Stay tuned for our lineup of FREE exciting cultural performances and stage entertainment at the 2018 Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival!

Friday, June 23 2017
6:30pmBC WORLD MUSIC COLLECTIVE starring Adonis Puentes, Celso Machado, Tonye Aganaba, Kurai Blessing, Tom Landa, Pedro Mota, Robin Layne, Liam MacDonald, Nick La Riviere, Kalissa Landa, Ronnie Swirl, Ostwelve.
Saturday, June 24 2017
11:00amWest Coast Guitar Collective (Les Finnigan, John Gilliat, Rossi Tsonkov, Edgar Avelino)
12:00pmOpening Ceremony featuring the CHMB AM1320 Variety Show
3:30pmSamson's Delilah
Sunday, June 25 2017
12:30pmMostly Marley
3:30pmBig Easy Funk Ensemble
5:00pmCamaro '67

Kutapira – Main Stage 5pm, Friday June 23

What started thirteen years ago as a youth world music initiative has metamorphosized into the crowd pleasing percussion explosion known today as Kutapira! The name Kutapira means “sweetness” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, a fitting title for a band that plays a fusion of Zimbabwean marimba with West African and Afro-Cuban percussion and more. This highly stylized marimba fusion consists of some contemporary Zimbabwean tunes but the majority of the music is composed and arranged by Kutapira and inspired by genres like Reggae, Funk, Latin Jazz, Samba, Cumbia, Disco and Hip Hop. For years they performed exclusively as a mallet swinging, skin-slapping quintet but now, in their latest evolutionary form, feature guitar and vocals.

Kutapira blends traditional Afro-Cuban influences with Zimbabwean marimba music to create a vibration that is all their own! With hundreds of performances under their belt, a growing repertoire that continues to explore the vast potential of their arrangement, and a solid reputation among concert programmers as ‘fire starters’, the future couldn’t look any sweeter for Kutapira.

BC World Music Collective – Main Stage 6:30pm, Friday June 23
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13 musicians. 7 nations. 3 juno award winning artists. The BC World Music Collective, featuring: Celso Machado, Kurai Bandambira Nyamukapa, Cuban Sonero Adonis Puentes, Tom Landa, Tonye Robin Layne Band, and members of Locarno If there was a World Music supergroup, this would be it. The BC World Music Collective brings together musicians from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Africa, and London, who now make their home in this beautiful province.This is truly an exciting band with some impressive talent. Their performance is very much a collaboration that sees all the musicians playing with each other, and backing each other up as they sing their own songs and tell the stories of where they are from, and how they got to BC. They are the ideal festival band and takes listeners on a worldwide journey without leaving the province.

 CHMB AM1320 – Main Stage 12:30pm, Saturday June 24 

CHMB AM1320, also known as The Voice of Vancouver’s Chinese Community, has been serving the needs of Vancouver’s multicultural community since 1973, providing service in 14 languages including Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Portuguese, Brazilian, Filipino, Greek, Japanese, Tamil, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish. In addition, CHMB AM1320 proudly collaborates with Vancouver’s multicultural communities to create variety shows celebrating our cities diversity. This year, CHMB AM1320 is pleased to participate in the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival with multicultural performances featuring emcees Hayman Tam & Nancy Li, singers Cayden Ye & Miko Chen, Lorita Leung Dance Academy, Marquis Lung Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, and LH Performance Productions.

Hayman Tam has been with CHMB AM1320 for over 15 years. As a radio host, he can be heard every Sunday afternoon in his “Sunday Arena” show. Aside from being a radio host, he is also actively involved in events and weddings as an emcee. His talents always keep the event entertaining and bring endless laughter to his audiences.

Nancy Li was the winner of CHMB AM1320 Solid Gold Singing Contest 2012. Since then she has been actively pursuing her career as an emcee, singer, and performer. She enjoys collaborating with local bands and artists to explore different music genres. On stage, she smoothly transitions between elegant classics, soulful R&B, romantic jazz, and energetic pop. Her dream is fulfilled when she is on stage, bringing joy to her audience.

