Monday 17 February 2014 – Media Release

Canary Wharf Group Hits the Right Note for 2014

Canary Wharf Group’s Arts & Events team has once again lined up another season of diverse and eclectic dance and music events for all to enjoy. The programme covers a vast spectrum of styles, from passionate rhythmic Latin dancing to stunning opera, Country and Western, to the best names in Jazz. This season’s line-up is certainly something to look forward to.

AFTER HOURS WITH… – 21 February and 12 March
After Hours with… music series welcomes outstanding artists to the stage in the East Wintergarden and the spring season is no different. This series provides semi-acoustic or acoustic performances from upcoming and established artists, with each promising to be a memorable experience and kicking off this series is soul singer Alice Russell on the 21 February. Alice’s amazing vocals and song-writing talent have captured praise from fans as diverse as Gilles Peterson, David Byrne, Massive Attack’s Daddy G and Groove Armada. Soon after, on the 12 March, After Hours with… Finley Quaye is another must-see concert. Multi-platinum artist Quaye has worked with other contemporary artists such as Beth Orton, William Orbit and Lloyd Parks. Along with a special three-piece acoustic band, the MOBO and BRIT award winner performs his past hits and new songs in the intimate setting of the East Wintergarden.

COUNTRY COLLECTIVE at Canary Wharf – 13 March
With Raintown supported by Gary Quinn and Hannah Jane Lewis
For the first time at Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden a variety of live country music acts will perform on stage for one night only. Country Collective brings some of the UK’s finest country music stars including emerging singer-songwriter Hannah Jane Lewis, the cool modern vocals of Gary Quinn and the hottest new duo to the Country/Americana scene in the UK, Raintown. An eclectic evening of music providing a flavour of this legendary genre, this is surely one not to be missed!

SPRING / SUMMER FASHION WEEKEND – 28–30 March
Canary Wharf Group’s exciting annual Spring / Summer Weekend fashion shopping event is back for another year, with even more on offer in 2014. Stunning fashion shows with fabulous live music and vast discounts across Canary Wharf stores provide the ideal opportunity to refresh the wardrobe for the season ahead. This three day shopping bonanza will provide renowned live music performances throughout the malls with its highly acclaimed fashion shows in Canada Place and Jubilee Place showcasing the season’s latest trends.

SIMPLY BALLROOM – 4 April
Join vintage dance experts Ragroof Theatre as they take you on a breath-taking rollercoaster ride of classic and not-so-classic partner dances, in a strictly ballroom dance special at the East Wintergarden. Channel your inner Scott, Fran, Doug or Shirley and join us for a tempestuous Paso Doble, a cheeky Cha Cha and a whirling Waltz – among other dance delights. The event begins with a free ‘instant dance class’ so absolute beginners and experienced dancers alike can learn new steps or refresh techniques. Featuring the gorgeous 11-piece Piccadilly Dance Orchestra live, DJs for discerning dancers, dazzling dance displays and Ragroof’s trademark classes throughout – blitz your ballroom all evening long!

Partners are welcome but not essential. The audience are encouraged to ‘mark’ their dance card of prospective dance partners – pairing beginners with experienced ballroom dancers and providing a great way to learn new steps and improve skills.

DANCING CITY – Monday 23–Saturday 28 June
Let Dancing City take you on a journey across the parks, piazzas, open spaces and waterfronts of Canary Wharf as Greenwich+Docklands International Festival’s annual outdoor dance extravaganza returns. Encounter exquisite choreography, electrifying moves and the best of contemporary, classical and al fresco dances from some of the very best UK and international dance companies. This annual celebration of dance is an exciting programme of outstanding outdoor performances, showcasing the very best talent set amidst the glittering backdrop of Canary Wharf.

BP SUMMER SCREENS: The Royal Opera’s La bohème – Tuesday 15 July
On a summer evening, Canada Square Park will host one of the greatest romances in opera on its large outdoor screens John Copley’s superb production of La bohème, bringing 19th-century Paris to the stage in vivid detail about the poignant tale of a penniless poet named Rodolfo who falls passionately in love with Mimì, a seamstress who becomes gravely ill. Giacomo Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris with sublime music and a heart-rending narrative has captivated audiences around the world for over 100 years. First performed in Covent Garden in 1897, it has had over 500 performances since and this summer the rousing opera can be enjoyed in the ethereal surroundings of Canada Square Park for free.

TWILIGHT DELIGHTS: 16 July, 22 July, 29 July, 5 August, 12 August and 19 August
The popular series of live outdoor music performances returns to Canada Square Park on Tuesday evening’s from mid-July to mid-August. Canary Wharf Group’s successful Twilight Delights, now in its seventh year, celebrates live music and performance. Past Twilight Delights series has featured orchestras such as The London Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, plus The BBC Big Band, through to world music from Roberta Pla and Osibisa. It has also hosted fantastic tribute acts on stage from The Magic of Abba, The Bootleg Beatles, The Blues Band and The Rat Pack.

