The Main Stage: Hosting the Latin Power
Saturday July 8th marks the beginning of Carnaval Del Sol! We are very proud to be able to host this event for the people we love. This is the most anticipated event yet and we hope it meets your expectations! Indulge in various genres and styles of music as we bring the Latin Community back into Vancouver!
Different artists and singers will be performing at different times, so be sure to check out the lists of bands we have coming and attend the Main Stage at the allotted times your favourite bands are performing.
2017 PROGRAM SOON!
Check it out all the artists we had in 2016!
Saturday | July 9th, 2016
11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Afro Cuban Drum Workshop
Robin Layne Band
Argentinian Musicians, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Entangados is a band of musicians and actors from Córdoba, Argentina, who perform as clowns. Since 2004 the band has mixed theatre with genres such as Rock, Cuarteto, Música Balkánica, Reggae, Cumbia, Ska, Folklore, and Tango. Each show is a fiesta of music full of dance, humour, happiness, and energy.Youtube Facebook
Brazilian Group, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Grupo Axé Capoeira began in Recife in 1982. Today, as Canada’s first academy of Capoeira, the Group continues to rise as one of the world’s leading Capoeira organisations. The Group continues to travel around the world and participate in competitions and has participated in the 2001 International Capoeira Competition in Argentina. Furthermore, Grupo Axé Capoeira is renowned as a traveling group which promotes the history, music, art, and culture of Brazil in interactive and educational demonstrations. The philosophy of Grupo Axé Capoeira is to respect all the mestres, preserve the roots and traditions of Capoeira, and train Capoeira in all its aspects: as a fight, art, and culture.Website Facebook Youtube Twitter
Afro Cuban Drum Workshop
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Come learn how to drum with the master himself!
Latin Music Band, 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Established in Dec 2014, Songpati is a Latin music band that was created to bring new rhythms, diversity and to enrich BC’s multiculturalism. This Venezuelan folk music ensemble is formed of experienced musicians that have been performing regularly in BC and overseas for over 20 years. Songpati’s focus is in songs taken from one of the many Venezuelan genres, Gaita Zuliana, which is influenced by African and Spanish rhythms, providing a style of music that is engaging yet unpredictable and evocative using instruments such as cuatro, maracas, tambora (drum), furruco, and charrasca among others.Facebook Twitter
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Sambacouver is the liveliest Brazilian music band in Vancouver. Playing tunes that range from all Brazilian music genres to international hits with a Brazilian twist, this exciting big band uses a variety of percussion instruments to deliver extremely engaging and interactive performances. The band has been together since the 2014 FIFA world cup, and has only played sold out venues since then, including The Pint Gastown, All Star Wings and Ribs, Cabana & Studio Records.
Through the summer, the band occasionally does rehearsals at Third Beach to test new material, engage new crowds and showcase the amazing atmosphere that they create during their concerts. All band members come from different musical and cultural backgrounds, which really set this band and its performances apart from any other local band.
Peruvian Folk Dance, 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Originally named Rhythm without Borders, Kusun Tusuy Folk Dance was created in Arequipa, Peru, by Claudia Neira, Mara, Jessica, and Libertad Escarza.
Motivated by the same passion and goal, and guided by the philosophies of discipline and respect, the primary objective of this dance troupe is to help strengthen the national identity of Peru through the art form of folk dance.
In 2009 the group decided to bring life and colour to the celebrations of Peruvian culture right here in Vancouver. Since then, it has grown to become the soul of Peruvian dances, and Tusuy Kusun has been appearing in different cultural events in British Columbia.
Robin Layne Band
Latin Music Band, 5:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Over the past eight years Robin Layne has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival circuit, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists. His recent touring engagements have led him to Mexico, Italy, China, the U.S. and Canada. He has followed his love of world music to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, and Mexico studying under master drummers and marimbists of those respective traditions. He currently performs with world music groups Locarno, Tambura Rasa, and Mazacote. Equally at home on stage or in a classroom, Robin is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the Britannia World Rhythms for Youth Society. The music of the Robin Layne Band evokes memories of summer days full of adventure and playfulness. With roots in jazz, Latin and African traditions their music hints at artists such as Abdullah Ibrahim, Steve Coleman, Thomas Mapfumo, Toumani Dioubate and the marimba music of Chiapas while still managing to sound entirely original.Website Facebook
6:30 pm – 7:30 pmLocarno is the Latin project of Juno award winning musician and Paperboys frontman, Tom Landa. The music, like him, is part Mexican but with strong doses of Cuban Son, folk music, Pop, and Funk. The music could be compared to Manu Chao, Ozomatli, or Rodrigo and Gabriela - a dash of Son Jarocho and Salsa with a more edgy and contemporary flair. For the past few years Tom has been writing and recording the material for Locarno. His goal is to create music which is heavily influenced by Mexican music but using the elements and musicians around him in his hometown of Vancouver. A key element to this sound is the partnerships he has created with producer Joby Baker who has worked with several World/Latin artists including Alex Cuba and Miguelito Valdes who lends his trumpet and percussion talents to the project. Miguelito was born and raised in Havana Cuba and has played with Afro-Cuban All Stars, Omara Portuondo, and The Buena Vista Social Club. Rounding up the group is Sam Esecson on drums and percussion, Kalissa Hernandez on violin and vocals, and Nick La Riviere on trombone.
