Performers

Golosa La Orquesta expresses in their performance and lyric content, a conscious and energetic message inspired by landscapes, nature and the social-environmental situation in Latin America and especially Chile.   

 “We travel from our land to deliver the deepest sounds rooted in our mystical continent to the world. Rhythms with airs of huayno, celebration, and carnival among others from the folklore of the southern cone of Latin America; fused with the power of rock and the freedom of jazz are present in our music. 

In 2019 they were nominated for the Pulsar Awards (the main awards in Chilean music) with their album "Sobre la Ciudad", which has the collaboration of Argentine singer-songwriter Kevin Johansen. 

Born and raised in Guantanamo, Cuba, in a family of established musicians, Julio Avila's musical journey dates back to when he was 7 years old. Listening to his parents and older siblings perform, Julio first developed a strong bond with the traditional tune, changüí, which has roots in his native Guantanamo.

Surrounded by this vibrant and rich musical heritage, Julio perfected playing his principal instrument, the bass, while taking on the lead singer, arranger, and composer roles as well.

As a member of the internationally renowned group La Sonora Universal, Julio performed throughout Europe and with El Grupo Cubano Brisas Del Palmar he has toured  Western Canada since 2005. The Julio Avila Cuban Band, which delivers passionate performances of salsa, son, bachata, boleros and cumbias.

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. 

Marlin Ramazzini, Juno Award Nomenee, recipient of the Vancouver Inspirational Latin Awards, Guatemalan Cultural Association Award and Spanglish Magazine Women’s Award; is one of the most versatile and accomplished Latin singers on the West Coast, with a warm and sensuous voice that can tease out the essence of any song.

Growing up in Guatemala, she was inspired to start singing by listening to Cuban son, cha cha cha, mambo, and other hot rhythms on the radio. After winning a major talent competition at the age of 12, Marlin realized that her destiny was to make music.

ROOTS is a Peruvian folk dance group founded in 2017 under the direction of Jessica Roca Muncaster.  ROOTS seeks to present and preserve Peruvian cultural dances within the communities of British Colombia.

The beauty, colour, and excitement of traditional Peruvian dances are displayed in the repertoire, including dances from the three regions of Peru: Coastal, Andes, and the Amazon. You can find ROOTS performing in a variety of venues including festivals, community groups, schools, and private events. Audiences love the combination of music, costumes, and folklore presented during the performances. Roots is a group of volunteer dancers with various cultural backgrounds who share a passion for Peruvian Folk Dance. The rich heritage of Peruvian folk artistry is an experience you don’t want to miss.

Juno nominated percussionist Robin Layne has worked with many of Canada's finest global artists and toured throughout China, Europe, Mexico, US and Canada. Highlights include Nanjing Jazz Festival, Hildesheim Jazz Festival, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues, Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Victoria Jazz Fest.  

He has become a regular fixture on the BC festival circuit and is in demand as a freelance percussionist for recordings, performances and tours. Robin currently performs with his band, Robin Layne & the Rhythm Makers, as well as Locarno and the BC World Music Collective among others. 

Daniel Duggan from Rhythm Resource is an expert percussionist and performer. His energetic and engaging shows and workshops are huge hit throughout B.C. and Scotland. The original holder of the Guinness Worlds Record for the world's Largest Djembe drumming ensemble. He has a passion for percussion and bringing people of all ages together, for an immersive shared creative drumming experience!

Zumba is dance fitness to music inspired by many cultures such as Latin, Bollywood, Pop, Kpop, just to name a few.  Zumba is designed to be easy to follow for all levels of fitness and is enjoyed by dance and fitness enthusiasts all over the world. Join the Party and celebrate Fusion Fest with local Zumba Instructors who have been bringing the joy of dance and fitness to their participants in the Lower Mainland for many years.