Rivers & Trails Festival
Celebrate Port Coquitlam’s rivers and trails and enjoy a day of music, art and culture on September 23.
This year’s festival will take place in Lions Park (2300 Lions Way) and will offer unique activities focused on celebrating and protecting the community’s rivers, trails and natural environment. The festivities will kick off at noon with an Opening Ceremony and end at 4 pm.
Activities will include:
- children’s activity passport stations and prizes
- food trucks
- a salmon smolt release
- educational tree walks with PoCo Heritage Tree Society
- community painting of a 38 foot, interactive Live Light Painting mural with artist Aurelia Bizouard
- live music by Jessica Barbour
- aerial performances by Firebelly Performance Society
- Instruments from around the world and an interactive drumming workshop with Boris
New this year, the public can help paint a new 38-foot public art mural on the city’s Public Works shed in Lions Park.
Visual artist Aurelia Bizouard will paint the mural on-site using a Live Light Painting method, which involves drawing a design on a glass panel and projecting it onto the wall. The public will then be invited to add their own designs to the projected image.
The mural will celebrate Port Coquitlam’s rivers, trails and natural environment while connecting people to their community, nature and creative side.
Noon – 4 pm – Coho Release – Coquitlam River
Noon – 4 pm – Live Light Painting with Aurelia Bizouard – Park Storage Building
12:15 pm – Opening Ceremonies Mayor’s Welcome – Centre Stage
12:25 – 1:00 pm – Boris Instruments from around the world – Centre Stage
1 pm – Aerialist performance # 1 – In tree
1:15 – 2 pm – Guided Walk The Secret Life of Trees 2.0 – Meet at Heritage Tree Society Tent
1:30 – 2:15 pm – Jessica Barbour duo – Centre Stage
2:15 pm – Aerialist performance # 2 – In tree
2:30 – 3 pm – Interactive Drum Workshop Boris – Centre Stage
2:45 – 3:30 pm – Guided Walk The Secret Life of Trees 2.0 – Meet at Heritage Tree Society Tent
3:30 pm – Aerialist performance #3 – In tree
3 – 3:45 pm – Jessica Barbour – Centre Stage
Boris invites the audience on a musical journey, familiarizing them with the cultures of different countries. He plays over 20 instruments from his collection and gives short explanations about each, as he introduces students to the rhythms of the Middle East, India, Africa and the Far East. “All musical instruments from around the world speak the same language, but sometimes they have a different accent”.
Jessica Barbour is a local artist and performer based in Langley; after two years abroad creating her first full length album, “Oh My Days,” along with bandmate Hugh Barbour, she is excited to be back in Canada! Since being home, Jessica and her incredible band have been having the best time performing all over the lower mainland. She has been writing new material and is looking forward to more recording, touring and performing.
Aerial Performance by Firebelly
Firebelly Productions was founded in Vancouver by Kira Schaffer. Firebelly offers unique entertainment and something a bit out of the ordinary by combining circus elements including aerial acrobatics with dance and theatre.
Food by Gypsy Trunk
Thank you to Event Sponsors and Community Partners
Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable, PoCo Heritage Tree Society, Maple Creek Stream keepers, Port Coquitlam District Hunting & Fishing Club and Port Coquitlam Heritage Society
Program Coordinator – Community & Civic Events