Concerts in the Park Series 2022

Our 2022 submission deadline has now passed. Thank you for your interest!

The City of Nanaimo will be featuring emerging local entertainers to perform in our Spring & Summer 2022 Concerts in the Park series. This program aims to showcase local talent against the backdrop of our beautiful park spaces.  Parks visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of music genres and ever changing vistas as the weeks progress.  

2021 Past Performances

Our 2021 summer mini-concert series concluded with fantastic feedback! Thank you to the community for the support shown to our artists this past summer. Check back here over the coming months for a new selection of upcoming concerts in 2022, or follow the Culture & Events Concert Series on Instagram @Culture_Nanaimo.

Elise Boulanger


Photo by Laura Baldwinson

Boulanger, accompanied by her band, creates a cinematic dreamscape surrounded by nature. Following the influence of artists like Regina Spektor, Franz Schubert and Radiohead, Boulanger offers melodic, percussive and inclusive music. Her reputation as “one [who is] ready to make a very big impression on the world at large,” precedes her.  Her melodies carried across the waters of Departure Bay in our opening concert of the series.

Twin Fiddles with Cross Canada Fiddle

Photo by: Twin Fiddles & Cross Canada Fiddle

Twin Fiddles is Saskatoon-based fiddle player JJ Guy along with Order of Canada recipient Gordon Stobbe of Seaforth, NS. They present a highly entertaining and varied show that draws on fiddle traditions from around the world. Last summer they were joined by Nanaimo’s own Geoff and Trish Horrocks of Cross Canada Fiddle, performing their rollicking jigs and melancholy melodies in the shade of the Gary Oaks of stunning Neck Point Park. 

Alexandra Lee & Erin Lawson

Photo by: Alexandra Lee & Erin Lawson

Park patrons walking the trail and boardwalk at Richards Marsh Park took in a performance at the heart of the marsh by cellist Alexandra Lee and vocalist Erin Lawson. Inseparable pals since childhood, musician Alexandra Lee and mezzo-soprano Erin Lawson first started performing together as teens. After years of living an airplane ride away, fate and chance found Lee and Lawson living in the same town - Nanaimo! This unique reunion performance was a delight for those who attended.

Theo Massop

Photo by: Theo Massop

Theo draws from the styles of acts such as Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle. He shakes up this musical approach with flavours of reggae, blues, folk, country and straight ahead rock, all performed without pretension and from the heart.  Performing near the lower Colliery Dam, Theo treated parks visitors of all ages to an evening of toe-tapping, hand-clapping tunes.

Last updated: March 8, 2022

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