Performers

Sharry Mann is a Punjabi singer, writer, and actor who has taken the industry by storm for over a decade with a plethora of global hits, critically acclaimed tours and prestigious awards. His career started with his viral debut “Yaar Anmulle” that became the biggest Punjabi music release of 2010. Since then, there has been no stopping the hitmaker with hits that include “3 Peg” and “Hostel” with over 700 million and 210 million YouTube views respectively. A true showman, Sharry Mann has taken his electrifying live stage performances to sold out crowds in India, Canada and most recently with his sold-out tour in the U.K.

Zora Randhawa is a Punjabi singer who started singing at the age of seven. At the age of 16, Zora moved to UK and since then he has performed on various world tours with world renowned artistes like Dr. Zeus, Gippy Grewal, Sharry Maan, Hard Kaur, Geeta Zaildar, Diljit Dosanjh and many more. He released two singles “Haa” and “Inch” which were received well and garnered streams and views on YouTube. Zora’s latest tracks “Bodyguard” and “Robbery” are running successfully on all digital platforms worldwide.

Balaklava Blues is the brainchild of Mark and Marichka Marczyk, creators of the multi-award winning guerrilla-folk-opera Counting Sheep and leaders of the mighty Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Canada’s notorious 12 piece balkan-party-punk-massive. Falling somewhere between a traditional song cycle and a full blown multimedia techno show, the duo fuses Ukrainian polyphony and other folk traditions  with EDM, trap, dub step, and more as a launching pad to explore the  seemingly never-ending blues that have long emanated from the Ukrainian steppe.

Desirée Dawson is a JUNO-nominated recording artist, songwriter, producer and yoga teacher. Desiree was born, raised and is currently residing on the, occupied, traditional, unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations (also known as “Vancouver BC”) and can often be found sharing her music internationally. Desirée is of mixed ancestry, her mother French-Canadian settler ancestry from "Ontario '' and her father is of African descent from "South Carolina ''. Desiree is very passionate about music’s role in collective healing, by encouraging listeners to find a connection within themselves and the people and land around them. Whether performing solo with her baritone Ukulele, in harmony with her band or leading sound healing workshops, Desirée’s music is made to get us feeling and healing.

Indigenous led Curtis Clear Sky & the Constellationz based out Vancouver BC Canada released their album Indigifunk in 2019 that consists of Hip-hop with Latin-Funk, Soul, Ska, Reggae & Blues. Kat Hendrix who played drums on the foundational Hip- hop sampled song “Apache” plays drums on the Indigifunk. The single Turtle Island released in 2019 features Juno Award winning Mohawk bluesman Murray Porter. In June 2006 at the World Urban Forum in Vancouver Curtis is recognized as a Messenger of Truth by the United Nations. Curtis’ music has taken him to Aotearoa-New Zealand. Curtis recently participated in the Indigenous Music ASKIY Export program networking with international opportunities in the US, UK and Germany. The new single Our Home will be released in the summer of 2022.

Á’a:líya is a proud member of the Stó:lō Nation and grew up in her community, the Skowkale First Nation. She has worked in and around Vancouver as an activist and hip-hop artist for 17 years.

Á’a:líya is a storyteller addressing both modern and traditional narratives from her unique perspective as an Indigenous woman through her music.

She’s passionate about art and what it can do to spread messages of empowerment and love to people of all backgrounds and ages.

As Marc Meriläinen, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and all-around visionary better known as Nadjiwan says, “Humans have always questioned and wondered about both our purpose and origins in the universe. There are numerous stories in Indigenous cultures of the ‘star people’ visiting us throughout history with the purpose of teaching us a greater understanding of not only the universe, but ourselves. In short, we ultimately come from the stars.”

Nadjiwan, of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, grew up hearing those stories of star people, instilling within him a lifelong fascination with science fiction that he’s frequently incorporated into his musical body of work that now numbers a dozen releases since 1994.

Luv remains steadfast in his love of English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu music.  He is an artist of truly exceptional virtuosity, creativity, and someone who takes over the stage.  He keeps you intrigued by captivating his audience with his charismatic personality and high energy performances.  

Luv has worked and collaborated with mainstream, award-winning heavyweights in the Canadian/USA Music Industry.  Luv has also performed alongside many Bollywood Film Stars and Legendary Singers/Artists.  Luv Randhawa's style of music can be described as a world collaboration of all sounds. 

Most recently Luv released a single called "Naam Simran" where all proceeds of the single went to Khalsa Aid. This single was released to be of service to the world and to help aid during trialling and stressful times. 

