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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 https://canada150plus.ca for more information.