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Harrison Festival of the Arts

  • 13 Jul 2024
  • 1:30 PM
  • Harrison Beach Stage, Harrison Hotsprings, BC


The North Shore Celtic Ensemble

Location: Harrison Beach Stage (right in the centre of town)

TimeSaturday, July 13th @ 1:00pm

Cost: Nothing! This is on our free beach stage, but we do hope you purchase a $2 button at the show to help keep the stage this way!

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble has a dual mandate: to inspire youth to do more and go further with music, and to use music to build and strengthen community connections. What started in 1998 with a Celtic focus is now a spirited, no-boundaries exploration of various styles of fiddle music. The result is a full-spectrum music experience that defies labels and spans conventional genres. Original compositions draw on Celtic, classical, jazz and folk influences, along with creative arrangements of more traditional Celtic tunes. The North Shore Celtic Ensemble have released seven CDs, and has toured across North America, Europe, and China, performed regularly for local concerts and festivals, and has supported a number of charitable programs through their Community Concert Series. More than just a performing group, the North Shore Celtic Ensemble is a meeting place for youth to explore and share music, and is led by fiddler Gabriel Dubreuil (Early Spirit, Collage Trad).

You got questions, we got answers! Have a read of the following to gain an idea of what the night will look like. 

Where will the show be?

On the Beach Stage right in the centre of town at the very end of Hot Springs Road. 

How long will the concert be?

Our Beach Performances are typically one 40-45 min set. 

Will I be able to grab a drink and a snack at the show?

The beach is BYONAD (Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Drink). This is a public access event free of gates and fencing. We encourage you to bring a water bottle or non-alcoholic drinks. You are welcome to bring food too, but we also recommend checking out all the different restaurants in town too and help support the local economy. 

Will I be able to buy a CD or talk to the artist after the show?

It depends on the artist, but generally, yes. We will have an area set up just for this, but it depends on how comfortable each artist feels about it and if they bring merch to sell. We usually find out about merch the day of, but we will update this when we know more. If merch is available, We are able to accept cash, debit or credit. We prefer card over cash.

Will I be able to sit beside my friends?

Yes, it’s an open area and in the public so you can set up your blanket or chair anywhere you like. We do ask that you be mindful of others around you and not setup chairs right up front and block people behind you. 

Will there be bathrooms available?

Yes, bathrooms with either hand sanitizer or soap and water will be available. There is the public bathroom right on the beach by the lagoon as well as the bathroom in the Memorial Hall which will be open on weekends. 

Where do I park?

We highly recommend parking in the overflow lot by the Village Office at the corner of Hot Springs Road and Miami River Drive. It’s free and not that far of a walk to all our sites(2-4 mins). There is parking along the streets on Harrison, but the ones closest will have paid parking in effect and spots are hard to find. 

Will seating be provided?

Not for the beach! Think of it like a day at the beach, but with great live music playing. We encourage people to bring blankets and low-back chairs to sit in. 

What do I need to bring?

We recommend everyone bring a chair or blanket, of course, a water bottle, a hat, sunscreen and maybe some snacks! Some change is good, so you can buy your Beach Stage Button easily ($2) but we take card too! And dress for the weather. There is shade at the beach, and we provide a tent for some coverage, but once it’s filled, it’s filled. Pack like you’re spending the day at the beach!

The North Shore Celtic Ensemble has a dual mandate: To inspire youth to do more and go further with music, and to use music to build and strengthen community connections. We are a non-profit society and registered charity.

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