A Vancouver music programming company, Music on Main puts on various events and provides the opportunity for a wide variety of artists to showcase their skills.
Music on Main
Music on Main is a local non-profit organization that has contributed to the Vancouver music scene for over a decade. They don’t have a set venue; rather, they host events at various venues (which are usually on or near Main Street).
Some places that hold Music on Main shows include Heritage Hall, the Fox Cabaret and other spots in Mount Pleasant and beyond in Vancouver.
The loosening of COVID restrictions in the summer of 2021 opened up more opportunities for shows. Because of this, Music on Main hosted a Pop-Up Concert Series in August of 2021. The Pop-Up Concerts are also happening in August of 2022.
The organization’s biggest event is the Modulus Festival which celebrates contemporary classical music. After not running in 2020 the festival returned in 2021! The dates for this event were November 4th to 10th. 2022 details are to be confirmed.
The Modulus Festival
The Modulus Festival is one of Music on Main’s signature events. After a COVID-imposed hiatus in 2020, the festival returned in 2021. The event is a great way to experience a variety of music and engage with it in interactive ways.
There are often artists brought in from around the world, although the 2021 edition focused mostly on Canadian artists due to the ongoing pandemic. There was live music both in-person and online, private talks with the artists and more on offer. The festival ran from November 4th to 10th, 2021.
One of the headliners was the “As Dreams Are Made” concert series. This was a 15-minute one-on-one production. Only one person was in the audience for each show in order to make it as intimate as possible. There were a series of “As Dreams Are Made” shows from November 5th to 10th.
Other performers and composers who performed in 2021 include Mark Takeshi McGregor, Keiko Devaux, Alfredo Santa Ana, James O’Callaghan and Nicole Lizée.
Festival dates and details for 2022 are to be confirmed.
Summer Pop-Up Concerts
From August 9th to 31st in 2021, Music on Main hosted a series of concerts in Mount Pleasant Park. In 2022, the concerts run from August 9th to 12th and 16th to 18th at the same location. They are all free and open to the public.
Mount Pleasant Park is on 16th Avenue at 3161 Ontario Street which is about two blocks west of Main Street. It’s a small park with a large grassy area where people can sit and enjoy the music. Also at the park are basketball courts, a small skate park and a couple of play structures for young children.
In 2021, event organizers encouraged people to bring their own chairs and blankets to the event. All the shows started at 6:30 pm. Below is the full schedule from last year. The exact schedule and performer details for 2022 are to be confirmed.
- Monday, August 9th, 2021 – Saxophilia Saxophone Quartet
- Tuesday, August 10th, 2021 – Microcosmos String Quartet
- Wednesday, August 11th, 2021 – Jennie Press, Emilie Grimes and Olivia Blander
- Thursday, August 12th, 2021 – Saina Khaledi and Ali Sajjadi
- Friday, August 13th, 2021 – Mark Takeshi McGregor and Adrian Verdejo (Postponed due to wildfire smoke.)
- Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 – Infamy Too!
- Thursday, August 19th, 2021 – Rebecca Wenham
- Thursday, August 26th, 2021 – Terry Riley
- Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 – Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa
Music on Main Video
The following short video clip is shows one of the pop-up concerts at Mount Pleasant Park in 2021. Performing in the video are Persian musicians Saina Khaledi (playing the santour) and Ali Saijadi (playing the oud).
As you’ll see, the events drew a good number of people. Folk brought their lawn chairs or sat on the ground. Also as you’ll see, the concert was a quiet and peaceful event. You aren’t able to hear the music at the start of the video, but you can part way through as the camera gets closer.
For more information about the organization, visit the Music on Main website.
To learn more about the Modulus Festival, click Modulus Festival.
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- Free Outdoor Concerts in Metro Vancouver
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Shows and Entertainment in Vancouver
- Vancouver Summer Activities