A ‘Summer Breeze’ series of acoustic performances will make visitors to Queen Street feel more than fine.

This weekend kicks off a new initiative in the evolving downtown core designed to add music to the arts and culture district. Coined “Summer Breeze Café Acoustics,” performances by local artists will be featured at various cafés and restaurants along Queen Street, including Midé Bistro, Balzac Coffee, That’s Amoré and the Cocoa Bean Café.

“People will be able to walk down the street and hear live music from almost anywhere,” said Downtown Board of Management manager Toni Williams.

To bring music downtown, the BIA has formed an alliance with Rick Rose, the general manager and instructor at the Niagara Institute of Music.

“It’s going to be awesome — like Old Montreal. The local, professional singer-songwriters will perform folk, pop, classical, easy listening and piano jazz,” said Rose, who is also a musician himself.

Williams said the Springilicious festival was a kick-off for ongoing happenings on Queen Street this summer and the addition of music, while incorporating local talent, was a natural fit for the revitalization project.

“There is huge power in music. We have some amazing local talent and they shouldn’t have to go to Toronto to perform,” said Williams.

Summer entertainment will begin June 19 and continue through September. Visit www.queenstreetniagarafalls.com for more information.