Image: Thrive by the Fire (2019), credit: Blank Vinyl Project —

Thrive by the Fire | Thursday, November 2, 2023

Cozy up By The Fire and enjoy live music from UBC's own student musicians! 

As part of the annual Thrive Month, UBC Campus + Community Planning is partnering with Blank Vinyl Project and UBC Wellbeing to bring you Thrive by the Fire, a cozy concert outdoors. This free drop-in-style pop-up event will transform Lee Square into a cozy relaxation space with toasty table seatings and chill tunes from UBC's own student musicians with Blank Vinyl Project.

Everyone is welcome at this FREE drop-in style event:

  • Thursday, November 2, 2023
  • 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • M.C. Money Lee Square, outside by the UBC Bookstore 
  • Event takes place outdoors and will run rain or shine (tenting available in the event of rain)
  • Toasty table seating available on a first-come-first-served basis
  • Bring your mug to enjoy FREE coffee, generously sponsored by Loafe
  • Explore a resource fair highlighting campus resources to help us learn about, talk about, and explore ways to support our mental health together. 
  • Come with the title of your go-to song that helps you to Thrive to add to our community playlist! 

This year's Thrive Performers and their set start times: 

11:15am | Sours:
An indie rock/pop band living it up in the underground Vancouver music scene. Check out our very recently released debut album “Bittersweet Sit Down"

11:50am | Shimbashi Station:
Shimbashi Station is an indie-rock band from Vancouver, Canada. Starting as an idea in a Tokyo train station in 2019, the band has taken time to craft a unique and groovy sound featuring Cody Clark on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Kristian Goze on Drums and Vocals, Jeffrey Felix on Keys and Guitar, and Ivar Swanson on Bass Guitar and Vocals. Shimbashi Station released their debut EP in February of 2023 and are already working on a more music including a full album!

12:35pm | LÉRAL:
Léral is an American born, South African raised singer and creative storyteller. She is interested in writing songs for and about healing from generational trauma. Her genre could be described as soul pop (she calls it “soup”). Some of her musical inspirations include Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, and Tierra Whack. When she is not performing in and around Vancouver, she teaches vocal lessons to students from ages 6 to 60 (all ages). You can follow her vocal coaching business at @leralstudio. Through teaching and performing, Léral shares her genuine passion and fascination with the voice as a musical instrument.

12:50pm | Conan:
Rollie Miller is a singer/songwriter and producer originally from Alberta, who’s blunt and somber songwriting details the struggles of navigating young adulthood and self discovery

1:15pm | Julia Groening:
Julia is a self-written, solo artist specializing in folk/pop music. With a lifelong passion for music and songwriting, she puts words to challenging feelings and experiences in her lyrics while seamlessly blending her melodic vocals with guitar for a captivating sound. Her songs are a testament to her ability to connect with audiences on a meaningful level. Before going solo, Julia began as the lead vocalist/guitarist of the folk/pop duo band Focale, performing since 2021.

1:30pm | Shaurya: 
I’m an independent artist and producer from Dubai. I write songs in Hindi and English and have an experimental production style which bridges the gap between desi pop and the western indie wave.

Questions? Please contact 

For more Thrive events and resources, check out the Thrive event calendar. 


The first Thrive by the Fire started in 2019 as a pop-up style outdoor music event held on UBC Vancouver Campus, at the end of November to coincide with UBC Thrive month. Now an annual winter tradition, Thrive by the Fire is hosted by UTown@UBC (part of UBC Campus + Community Planning) in collaboration with UBC Wellbeing and the student-run organization, Blank Vinyl Project.