Opening Night 2022

Friday April 1 | 7pm | Mackin Park

Jocelyn Pettit in concert

Friday Night Contra Dance with The Sybaritic String Band with Maureen Collier, caller

FREE! Registration required

Jocelyn Pettit

BC’s own Jocelyn Pettit is a vibrant fiddle player, stepdancer, and singer.  With grace and passion, this musical prodigy offers an uplifting and engaging performance of traditional and original music inspired by the Celtic and folk cultures of Canada (Québec, Cape Breton) along with Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Galicia.

Jocelyn has toured with her band across Canada, the US, UK, and Europe.  She has appeared on national TV and radio, performed for The Queen and Prince Charles, and shared the stage with Irish supergroup, The Chieftains.  Her albums have received multiple award nominations, including the Canadian Folk Music Awards and World Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. She’s releasing her third album, Wind Rose, this year.

Performing: Jocelyn Pettit (fiddle, vocals, pieds, stepdance, Boris Favre (piano, vocals), Allan Dionne (accordion), Lauri Lyster (percussion, vocals)

The Sybaritic String Band

The Sybaritic String Band is regarded as Vancouver’s premier contradance band.

They’ve been kicking the festival’s Friday night dances off in fine style for a few years, but whenever they hit the stage, it’s time to kick up your heels! This year they also performing a set on Saturday morning.

Contradancing is a fun and friendly social dance done to a mix of folk music with English, Scottish and French roots. In the hands of the master players in The Sybs, everyone wants to join in and have fun.

Come on your own or bring a partner and have a great time! Everyone, from first-timers to seasoned veterans are welcome! Suitable for adults and kids who are comfortable dancing with adults.

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