Saturdays in the Street!

I absolutely love live music, and I absolutely love downtown Burlington. So I was pretty excited when I learned about Saturdays in the Street, a program created by the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA)Saturdays in the Street showcases great local talent and the downtown community.

Every Saturday from 3pm-5:30pm  a great local musician takes the stage!

You may have heard about Saturdays in the Street before.  The program has being going on for three years now.  It started back I 2012; the pilot program was three Saturdays featuring Glenn Groves, Danielle Beaudin and Half Hour City.

“These events were very successful so the program was expanded in 2013, with continued growth each year,” said Jennifer Walker of the BDBA.

As is the case for all of the great events in our city, this was created by hardworking members of the community. The BDBA is made up of downtown business owners, hard work staff and amazing volunteers. Each year BDBA members submit musicians to the committee. The committee then votes on the musicians they want to include, “They must be local,” Walker said.

In the beginning the weekly shows were held in Civic Square, in front of City Hall. “The experience in Civic Square was very positive and demonstrated the space could be animated and revitalized through street level activity,” Walker said. This year they decided to change the venue.

Saturdays in the Street is now held at Eglin Street and Brant Street.  Each week organizers close down a portion of Elgin Street near Brant.  It’s a great for people to come and sit out in the street and enjoy great music.  The shops and close by restaurants and patios make it even better!

Walkers says that he model created for Saturdays in the Street can be applied to a number of other downtown attractions like the Performing Arts Centre and Art Gallery.  “The program brings regular, predictable programming that is a part of a continuity of experience throughout the year,” she said.  It really serves a reminder that there is always something to do, it’s a great way to create pride in downtown!

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