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Cates Park Concert Series

Cates Park Concert Series

The Cates Park Concert Series is a free, outdoor concert series that occurs on Saturdays in July and August from 4pm to 7pm on the waterfront stage in front of the food concession in Cates Park.  This series provides the opportunity for exposure for original bands and artists to the local community. 


The Cates Park Concert Series was developed in the summer of 1997 by Jeff Maynard and Tyler Pearson.  Jeff Maynard was the first coordinator for Musart to organize Deep Cove Daze.  He was an enthusiastic student (now a highschool principal) who came to Tyler, the artistic director of Musart, and said, "Why don't we put on original music concerts to support independant artists and bands on Saturday's in Cates Park leading up to Deep Cove Daze?"  Tyler thought this was a great idea and that it fit with the Musart mandate.  So with no funding that first year, they started the series with a bare bones PA from the eighties and tiny amps propped up by rocks for monitors. This series grew from there and has featured over a thousand bands and artists to date. 


The Cates Park Concert Series annual compilation CD started in 2001.  The original intent was to give all proceeds to charity while raising the profile of the bands and artists.  Musart raised thousands of dollars for charities such as the BC Cancer Foundation, Parkison's Disease, Multiple Schlerosis and many more.  With the funding bodies wanting to see the artists and bands being paid, Musart decided to shift the money raised from the proceeds of the compilations to paying the artists and bands.