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7:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Since exploding onto the Canadian arts scene 20 years ago, Vancouver-based Grupo America has been dazzling International audiences with their spectacular Latin Dance show. Grupo America pushes stylistic boundaries by presenting a variety of dances from every corner of the America’s. The show combines “sizzling” modern routines with beautiful traditional numbers that will take your breath away. Their multitude of striking costumes sets them apart from any dance company you have ever seen, and you will be treated to a visual explosion of colour and glamour! Grupo America boasts talented dancers and choreographers from some of the best folkloric ballets in Latin America.
Grupo America has also received international acclaim; including winning the 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013 Cuban Salsa World Championship in Miami. With over 2000 international shows and appearances, this extraordinary group has gained a reputation as one of Canada’s elite entertainer’s with their irrepressible determination, energy, talent, and passion.
Cuban Musician, 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Wil’s childhood was spent in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, where he grew up amidst streets filled with joyful traditional Cuban music. Wil’s vision, musical talent, and chorographical direction have placed this Orchestra, Wil Campa Y Su Orquesta, as one of the most exciting touring groups. Recording several albums with Cumbre and Maraca, Wil is best recognized internationally for his Grammy Nominated contribution to the CD ‘Tremenda Rumba’ in 2002. In 2005 Wil formed what is know today as one of Cuba elite groups ‘Wil Campa Y Su Orquesta,’ releasing two albums: ‘Es Tiempo’ in 2006 and ‘Todo Es Posible’ in 2011, winning him a Nomination for Best Album 2012 at the Cubadisco (Cuba’s equivalent of the Grammy’s). Wil Campa Y Su Orquesta have been touring extensively nationally (e.g. Havana Jazz Festival) and internationally, inspiring and introducing thousands of audiences to Cuba’s musical royalty.Website Facebook
Sunday | July 10th 2016
11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Zazueira Band Brazilian Music band
Brisas del Palmar
Bloco Energía with Samba Fusion
Las Estrellas de Vancouver
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Zumba Fitness started as a happy accident when creator Beto Perez forgot his traditional aerobics music when he darted off to teach an aerobics class in his native Colombia. He improvised using his own mix of music from tapes he had in his backpack (salsa and merengue music he grew up with). He then brought his dance-fitness style to Miami, and the rest is history. Today, Zumba is a group fitness class based on some of the most exciting rhythms and dance styles from Latin America and around the world, including Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Samba, Tango, Flamenco, Bollywood, Swing, Soca and Bellydance, all in one class.
Denise Galay, owner of Zumba Vancouver, ascribes the popularity of Zumba to its originality and the current popularity of dance shows on television. You can think of Zumba as a dance party disguised as a fitness routine, with high-intensity sections that get participants’ hearts pumping mixed with lower-intensity segments that give them a chance to catch their breath. There is no heavy choreography - if you can shake your hips, then you can do Zumba.
Salvadorian Folk Dancers, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Originally known as \"Las Cortadoras\" in PEI (for 6 years), the Salvadorian Folklore Group Maquilishuat” aims to promote and share its culture and heritage with the Latin American and Canadian community through its dance and customs.