SUMMER SOUNDS – Wednesdays 23 and 30 July, and Wednesdays 6 and 13 August
Summer Sounds are live and acoustic lunchtime music sessions from emerging and unsigned soloists and musicians for all to enjoy for free, whilst relishing in the summer sun and lunchtime feasts in Canada Square Park. Last year The BRIT School’s year 12 students performed On Broadway, the fabulous Siobhan Swider played a wide repertoire with her harp and Herbie and Jamie B performed their own songs, along with covers of popular ones. This year Summer Sounds may just discover the next big thing!

Play Me, I’m Yours – throughout August
In 2014, Canary Wharf will become part of an international touring artwork devised by British artist Luke Jerram, Play Me, I’m Yours – an exhibit that spans the world. Since the project began in 2008, more than 1,000 pianos have now been installed in 40 cities across the globe from New York to London, all bearing the simple invitation ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’. In 2014, 20 pianos will be placed throughout Canary Wharf, for workers and visitors alike to have a tinkle on the ivories. The project has reached more than two million people worldwide, with each new city that commissions the work becoming part of a growing legacy and the mantra of the power of music as a uniting force key to its success and popularity.

CANARY WHARF JAZZ FESTIVAL – Friday 15 – Sunday 17 August
Now in its eighth year, the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival 2014 will once again bring a host of exceptional performances from a variety of talented jazz musicians. Courtney Pine, Dennis Rollins and Alexander Stewart are just some of the influential stars who have previously taken to the stage. With back-to-back performances over the weekend, the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival will provide world-class, free entertainment for all lovers of this fantastic genre. Canada Square Park becomes the centre of outstanding jazz and the 2014 event promises to both convert novices and satisfy veterans.

ENDS

For further information, please contact:
Press Office
Canary Wharf Group
T: 020 7418 2326
E: PressOffice@CanaryWharf.com
Twitter: @yourcanarywharf

www.canarywharf.com
Rachel Bowen/Clarissa Knox
The Communication Group
T: 020 7630 1411
E: rbowen/cknox@thecommunicationgroup.co.uk
For more information about Play Me, I’m Yours or to arrange an interview with the artist behind this artwork please contact Luke Jerram in the UK via luke@lukejerram.com or call +44 117 370 3376 or +44 79772 300941.
#streetpianos

FURTHER DETAILS

After Hours with… Alice Russell
Friday 21 February
Doors 7pm, Performance 7.45pm
East Wintergarden
£20 – www.seetickets.com / 0871 220 0260

After Hours with… Finley Quayle
Wednesday 12 March
Doors 7pm, Performance 7.45pm
East Wintergarden
£20 – www.seetickets.com / 0871 220 0260

Country Collective at Canary Wharf
With Raintown supported by Gary Quinn and Hannah Jane Lewis
Thursday 13 March
Doors 6.45pm, Performance 7.30pm
East Wintergarden
£15 – www.seetickets.com / 0871 220 0260

Spring / Summer Fashion Weekend
Friday 28 – Sunday 30 March
Fri 9am – 8pm
Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 12 noon – 6pm
Throughout Canary Wharf Shopping Malls
FREE

Simply Ballroom
Friday 4 April
Free dance lesson from 6pm
Dance 7.30pm – 10pm
East Wintergarden
£15 – ticket release date tba

Dancing City
Monday 23 – Friday 27 June
12 – 2pm
Saturday 28 June
1 – 5pm
Throughout Canary Wharf
FREE

BP SUMMER SCREENS: The Royal Opera’s La boheme
Tuesday 15 July
Live ROH broadcast 7.10pm, performance 7.30pm
Canada Square Park
FREE

Twilight Delights:
Wednesday 16 July, Tuesday 22 July, Tuesday 29 July and
Tuesday 5 August, Tuesday 12 August and Tuesday 19 August
7pm
Canada Square Park
FREE

Summer Sounds
Wednesday 23 July, Wednesday 30 July, Wednesday 6 August and Wednesday 13 August
12-2pm
Canada Square Park
FREE

Street Pianos
Throughout August
Daily
Throughout the Canary Wharf
FREE

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival
Friday 15 August 7 – 10pm
Saturday 16 August 1 – 8pm
Sunday 17 August 1 – 8pm
Canada Square Park
FREE

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Canary Wharf Arts & Events
The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors.

Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.

For more information visit www.canarywharf.com or contact arts&events@canarywharf.com

About Canary Wharf Group plc

Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 16 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.

There are more than 300 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.

Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.

20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.

100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.

Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.

www.canarywharf.com

About Play Me, I’m Yours
Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, which has been touring internationally since 2008. More than 1000 pianos have now been installed in 40 cities across the globe, from New York to London bearing the simple invitation ‘Play Me, I’m Yours.’ The project has reached more than two million people worldwide, with each new city that commissions the work becoming part of a growing legacy.

‘The idea for Play Me, I’m Yours came from visiting my local launderette. I saw the same people there each weekend and yet no one talked to one another. I suddenly realised that within a city, there must be hundreds of these invisible communities, regularly spending time with one another in silence. Placing a piano into the space was my solution to this problem, acting as a catalyst for conversation and changing the dynamics of a space.’ Luke Jerram, International artist and creator of ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ www.streetpianos.com/about

Biography of Luke Jerram
Luke Jerram is a British artist (born 1974) whose multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects that have excited and inspired people around the globe.
For more information visit www.lukejerram.com/biography