Two young talents Cayden Ye, Champion and Best Vocal Award Winner of CHMB AM1320 Solid Gold Singing Contest 2016, and Miko Chen, Second Runner-up of Solid Gold Singing Contest 2016, are ready to share their passion on the Main Stage. CHMB AM1320’s “Solid Gold Singing Contest” has become one of the signature events in Vancouver’s Chinese community since 1999. Annually, this contest has discovered new local singing talents. Many champions and finalists have pursued their singing career in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Lorita Leung Dance Academy (LLDA) was established in 1970 by Lorita Leung, and is one of North America’s first and most reputable Chinese dance schools. The mission of Lorita Leung Dance Academy is to offer top-notch Chinese dance training in a caring and professional environment. At the heart of LLDA is its faculty – a team of qualified and passionate professionals who value careful instruction, artistic excellence and authenticity of the Chinese dance tradition. LLDA students gain not only confidence and poise through regular performance opportunities, but also a sense of community and a deeper understanding and appreciation of Chinese dance culture. LLDA offers the complete Beijing Dance Academy Chinese Dance Examination Syllabus (CDES) Levels One through Thirteen; choreography and repertoire in Chinese Classical, Folk and Ethnic dance; and an industry leading Contemporary Chinese dance program. It is the proud home of two active dance groups: The Little Panda Children’s Performing Group, comprised of some of LLDA’s most talented and dedicated young students; and the renowned Lorita Leung Dance Company, a well respected ambassador of Chinese dance culture.

Marquis Lung Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Academy
Sifu Marquis Lung was born in a famous martial arts family in Hong Kong.  At age 6, he started to learn Northern Shaolin, Buk Sing Choy Lee Fot and Koo Style Tai Chi from his father Lung Kai Ming.  His late grandfather Lung Chi Cheung was a disciple of the famous legend Koo Yu Cheung.  Sifu Marquis Lung has been teaching Kung Fu in the Lower Mainland for more than 20 years.

LH Performance Productions is a Vancouver based professional dance company founded in 2013. The Artistic Director Lily Hsu is a professional dancer, instructor, and choreographer; she has been featured in many performances throughout North America and Asia. The company has also been featured in many events of different genres. The company focuses on featuring local talents to both local and international audiences of all kinds. The company credits include the 2017 Hyuna North America Tour, 2013 Christina Fan World Tour, 2013 A-Lin Vancouver concert, 2014 Jason Yu Magic show series, 2015, Cousins in Vancouver Charity Concert, 2015 Roman Tam Tribute Concert, 2015 Rosanne Lui Vancouver Concert, and Nancy Sit 2016 Vancouver Concert. Starting from 2016, LH Performance Productions founded their own dance studio, focusing on dance education to all ages and all levels.

 Caracas – Main Stage 2pm, Saturday June 24 

Since 2011, Latin punk band CARACAS has given South American immigrants, and specially Venezuelan expats, a voice in which to express their feelings for their place of origin, and the circumstances which forced many of them to find a better life abroad. Started by Venezuelan-Canadian brothers Javier and Victor Badillo, and joined by Luis Garzon, Heather Anderson and Shawn Martin, CARACAS blends punk rock with Latin rhythms and melodies to create a uniquely upbeat musical revolution.

Samson’s Delilah – Main Stage, 3:30pm Saturday, June 24 

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Unique, fearless, soul-full rock opera folk music.

With a fierce intensity weaving throughout their soundscapes, utterly captivating, Samson’s Delilah will leave their mark on every listener.  Heavily influenced by latin guitar, reggae, and other world music, driven with thought provoking songwriting, the thread of the “guroove” runs deep, and you will not be disappointed by the fusion and spell that they weave.

Their debut album “Unfinished Humans” was released this June. Joined by sought after rhythm section Dan Barton (Drums) and Tim Bennett(Bass/Vocals), as well as one of Alberta’s premiere Fiddle players, Scott Duncan (John Wort Hammon, The Polyjesters. Western String Project), they are a “tour de force”!  The album has been well received across Canada, charting in the top 10 lists on campus radio and World Music stations across the nation. The band headlined 11 festivals in the summer of 2016 and are gearing up for another busy festival season of touring. In their spare time, Seth & Shara organize the “Robson Valley Music Festival” that happens in their front yard in Dunster every August. They are seasoned music makers and music lovers.

Alonso – Main Stage, 5pm Saturday, June 24 

ALONSO puts on a performance that hypnotizes audiences with contemporary, deep electro-acoustic rhythms, sensual Spanish guitar playing and high-caliber, nuanced, emotionally expressive musicianship. 

