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- 6:30pm - GARDEN CITY RICHMOND OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES
August 18, 2018 - NEW WEST PRIDE STREET FESTIVAL, MCKENZIE STAGE
Back for a second time, we took the stage at McKenzie and Columbia. It was absolutely incredible and ended up being an a capella Dance Party. The streets were filled with amazing fans, and with the call of an encore - we had a great time helping close what was an amazing festival. Can't wait until next year!
August 11, 2018 - UPTOWN UNPLUGGED
For a second year in a row, we took the streets of Uptown New Westminster as part of the Arts Council's "Uptown Unplugged" series. It was an overcast day, but made for a good climate as we had folks stay for our entire 2 hour show! Thanks again to Will Clements from the Council for making us feel special and welcome!
July 1, 2018 - CANADA DAY AT RIVER MARKET
Quayside was happy to partner with the River Market in programming the all-day entertainment on the Boardwalk. Featuring artists Eric & Sara, Rob Fillo, and Victoria Pop-Capella sensation - Fifth Street - we all had a blast celebrating Canada's 151st birthday with New West's visitors.
June 24, 2018 - ARTS IN THE VINE, TOWNSHIP 7 WINERY
What happens when you pair a capella with a beautiful venue...then add wine and art? You get an afternoon of cultural whimsy. We were so pleased to be the featured musicians at the Arts in the Vine event at Township 7 Winery where we took centre stage as patrons enjoyed their surroundings. Please check out Township 7 if you have a chance - it's worth the trip, especially if they're hosting special events!
May 5, 2018 - a Double Header!
When opportunity comes knocking, it tears down the door!
We had the absolute pleasure of being the opening act at the Grand Finale of the White Rock Buskers' Festival. The show featured Circus Act "The Big Top" and Juno Award Winning Comedian Ivan Decker. The show was completely sold out, and it felt amazing taking the stage at the Coast Capital Playhouse.
Right after the performance we packed our gear and bolted over to a private party where we were the surprise "gift" at a Quinceneara. It's hard not to claim every audience we have as amazing...but in this case, the birthday girl was a HUGE fan of A Capella music, so seeing her face light up when we started to sing was PRICELESS.
April 28, 2018
Mixed Tape Vol. 4 was our fourth feature show held at our "home" - 100 Braid Street Studios.
This time around, we decided we wanted to try to give back to the community and so we partnered with McRobert's Secondary School Chamber Choir and had them open our show with some of our own arrangements. The kids were great and adapted well to learning our styles. It was an honour to have them cheer for us in the crowd, and from what we hear, we may have inspired a few new local a cappella bands!
Overall the show was amazing. The venue was sold out, and we had standing room in the back. We brought forward some classic rock, some 90's jams, and of course - some of today's favourites. We've got highlights posted on our instagram so be sure to check that out.
March 25, 2018
We met up with Media Land YVR to put together this video and to talk about what A Capella means to us.
When students graduate in a specific field, it's rare that someone gets to utilize all techniques acquired during their education. Media Land YVR provides Communications Industry Professionals with opportunities to keep their skills active through these types of projects.
Huge "thanks" to the amazing Dave Zura who spent the morning with us, and then pumped out this video by end of day! Such deadlines!
March 21, 2018
QV was invited to perform with a talented group of local musicians at a fundraiser for the DTES Women's Centre. It was a fantastic night, and they liked us so much we're coming back in June to perform a couple of sets!
December is upon us and the holiday train just kicked-off!
December 2nd QV was invited to bring a set of pop-top 40 and holiday hits to the New West Christmas Night Market. The River Market was PACKED with people, but despite how busy, patrons still took the time to stop and give us a listen. It was great.
December 5 QV was invited for a short feature on the Global News Morning Show. It as an early start (7:47am Broadcast), but an amazing experience. You can catch our segment here (click here)!
December 7 QV participated in Yule Duel 2017...an event that raises money for May's Place (a Downtown Eastside organization that offers hospice services). QV worked hard to have the perfect submission, and was able to raise the $1000 entrance fee to qualify for the big prizes.
The night was cold but dry which meant there were alot of people in the streets ready to get the Christmas on! We had people coming in and huddling around our tent for QVs jams, and one person even told us "you may be small, but you are mighty". It must have been true, because we ended up winning PEOPLE'S CHOICE! This meant that all the people in the streets actually bought ballots to vote for us, which was a huge compliment because while we were grateful for our own crew listening...there was only about 12...so this meant alot.
December 9 QV represented at Stephanie's annual holiday showcase. This year, Steph actually expanded her studio and now Troy, Tess (Sop 2 Backup) and Justin are part of the faculty. Maggie was kind enough to join us that evening where we brought some show-stopping tunes for the audience to enjoy.
December 10 QV went out to Tsawassen and performed at the "To Market" holiday shopping event. It was great to get out to a new City, and all members of QV were taken by the wonderful holiday ornaments and fashions placed around the store. Everyone ended up buying something and they can't wait to go back to do a bit more shopping!
December 11 QV sang at Van Dusen Garden's Festival of Lights event. Tons of people, even more lights, and a chance to spread some holiday cheer on a Monday night. Thanks to Studio Cloud 30 for inviting us to sing!
December 13 QV was invited to provide carols at the New West Chamber of Commerce mix'n mingle at City Hall.
December 17 QV took the floor at the annual CUPE Christmas party for kids. Trying not to wear out the same old carols a week before the holidays, the crew mixed it up with some pop top hits as well.
December 22 QV returned to competition at Landmark Cinemas New West's Pitch Perfect 3 A Capella Sing Off! Going head to head with UBC A Capella, QV took the most votes in the theatre, but lost out to UBC in the online voting system. You can see their entry video on their youtube channel here!
