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Symphony by the Sea in Nanaimo

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 — 7:50am PST
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The Vancouver Island Symphony and guest artists will perform at Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park for Symphony by the Sea, happening August 12th. Now in its 23rd season, this family-friendly event in a seaside park is the perfect way to spend a warm summer night in the Harbour City.


Symphony by the Sea in Nanaimo

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 6:00pm
Where: Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
Admission: Instead of an entrance fee, donations will be collected to help support the event and future special events by the Vancouver Island Symphony.

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Calvin Dyck, Vancouver Island Symphony Concertmaster and producer of Symphony by the Sea, is returning with the baton, and his violin, for this popular event. Calvin promises that there is music for everyone in this show. There will be Star Wars themes, music from “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, featuring the trumpeters of the Vancouver Island Symphony. The concert will also feature the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra performing the famous “Tango Jealousy” by Jacob Gade complete with choreography and red tango dresses. As well, Calvin will bring a bit of circus fun to Maffeo Sutton Park – there will be a medley of tunes from Cirque de Soleil with a surprise Circus act on a 24-foot Tripod!

Maffeo Sutton Park Nanaimo


You’ve planned your visit and you’ve got your lawn chair and blankets ready for Symphony by the Sea, but what will you do for the rest of your weekend getaway? I was in Nanaimo with FestivalSeekers recently and I was able to put together my Top 5 Ways to Soak Up Urban Culture in Nanaimo:

1) Visit the Nanaimo Museum
2) Take the kids to a workshop at the Nanaimo Art Gallery
3) Sip and savour the Nanaimo Bar Trail self-guided tour
4) Do the self-guided heritage walk, starting at the iconic Bastion
5) Enjoy Symphony by the Sea!

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Plan Your Visit

Make sure to check out Symphony by the Sea, have a drink at one of Nanaimo’s many restaurants and pubs on the water, and then enjoy a relaxing place to stay a mere steps away from it all. Book your overnight stay in Nanaimo »

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