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Play the Parks, an iconic Toronto music festival is expanding nationally and will arrive in Victoria for the first time!

Presented by the TD Music Connected Series, Play the Parks is an annual music program that focuses on showcasing local, diverse and talented artists in Toronto’s Downtown for the past 10 years. This year, Play the Parks is expanding into 13 cities across Canada. Curated by Canada’s Music Incubator (CMI), the free, musically, and culturally diverse concert series will spotlight over 100 musicians, connecting communities from coast to coast throughout the rest of the summer.

On August 19th, 26th, and September 17th, six diverse artists will perform in FREE outdoor concerts at Market Square and Tillicum Centre Parkette.

There are six diverse and incredibly talented local artists, including:

LIINKS – Market Square – August 26 – 11am
Georgia and Tony aka LIINKS are BC natives. Their tracks and features have garnered them millions of streams online, success at Top 40 radio in both Canada and South Korea, a collaboration with Travis Barker and recent sync placements on The D’Amelio Show and the upcoming Amazon Series, Forever Summer: Hamptons.

Sarah Osborne – Market Square – August 19 – 11am
Sarah Osborne is a singer-songwriter from the west coast of Canada. Hailing from a musical family and holding a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, this songstress and sea queen draws inspiration from folk, blues, jazz, and the weather.

Danielle Lebeau-Petersen – Market Square – August 19 – 11am
A lifelong musician and Victoria native, Danielle Lebeau-Petersen has strong roots as an acoustic singer songwriter, heavily influenced by Joni Mitchell, Emmylou Harris, and Ani DiFranco.

Angela Hehr – Market Square – August 26 – 11am
A regular performer in the Victoria music scene, singer and songwriter Angela Hehr pairs her incredible voice with an acoustic guitar. At the age of 23 she was involved in Canadian idol where she made the top 100 in all of Canada.

Frances Hope – Tillicum Centre Parkette – September 17 – 11:30am
Singer-songwriter, natural performer, poet, multi-instrumentalist and indie-folk artist, Frances Hope’s music career began to push off when she was a contestant on Season 8 of a Canadian singing competition called The Shot: Remastered, and won a Battle of the Bands competition to take main stage at the Dragon Boat Festival in Victoria last summer.

The Vanity Project – Tillicum Centre Parkette – September 17 – 11:30am
The Vanity Project is a tribute to the Music of Django Reinhardt and the joy of playing music with friends. Notably, this style of Swing music is driven by acoustic rhythm guitar in place of drums. They appeal to fans of Jazz, folk, and everyone else.

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