ARTICLE SOURCE: hyack.bc.ca
Concerts on the Quay presented by River Market
Westminster Quay Boardwalk – New Westminster, BC
Monday, July 1, Saturday, July 13 & Saturday, August 3
5:00pm – 9:00pm
Concerts on the Quay returns to the Westminster Quay boardwalk featuring top national and international recording artists. The series kicks off on July 1st with live performances plus a spectacular Canada Day fireworks display over the Fraser River at dusk.
Check out performances by this year’s headliners:
Monday, July 1 – WiL
Vancouver Island based musician WiL has lately become recognized with his original song “Roam”, flagship anthem to Travel Alberta’s internationally acclaimed media campaign, ‘Remember To Breathe’. With 4 albums to his credit and a gift for composing for film and television, his music captures vivid imagery through inspiring lyrics and catchy arrangements.
Whether performing solo or with his band, WiL’s live show is a roller coaster of emotion delivered with mind bending guitar chops, powerful vocals and impassioned story telling. A recent live show review states “As each chord came and went, and every lyric transitioned to another, it made me want to love something half as much as WIL loves music. His songs are stories not written for fame, and his sound is authentic, not manipulated to follow trend. Wil plays music because he would die if he didn’t.”
Saturday, July 13 – Ray Bonneville
Music fans familiar with Red House recording artist Ray Bonneville know that he is a hard-driving, blues influenced original. Ray’s vibe is loose and souful. With cool and economical guitar licks, horn-like harmonica phrasing and smoky vocal style, he will immediately rivet any audience.
Ray is based in New Orleans and performs more than 150 shows per year across the US, Canada and Europe. His song about the resilience of New Orleans, “I Am the Big Easy” won Song of the Year at Folk Alliance in Memphis in 2009, the same city where he took first place in the International Blues Challenge in 2012.
Ray Bonneville was 41 when he started writing his own songs and making records. When asked why it took so long, he replied “it’s hard to say, but I only spoke French until I was 12 years old when my family suddenly moved us from Quebec to Boston, so maybe it took me that long to really feel the nuance of the English language.”
Saturday, August 3 – Hans Theesssink & Terry Evans
Hans Theessink and Terry Evans are two vastly experienced and respected musicians who may be from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean but they work together beautifully. The Dutch-born Theessink is a roots and blues institution in Europe with a rich baritone voice and unmistakable guitar work. Evans hails from Vicksburg, Mississippi in the heart of delta blues country and may be best known for his long working relationship as a backing vocalist with the legendary Ry Cooder.
Timeless blues, gospel and soul come alive in the capable hands of these two masters. With just two guitars and two remarkable voices, they bring forth a stripped-down and unhurried vibe that is contagious and soulful. Their new release – DELTA TIME – was recorded in Los Angeles and is receiving widespread acclaim.
For full stage schedules and the complete list of concert performances, visit www.hyack.bc.ca