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8 Jul

Celebrate the Sunset at the Largest Drum Circle in Vancouver

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Every sunny Tuesday evening during the summer, music lovers and bongo-drumming dudes and dudettes get together at Third Beach in Stanley Park to celebrate the sunset.

Grab a bongo drum, a stick you can hit a rock with, or just your dancing shoes (i.e. your bare feet), and head down to Third Beach on Tuesday nights to drum or dance with hundreds of other members of the community.

The drum circle was first started by Vancouver local, Brahm Olszynko who started a weekly jam 8 years ago with just 3 drums and 4 people. Now, the drum circle has expanded to host hundreds of people in search of a good beat.

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Best of all, the drum circle happens on the same night of the Free Outdoor Movies in Vancouver that are screening at Second Beach in Stanley Park at dusk. So if you time it right, you can bang on a drum until sunset before biking over to Second Beach to catch a great movie.

Want to join the drum circle but never tried playing a bongo drum before? Here’s a great tutorial on the basics of bongo drumming. But really, you don’t have to learn anything before you go. Once you start jamming with the professionals, you just get into the groove (and you’re amateur drum beats will likely be drowned out). Just play whatever feels natural, man!

Vancouver’s largest drum circle gets together on Third Beach in Stanley Park every sunny Tuesday in the summer. Hit it up before heading to the free outdoor movies, even if it’s just to sit back and watch the musical mass in action.

Have you ever participated in Vancouver’s largest drum circle? Let us know what you thought about it in the comment section below!

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