad spectrum of fans united by their love of live music. Photo: Aaron Orlando
The festival attracts a broad spectrum of fans united by their love of live music. Photo: Aaron Orlando

The shows are booked through the Revelstoke Arts Council, who select the performers from a growing pool of applicants impressed by the summer street music festival’s growing reputation. (“We get calls from all over,” jokes van Leur.)

Van Leur welcomes everyone down. “Come down and enjoy a free show. Enjoy some amazing art, the scenery, and each other.”

Here is the remaining schedule for the Revelstoke Summer Street Music Festival 2015, which runs until August 30. For more information, see the Revelstoke Arts Council Summer Street Music Festival page and their performer preview page.

Revelstoke Summer Street Music Festival schedule

July 8       Mike MacKenzie Band
July 9       Michael Wood Band
July 10     Andrew and Zack Smith
July 11     Denis Severino
July 12     Blackberry Wood

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Grizzly Plaza is in the heart of Revelstoke's downtown heritage district. Photo: Aaron Orlando
Grizzly Plaza is in the heart of Revelstoke’s downtown heritage district. Photo: Aaron Orlando

July 13      Maritime Kitchen Party
July 14      Mountain Music Duo
July 15/6  Garry Kehoe
July 17      Partial To Pie
July 18      Mike Alviano
July 19      Maritime Kitchen Party
July 20      Twin Peaks
July 21      Toby
July 22      Sean Ashby
July 23      Sarah Burton Band
July 24/5  The Rev
July 26      Dodge City Brotherhood
July 27/8  The Burtons
July 29      Relative Jazz
July 30      Sister Speak
July 31      Jessica Stuart Few
Aug. 1       Parson Jazz Coop

Revelstoke's Summer Street Music Festival run every night from late June to the end of August from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
Revelstoke’s free Summer Street Festival run every night from late June to the end of August from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Aug. 2/3   Matt Duffus
Aug. 4/5   Tanner James
Aug. 6       45 Minutes
Aug. 7/8    Uncorked
Aug. 9       Blackberry Wood
Aug. 10     Bob Rogers Jazz

Calgary's Nova Scotiables liven up the night with their Maritime influenced music. Photo: Aaron Orlando
Calgary’s Nova Scotiables liven up the night with their Maritime influenced music. Photo: Aaron Orlando

Aug. 11     Majesty
Aug. 12     Willi Gaw
Aug. 13     That Girl and Earl
Aug. 14     Stacie Byrne Duo
Aug. 15     That Girl and Earl
Aug. 16     Jen Lane
Aug. 17     Cornstarr
Aug. 18     Darlene Ketchum Quartet
Aug. 19     Sarah-Jane Scouten
Aug. 20     John Jenkins
Aug. 21     Sarah-Jane Scouten
Aug. 22     Joanne Stacey
Aug. 23     Sharon Shook with Blaine Mack

Made-in-Revelstoke gelato beckons at the wings of Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando
Made-in-Revelstoke gelato beckons at the wings of Grizzly Plaza. Photo: Aaron Orlando

Aug. 24/5  Robyn and Ryleigh
Aug. 26      Benny Walker
Aug. 27      Devon Coyote
Aug. 28      Stacie Byrne Duo
Aug. 29      John Jenkins
Aug. 30      Jodi Doidge

4 Comments

  • Hi Aaron,

    My name is Jess and I’m the fiddle player for Nova Scotiables, the band that played in the Grizzly Plaza this past weekend. A friend of mine directed me toward this article and I just wanted to thank you for including a picture and a nice little comment of my band. We had an absolute blast in Revelstoke and left feeling like celebrities! The entire town made us feel welcome and we sincerely hope to play the festival again and take every opportunity to enjoy the vibrant community of Revelstoke.

    Thanks again and all the best!

    “Fiddly-Bits” Jess Blenis
    Nova Scotiables

    • mm

      Hi Jess!
      Thanks so much for commenting. I saw your band and you guys were phenomenal! Glad you could be a part of our street festival this year! Hope to see you again next summer!

      Cheers,
      Meghan Tabor
      Tourism Revelstoke

  • Fiddlebits Jess of Nova Scotiables is my daughter and we are so proud of her accomplishments. She had a blast at your music festival! From the East Coast to the West Coast a big THANK YOU! Great picture too!

    • mm

      Hi Jane!
      Nova Scotia is a beautiful place! I spent 4 years in Halifax and loved it out there. Glad we can connect the East and the West. Hope you can make it out here sometime soon to catch our summer street festival in action!
      Cheers,
      Meghan

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