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Sunday, February 28
York Theatre, 639 Commercial Dr.
Taking part in VICO’s Notes from the Araxes Basin Festival, Montreal’s acclaimed Constantinople ensemble, led by Kiya Tabassian on setar & vocals, celebrates the release of their latest album with Vancouver-area Persian musicians & international guests Charbel Rouhana (oud), Neva Özgen (kemençe) & Didem Başar (qanun).
Sunday May 1
Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton St.
“Encuentros” is a percussive dance spectacular celebrating passionate encounters by internationally renowned dancers in Flamenco, Irish, Tap, and Egyptian Bellydance!
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Venue Nightclub 881 Granville St.
Caravan World Rhythms & Beats Without Borders present a powerful evening of music and dance music, featuring the renowned Middle-Eastern inspired global trance dance group NIYAZ. Completing the evening will be the hypnotic DJ’ing from Beats Without Borders and Very Special Guest
Friday, April 1
Seven Dining Lounge 53 West Broadway St.
Join us for a special edition of the Slivovica Social Club at Seven Dining Lounge with guests VENTANAS from Toronto. The trans-Mediterranean ensemble Ventanas fuse passion and intimate dialogue, embracing the varied instrumental and melodic traditions of North Africa, the Balkans, Turkey and Spain.
Sunday, January 24
Waterfront Theatre 1214 Cartwright St., Granville Island
Bïa is a Brazilian singer and songwriter who incarnates what “world artist” is all about. After winning awards in France for her first album in 1997 and in Quebec for her self-produced 2015 album NAVEGAR, Bïa is riding the wave to Vancouver, accompanied by cellist Sheila Hannigan.
Friday, March 11
St. James Hall, 3215 West 10th Ave.
Adanu Habobo and Rhythm ‘n’ Roots team up to bring you a night of traditional music and dance focusing on the rich vocal traditions found among the Ewe of Ghana. Rarely heard songs will be sung by a 20+member chorus in conjunction with the drums and social dances of Adanu Habobo, Vancouver’s finest Ghanaian drum and dance ensemble.
Saturday January 23
Centennial Theatre 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
Canada’s premiere Iranian music group, the Vashaan Ensemble presents their CD Release of “Dolate Eshgh – Reign of Love” – an evening of Sufi-inspired Iranian music. They will be joined by internationally renowned Iranian Sufi singer Davod Azad, and the mesmerizing whirling dancers Raqib Burke and Lindsy Ridgeway.
Thursday, November 19
Centennial Theatre, 2300 Lonsdale, North Vancouver
After a recent sold-out performance, legendary Iranian kamanche (spike-fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor returns to Vancouver with Turkish baglama (lute) master,
Tuesday, October 6
Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings St.
Malian guitar superstar Vieux Farka Touré returns to Vancouver after a recent sold-out performance, with his new collaboration featuring the sublime jazz singer Julia Easterlin.
Friday, September 11
Vancouver Community College Music Auditorium 1155 East Broadway
A new collaboration featuring internationally renown musicians Itamar Erez (piano & guitar), Liron Man (handpan & percussion), Francois House (Clarinet).
Saturday, May 23
Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway
Sitar prodigy Niladri Kumar has performed regularly with the legendary Ustad Zakir Houssain and is featured in over 20 national and international albums and numerous films. Aditya Kalyanpur has performed with numerous classical giants as well as Katy Perry, The Rolling Stones, Slumdog Millionaire composer AR Rahman.
May 8 & 9
Grandview Legion 2205 Commercial Dr.
The 5th annual Spring celebration of Balkan-Roma Brass, featuring 6 bands, two dance troupes, and once again, the special guest trumpet master from Serbia, DEMIRAN CERIMOVIC!
Saturday, April 18
Fortune Sound Club 147 East Pender St.
Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Touré was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He has received critical acclaim all over the world. His stage performances are renowned, and he has enthralled audiences with his warmth and energy.
Saturday, April 11
Bridge and Enrich Lives Society 718 East 20th Ave., Vancouver
Blue Lotus Trio, are inspired by their passion for Indian music, Sufi poetry, Turkish rhythms, and the direct language of the love song. They are joined on this sublime evening by Naad Ensemble, world and spiritual music collective.
Friday, March 13
Kay Meek Centre 1700 Mathers Ave., West Vancouver
In this first Ghazal Ensemble tour in over a decade, Iran’s kamancheh (spiked fiddle) master and India’s sitar (stringed lute) virtuoso continue their longtime collaboration.