Tuesday, May 23, 2017
   
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Tulip Festival: lots of big bands

The Tulip Festival starts this weekend (until May 24). Its theme this year is the 65th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland. Fitting in with that theme are a number of big band concerts.

The Liberation Swing Band (including 12 musicians and 4 singers) will be playing in the Festival Mirror Tent on

  • Friday, May 14 - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 16 - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 20 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 21 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 22 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 23 - 2 p.m.
  • Monday, May 24 - 12:30 p.m.

For the four evening performances (May 14, 20, 21, 22), the band will be followed by The Jivewires.

As well, a number of local school and community bands will be playing free concerts during the day, including the WCSS Concert/ Jazz Band (May 13 - 11 a.m.) and Thomas A. Stewart Jazz Band (May 19 - 1 p.m.).

There will also be a Liberation Street Party Friday, May 7 (4:30 to 10 p.m.). on the Sparks Street Mall to commemorate the 65th Anniversary of the spontaneous street party on Sparks Street on May 7, 1945. The festival has yet to get back to us about which bands will be playing there