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Vancouver’s Music on Main Events, Concerts and Modulus Festival

Heritage Hall on Main Street

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.

In 2022 Music on Main hosts Pop-Up Concerts at a Vancouver park between August 9th and the 18th. The Modulus Festival is also happening in November.



This year’s summer Pop-Up Concerts happen at Mount Pleasant Park in the evenings of 9th to 12th and August 16th to 17th. Admission is free.

This year the organizers are giving away a season’s pass to both their November 2022 Modulus Festival and to their Music for the Winter Solstice event in December for one lucky person and their guest. Music on Main is also giving away a $100 gift card to a Main Street restaurant. See below for more details.


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. It’s back again in 2022, although exact dates and other details are to be confirmed.


Music at Mt. Pleasant Park
Mt. Pleasant Park


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. The event is happening again in November of 2022. Exact dates and other details, however, are to be confirmed.

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

Music on Main hosts a series of concerts in Mount Pleasant Park in the summer. In 2022, the concerts run from August 9th to 12th and 16th to 18th. 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.

Event organizers encourage people to bring their own chairs and blankets to the event. All the shows start at 6:30 pm. Below is the full schedule for 2022. (Note: Concert performers and other details are subject to change.)

  • Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 – Paolo Bortolussi (flute), Min Jee Yoon (cello), and Lani Krantz (harp)
  • Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 The Microcosmos String Quartet
  • Thursday, August 11th, 2022 – The Cedar String Quartet
  • Friday, August 12th, 2022 – With the artist to be confirmed
  • Tuesday, August 16th, 2022 Vancouver Youth Choir
  • Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 BC Chinese Music Ensemble
  • Thursday, August 18th, 2022 – The Vashaan Ensemble


Pop-Up Contest Giveaway

In 2022 Music on Main has a giveaway contest where a lucky person will win two seasons passes to the 2022 Modulus Festival and Music for the Winter Solstice event which both take place towards the end of this year. Another prize is a $100 gift card to a restaurant. To enter the contest you have to sign up for Music on Main’s e-newsletter at musiconmain.ca between August 1 and August 22, 2022.


Khaledi and Saijadi at Music on Main
Music at Mount Pleasant Park


Music on Main Video

The following short video clip 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.



Other Information

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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