Delhi 2 Dublin
Hour Magazine wrote that “Delhi 2 Dublin is the United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”. They are a Vancouver based band that plays an energetic mash-up of Bhangra, Celtic, Rock,Dub Reggae and Electronica. Tarun Nayar, Sanjay Seran and Ravi Binning plus touring musicians James Hussain and Serena Eades are diverse in both their backgrounds and musical influences. They have been together over eight years and released seven albums and an EP. The Delhi 2 Dublin crew is constantly touring. The musicians feel that they plug directly into the world’s music and energy. The strong word-of-mouth for their live performances has enabled them to build a loyal fan base. Originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience. As a result, they have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands. The band recently released TumbiWOW as a single and video with a new album scheduled for August 25, 2015.
The Boom Booms
The Boom Booms are a 6-piece band of brothers and childhood friends born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. The band’s syncopated groove will move your body while front man Aaron Ross’s song compels your soul. For the past 3 years The Boom Booms have been voted Vancouver’s #1 unsigned band.
Their debut album, “Hot Rum”(2011), toured the group across Canada, around the US, through Central America, over to Europe and down to Brazil. The band has been presented at dozens of music festivals alongside acts such as Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, Sarah Mclachlan, Modest Mouse, Stevie Nicks, Bryan Adams, Macklemore and many more. The Boom Booms’ sophomore album, “Love is Overdue”(2014), was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Chin Injeti. The album has been locally recognized as “some of the tightest, smoothest, sexiest soul and funk produced in the city….”(-The Georgia Straight.)
In 2008, the band began a tradition of hosting community block parties in their hometown. The block party has grown into an inner city music festival, East Van Summer Jam, which has raised a collective $23,000 for charity. The Boom Booms bring their strong sense of community wherever they go.
Founded by Jean-Michel Pigeon in 2008, Monogrenade released their first album, Tantale, through Bonsound in March of 2011. The band then racked up performances at various important events, such as FrancoFolies de Montréal, Canadian Music Week, Festival d’été de Québec and FME, and attracted attention from the other side of the Atlantic with their eclectic pop sung in French. Following highly-praised shows at the MaMA Festival and the Festival Génériq in the fall of 2011, Tantale was officially launched in April 2012 in France, Belgium and Switzerland via the label Atmosphériques.
French programming is made possible thanks to the support of the Canada-British Columbia Official Languages Agreement on French-Language Services.
Is there such a thing as unsentimental sincerity? If so, this could be it. A resonate warmth carries Klassen’s crafted, literate lyrics through vivid images and stories. Repentance juxtaposes a multi-textured simplicity with a trembling confidence and a fresh familiarity. Playful and wise, vast and intimate, the album travels from the jubilant in “Go to Me” and “Piano Brother” to the quiet intensity of “The Horses are Stuck” and “Strengthen Me With Raisins.” These are songs that fuse melody and poetry, stinging the imagination and summoning forgotten emotion.
Having been named a Canadian act to watch in 2014 by CBC Music, and with an upcoming showcase at SXSW and other festivals in the works, this year is expected to be a big one for Klassen.
Even the title, India, Seattle feels like a story on its own. Victoria’s Mike Edel couldn’t have named his sophomore release more poetically. Part of growing a little bit older, a little bit wiser is the awareness that comes inside growing spaces. Nearing thirty, on the exhaust of a brutal four year touring schedule, Edel settled within these spaces to create his finest work yet. There’s a quiet here, even in the literal spaces in the record that speak loudly.
There’s something about the way Edel presents personal experiences in a way that projects universal understandings. Love and beauty, pain and confusion, the knowledge that all precious things are only precious because they can be lost. It feels a little bit like growing up like the moment when everything that felt so close as a young person is all of a sudden so far away. It’s the comfort in finding that you aren’t alone. There’s a humanity in these discoveries, and listening to India, Seattle feels like watching Edel discover it for himself, and the product is a little bit of each of us.
Hailing from Victoria, BC, the band Carmanah is thrilled to bring you the energy of Canada’s beautiful west coast. Carmanah has captivated audiences of all ages and musical tastes with a folk/rock/roots sound that showcases four-part harmonies, fiddle, guitar, lap-slide guitar, bass and drums. The band’s performance at Victoria’s Canada Day Celebration will conclude Carmanah’s spring 2015 cross-Canada tour.
After years of writing songs while making a living as a musical stand-up comedian, Helen Austin’s move to Canada in 2002 was the catalyst for her musical career. Ten years and six albums later, Helen is a prolific songwriter with over 70 TV,movie and ad placements, awards and competition wins under belt including a JUNO, a Canadian Folk Music Award and the top John Lennon Songwriting Contest Prize of Song of the Year.
Helen brings her quirky humour to her music, as well as the ability to tug at your heart strings with her more serious songs and her melodies stay in your head long after you have heard them.Many of the songs on Helen’s past albums have appealed to adults and kids alike. Her children’s albums are a collection of songs written specifically for young children but in a style that won’t drive parents crazy.
Uminari Taiko is Vancouver Island’s first taiko drumming ensemble. Its mission is to share and promote the art of Japanese taiko drumming through teaching and performances. Uminari is a Japanese word that can be translated as “roaring sea” – the sound of the crashing waves and the silence in between. It is a name that captures equally the essence of taiko and of our windy, wave-swept island.
Since its founding in 2002, Uminari Taiko has performed at numerous schools, festivals and holiday events both public and private functions, in Victoria and around Vancouver Island.
Hailing from Victoria, BC, nearly the farthest west (or left) one can be, Oliver Swain is Canada’s quintessential folk and traditional musician. He eats, sleeps and breathes music, and his prolific career evidences this in many ways. With his pure, finely tuned vocals that have an astonishing range, and his undeniable skill behind a banjo or upright bass, Oliver grabs the attention of all who hear him, and holds it with his enormous sound and stature. From the most vulnerable and innocent sounding banjo ditties to the brave and imposing bowed bass, Oliver delivers his own brand of alternative folk and traditional music to the masses with a smile and a twinkle in his eye.
Mexican Folklore Dancers
Viva Mexico! Folklore Dancer Association was formed in 2009 by a group of friends who share a passion for Mexican Culture and Mexican Folklore Dance. We are a non-profit organization supported by donations for performances as well as public and members donations. We are an all inclusive group with members ranging from ages 6 to 74 years old with different skills and levels of dancing. The only requirement to join our groups is to be willing to learn to dance and to have fun while you do it. We perform in a variety of public and private events. Our website is www.vivamexicofolkdancers.org or on Facebook Viva Mexico! Folklore Dancers Association.