Summer in the City

Bring on the heat with Port Coquitlam’s Summer in the City Arts, Culture & Entertainment Festival. Watch sizzling stage performances and popular films, buy farm fresh food and say hello to your local neighbours. Bring your family and friends for fun summer experiences each week at the Farmers Market, Village Vibe Performing Arts Series, Music in the Square, and Cinema Under the Stars – all FREE events taking place at Leigh Square and local parks.

Farmers Market

Port Coquitlam’s Farmer’s Market brings a breadth of locally grown and produced vegetables, fruit and baking, along with artisan-made goods straight from the farm and workshop to your shopping bag. Enjoy exciting weekly themes, events and performances fo the whole family. Visit portcoquitlamfarmersmarket.org Every Thursday from 3-7 pm June 6 – October 10, 2019

Port Coquitlam Farmer’s Market – June 6- October 10, 2019

 

June

June 6

Opening Day

June 13

Bring Your Grandparent to the Market

June 20

National Indigenous Peoples Week

June 27

Bike to the Market

 

July

July 4

Art At the Market

July 11

Dog Day

July 18

BBQ and Chili Cook-off

July 25

Multicultural Fest

 

Aug

Aug 1

Flowers and Books

Aug 8

Summer Celebration

Aug 15

Great Zucchini Race

Aug 22

Blueberry Muffin Contest

Aug 29

Corn Roast and Youth Fair

Sept

Sept 5

Farmers Appreciation Day

Sept 12

Apple Pie Contest

Sept 19

Tomatoes

Sept 26

Teddy Bear Picnic

 

Oct

Oct 3

What’s Cooking for Thanksgiving?

Oct 10

Stone Soup

 

 

 

Music in the Park

This year enjoy the summer with an afternoon performance in Lions Park every Saturday from 1-4pm. Music in the Park features the finest professional musicians from across Metro Vancouver, playing a variety of genres.  All ages welcome.  This event is FREE and Rain or Shine.

Lions Park (2300 Lions Way)        Saturdays            Jul 6 – Aug 31                     1-4pm                  

Saturday July 6th

Taylor Meers, 1:00-2:00pm
Taylor Meers primary goal as a musician is to move people, both physically and emotionally.  His style combines groove, melody, and storytelling into one package, so anyone can come away from his music with a layered experience. His motivation for creating mainly comes from an innate need for expressing things that aren’t always easy to put into words, coupled with the idea that what he does for himself is a free therapeutic exercise. Main themes in his work include human connection and a desire to navigate the distance between people, as well as alienation and existential exploration.

Les Finnigan, 2:00-4:00pm
Canadian acoustic guitarist Les Finnigan specializes in composing, recording and performing new original pieces for solo acoustic guitar. His compositions combine polymodal and counterpoint techniques, standard and alternate tunings, and hybrid picking (fingerstyle and flatpicking), to create music that is artistic, thought provoking, and rich with melodic motifs. http://www.lesfinnigan.com

Saturday July 13th

Barry Wilson, 1:00-2:00pm
Barry Wilson is a local performer who can be found performing solo at various farmers markets, craft shows, and charity fundraiser events. In live performances Wilson will play a little of everything from rock, folk, country, modern pop, Irish traditional and even some blues.  http://www.barrywilson.org/

Bob Richard, 2:00-4:00pm
Bob Richard is a guitar player, singer, and songwriter who has been playing professionally for over 25 years. Bob’s combination of talents range from laid back acoustic, to electric up-tempo contemporary, blues, new country, rock, and even a little bluegrass when occasion calls.  His talent and dedication to guitar technique are evident when watching Bob perform. He has an obvious command and passion for his instrument, and it shows. https://bobrichard.webs.com/

Saturday July 20th

The Radnecks, 1:00-2:00pm
Formed in 2014, The Radnecks fuse classic and modern rock with elements of blues, folk, country and punk.  Featuring the talents of Jeff Myles (Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica), Archie McAffer (Drums/Vocals) and Alan Blackwaters (Vocals/Bass/Chapman Stick), The Radnecks are serious about creating fun, irreverent music that puts the listener first. A soundtrack equally potent for a night on the town or a kegger in the backcountry. http://www.theradnecks.com/

Gabriel Palatchi, 2:00-4:00pm
Join Argentinian pianist and composer Gabriel Palatchi for an eclectic musical journey with his original blend of genres such as latin jazz, tango, funk, middle east and more!  Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1982, Gabriel Palatchi started his first piano lessons at the age of 8. He spent his formative years in Buenos Aires studying classical piano, and being mentored by some of the great maestros of blues, tango, jazz and Latin jazz. After graduating in 2007 from Berklee international School, Argentina, he spent several months in Cuba where he studied latin jazz with the master “Chucho” Valdez. The album received critical acclaim from music industry journals, and was chosen as one of the best Latin Jazz albums of the year by JAZZ FM Toronto. https://www.gabrielpalatchi.com

