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January 24th

Celebrate Robbie Burns Day on the North Shore with Blackthorn, January 24th - Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver. Music, poetry, pipes and pints! Adult $35.00 Student/Senior $29.00 Child Under 12 $21.00. Groups of 10+ please contact group sales at 604-983-6457 to book.

January 27th






Celebrate Black History Month with AHFOMAD and DJ LT IRIE at the AFRICAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & DANCE OHR AFRIKA COLLECTIVE 2018 ALBUM PREVIEW PARTY, Thursday, February 1st at Calabash Bistro.


The Russian Voice Presents: To Life! L’Chaim…Saturday, February 3rd at the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, featuring international performers from Russia, Israel, USA and Canada - Come out and enjoy the performances and a unique documentary with historical footage. Tickets available on the theatre website at


This brand new dance party comes to life on Saturday, February 3rd at the Anza Club. The Roots Party will be bringing you highly danceable traditional beats from around the globe, and features a dance performance and a complimentary dance lesson. Be ready to move to Soca, Salsa, Reggae, Samba, Coupé-Décalé, Dancehall, Bhangra, Merengue, Punta, Reggaetón, Middle-Eastern, Soukouss and many more rhythms. Tickets are $15 at the door, for details check out The Roots Party on Face book.


Ten Strings & A Goatskin - February 4th at the St. James Hall -  Age-old entertainments – sitting around the fire, telling tales – can take on ever-new faces. Young acoustic “power trio” Ten Strings and a Goat Skin from Canada’s Prince Edward Isle know this, transforming tradition with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor. They’re inviting a new circle of listeners for sometimes moody, sometimes high-energy set of original and traditional songs. Expanding on the Scottish and Acadian roots of PEI’s traditional music, Ten Strings and a Goatskin weave old-school Franco-Canadian, Breton, Irish, and Scottish tunes with wickedly current grooves and clever quirks, flirting with indie’s best moments.


February 9th at the WISE Hall – Celebrate Mardi Gras with Vancouver’s ode to the Crescent City, Big Easy Funk Ensemble.



February 9th through 11th at the St. James Hall - Rogue Folk Club presents The Driven Bow, the first annual BC Fiddle Festival!
Feb 9 - BC Fiddle Festival: Daniel Lapp / Early Spirit
Feb 10 - BC Fiddle Festival: Mad Pudding / Jocelyn Pettit
Feb 11 - BC Fiddle Festival: Locarno / Kathleen Nisbet Metis Project

Please visit for full event details and schedule. Advance tickets available on our website, at Tapestry Music Vancouver, and at Highlife Records. If you wish to book all three BC Fiddle Festival concerts at the same time (and save $15), and/or all three same-day workshops (and save $10), please go to this link:



18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival features awe-inspiring dance, extraordinary theatre, hilarious comedy and globally-celebrated music with world-class performances and workshops by international, Canadian and local artists. Performances at the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Rickshaw Theatre and Fox Cabaret.

The rich global landscape of music presented this year showcases some of the world’s most exciting musical performers from Israel, Mexico, USA and Canada.  Highlights include; the return of Festival favourite, Israeli singer/songwriter and musician Idan Raichel performing his celebrated Piano-Songs; blurring jazz, rock, mariachi, metal, funk and hip hop, Mexico’s Troker; World-class vocalist Perla Batalla brings her special concert In The House of Cohen, her tribute to the music of her friend and mentor Leonard Cohen; Uri Gurvich Quartet featuring this internationally-acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer (Israel/USA); local multi-talented Barbara Adler (Canada) makes her festival debut concert with her new band Ten Thousand Wolves, in a double-bill with musician/poet Jake Klar (USA); Toronto’s Beyond the Pale has been making its distinctive brand of boundary-busting Eurofolk fusion for nearly 20 years (Canada); and the World Premiere of Salomé: Woman of Valor, a multi-disciplinary show created by Frank London, esteemed composer and bandleader of Grammy-winning superstars The Klezmatics and Adeena Karasick, Canadian poet and performance artist.

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John Gilliat and David Sinclair will be hosting workshops at the 21st Annual Fraser Valley Acoustic Guitar Festival, February 17, 2018. For more information about the workshops, the high school student performance, or the featured concert in the evening, please visit:

Caravan World Rhythms and Vashaan Music Society present Illumination featuring Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Vashaan Persian Ensemble, Saturday February 17th at the Vancouver Playhouse. Come out for an evening of sublime Persian music with whirling dervish Raqib Burke, Israeli-Canadian guitarist Itamar Erez. For tickets checkout


February 18th at Guilt & Co. 1 Alexander in Gastown - Coco Jafro is a hard hitting force to be reckoned with, unifying the masses with their electrified, funky global rhythms. They bring together the schools of Funk, Soul, Jazz and Afro-beat providing a unique sound that flows from a foundation of deep set grooves. Moroccan born, lead guitarist Amine Said’s musical roots provide an exclusive sound with the proven power to instantly synchronize your soul forcing the crowd to bend and sway.


February 19th at Guilt & Co. 1 Alexander in Gastown - Zimbamoto is a 5-piece Afro-Fusion ensemble led by Canada’s foremost virtuoso mbira and marimba player, Kurai Mubaiwa and featuring some of Vancouver’s best “world” musicians. Mixing the traditional music of Zimbabwe with electric grooves and heavy beats, they create a hypnotic sound that is uniquely built for the dance floor. They will move you through southern Africa, from the village to the urban street party.


February 23rd at the WISE Hall presented by The Rickshaw, it’s the return of The Polyrhythmics with guests, Coco Jafro!

Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics' latest album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-piece's impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Calling to mind everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, it's without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.
Coco Jafro brings together the schools of Funk, Soul, Jazz, and Afrobeat creating a unique mashup that transports you to a place that liberates your soul, evokes your primal spirit and ignites an electricity that lingers within your body.


Coastal Jazz is please to announce WINTER JAZZ, a FREE concert series at Performance Works, February 23-25, 2018 featuring seven local and international groups including the acclaimed Scandinavian jazz quintet, Atomic, Juno-nominated bassist Jodi Proznick, singer/songwriter Marin Patenaude, roots rockers The Sumner Brothers, vocalist Alicia Hansen, Thelonious Monk-inspired jazzers Monk's Music, and indie fave Jasper Sloan Yip. Winter Jazz is presented with Granville Island.

For information regarding all Coastal Jazz activities including the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Frankie's Jazz Club, and single concerts and workshops please visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

2nd show added


Tanya Tagaq and Lakkuluk Williamson Barthory at The Chan , March 16th through 18th - Exquisite and unnerving, these two major artists combine experimental Inuit vocals and Greelandic mask dance to cast their traditional roots in a contemporary light. Third show just added!



Che Malambo storms the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 11th, showcasing gaucho tradition with its dueling drums and whirling boleadoras. Hailed by critics for their "power and passion" and "mind-blowing" performance, Che Malambo brings together the lightning fast footwork of Riverdance with the smoldering intensity of flamenco and tango. For tickets and more info check out 


DEHLI 2DUBLIN bring their unique bangra Celtic sound to the Commodore Ballroom Saturday, April 14th
Check out Delhi 2 Dublin on facebook for tickets and more info.



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 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


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.


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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