The music of ALONSO is an enchantment of beautifully crafted songs with electro-latin-jazz grooves and Spanish guitars with intimately lyrical vocals. His self-titled debut solo album shares a story through 7 songs, of an intimate journey through Love, loss and reflection. Carefully recorded and crafted over the course of 2016 in Toronto, Canada. ALONSO is available through iTunes and Spotify.

Kiérah – Main Stage 11am Sunday, June 25, 2017 

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Kiérah is a multi award-winning violinist and Celtic fiddler from White Rock, BC. She has completed her A.R.C.T. with the Royal Conservatory of Music, receiving one of the highest marks ever given. With an Irish/Scottish heritage, Kiérah’s passion, however, is composing and performing traditional and contemporary Celtic fiddle music. A ridiculously talented player, Kiérah captivates her audiences by taking fiddling to a completely different level, demonstrating her mastery of the instrument and radiating her love of the music.

Kiérah has released four albums, with her 3rd- Stonemason’s Daughter – receiving a 2013 CFMA Award for Young Performer of the Year. She has also written B.C.’s first book of all original fiddle tunes, Kiérah’s Collection, carried by Long and McQuade across Canada.

Mostly Marley – Main Stage 12:30pm Sunday, June 25, 2017  

Mostly Marley formed in 2003 with the idea of bringing Classic Reggae to an otherwise starving audience. The name stems from having been asked;  “What kind of music do you play?” The answer would always be; “Classic Reggae by various artists, but mostly Marley.” Mostly Marley performs with passion while always remaining true to the spirit of Reggae. Mostly Marley is a band that takes you on a musical odyssey- with good times to be had by all.

Mngwa – Main Stage 2pm Sunday, June 25, 2017  

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An 8-headed party band for the strange new world. Rooted in the Afro-Latin soul of cumbia, Mngwa blends elements of psych rock, surf, reggae, and hip hop into their polyrhythmic pot. With members from Mexico, Canada, Europe and Asia, the Vancouver ensemble draws inspiration from all corners of the globe and invites all to join in the sonic ecstasy.

Big Easy Funk Ensemble – Main Stage 3:30pm Sunday, June 25, 2017

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The Big Easy Funk Ensemble celebrates the amazing variety of music that has grown out of New Orleans. With influences from 60s funk legends The Meters and Dr. John to more recent groups like Galactic and Trombone Shorty. BEFE (pronounced ‘beefy’) mixes many genres of funk, jazz and blues to create awesome grooves. The 9 member band includes a 3-piece horn section comprised of Andrew Benton (Sax), Kevin Tang (Trombone) and Ryan Naso (Trumpet).  The rhythm section includes Reece Worth on guitar, Eric Stephenson on bass, Tyler Gibson on keyboards/organ, Ryan Davis on drums, Jeffrey Kornblum on Percussion and last but not least the mesmerizing Chris Berry on Vocals.

A Mardi Gras party in 2014 brought the band together for the first time and by the end of the show both the musicians and the audience knew that this group had to continue.  Two years and many shows later, BEFE has developed a large repertoire of songs covering a wide range of NOLA talent from Louis Armstrong to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to Allen Toussaint to the Pimps of Joytime.  The Big Easy Funk Ensemble is fast becoming one of Vancouver BC’s preeminent party bands by attracting fans and stimulating dance floors.  Don’t miss their next show at a party near you!

Camaro ’67 – Main Stage 5pm, Sunday, June 25 2017

Camaro 67 brings together classic Afrobeat influences (Fela Kuti, Tony Allen), and modern Afrofunk / Groove sounds (Antibalas, Budos Band, The Herbaliser) to produce a propulsive, high-energy, made-in-Vancouver heavy funk experience. This explosive 10-piece instrumental group debuted in the fall of 2015, picking up from where Miami Device (BC’s premier Afrobeat orchestra since 2007) left off. In their first year as a band, Camaro 67 released their 9-track debut album “Burn Rubber, Not Your Soul”. The band has toured festivals and clubs throughout BC to support the new album, playing alongside reggae legend Alpha Blondy and local groove-music heavyweights Emily Chambers, Wooden Horsemen, Kutapira, and Bazooka Picnic.

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