Saturday July 27th

Allie McDonald, 1:00-2:00pm
Allie McDonald is an up-and-coming, classically trained artist. Her haunting sound and surprisingly powerful voice can give chills to even the most detached listeners.  Allie has spent her life writing songs that evoke the same kind of emotions out of her listeners as she feels when she’s writing them – whether it’s the good, bad, or ugly.  Allie’s diverse sources of inspiration and music styles contribute to her versatility as a performer and a songwriter. She has always been incredibly passionate in all that she does, and wants to spend the rest of her life learning more instruments, and continuing to write the often heartbreaking music she loves. www.facebook.com/the.allie.mcdonald/

Jessica Barbour, 2:00-4:00pm
Jessica Barbour is a musical soul from Langley, B.C. After chasing inspiration around the world for a few years, she has found herself back in her home town as a full-time performer. Pop music is Jessica’s first love and writing catchy melodies has always been her calling card. The newest project by Jessica Barbour is the 6 song, folk-pop EP entitled “I might be”. It is Jessica’s playful way of expressing the fact that she is always changing as a person and as an artist.  https://jessica-barbour.com/

Saturday August 3rd

William Clements, 1:00-2:00pm
William Clements is a french-canadian jazz vocalist who’s performed with several auditioned ensembles including the BCMEA, Envision Rep, and NiteCap jazz choirs. He was granted a full ride scholarship towards the Drayton Harbour Festival Camp in Washington in 2016, and gigs frequently with his jazz trio for local restaurants, conferences and private functions. Having performed for several years as a touring vocalist, Will is no stranger to the microphone.  Will has shared the stage with many notable artists including, Dee Daniels, Maria Schneider, Ineke Van Doorn, Colin Maskell, Dawn Pemberton, Steve Kaldestad and more. https://willclemmusic.weebly.com/   

Aaron Hardie, 2:00-4:00pm
Aaron Hardie first picked up the saxophone in his grade seven school band, and has been playing ever since.  As a performer, Aaron leads his own jazz quartet, which performs his original compositions in the modern jazz tradition. As well, he has a trio dedicated to playing various song forms from the standard jazz repertoire. As a freelance musician, Aaron has experience with various large and small ensembles and styles, including funk, R&B, salsa, swing, and rock. He continues to develop as a professional saxophonist through numerous playing opportunities.  https://www.aaronhardie.com/

Saturday August 10th

Alicja Moniatowicz, 1:00-2:00pm
For many talented musicians, it starts at an early age, and for Alicja this was no different. She has performed in a variety of venues from small to very large, participates in singing contests and is constantly working on her original material. She recorded her first 13 track, self-produced solo album at the age of 17. She went on to learn the art of recording and engineering and is using those skills to record her own songs.  She currently is the front woman for two bands. An Evanescence cover band named FOREVERESCENCE and an original material (rock/metal) project OUTSIDE EDEN. https://alicja3.wixsite.com/alicja-m 

Ben Cottrill, 2:00-4:00pm
By age 17, Ben Cottrill had already spent years as a busker and a songwriter, with every spare moment dedicated to his music. It wasn’t coincidence; it’s just hard to ignore destiny when it’s all you can hear. Raised among five skilled musicians, Cottrill’s fierce drive to achieve was instilled early on, as was his love for classic Folk, Rock and Soul music. After a decade of quietly honing his musical prowess, Cottrill released his first EP just weeks after graduating High School. The Red Lines EP scored him his first major win as a finalist in the Canada’s Walk of Fame Emerging Artists’ Program, complete with career mentorship and financial support from the likes of Universal Music. In January 2019, it was announced Cottrill was chosen out of 20,000 applicants to work with Bryan Adams on CTV’s The Launch music series, which aired February 2019. https://www.bencottrillmusic.com/

Saturday August 17th

Western Jaguar, 1:00-2:00pm
Hailing from Mission, British Columbia, Western Jaguar is an alternative indie rock group who has established themselves as a creative, dynamic and skilled musical force. Humbly originating as the solo project of songwriter Jeffrey Trainor, Western Jaguar has evolved into a stirring union of reverb drenched guitars, pulsating bass and bruising percussion. These elements are the cornerstones of Western Jaguar’s unmatched sound and provide the foundation for the group’s haunting and memorable melodies. Western Jaguar has drawn comparison to groups such as The War on Drugs, Foals and Death Cab For Cutie while simultaneously evoking connection to genres such as dream pop, art rock and post rock.  Western Jaguar is comprised of Trainor on guitar and vocals, Kier-Christer Junos on guitar and vocals, Ryan Domingo on bass and AJ Buckley on drums.  https://westernjaguar.tumblr.com