Yvonne Kushe is a Ugandan-Canadian singer-songwriter and all-around creative. 

Kushe marries her quirky humour to her creative work while exploring various themes that have featured in her life. Her eclectic sound is one she prefers not to categorize by genre. In her own words, ‘’Music is amorphous and I treat it treat it as such, I follow the melodies wherever they take me’’. 

Kushe is also Miss Uganda North America 2017 and a cultural ambassador for Uganda to North America. In a bid to foster cultural exchange between Uganda and North America Kushe created PolliNATION, an initiative that provides artists in both Uganda and North America the opportunity to collaborate and tap into different music circles while promoting their music. 

A-SLAM is an artist, DJ, & producer that fuses his Western & South Asian roots. He made a name for himself in the World music scene, fusing Hip-Hop beats with Bhangra & Bollywood samples.  

His sound garnered him respect in the industry, with his single ‘4 U’ winning an international Hip-Hop/R&B songwriting award. His unique blend of fusion music was noticed by several Indigenous artists who wanted to do the same with their culture. This led A-SLAM to work with Sto:lo Nation artist Inez, receiving a Juno nomination and several Western Canadian Music Awards for the project. Currently, A-SLAM is creating music for commercial release, the Film/TV industry, & DJing full-time in Vancouver, BC. His debut solo album also titled ‘4 U’, was recently signed to a New York-based sync library and released on all streaming platforms in May 2022. 

Heart-forward and three-time Juno nominated Ginalina creates a world of indie and all-ages folk music and beautiful children's books that celebrate nature, community, and the connections we share between them.  Her songs and stories are warm and winsome, fun and folky, interactive and energizing.  Together, and in English, Mandarin, and French, with loved ones, strangers, and friends, she shares wild and wonderful moments of singing, dancing, and a sort of kindness that this world needs more than ever.

Under the Direction of Harvey Paris, Salsahall Collective is a musical group that combines Dancehall and Salsa creating a new sound known as Salsahall. The group is made up of musicians from Jamaica, Venezuela, El Salvador, Guatemala and France, however, they all met in the city of Vancouver. The early beginnings of the project started with a Cuban piano montuno played over the top of a modern dancehall rhythm. From there the Collective began bringing all of their traditional as well as contemporary sounds together, Old and New, experimenting and expanding. 

"Tiger" WIll Mason is a multi-instrumentalist, award-winning singer/songwriter, actor and Native rights warrior of Mohawk and Upper Cayugar descent. He has played music as a solo artist, as a bandleader, and accompanist in cover and original bands, from Toronto, to Vancouver. His CD "Long Walk 49" enjoyed airplay in the 2000s, and was nominated for five awards at the first NEMAs in Albuquerque, NM. In 1986 he was given the Anishinabe name "Kahntahwiwim'-tchi-get", which means "Maker of Beautiful Music. He's won several awards, including Canada's Aboriginals Got Talent in 2012. His music is a variety of genres, from folk to rock and blues, even bluegrass stylings. His stories and songs are legendary in some circles, having played across Turtle Island.

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko has been performing in numerous festivals, charity functions and anniversary events for just about two decades. The group's aim is to promote and preserve Okinawan-style drum-dancing Eisa, and to share Okinawan cultural heritage. The membership consists of mixed generations to reflect the presentation of grassroots folk art. We hope to deliver the Okinawan spirit through the beat of our drums and the harmonies of our dance. 

The Spindle Whorl Dancers have been together since 1974. Presentations of both our Stó:lō and Prairie Style of dancing and singing have been shared at venues around the World. Today there are three generations of the family represented with the eldest at 69 and the youngest is 2 years old. Over the years they have participated at Expo ’86, The Calgary Stampede, they’ve represented Canada at the International Folk Festival in Switzerland, were featured at the 2010 Olympics, The Annual Chilliwack Fair, and many more community events.

The Korean Traditional Arts Society (KTAS) is dedicated to promoting the various art forms and expressions of Korean traditional culture and art in Vancouver, Canada. Samulnori, meaning farmer's drum music, has traditionally been performed during the periods of planting and harvesting of crops. The purpose of this Samulnori is to drive out all misfortunes and bad lucks to call in good lucks and happiness beginning of the year.

KTAS aims to raise community awareness of Korean culture. KTAS also aims to encourage and promote cultural exchanges and cooperation between Canada and Korea. We support families with children with disabilities, and multi-ethnic artists gather together to revitalize art and actively promote anti-racism.