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Amped, in your neighbourhood

Thursday night Squamish Arts Council performances get more intimate during COVID-19, by bringing music to the community

Due to the pandemic, Amped in the Park has rebranded as Amped in the Neighbourhood.

The Squamish Arts Council weekly events are set to continue with the same mandate, to provide a barrier-free, accessible space for performers and emerging artists of all kinds. However, instead of having performers at Junction Park, downtown, musicians will set up in their own neighbourhoods.

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"Given everything that is going on because of COVID, we have decided to restructure a little bit and come out with a new program," said the arts council's Josh Visser.

"Instead of bringing people together in the park, which is not the most responsible thing to be doing right now, we are actually bringing performers out in their own neighbourhood, to perform small intimate shows for their neighbours."

The first shows are slated for Thursday, July 9.

The council is looking for youth or other amateur performers in town who would like to get involved.

Honorariums are provided to entertainers.

Each performer is encouraged to play for half an hour to an hour set and the goal is to have three or four areas of town activated per week, Visser said.

Locals are asked to only attend their own neighbourhood performance and not travel to other areas of town.

"It is a safe way to keep the community engaged in live performances and give youth [and the others] the opportunities to perform."

The performances run rain or shine until the end of August and start at 7 p.m. each Thursday.

To stay in the loop about upcoming performances, go to "Amped in the Neighbourhood" on Facebook.

To get involved go here or email amped@squamishartscouncil.com.

The application is here.

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