BCLC’S Music In The Park Returns After 2-Year Hiatus

Written By Robyn McNeil on July 20, 2022
BCLC brings Music In The Park back to Kamloops. Visitors to VanDusen Botanical Gardens enjoy outdoor concert by the Vancouver Symphony

The music didn’t die, but it did go quiet.

But after two years, BCLC’s Music In The Park Series is finding its voice again. Canada’s longest-running free music festival is back in Kamloops for its 28th year. Lucky locals can enjoy free concerts in Riverside Park every night for the rest of the season.

Mark your calendars for BCLC summer concerts

The British Columbia Lottery Corporation series kicked off with performances by Sabrina Weeks, Shattered Blue, Richard Graham and the Blackbeats that first weekend.

“As a social-purpose company, BCLC is committed to our ongoing support of events such as Music in the Park that contribute to the social and cultural fabric of Kamloops,” said Peter ter Weeme, BCLC chief social purpose officer and vice president of player experience.

“BCLC has been a proud sponsor of Music in the Park alongside the City of Kamloops since 1994, and we’re thrilled to help bring Kamloopsians back together again to hear the musical talent of this summer’s lineup.”

In the short term, this week, catch the Gaslighters performing songs of The Chicks, plus Angie Heinz and Hillside Outlaws. And, if country music is your thing, turn up on July 27 for BCLC’s Midsummer Music Jam featuring headliner Jess Moskaluke and opener Teigen Gayse.

2022 BCLC Music in the Park schedule

The festival’s shows are every night from 7-8:30 p.m. in July and August at the Rotary Bandshell in Riverside Park in the city of Kamloops. Parking is free.

DateArtistMusic Style
July 19Apollo SunsFunky Jazz Rock
July 20GaslightersSongs of the (Dixie) Chicks
July 21Duelling PianosPiano Madness
July 22Angie HeinzClassic Rock
July 23Hillside OutlawsCountry Rock
July 24Banda TavernaMusic of Brazil
July 25Daveton JonesReggae and R&B
July 26Laurie Morvan BandBlues
July 27BCLC and New Country 103.1 presents: BCLC Midsummer Music Jam featuring Jess Moskaluke with opener Teigen GayseCountry
July 28Sally and the Melo HeartsParty Rock
July 29Ashley PaterDance Pop
July 30SpendoVancouver Soul Rock
July 31Margit Sky ProjectPop Rock
Aug. 1AerialistsProgressive Traditional
Aug. 2Someone to BlameClassic Rock
Aug. 3New GroovementFunk Hip Hop and R&B
Aug. 4FKBRock
Aug. 5RibFest Presents: Bryan Adams TributePop Rock
Aug. 6RibFest Presents: OC/DCAC/DC Tribute
Aug. 7RibFest Presents: Fleetwood MagicFleetwood Mac Tribute
Aug. 8Dirtroad OperaCountry Bluegrass
Aug. 9Jenny AllenFolk Roots
Aug. 10Jenni ThaiPiano
Aug. 11Richard Graham and the BackbeatsPop Rock
Aug. 12Ben KlickCountry Rock
Aug. 13BMWAuthentic Blues Guitar
Aug. 14Willie NileOne of the Best Kept Secrets of Rock and Roll
Aug. 15Crystal ShawandaPop Rock
Aug. 16Suzi RawnRocking Blues
Aug. 17Jackson HollowCountry Bluegrass
Aug. 18Mozi BonesWorld Infused Music
Aug. 19Mitch ZornCountry Rock
Aug. 20Julio Avila Cuban BandCuban
Aug. 21EverealMelodic Rock
Aug. 22Coalmine’s BasementPop Rock
Aug. 23BlackdazeBlack Sabbath/Ozzy Tribute
Aug. 24Daytime HighsFunk Dance Energy
Aug. 25Dawson GrayCountry
Aug. 26BC TopZZ Top Tribute
Aug. 27Trigger MafiaRock
Aug. 28TayosLight Rock
Aug. 29Frapp City80s Rock
Aug. 30Blue VoodooBlues Rock
Aug. 31Shattered BlueClassic Rock

More than just music on offer

Food Truck Wednesdays have also returned to Riverside Park as of July 6. Every Wednesday, two or more food trucks will be onsite at the park from 6-9 pm. Consequently, hungry concertgoers will have a variety of tasty street eat options.

For more details, find the 2022 nightly Music in the Park entertainment schedule available via the City of Kamloops. It’s worth noting all concerts are weather and air-quality permitting. Attendees are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to support the Kamloops Food Bank.

BCLC food bank donations

Over the years, BCLC hosted many extraordinary community initiatives.

In November 2021, it organized an online fundraiser called Love Local BC to help Food Banks BC and other organizations. Locals could contribute by purchasing gift cards from the Love Local BC page.

On June 23, HR Director Canada recognized the Crown corporation for its Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging advancement. The crown corporation received a 5-Star Diversity & Inclusion Employer award for efforts toward authentic inclusivity.

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