Free ACT concert series in Maple Ridge for the Arts Council’s 50th anniversary – Maple Ridge News

The sounds of live music will return to Maple Ridge after ACT announced a series of free outdoor concerts to celebrate the Arts Council’s 50th anniversary.

The 50-For-50 Summer Outdoor Concert Series begins July 3 and is just the first activity in a year-long celebration.

The Kutapira Percussion Ensemble, a group of five percussionists who have performed together for over 15 years, will be the first to take the stage for the 50-minute lunchtime concerts in the plaza in front of ACT, with their fusion of world music. Each performer in the group masters each of the many percussion instruments that make up their unique sound – from Zimbabwean marimba and West African djembe to Afro-Cuban conga and timpani to drum kit that provides a stable driving groove.

A performance by Pure Harp – a duo including Lani Krantz, known for her performances in Winter Harp, with Janelle Nadeau – will be the second in the series combining the sounds of strings and vocals in light classics and popular favorites.

“These performances are a birthday present for Maple Ridge, to help us recover from such a dark and difficult time,” said Artistic Director and Executive Curtis Pendleton.

“We have chosen exuberant and inspiring musical styles and performers, to re-engage with all that we have been deprived of during the pandemic,” she said.

Although the concerts are free and coincide with Stage 2 of the BC reboot plan, only 50 patrons will be allowed at each performance where there will be umbrella tables for two. Tickets must be reserved for each of the seven concerts that will take place in order to ensure a distanced social space.

Performances will also include: a quartet of singers from City Opera Vancouver who will present Love in lyrical proportions; Celtic Blaze with the Stéphanie Cadman Trio; Steve Maddock Blues Project Quintet; and Tiller’s madness.

Alpha Yaya Diallo, the multiple Guinean guitarist and singer who won a Juno Award, will also return to Maple Ridge with his quartet.

The Arts Council was formed in 1971 by a group of committed arts supporters who in their early days raised money for a musical outing by a group of local students. From its inception, the Council had a vision that the arts could transform a community and improve the lives of people, thereby contributing to the public good of Maple Ridge and surrounding communities.

The council, a not-for-profit charitable corporation, operates the ACT Arts Center, which reaches over 80,000 people each year.

This anniversary celebrates the heritage of the Arts Council and demonstrates how civic engagement, public attention and artistic engagement all help to nurture a “place” in a community, Pendleton noted.

Other 50th anniversary activities include The Story Project; Raising the Ridge, a collection of published interviews with community members who have helped elevate Maple Ridge through the arts for the past 50 years.

A large art installation for the lobby space – to be installed in January 2022 – made by students from arts learning programs.

ACT will also be hosting a high school themed art exhibit in the art gallery space in April 2022 in conjunction with the local school district.

Other projects and activities will be announced throughout the year.

“It’s a cheerful way to sample the extremely diverse talent we have in British Columbia and showcase the high quality audiences can expect as The ACT enters its regular performing season this fall.” , added Pendleton.

Free tickets for the first two performances will be made available to the public on Monday, June 21.

ACT patrons, those who have donated $ 100 or more to the arts center, have the opportunity to reserve seats a few days before each performance.

The remaining performance tickets will be released in stages, approximately two weeks prior, to account for potential changes in weather or schedule.

Performance descriptions and tickets can be viewed at

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Maple Ridge Arts & Entertainment

Tiller’s madness. (News Special)

Celtic Blaze with the Stéphanie Cadman Trio.  (Ray Mabry / The News Special)

Celtic Blaze with the Stéphanie Cadman Trio. (Ray Mabry / The News Special)

Steve Maddock Blues Project Quintet.  (News Special)

Steve Maddock Blues Project Quintet. (News Special)

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