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Indian Summer Festival Brings Star Vocalist Arooj Aftab On July 13th

Indian Summer Festival Brings Star Vocalist Arooj Aftab On July 13th

Indian Summer Festival Brings Star Vocalist Arooj Aftab On July 13th

Indian Summer Festival and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts announce GRAMMY award-winning vocalist Arooj Aftab’s debut Vancouver performance on July 13th

This event is presented by Odlum Brown Limited.

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(Vancouver, BC) – Indian Summer Festival, Vancouver’s ‘festival for the curious mind,’ and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC co-present the 2022 GRAMMY award-winning vocalist Arooj Aftab on July 13th as part of the annual arts festival. This event is Arooj Aftab’s debut Vancouver performance. Tickets are going on sale today, starting at $30 and are available for purchase at ( for the 8:00 pm performance at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC.

Arooj Aftab was recently nominated for Best New Artist and Best Global Music Performance at the 2022 GRAMMY Awards. Winning the prestigious award for Best Global Music Performance for her song Mohabbat, the singer, songwriter and composer made history as the first Pakistani artist to win a Grammy.

“When I first listened to Arooj Aftab, I was awestruck by the beauty of her music,” says Jarrett Martineau, Curator-in-Residence for the Chan Centre. “It radiated light, and I immediately wanted to share it as widely as I could. I’m glad the Grammy Awards recognized her impressive talents and that we are able to host her very first appearance in Vancouver.”

Reimagining centuries-old ghazals and devotional Sufi musical forms with jazz, folk, dub and minimalist music elements, Arooj Aftab continues the storied legacy of acclaimed singers like the ‘Queen of Sufi Music,’ Abida Parveen, while charting her own singular musical path. Now on tour with stops like the recently held Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Arooj Aftab is a fast-ascending musical star in high demand around the world.

We feel so lucky to launch our 2022 festival with an incredible genre-breaking and history-making talent like Arooj Aftab,” says Sirish Rao, Indian Summer Festival’s Artistic Director. “I can’t wait for audiences to experience the intimate and transcendent soundscapes she creates. The Chan Centre provides the perfect setting for her unique sound.”

The rest of the Indian Summer Festival lineup will be announced at the end of May. Expect a stellar cast of local and international artists responding to the compelling and timely 2022 festival theme of Inner/Outer Climates.

Listing Information

Event: Arooj Aftab in Concert

Location: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts,

University of British Columbia

6265 Crescent Road Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Date: July 13, 2022 at 8:00 PM

Ticket Office: or 604.822.2697

Price: Beginning at $30


About Indian Summer Festival

Established in 2011, Indian Summer Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival produced by Indian Summer Arts Society, a not-for-profit charitable arts organization based in Vancouver, Canada, on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. This year’s festival runs from July 7 to July 17, 2022. Its mission is to offer daring, multi-art events that bring together diverse artists, audiences, and artists in a global dialogue and citizenship spirit.

About the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC

Since 1997, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in UBC’s Arts & Culture District has earned an international reputation for its striking design, stellar acoustics, and exceptional programming. Artists, critics, and patrons alike are unanimous in their praise of the facility, winning it a place among North America’s premier performing arts venues. The Chan Centre boasts three unique venues: the superb Chan Shun Concert Hall, the dramatic Telus Studio Theatre, and the intimate Royal Bank Cinema. From classical, jazz, theatre, and opera to world music, the Chan Centre is a vital part of UBC campus life where artistic and academic disciplines merge to inspire new perspectives on life and culture. Past performers and guest speakers include: Wynton Marsalis, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Renée Fleming, Dan Savage, Yo-Yo Ma, Buena Vista Social Club, Sigur Rós, Aida Cuevas, Trombone Shorty, Jane Goodall, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Goran Bregović, and Bobby McFerrin.

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