Performers

The trio are family members who drum and sing traditional Tlingit & VunTut Gwitch’in songs. They’re originally from Yukon & Smithers BC. They reside in Hope BC, Surrey & lower mainland.

V'ni Dansi is a Vancouver-based traditional Métis and contemporary dance company dedicated to sharing the dances, stories and culture of the Métis. Led by Artistic Director, Yvonne Chartrand, V'ni Dansi holds the distinction of being the only company in Canada dedicated to both Métis and contemporary dance. Meaning "come and dance" in Michif, V'ni Dansi is thrilled to share the Métis people's joyful culture with audiences of all nations. V'ni Dansi's Louis Riel Métis Dancers specialise in and are dedicated to preserving traditional Métis dances.

West Coast Button Blanket Style Dance Lessons with LaDonna Wiks Joseph Hindmarch

We started our drum group in August 2009 by writing our own music based on stories shared to us from our Elders. Songs are written in English implementing our Native Kwakwala language with the assistance in translation from my Grandmother Wata. Having been children raised without our cultural teaching, language, and not raised with our people, we began our learning journey through music of our own written songs using our hand made hand drums, and rattles. 

Yuki the juggler is a Japanese Canadian professional juggler based in Vancouver, Canada. He has performed at events across 5 continents and is on the local roster of artists where he can be seen at community and corporate events in Lower Mainland, BC. Some of his achievements include 1st place at East Japan Juggling Jam Session 2013 and awarded the CanSpin: Canadian Juggler of the Year Award in 2015 and in 2019. His company, Cause & Effect Circus has produced a multiple award winning show ‘The New Conformity’ and is currently working on a new production funded by the Canada Arts Council. Alongside his performance, he has served time on a board of organizations such as International Juggling Association, and Madskillz Vancouver Society to help promote the art of juggling both locally and internationally. Yuki also is an inspiring juggling coach and few of his former students have been accepted to circus schools around the globe to pursue juggling arts.

Nahualli (Nah-Wall-e) Folklore Society is a registered non-profit organization established in Vancouver, B.C. Canada since 2010. Our purpose is to represent and share Mexican Culture through dance.

The name Nahualli originates from an indigenous language of Mexico called Nahuatl (Nah-wah-til). It signifies an animal spirit or transforming power that protects and guides each person from the moment of birth.

Nahualli specializes in the performance of Traditional Mexican Dance, including zapateado, skirt twirling, body placement and alignment and dance composition techniques combined with Mexico's most popular rhythms of El Son, El Huapango, Musica Ranchera, Banda, Indigenous music and many others.

Ivan Hartle is a musician from Vancouver, B.C. His style reflects a musical upbringing, as well as his experience playing college baseball in the southern United States. Eliciting vintage vibes, his fluid genre has elements of blues, soul, jazz and folk. Ivan draws inspiration from the classic soul sounds of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, to new age artists like Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, Leon Bridges, and Amos Lee. Performing both as a band and solo, Ivan's memorable live act is characterized by his strong, soulful vocals and guitar playing.

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.

Hua Xia Multiculture Society has a primary mission of coordinating and implementing comprehensive educational, cultural and social programs designed to promote intercultural dialogue, awareness and respect for diversity.  

Through advocacy and cultural programs, we create opportunities for our clients and members to expand their cultural knowledge and appreciation.  We utilize our programs and support systems to provide an optimum developmental environment where all members may develop to the highest level of their potential within the intellectually and culturally vibrant community of Surrey, and the Lower Mainland of BC. 

Local “Yetiz” band has been performing Nepali folk songs at Surrey Fusion Festival for many years. They also perform and sing for many community programs.

I am an Indian classical dancer, teacher and choreographer. I have been learning Kathak for the last 18 years. Kathak is one of the main genres of ancient Indian classical dance. The term Kathak is derived from the Vedik Sanskrit word Katha which means story. The technique is built by the use of an intricate system of footwork, hand movements, flexibility and most importantly facial expressions while telling the story through the dance.   

I have completed my education in Kathak under the guidance of my Guru, Kathak exponent Pandit Mayur Vaidya from the All India Music University Board (Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya). I have participated in various dance festivals in India. I have performed in broadway-style musicals and have travelled to various countries to perform. 

A contributing soul to Vancouver music culture for nearly a decade, Filipino/Canadian artist Kardias Quing offers a message of love and sovereignty to her community. Through her collaborations with producer and long time friend Withinroots, they have cultivated and continue to create a repertoire that uplifts, and empowers. Influenced by Indie, R&B and Alternative Pop, her creative efforts cut through the woes of modern distraction, and bring us all back to our infinite possibility.

Matt Levy is a York University-trained Actor, Juggler, Spoken word artist, Dancer, Clown, Comic and variety performer. Matt incorporates juggling, (clubs, bowling balls, fire, axes), tight rope, incredible feats of balance, plate spinning, rola bola, ballooning, and magic into a fun-filled, interactive, high-impact show. It can be tailored to meet any venue or audience. He also instructs kids and adults in all these skills in his “One man shows!

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. 

Shilpa Shankar is an Indian classical dancer trained in Bharatanatyam, a South Asian dance form with a highly intricate movement language that amalgamates melody, rhythm and expression. Originally from India, where she received initial training in the art, she continues to passionately hone her skills receiving advanced training at the Jai Govinda Dance Academy, a leading school in Canada for the dance style. Shilpa is a Chartered Accountant working as an auditor in a Big 4 accounting firm. She serves as Treasurer on the board of Company 605, a dance society. 

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!

The Dutch Network started as the Netherlands Association “Je Maintiendrai”, incorporated in 1965. The Dutch Network is a non-profit Dutch-Canadian Cultural Society based in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia. Events are organized to enable Dutch-Canadians to come together via entertaining venues to preserve, enhance, and celebrate their heritage, language and cultural traditions. 

We are proud we celebrated our 50th Anniversary in 2015. The Dutch Network extends a warm welcome to new immigrants and maintains a close working relationship with the Netherlands Consulate.