Presented as part of the City of Vancouver’s Canada 150+ celebrations, The Drum is Calling Festival (Jul 22-30) takes place in downtown Vancouver around Larwill Park at Cambie and Georgia Streets.

A nine-day immersive festival of Indigenous and diverse arts and culture, here are five acts we think you should not miss. And the best part? Everything is free (although some indoor venues may require advance registration).

1Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte Marie

Opening the festival on July 22 is Canadian singer-songwriter legend Buffy Sainte-Marie, on stage at Larwill Park. In support of her new album, Power in the Blood, Sainte-Marie returns with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way”, the title track of her 1964 debut.

2Susan Aglukark

Susan Aglukkarak

With her blend of Inuktitut and English, Susan Aglukark remains one of Canada’s most unique artists. Aglukark is joined by Amanda Rheaume and Tanya Tagaq on the Larwill Park stage on July 24.

3Sister Says

Sister Says

The soulful pop group from Vancouver, fronted by mixed Haida-Tsimshian siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson, are part of the afternoon line-up at Larwill Park on July 25.

4Shamik Bilgi

Shamik Bigli

Along with Vancouver’s The Boom Booms featuring Ta’Kaiya Blaney, and Ontario’s Midnight Shine, Shamik Bilgi are the evening entertainment on July 25 at Larwill Park. A Vancouver-based producer and beatboxer, Bilgi has toured across 15 countries and shared the stage with the likes of Tegan & Sara, Method Man & Redman.

5Chantal Kreviazuk

Chantal Kreviazuk

After seven years, three kids and collaborations with superstars like Drake, Pitbull, and Christina Aguilera, Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk is back with a new album and headlines the Larwill Park stage on July 28.

The Drum is Calling Festival takes place in and around Larwill Park located at Cambie & Georgia Streets in downtown Vancouver from July 22-30. Visit for more information.