The summer season simply calls for patios and outdoor performances! Our Summer in the Square series features local artists who will regale and entertain you in Norman MacKenzie Square through the warm summer months. Performances will be twice a week, from June 30th to September 4th. So grab a beer at BierCraft or a refreshing iced drink from Blenz and sit out on their patios, or take a seat in Norman MacKenzie Square, and enjoy the amazing performances!

Today's Artist: Les Finnigan

Canadian acoustic guitarist Les Finnigan specializes in composing, recording and performing new original pieces for solo acoustic guitar. His compositions combine polymodal and counterpoint techniques, standard and alternate tunings, and hybrid picking (fingerstyle and flatpicking), to create music that is artistic, thought provoking, and rich with melodic motifs.

Les Finnigan has independently released 8 CDs and 2 DVDs and has sold over 16,000 copies to fans all over the world. He is regularly heard across Canada on several CBC Radio programs. His music has also been used in films, documentaries and television commercials. He is a tireless entertainer and performs over 325 days a year at venues ranging from coffee shops and restaurants to concert halls and outdoor festivals. He is also the producer of the West Coast Guitar Night, which has been a popular annual concert in Vancouver since 1999.

He studied at Douglas Academy of Music with David Lund, at the Institute of Communication Arts, and has attended workshops with Leo Kottke, Alex DeGrassi, Pierre Bensusan, Adrian Legg, Martin Simpson, Preston Reed, Ed Gerhard, Seth Austen, Don Ross, Tommy Emmanuel & Kent Hillman. He started playing electric guitar in 1980 and made the permanent switch to acoustic in 1995. He has extensively studied classical counterpoint and jazz harmony, and also played the acoustic drum kit for about 10 years. These individual studies of melody, harmony, and rhythm, combined with his artistic sense of structure and balance, is what makes his music unique.

Solo acoustic guitar music from Les Finnigan:

Out in the Wild (2016)*

The Brave Dog (2013)**

Live at the West Coast Guitar Night - DVD (2011)

The Fiery Cart (2009)

Things My Guitar Said - 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)***

String-O-Vision - Live in Concert - DVD (2005)

All Over the Map (2005)

Steel String Portraits (2002)****

Live at the Cultch (2000)

Stories Without Words (1999)

* 2018 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Instrumental Artist of the Year

* 2018 Independent Music Award nomination for the composition “Double Crush”

* 2017 International Acoustic Music Awards finalist for the composition “Double Crush”

** 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year

*** 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Instrumentalist - Solo

**** 2003 Western Canadian Music Award nomination for Outstanding Instrumental Recording

For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Time: 5:00PM
Location: Norman MacKenzie Square, Wesbrook Village

  • Tuesday August 28, 2018