Matt Storm, 2:00-4:00pm
Matt Storm is a singer-songwriter from Vancouver B.C. As a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Matt produces and records all his own work at East Vancouver’s Orchid Studios. When he’s not creating his own tunes, he is hard at work helping other local artists realize their sonic vision as Orchid Studios house engineer. His sound can be described as indie soul, playing on classic references such as Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway, intertwined with new sounds like Emily King, Nick Hakim and Ray LaMontagne. Drawing on life experience and introspection, his songwriting searches for meaning through melancholy, and hopes to define love through vulnerability. www.mattstorm.ca

Saturday August 24th

Skyline Park, 1:00-2:00pm
Skyline Park believes their music doesn’t conform to one particular style of rock music. Their style blends straightforward alternative rock bangers, light pop-punk influenced songs, and heavier prog epics with a sound influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Alice in Chains, and Baroness. Skyline Park melds these sounds together to try and create a holistic experience for the listener from start to finish. Their aim is to push the boundaries of what rock music can sound like. https://skylinepark.ca

Bruce Coughlan, 2:00-4:00pm
A career songwriter and recording artist residing in British Columbia, Bruce Coughlan is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer with over three decades of professional experience. Bruce is regularly a featured artist at festivals, arts presentations, community and corporate events. He’s performed in 8 provinces, 38 states and has toured the United Kingdom on a dozen occasions.  Since recording his first LP in 1984, He’s recorded 14 albums of original and adapted traditional music across a broad range of the Roots Music genre. His songs have been recorded in turn by some of the most legendary names in Acoustic Music. http://www.songsmith.ca

Saturday August 31st

Groove Terminal, 1:00-2:00pm
Groove Terminal is a high energy show band made up of experienced male and female musicians that covers a wide variety of musically interesting material spanning such genres such as pop, blues, funk, soul, country, jazz and rock from the last 7 decades. With our extremely diverse selection of music, a Groove Terminal performance pretty much offers something interesting and entertaining for everybody. http://groove-terminal.weebly.com/

Jesse Waldman, 2:00-4:00pm
One of Jesse Waldman’s most cherished possessions is a cassette of his grandmother singing the Yiddish folk song Papirosen to his mother. A remnant, like the abandoned guitar discovered in his parent’s basement, that drove his rock ‘n roll dreams out of the suburban sprawl of Thornhill, Ontario, and into the bars of downtown Toronto. A journey cross-country led him to mountains, ocean, and into the arms of Vancouver’s Commercial Drive music scene. Now his home of over twenty years, the West Coast continues to inspire his lush imagery, sublime melodies, and outstanding technique. Influenced by folk and blues pioneers Townes Van Zandt, Taj Mahal, and Neil Young, Jesse has toured Canada, Western US, and the UK, performing everywhere from local pubs to soft-seat theatres, appearing at major festivals including Vancouver’s Folk and International Jazz Fests.  https://jessewaldmanmusic.com/

*Performers are subject to change without notice. Check latest updates on www.portcoquitlam.ca/leighsquare, Facebook (Leigh Square Community Arts Village) or call 604.927.8400 for more info.

Cinema Under the Stars

Start your weekend off with an uforgettable Friday night experience at Cinema Under the Stars! Leigh Square will showcase recent movies on our enormous, 26-foot tall silver screen at Sun Valley and Gates parks. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, round up some friends or bring the whole family to our outdoor movie nights.

  • Friday July 5, 2019 Mary Poppins Returns (2018) at 9 pm in Gates Park
  • Friday July 19, 2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) at 9 pm in Sun Valley Park
  • Friday August 2, 2019 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)  at 8:45 pm in Gates Park
  • Friday August 16, 2019 Avengers: Endgame (2019)  at 8:45 pm in Sun Valley Park

In the event of rain, movie will be moved to the next available Friday. Movie subject to change so check for updates on the city website or call 604.927.8400 for confirmation. Please note that some movies are not appropriate for small children. Status updates will be noted on the Leigh Square Community Art Village Facebook page.

Art Camps

Leigh Square offers a dynamic selection of week-long art day camps for kids ages 5-12. Camps are a unique mix of art, play and experiences, running from July to August. For more information, or to register, visit experienceit.ca.

CREATE IT CAMP!

