Performers

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.

Based out of Surrey, British Columbia, Islanders is a Sri Lankan Fusion band dedicated to performing top quality covers and instrumental music from their motherland, while adding a touch of every other genre when they can. The Band was founded in 2010, and since then have put one several concerts, performed for weddings, backed Sri Lankan artists coming from abroad. Islanders is excited to be back at Surrey's Fusion Festival for the 4th time! Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!

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.

Known for their heart pounding energy, Cookin’ With Brass is an adrenaline-charged band that features an innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, R&B, Blues, Funk, Jazz, Hip-Hop beats, Rock and Pop. Their genre-bending performances unleash brassy Funk and Street Beat rhythms that move people.

Cookin' With Brass has a repertoire that spans from early Motown songs like I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 to Love Again by Dua Lipa and other Top 40 hits plus New Orleans Brass Band favourites.  This fun band supercharges popular songs with a universal party groove, making Cookin’ With Brass the ideal band for any event

Edgar is a Vancouver-based, flute player and songwriter who makes heartfelt harmonious music and new age fusion.  Edgar Muenala was born in 1968 in Cotacachi-Ecuador. He is a pan flute extraordinaire who combines ancient tunes with new age sensibility. Edgar relates to music much in the way of an ongoing journey. In February of 2010, he was featured at the stage of the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Edgar was inspired by his original music and culture to create a musical fusion of sounds from around the world. His focus was to bring together different instruments along with culturally diverse rhythms and electronic digital effects to form his own style.

V-love is an Afro pop, reggae local artist based in Surrey but originally from Liberia (Western part of Africa). V-love started singing at the early age of six. His passion for music and design got him a lot of attention from music and design lovers. V-love has worked with Yemi Alade, Timaya and Diamond Platinumz and is currently working on his second album, which is set to be released anytime in 2023. Music and design are his passion…. it’s where he find love, peace, purpose and happiness.

Asis Singh is a Hindi/Punjabi writer, Poet, Vocalist associated with Hindi/Punjabi music. Initially he started with writing poetry when he was 15 and published his first track named Hanju on YouTube at the age of 17 in January, 2018. He started his own YouTube channel in June,2018 with a track dedicated to his father. He is now a verified Artist with his music streamed over all the major platforms. He recently released the newer version of his very first track HANJU under Tseries’s label which is produced by Beat Boi Deep, Written and Performed by Asis Singh himself.

Argel MDR is a Filipino-Canadian singer/songwriter from Surrey, Canada. He was one of the Top 10 finalists of CBC's Toyota Searchlight 2021. When he was 15 years old, he moved to Canada from the Philippines with his family to seek a better life and opportunities. With Sam Smith, One Republic, and Original Pinoy Music (OPM) as his music influences, Argel wants to use the power of storytelling to inspire Filipino youth and other immigrants through his music and theatrical performances. In addition, he is an advocate of representation, anti-racism work, and inclusion. Argel's most recent single, 'Sail Away' was featured in Spotify editorial playlists, including Fresh Finds Philippines. Argel recently received a Pop Artist of the Year Nomination and an Excellence Award by a BIPOC artist from Fraser Valley Music Awards 2021 by CIVL radio 101.7 FM.

Just a dude who loves playing music. I've been playing for about 15 years and play 6 instruments well, but I prefer guitar singing and harmonica.

Jada Klein is an award winning Singer-Songwriter from Abbotsford, Canada. The artist’s thoughtfully crafted R&B-rooted style is soulfully infused with elements of jazz and soul. Her love of music and performing started early and was influenced by Norah Jones, Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill. If she could pick any mentor, Klein admits it would be SZA, as “she’s so in touch with herself and who she is an artist”. Jada brings her full passion for writing and performing to the stage, where her smokey tone and vulnerability captivates her audience.

Andy is a unique performer who personifies a meeting place for the worlds of music, science and recycling.  He uses amazing, invented instruments, world music, and humor, along with a pro recycling message, to enthrall young audiences with a truly creative and educational performance!  

He has performed for hundreds of schools around the world, the Vancouver Children’s Festival, Vancouver Folkfest, a Raffi album, and three CBC documentaries.  With 40 years’ experience studying music from various cultures, he has performed with African and Indian ensembles, and the Children’s Landfill Harmonic Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. With Delhi2Dublin, he toured the world, performing for the prime minister, British royal family, BBC, and MTV India.  Andy also performed in China’s Forbidden City and the Early Learning Centre in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan to the sheer delight of the children and teachers! 

We are a group of friends, all immigrants from Argentina in BC, who love meeting and jamming. Each of us has experience in different styles and bands. We love Argentinian music and our goal is to share the richness and variety of genres in our traditional music.

Having started his music education at a very young age, Bero’s journey was touched by music at every step of the way. He has always seen music as a connective, universal language that can unite the world amidst chaos. Bero is now a music composer, arranger and producer based in Vancouver, BC. He advocates for equity, peace and unity through his take on Middle Eastern music traditions and by creating works of Intercultural Fusion. He consistently aims to collaborate with musicians from diverse walks of life who share music as a universal language. As such, by combining musical traditions, fusing genres and creating intersectional audiences, he aims to represent a collective that circumvents seeming divisions and portrays a collaborative and equitable future.

Blue Marble Ensemble is an infusion world music ensemble, who perform songs from various parts of the world; including Eastern Europe, Middle East, Latin America, South Africa, Arab world, and India. Our goal is promotion of love, unity, and peace among all human beings regardless of their origins, skin color, religion, and language. We advocate for ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’ of all human beings in the world through music.

Singer-songwriter Brad Henry is of Vun Tut Gwitch’in and Inland Tlingit heritage. He is from Whitehorse Yukon and was raised in Vancouver. He learned to play the guitar at grade school and by listening and emulating his aunt Rosalie and his four uncles who played rock country and folk music.

Brad’s mother and three aunts would sing on the weekends at a local radio station in Whitehorse YT. Brad performed his eclectic music on Aboriginal Voices (CTV), The Mix (APTN), Buffalo Tracks (APTN), and Aboriginal arts and Entertainment (APTN). He released his CD titled “Outta The Blue” in 2000. His single titled “Una Rosa Para Ti” was featured in the Adam Beach movie “The Art Of Woo”.

Shekoli! (Greetings in Oneida) S^yowah (Son/yo/wah), is a proud member of the Onyota’aka (Oneida of the Thames First Nation) Nation . He is from a specific Bear Clan family. S^yowah is the Director of Buffalo Heart Medicine Healing Society located in the Beautiful city of New Westminster BC, Canada. S^yowah would like to acknowledge that he is a visitor and a guest on the unceded territories of the Halkomelem speaking people.