Celtic band Blackthorn playing Enchanted Evenings concert in Vancouver's Chinese Classical Garden

This will be tres cool!   My favorite Celtic band in my favorite Classical Chinese garden!

Back in 2003, we filmed the CBC television performance special “Gung Haggis Fat Choy” in the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens.  It was the very first music video ever filmed at the garden, and it featured The Paper Boys with a Chinese flautist Jing Min Pan.

Blackthorn is a wonder celtic music ensemble led by Michael Viens on guitar, Michelle Carlisle on flute, Rosy Carver on fiddle and Tim Reading on bass and bodran.  Blackthorn was featured at the 2008 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner, and brought a real lively presence to the dinner event.

I spoke with Michelle in the first week of August, and she says that Blackthorn is really looking forward to performing at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens.  She was even more interested, when I told her that the gardens was designed by my architect cousin Joe Wai.

The Enchanted Gardens Music series often features different multicultural music ensembles.  It was initially started by my friends Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault of Silk Road Music.  They always create something different for their annual concert.


Enchanted Evening Concert Series
Friday, Aug 21
Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens, 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC
Ticket Prices: $18.00 (non Garden members) and $15.00 for members.
Call 604-662-3207 ext 208 for tickets or email 
We recommend pre-purchasing your tickets as these popular concerts are often sell-outs!
Also available at the door.

Musical Expressions Summer Concert Series
Saturday, Aug 22
6:30pm,  Britannia Heritage Shipyard, 5180 Westwater, Steveston BC

Musical Expressions presents
this 2009 Concert Season at Britannia features the artistry of
prominent local groups in a magnificent setting. Imagine a Fraser River
sunset as a backdrop to a concert!

Tickets: $20 including appetizers, on sale at the venue, or by calling 604-718-8050.

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