QV may have had a quiet start to the year, but things really picked up in November. On the 1st, QV brought another night of high-energy entertainment at the City of New Westminster's Civic Dinner.
November 3rd QV brought to 100 Braid Street Studios their second feature concert of the year. It was full-length with 17 songs - 15 of them new arrangements! It came and went so fast...but it was a blast.
November 28 QV was invited to bring a holiday set to the New Westminster Retired Teacher's Fundraiser Luncheon. It was the first time we dusted off the ol' carols - but it was a great time!
QV provided some background music for International Artists Day at 100 Braid Street Studios. It was a well attended event where patrons were able to bid on art submissions. The catch? The artist's names were hidden so that folks could appreciate the art before the name. What a wonderful idea! QVer Stephanie picked up a piece for her wall too :)
To close off the month, QV gave a special performance at a private event for a 60th Birthday. It was amazing to be able to surprise the guests with music, and we even performed a piece from the year they were born!
QV was honoured to perform at the 1st United Methodist Church's annual building fundraiser. We brought to the stage a set of six songs and filled the room with our tunes on our new gear :)
We also took part in 100 Braid Street's first ever Speakeasy event as part of "Feast on the Fraser", a fancy event that was catered by Fork and Knife Catering. The night featured a cocktail demonstration by Lavish Liquids, A historic re-enactment, and also a special performance by yours truly.
August was great for QV! Since we took it easy from the festival gigs, we decided to create our own Busking Series at the New West River Market. We were super lucky as the weather held-out for us, and we were able to sing some of our new rep for patrons walking along the boardwalk.
The money we collected went to a great cause - for new gear! That's right...QV no longer needs to rent, and it's all because of the support of our wonderful fans and the generosity of the New West River Market!
QV's getting prepped for a busy August so we're rehearsing weekly to get things together for these gigs. We'll be busking at the River Market on August 11 and 18, and also taking the stage at Uptown Unplugged on August 27. We'll tell ya how it goes!
QV was busy in May getting a set together to celebrate our very own Maggie's nuptuals. It was a beautiful day and we were honoured to bring some musical romance to their reception.
Quayside was proud to perform for a room of strong and inspiring women at the Women's Symposium at New West Secondary School. After a bit of a haitus, it was nice to get together for this gig.
We just finished our first show of the year, and it was our own! QV Live at Braid v. 2.0 took place on March 3 and we performed to a packed house. It was an amazing feeling being able to be in such an intimate space with our fans, friends, and family (who I guess are also our fans?). We'll be posting some pics and clips soon - stay tuned on our Instagram or Facebook!
Riding the good energy of the Civic Dinner, QV has been busy bringing holiday cheer at a variety of local festivals and events. While it all technically started at the end of November, QV opened up Enchant Vancouver (World's largest light maze) on the 25th and have a couple more gigs booked for December 24 and 27. Check them out!
Time has come and gone, but QV also performed at "Passport to Sapperton" on December 4, the CUPE Christmas Party on December 11, and hosted their own private event on the 8th.
QV was honoured to be brought on and performed at the City of New West's annual civic dinner. With over 300 guests, QV provided ambient music over a delicious banquet at the Anvil Centre.
October was a huge month for QV cause we had our first feature concert! On the 26th, QV put together a full program of 17 songs and performed them for our fans and followers at the beautiful 100 Braid Street Studios in New West. To kick-off the night, JPham's solo project - the Trade Company - opened the show with all original songs. Guests got a full night of music and had the rare opportunity of exploring the private studios of the Lower Mainland's finest artists.
It was great, and the crew's looking forward to doing it again in 2017.
The ladies of QV had the honour of performing at Jen Clado and Don Espiritu's wedding at RiverRock Casino. Weddings are such a special time in people's lives, and we were happy to bring to them "Hawaiian" touched versions of Best Day, Fools Rush in, and Lava.
To close off our summer, QV was the "closer" on the All Choirs! stage at New West Pride's Columbia Street Party. It was a beautiful night and the turn out was a blast. Looking forward to coming back next year!
QV was super stoked to make their Uptown Live debut at this year's festival. The Festival featured four stages from noon til' 9:00 p.m., and QV took the stage with full energy.
In order to support the studio, QV performed at the New West Heritage Home tours and provided some loungy entertainment in their living room area. Since we were down a singer for the month, we took the opportunity to feature our instrumental capabilities and had JPham and Lam on Guitar and Keys while Troy and Mags filled the room with their beautiful voices.
QV gives the warmest welcome to Kaori Inouye, who was welcomed into the world only 12 hours after a rehearsal!. We're so happy for Alyssa and her husband Seiji! She's so adorably Ka-o-rious!
A beautiful partnership kicked-off with 100 BraId Street studios in New Westminster. For those who've never been - you have to check-out the site. It's a gorgeous warehouse with studios for local artists to create and feature their work.
Susan, owner of the studio, found us on Instagram and liked a few videos. We reached out to her saying we'd love to sing there someday, and since have been rehearsing on a regular basis.
In addition to it being a beautiful space, the area actually features beautiful resonance. With the decor, QV has been capturing their shenaningans and posting it everytime they get to "play."
February came up quickly and QV was asked to perform at the New West opening of the Farmer's Market in Uptown. It was super rainy, but we had a great time singing for our neighbours. Since the day was kind of long, we took the chance to show off some of our other genres, and sang some Disney and Broadway.
This year was off to a great start with our first gig at the New Westminster Volunteer Festival at Royal City Centre. The event featured booths of where the community could sign-up to donate some time to various worthy causes around the Lower Mainland.
In the centre of it all, the Festival Coordinators provided some entertainment for shoppers and visitors.