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At Blue Frog Studios in White Rock: The Great Canadian Songbook is a show that highlights some of the greatest Canadian songs of the past and present taking audiences on a musical journey from Bon Vista to Vancouver Island! Featured performers Ken Lavigne, Tiller’s Folly and Diyet, combine stories, music and projections, to provide the audience a stylistic overview of Canada's greatest hits! Featuring the music by Leonard Cohen, Stan Rogers, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray & Stomp'in Tom Connors in addition to contemporary artists including Blue Rodeo and original songs by the Great Canadian SongBook performers.
Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING garner 2017 JUNO nomination for World Music Album of the Year and celebrate with a feast of raucous reels, ragas ‘n’ rumbas at he CENTENNIAL THEATRE – FRI MAR 31, 8:00PM LISTEN FOR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CHRIS McKHOOL FR. SULTANS OF STRING ON WORLD BEAT CANADA, SUNDAY MARCH 26TH, 10PM ON ROUNDHOUSE RADIO, 98.3 FM VANCOUVER!
April 6th through 8th at the Scotia Dance Centre:
Themes of time and memory inspire Mozongi, a spellbinding contemporary African dance work created by internationally-acclaimed Montreal choreographer Zab Maboungou. Mozongi (‘return’) is performed by a dynamic ensemble of five dancers and two percussionists. The electrifying dancing and drumming radiate energy and purpose: this piece emanates wisdom, heart and spirit!
April 6th at the St. James Hall: It all comes down to common sense according to The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. The melding of virtuoso fiddle playing from Norway, Sweden, and Shetland to create a very specific, unique sound, that at the same time illustrates their own individual musical traditions. The three fiddle players involved are Olav Luksengård Mjelva from Norway, Anders Hall from Sweden, and Kevin Henderson from Shetland. Each one in their own right internationally regarded for their fiddle playing, but when the three come together to form that Nordic trio, things take off on a fresh path. See them with the Andrew Collins Trio, a Rogue Folk Presentation.
April 6 – 8, 2017
3rd Annual Vancouver World Music Festival
Presented by World Rhythms for Youth Society and CubbyHole Artists
Performance Venues: Guilt & Co., Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver Academy of Music
Workshop & Performances: Sarah McLachlan School of Music
The three night celebration of world beats and melodies, will feature some world-class artists from Mexico, Colombia, Iran, Brazil, Nicaragua, Cuba, Spain, London and Africa, as well as amazing artists from BC including; The BC World Music Collective,H’Sao (Africa/Montreal), Breaking Boundaries(Colombia/Vancouver), Locarno (Mexico/Vancouver), Farnaz Ohadi and the Mashregh Ensemble (Iran/Spain/Vancouver), Toque Flamenco (Spain/Vancouver), Tanga (Guatemala/Mozambique/Vancouver). This festival is about bringing people together to honour cultural diversity and celebrate the things that unite us instead of divide us. We believe music has the power to unite, and in a small way, bring about peaceful change. If you are looking for a chance to travel the globe in your own hometown, you won’t want to miss this Festival.
Tickets prices are only $25 per night or $45 for a weekend pass: http://www.worldmusicfest.ca/
April 14th at the St. James Hall - Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian prairies. They are a study in contrasts; Cara, all earth mother on her 21-speed bike, environmentally friendly and wholesome, ebullient and engaging; and burly JD, in scruffy beard, ball cap, t-shirt and jean jacket, slightly intimidating (until you meet him). At first glance few would peg them for a highly creative musical partnership. Yet these two veteran singer/songwriters have teamed up and are building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances.
Ukrainian quartet Dakhabrakha brings their unique blend of ethno-chaos to the York Theatre Friday, April 21st. For tickets and more info log onto caravanbc.com
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 8 PM at St. James Hall in Vancouver, the Cap Global Roots Series presents Pedrito Martinez, the Grammy-nominated Cuban folklorist and master of the batá drum and first-call rumbero, along with band members Jhair Sala (percussion, vocals), Alvaro Benavides (bass and vocals) and Edgar Pantoja-Aleman (keyboards and vocals).
Percussion Workshop every Wednesday with Davide Sampaolo. This workshop series will focus on techniques including Flamenco Cajon (Drum Box), Afro-Cuban percussion, Palos Flamenco, and fusion with Cuban rhythms, clave concept, how to play Cajon in different kind of music and much more. Periodically there will be performances and jamming sessions with all the students of the class. Drop-in $20.
Kasandra “La China” (baile) and guest Ricardo Lopez (baile) Chai Lounge – East Is East 4433 Main Street, Vancouver, BC www.eastiseast.ca Saturdays every second week.
The Dance Centre’s popular Discover Dance! Noon hour series continues showcasing bhangra and Bollywood dance with South Asian Arts, contemporary dance with 605 Collective, ballroom with JC Dance Co Brazilian and capoeira with Aché Brasil and more. For the complete schedule, log onto www.thedancecentre.ca.
For Powell River subscribers: LATIN DANCE CLUB FRIDAY NIGHTS | 8PM - 1AM | MCKINNEYS PUB, TOWNSITE. Enjoy Dancing Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata and other Latin dances every Friday night. And, if you don’t know how - we give lessons...satisfaction guaranteed or money refunded. Admission is Free!
JUMP & SWING AT THE LUX LOUNGE (1180 Howe Street) EVERY SUNDAY 5-11. How much fun is this?! Rhythm City is providing the dance teacher; there is a dance contest, big prize for the winners, great food, fun drink specials, dress to impress. 8-11pm Jump blues, Jazz remixes and Electro swing Guest DJs & live bands.
Rumba Flamenco guitarist John Gilliat invites you to join him any Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at Don Francesco in Vancouver from 7pm to 10:30pm. It’s a very cool room for live music. Be sure to call ahead as he does sub out from time to time for other performances.
Every Friday night, enjoy the best in live and recorded Latin beats with Vancouver’s original Salsa big band, Orquesta BC Salsa with DJ Danny Uno and DJ Melvin at the Konga Room, Howard Johnston Hotel at Kingsway and 12th, Vancouver.
Every Saturday is Salsaton Nite at Pop Opera Nite Club. Salsa, cumbia, bachata, meringue, reegaeton and hip hop with DJ Julio, DJ Sam and DJ Casanova. 686 West Hastings.
Vancouver, dance to salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, cumbia and more. Check out what DJ Cachete is spinning Tuesdays at Boss on Richards, Wednesday at The Vancouver Alpen Club, Friday at the Red Room and Saturday at Laguna Blu downtown.
City Salsa Vibe welcomes dancers of all levels to the Howard Johnson Hotel Ballroom. From complete beginner to seasoned pros, we have room for everyone. If you are a beginner or would like to pick up a few extra pointers, take advantage of the complimentary Latin dance lessons from 9pm-9:30pm. Some of Vancouver’s top instructors introduce you to Salsa, Bachata, Cha-Cha-Cha and Merengue. Live music by Orquesta BC Salsa.
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