Spain Dancers, 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Flamenco Rosario holds a mandate to develop dance, music works and dance artists, in both the authentically traditional and contemporary innovative styles of Flamenco. Drawing the organization’s mission from this mandate, the company shares its passion for flamenco’s raw, emotional power and disciplined musicality through performances, workshops and professional training across Vancouver. Ongoing activities for include the popular Cuadro Flamenco series featuring traditional dance styles, the Flamenco Festival showcasing local and national and international guest artists, and Mainstage performances allowing for artistic experimentation. The company continues to honor the rich flamenco tradition and to produce presentations which stretch the boundaries and evolution of the art form.Website Facebook Twitter
Brisas del Palmar
Cuban Musician, 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Brisas del Palmar was formed in Santiago, Cuba, by brothers Rosel and Yordanis Lamoru in 1999, with Rosel as arranger, composer and guitarist. The band is a vital part of the \"Grupo 450\", a prestigious catalogue at the Cuban Institute of Music of the best Cuban music groups in the Province of Santiago de Cuba. What makes Brisas del Palmar unique is their ability to arrange and perform as well as to harmonize their four voices to produce a sound that is captivating to all audiences. Brisas del Palmar is known in Cuba as one of the leading bands of traditional music. They won special recognition at the 2000 International Festival of Boleros in Santiago de Cuba. They placed second in the 2001 Festival of Singers of the Americas, held in Guantanamo, Cuba (a competition of ensembles from all over Cuba, Mexico, Central and South America). In 2002 at the same festival they were honoured with the award for the best new group in the Americas. Brisas del Palmar is featured daily on Radio Taino, the national tourism radio station of Cuba. In winter months Brisas del Palmar performs at the “Bodeguita del Medio”, the Havana bar made famous by Ernest Hemingway, now the most important music venue in Havana. They have toured British Columbia and Alberta since 2003, playing to enthusiastic crowds at music festivals and summer concerts. In 2012, they represented Cuba in the First Cultural Encounter in El Salvador.Website Facebook
Bloco Energía with Samba Fusion
Brazilian music and dances, 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Bloco Energia is a percussion collective of people brought together by their passion for Brazilian music and dance. We deliver high energy performances in parades, festivals and charitable events throughout the lower mainland. In addition, we host weekly classes in which students can explore rhythms from Brazil and other parts of the world. Ask us how you can get involved or book us to get the party started!Website Facebook
Brazilian Dance, 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Samba Fusion is a Vancouver Dance Group whose roots are based in Brazilian Samba fused with numerous dance styles, music and rhythms. This Dance Group was formed by Andrea Monteiro and Naija K in 2009 because of their common dance background in ‘Samba.’ As the ideas flowed in the initial stages of the group's development, more dancers joined and each dancer brought on their experience in different styles of dance. This is how the name of the group came to transpire. This multi-cultural troupe performs several styles of dance fusion including Brazilian Samba, Forro, Samba Reggae, Afro- Brazilian, Gypsy, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Salsa/Latin/Reggaeton, African, Polynesian, and Burlesque.Website Facebook
Las Estrellas de Vancouver
Mariachi Band, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Las Estrellas de Vancouver is an All-Female Mariachi band. Founded in August 2014 by Michelle Cormier, the group has gathered a stellar group of instrumentalists and singers from diverse musical backgrounds such as jazz, classical, and world music. They are passionate and thrilled to present a very high level of performance and to honour this beautiful musical tradition. In March 2015 they participated in a Viva el Mariachi Femenil event to honour the history of women in Mariachi.Facebook
Colombian Band, 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Orquesta Tabasko was formed in 2007 by the group’s director, arranger and composer, Diego Kohl after an inspiring trip to Cali, Colombia where one of his hit singles, ‘El Campo’ was promoted and aired on several radio stations in Colombia. Diego was most impressed by the salsamania he experienced down in Cali. ‘It is the most popular style of music down there,’ says Diego, ‘I would love to see people get as crazy about Latin music here in Canada.’ Diego has been working hard to achieve that goal ever since by performing regularly with Orquesta Tabasko and recording his original Salsa compositions.Website Facebook Youtube
Latin Salsa Band, 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mazacote is a west coast latin dance band, playing horn-driven New York salsa dura and beats from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba. Based in Vancouver, the band features Nicaraguan singer-songwriter David Lopez, latin jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken, and a groove-heavy rhythm section featuring Chris Couto on timbales, Carlos Arias on bass, and Niho Takase on keys.Website Youtube
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Entangados
- 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – Axe Capoeira
- 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Afro Cuban Drum Workshop
- 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Nahualli Mexico
- 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm – Songpati
- 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm – Alma Chevere
- 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm – Sambavancouver
- 5:00 pm – 5:15 pm – Tusuy Kusun Peruvian Folk Dance
- 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm – Robin Layne Band
- 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Locarno
- 7:45 pm – 8:15 pm – Grupo America
- 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Will Campa
- 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Zumba Vancouver
- 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm – Maquilishuat Folklore
- 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm – Mayor Speaking
- 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Bloco Energia
- 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm – Flamenco Rosario
- 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm – Zazueira Band
- 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm – Brisas del Palmar
- 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm – Mariachi Las Strellas
- 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm – Kutapira
- 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm – Samba Fusion
- 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm – Orquesta Tabasko
- 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Mazacote