Climb aboard the St. Roch and celebrate Vancouver’s local music scene in July On Thursday evenings from July 9 to 30well be livestreaming musical performances aboard the St. Roch at 7:00 pmEach week will feature a different local artist or band, from the shredding violas of folkrock duo Salt Thief and original instrumentals of Thomas Beckman to the sweet melodies of The Colorifics and soulful harmonies of the indie-pop duo Rumour Mill. 

To watch the concert, simply go the VMM Facebook page at 7:00 pm and the show will be livestreamed. One lucky person each week will win tickets to see the concert live with three of their friends. The band will be on board the ship, and you’ll have front-row seats in the shelter. More details below on how to win private concert for yourself and three friends. 

This free virtual concert series has been made possible by the Government of Canada. 


July 9  Salt Thief 

Brothers John and Tony Kastelic left their home in the dusty prairies of southern Alberta and set up operation in the salt and rain of Vancouver, BC, creating the world’s one-and-only stereo-viola folkrock band, Salt Thief. Their music blends fiddle folk, rock n’ roll, and a touch of disco for good measure. 

Individually, John and Tony could each be a one man band. They hold down a rare groove with full baritone voices, shredding violas, and thunderous foot percussion. As a duo they are a force of nature.  

July 1 Thomas Beckman 

CMC associate composer and violist, Thomas Beckman draws from his classical training and uses looping technology to deliver original instrumentals . As a one-man band, Thomas creates beats, harmonies and various recurring motives with the RC looper, adding an exciting element to his eclectic performances. Listen to a sample here:

July 23   The Colorifics 

Always entertaining, a Colorifics show is a constant stream of colour, genres and rhythms woven in a tapestry of sweet melodies, now slow and sweet, now fast and intricate. With unique original songs rivalling jazz standards of the past and pop hits of today, one can’t help but sing along and dance. Executed with poise, class, professionalism, and a lot of sass, the music of the Colorifics is a welcome refreshment for the musical soul. 


July 30   Rumour Mill 

Rumour Mill is an independent Canadian band headed by Aline Daigle (violin/vocals) and Anna Katarina (piano/vocals). The pair infuse their classical jazz training with modern spirit to create aeffervescent cocktail of indie pop with strong twists of folk and country. Whether performing as a duo, trio, or 5-piece their distinct sound includes plush vocal harmonies, violin, keyboard, driving grooves, with lyrics that weave the listener through an exploration of timeless themes, such aheartache, joy, love, and adventure.  Listen to a sample here: 

Want a private concert with Salt Thief or Thomas Beckman? To win, you’ve got to get social. Here’s how it works: 

  • Follow our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account
  • Find a post about the Celebrate Canada Virtual Concert Series
  • Like it, share it and leave a comment to enter the draw.

Each like and comment on each account is worth one entry. Add a share and you’re entered twice. We’ll be doing something a little different for the second two concerts in the series, so stay tuned.