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Street performers sought for Coquitlam summer shows

The Evergreen Cultural Centre is launching its first-ever Open Air Performance Series. It will run July 10 to Sept. 1 on weekdays at noon.
Person plays the keyboard at an outdoor concert.

If you're strolling around Coquitlam's Lafarge Lake this summer, you may be able to take in a free show.

The Evergreen Cultural Centre is programming spaces around its City Centre facility for street performances.

The inaugural Open Air Performance Series will run from July 10 to Sept. 1 — Mondays to Fridays — and will feature emerging and professional artists such as musicians, dancers, jugglers, clowns, magicians and puppeteers for hour-long events near the lake or close to the SkyTrain station.

The aim is to give exposure to Metro Vancouver talent and increase Evergreen’s connection to the community.

"By providing free performances in a high-traffic community space, our hope is that the Open Air series will allow us to develop new relationships with local artists and Town Centre Park visitors alike," Jessica Fowlis, Evergreen’s marketing manager, told the Tri-City News on Tuesday (May 2).

Developed by the performing arts department at Evergreen and led by Tanya Mathivanan, the centre’s performing arts assistant, the series will see a variety of solo and duo displays around the arts hub.

Performers will be provided with the basic technology set-up and will be able to sell their CDs and merchandise.

Artists, who will be selected based on their submitted materials (audio/video, social media, etc.) will be paid $100.

The deadline to apply online is June 1.