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Vancouver’s CBC Nooners Concerts

CBC Musical Nooners

CBC Musical Nooners are free outdoor concerts in July and August featuring local live music talent on weekdays at noon in Vancouver’s CBC Plaza.



Due to the coronavirus pandemic and provincial restrictions as of May 2021, it is unlikely that any in-person concerts will take place this summer. CBC Musical Nooners was cancelled in 2020 and will likely be cancelled in 2021 as well.


CBC Musical Nooners

In years when there isn’t a coronavirus pandemic, CBC Musical Nooners typically run on weekdays, Monday to Friday, from 12 to 1 pm. The concerts start up for the season around the second week in July and continue until about the third week in August.

In 2019 the series of concerts ran from July 5th until August 16th. The concert series was unable to take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it probably won’t return in 2021 either.


Concert Times & Location

The CBC Nooners live music entertainment takes place in the CBC Plaza at 700 Hamilton Street which is between Georgia Street and Robson in downtown Vancouver.

Close by are Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Public Library and BC Place Stadium. Trendy Robson Street, Robson Square, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Pacific Centre shopping centre also aren’t too far away.



As the next lineup has not been announced, here is the music lineup for 2019 for an idea of what to expect. July 5th was the first day of the season in 2019 and on that day the band was The Harpoons & the Axe Murderer with Dawn Pemberton.

Other bands and musicians scheduled to perform in 2019 included CBC children’s celebrity Wills Jams (on July 8th), the Hamiltones (a Soul and Roots band from North Carolina and here for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival), Jim Byrnes, Desirée Dawson, Cousin Harley and others. See below for the rest of 2019’s schedule.


Dawn Permberton in Concert
Dawn Pemberton (at Stanley Park)


Concert Schedule

Below is the 2019 schedule of events. The 2022 schedule is to be determined.


Friday, July 5th, 2019

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

  • Tariq – a JUNO-nominated Folk music singer-songwriter from Quebec.

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

  • Mazacote – a Latin band with Salsa and Afro-Caribbean sounds.

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Friday, July 12th, 2019


Concert Audience at CBC Plaza
CBC Plaza in front of the Vancouver Library


Monday, July 15th, 2019

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Friday, July 19th, 2019

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

  • Chris Ronald – a multi-instrumental Vancouver Indie musician.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

  • The Heels – a girl power Rock band from North Vancouver.

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Monday, July 29th, 2019

  • RupLoops – a unique Hip Hop Fusion band.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

  • The Long War – the 2017 Searchlight Winner plays Indie Rock.

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

  • Cannery Row – an entertaining band that blends and mixes genres.

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

  • Fionn – twins with a Pop-Folk sound.

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

  • Roy Forbes – an award-winning Canadian Folk artist.

Friday, August 16th, 2019


Warren Dean Flandez at CBC Nooners
CBC Nooners Concert at the CBC Plaza


About CBC Nooners

CBC Vancouver has been hosting the free CBC Musical Nooners concerts annually on weekdays in the summer since the Olympics in 2010.

The CBC Musical Nooners is a popular event that attracts up to a couple of hundred people on sunny days. The audience typically comprises downtown office workers on their lunch breaks as well as tourists and supporters of the bands.

Although participating bands are generally local and not hugely famous, the quality of the performances is high and many of the bands are exceptional. If you’re in the area around lunch time on a nice day, check it out! You won’t be disappointed.


Other Information

For more information about the free music series click CBC Musical Nooners.

TIP: Combine your trip to the CBC Plaza for a live music concert with a visit to other downtown attractions. The above listed places are all interesting. Yaletown is also fairly close, as is Gastown. And on Thursdays, the Downtown Farmers Market takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Plaza just across the street.

For a list of other free concerts in Metro Vancouver, click Free Outdoor Concerts.