Leigh Square offers week long art camps for children every summer – a unique mix of arts, recreation and memorable experiences! Children explore their creative side while experimenting with various visual and performing arts. All camps include a mix of games, play, trips to the park and beyond, along with fun art activities. Please bring snacks, a lunch, water, sunscreen and a hat. Please note we will be swimming at Centennial Outdoor Pool on Thursdays.  Come prepared with swimsuit (and lifejacket if needed).  All our camps are PEANUT-FREE. Campers must be minimum age at start of camp; all children that are 5 ½  years old, at the time of the program, must have completed or be currently enrolled in Kindergarten.

PLEASE NOTE: Schedules are subject to change – Outdoor adventures may move inside due to rain. Programs will not operate on holidays. 

Come CREATE with us!  Register: www.experienceit.ca or call 604.927.PLAY (7529).

Create It Camp Sampler (5½ -10)
Want a sneak peek at some of the fun we’ll be getting into this summer? Join this sampler and engage in a variety of arts and games, selected from some of our upcoming camps!
Leigh Square
35787 | F | Jun 28 | 9:30- 4:30pm | $36/child for 1 day

ART CAMPS (5-7 YRS)

Musical Theatre – The Little Mermaid (-7 YRS)
The Little Mermaid the Musical! Experience different characters, design sets, create costumes and come play in the world of theatre. On the last day of class, children will perform for parents and invited guests. In partnership with Theatrix Youth Theatre Society.
OUT TRIP | Thurs, July 4 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35786 | Tu-F | Jul 2 – 5 (No Class Monday, July 1st) | 9:30- 4:30pm | $140/4

Nature Camp (-7 YRS)
This camp integrates art with the great outdoors, connecting students with nature. Learn to build with natural resources, paint in natural places, and create artistic elements for animals and nature. Put the gadgets away, and have fun in the sun making new friends and experiences. 
OUT TRIP | Thurs, July 18 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35791 | M-F | Jul 15 – 19 | 9:30- 4:30pm  | $175/5

Acting – Charlotte’s Web (-7 YRS)
Charlotte’s Web, a non-musical acting camp! Experience different characters, design sets, create costumes and come play in the world of theatre. On the last day of class, children will perform for parents and invited guests. In partnership with Theatrix Youth Theatre Society.
OUT TRIP | Thurs, August 1 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35789 | M-F | Jul 29 – Aug 2 | 9:30- 4:30pm | $175/5 

Pop Art Power (5½ -7 YRS)
Explore the bold, colourful, and unique popular imagery of the modern world! Try your hand at painting, printing, and sculpting as we learn the fundamentals of pattern and texture.
OUT TRIP | Thurs, August 8 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35792 | Tu-F | Aug 6 – 9 (No Class Monday, August 5) | 9:30- 4:30pm | $140/4

Paint Attack (-7YRS)
Let out your inner artist in this painting party! Learn the fundamentals of color and movement through the style of abstract expressionism.
OUT TRIP | Thurs, August 29 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35793 | M-F | Aug 26 – 30 | 9:30- 4:30pm | $175/5

ART CAMPS (8- 12 YRS)

Drawing and Painting Camp (8-12yrs)
Discover the joy of creating through techniques and experimentation with creative mediums. Charcoal, pastels, acrylics, and watercolors will be used to create landscapes, portraits, animals and more!
OUT TRIP | Tues, July 9 | Planet Lazer | Leaving from Hyde Creek at 9:30am
OUT TRIP | Thurs, July 11 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35794 | M-F | Jul 8 – 12 | 9:30- 4:30pm | $200/5

Musical Theatre – Spamalot (8-12 YRS)
Spamalot the Musical! Grow your performing skills by singing, dancing and acting in a mini-musical of Monty Python’s Spamalot. A performance on the last day will have family and friends splitting their sides with laughter. In partnership with Theatrix Youth Theatre Society.
OUT TRIP | Thurs, July 25 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35788 | M-F | Jul 22 – 26 | 9:30- 4:30pm | $175/5

Acting – Triple Threat Performers (8-12 YRS)
A performing arts camp featuring every student as a star in a final cabaret-style performance of scenes, songs, and dances from different musicals. Content will be chosen for each student specifically. In partnership with Theatrix Youth Theatre Society.
OUT TRIP | Thurs, August 15 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35790 | M-F | Aug 12 – 16 | 9:30- 4:30pm | $175/5

Clay Play (8-12 YRS)
Students will learn the basics of clay hand-building, including pinch, slab, and coil techniques! Let’s get hands on with fun hand building techniques as we learn the basics of clay sculpture.
OUT TRIP | Tues, August 20 | Vancouver Zoo | Leaving from Hyde Creek at 9:15am
OUT TRIP | Thurs, August 22 | Centennial Outdoor Pool | 1-3:30pm
Leigh Square | 35795 | M-F | Aug 19 – 23 | 9:30- 4:30pm | $200/5