Date: Saturday August 27, 2022
Location: Gateway Grove – On the lawn outside Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd)
Following the success of last year’s sold-out performances at Songs of Summer, we are back outdoors and in-person with more melody and cheer. For the afternoon event, we are inviting families to enjoy a live performance and kid-friendly activities. For the evening event, it’s time for the adults to relax, unwind, and enjoy a nice summer concert (perhaps even with an adult beverage in hand).
Afternoon event: 2:00-5:00 PM
Bring the whole family for an afternoon full of fun in the sun! Recommended for ages 5-10, but all are welcome!
2:00-3:00 PM – LIVE PERFORMANCE
DJ Miss Sparklez and her multi-talented young performer and songwriter friend, Rickie Wang take the stage to perform their favourite jams and songs that will get the whole family on their feet busting out dance moves.
3:00-5:00 PM – THEATRE GAMES | STORY TIME WITH PUPPETS | ART ACTIVITY
After the concert, families can stay outside for interactive games led by Gateway Academy’s Youth Leaders. Kids will have a great time laughing, unleashing their creativity, breaking out of their shells, and connecting with other youths with these engaging theatre games.
The City of Richmond’s Art Truck station will also be onsite with a beautiful art activity led by local artist Laara Cerman. Inspired by the nature surrounding the park, children will not only be making crafts but also learning
about local plants.
For those needing a break from the sun, there will be storytelling inside the theatre with professional actor and Gateway Academy instructor, Magda Ochoa. With the help of her puppets, kids will have a magical time listening and interacting with Magda’s story that she wrote herself.
A Chill-out Zone will be available in the 2nd floor lobby for those needing a quiet space to recharge.
Tips and tricks for Songs of Summer
- Bring your own chair: Come with your preferred choice of seating (lawn chairs, blankets etc.) to fully enjoy the experience.
- Stay hydrated: Bring your own water bottle to stay hydrated or purchase other beverages from the concession inside the theatre. Please note attendees are not allowed to bring any beverage other than water to the event.
- Stay energized: Light snacks and frozen sweet treats will be available at the concession inside the theatre. Please no outside food. See here for restaurant suggestions to eat before the show.
- Protect yourself from the sun and outdoors: Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and apply bug spray as Songs of Summer takes place outdoors.
Inclement weather plan
As Songs of Summer takes place outdoors, please note that in the case of inclement weather all activities will be moved indoors. Ticket purchasers will be informed at least 2 hours prior to start time if the event is moved indoors.