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Instrumental cafe at Festival Place

The Edmonton Pops Orchestra play the final concert in the instrumental series at Festival Place this month. Photo: supplied.

The much-loved venue at Festival Place in Sherwood Park has been re-vamped and reopened so to celebrate, it's continuing the popular Qualico concert series into October. The instrumental October Cafe Series by Qualico Communities features a handful of music concerts with limited, COVID-19 capacity seating sure to satisfy every musical taste.
Café Series by Qualico Communities is an opportunity for local musicians and music lovers in the County and beyond to come together in a safe, friendly space to enjoy great instrumental music,” said Festival Place Artistic Director Steve Derpack.

Tickets are now on sale for the first two shows and will be on sale for the remainder in October soon. As with the Qualico Patio Series, Café Series by Qualico Communities is selling tables of two or four. Single tickets are not available for purchase. Tickets are $25 before fees and taxes, or $50 or $100 for tables.  Contact Ticketmaster for tickets.

Saturday October 10
Instrumental Celtic

Music has taken Christine Hanson from touring Canada’s High Arctic with a tango trio, to playing traditional music in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. While classically trained, Christine in her many roles – cellist, composer and sound designer – is eclectic in her musical explorations. Christine is nominated for 'Instrumentalist of the Year' as part of the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Saturday October 17
Instrumental Blues

Edmonton based pianist and organist, Rooster Davis will lead this organ trio that specializes in the New Orleans traditions of seminal players such as Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, and James Booker. His own style is a combination of everything he has learned from these great players, giving him a driving, rhythmic style of playing the blues, and a heavy NOLA second line funk feel. Rooster regularly performs with award-winning roots artists such as Ridley Bent, The Dungarees, Jay Sparrow, Jay Gilday, and many more.


Saturday October 24
Instrumental Rock/Pop

Having played at Festival Place more than any other musician, Mark Sterling returns with “No Singing Today” a special COVID-19, socially distanced, one of a kind night of guitar music. With 40 years of experience on the instrument, 15 years of acoustic blues shows and seven years of the Songs Of John Lennon at the venue, Mark will be drawing on over 35 years of experiences. There's sure to be other musical surprises and stories in this up close and intimate performance. Mark has shared stages with artists as diverse as The Everly Brothers, Chicago, and Jann Arden to name only a few.

Saturday October 31

The Edmonton Pops Orchestra combines music, dance, and storytelling to create dynamic and intimate concert experiences. Now in its fourth season, the Edmonton Pops adds vibrance and sophistication to Edmonton’s music scene with original arrangements of jazz, classical, pop, and Broadway. The result is music that is undeniably fresh and distinctly local.
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