CocoJafro is a hard-hitting force to be reckoned with, unifying the masses with their electrified, funky global rhythms. They Bring together the schools of Funk, Soul, Jazz and Afrobeat providing a unique sound that flows from a foundation of deep-set grooves & North Africa rhythms. With Moroccan born, lead guitarist Amine Said’s musical roots provide an exclusive sound with the proven power to instantly synchronize your soul forcing the crowd to bend and sway.
With a 2016 nomination for Urban Artist Of The Year, CBC Searchlight regional finalist ranking, a Van Isle Music Award nomination for ‘Best Live Act’ and 3 EPs under their belt, COCO JAFRO shows no signs of slowing down. The band has returned to the studio, where they are writing and recording their anticipated 4th EP.
Whether you catch him beat boxing on a Vancouver street corner or singing and playing guitar onstage at a Vancouver club, you’re bound to be charmed by the many talents of musician David Morin. After years spent honing his craft to critical acclaim in the Vancouver scene and beyond, the 29-year-old neo-soul singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is set to record his debut record. David Morin’s music is pure, authentic and from the heart. Self-taught and passionately committed to being a career artist and all that choice entails, he’s blessed with the ability to turn strangers into fans. A guitar virtuoso with a knack for making a solo performance sound like an entire band, Morin’s riffs bring to mind the licks of blues and funk masters. Playful hints of disco and pop add retro flavor to a contemporary soul aesthetic that’s as accessible as it is seductive.
Vancouver’s Dawn Pemberton has deep musical roots that take her powerful voice from gospel and soul to jazz, funk and world music. She has become a staple of the local music scene and can often be found tearin’ it up as a vocalist, teacher, facilitator, choir director and “go to girl” for live performances and studio sessions. A passionate songwriter and performer Dawn crafts her music with a sense of adventure, quirkiness, and serious groove and shapes it into her own unique and dynamic package. Tight, expressive and bold, Dawn will hit you where it counts, funk you up and make you say “Go ‘head!”
Desi Sub Culture
The makers of Global bass music, Desi Sub Culture uses influences of traditional Punjabi folk music for song hooks merged with contemporary trap beats or tabla rhythms, telling the story of their lives and sharing the music they grew up with.
Their international style is best articulated in the statement by the group on their website, “The real world is brown, black, white, yellow, red, beige. It’s complicated. Desi Sub Culture is our take on this world. To take on this world … Our music is the musical version of ourselves, our upbringing, our identity.”
dj o show
DJ O Show brings 8+ years of experience in the industry. She has dedicated herself to her passion for music, chiseling out her niche as a female DJ in Vancouver, BC. DJ O Show is also The Head instructor at the School of Remix, teaching students with an inspired approach to pursue their dream of becoming a DJ. In addition to DJ’ing, she is an inspirational speaker, traveling across the country to bring ambition and drive to youth, encouraging them to make any dream they have into a reality. Her sets are strategic and guaranteed to make you dance playing what the people want to hear. DJ O Show proves time and time again that, “Diversity Makes Beautiful Music!”
Don’t miss a collaborative set featuring DJ O Show and Katari Taiko at the Park Stage at Second Beach on Saturday, July 29th.
Katari Taiko is the first taiko group to form in Canada. The group operates as a collective. Their goal is to develop a form of Asian Canadian culture that incorporates the following elements: discipline, physical strength, grace, non-sexism, musical creativity.
Katari Taiko wishes to achieve technical excellence as a group within a collective spirit. A basic assumption is that the strengthening of each individual member will result in the strengthening of the group as a whole. Thus, the responsibility of coordinating practices and group activities is rotated among the members. Each member is expected to be able to act as spokesperson for the group and to provide criticism and encouragement for the other members. Rules are kept to a minimum and established only as the need arises.
Don’t miss a collaborative set featuring Katari Taiko and DJ O Show at the Park Stage at Second Beach on Saturday, July 29th.
julian taylor band
Julian Taylor Band from Toronto, and produces music of the rock, soul and R&B genres. Fronted by Julian Taylor – formerly of Canadian rock roots band, Staggered Crossing (StagX) – the ensemble is supported by a core group of well-known and established musicians who have played with acts such as K-OS, Johhny Reid, Sunriser and Colin James, among others.
Persistence and a hard-working ethic are two traits at the core of Julian Taylor’s success. Julian is an award-winning, Canadian singer-songwriter who began his music career as a teenager playing at open stages around the Greater Toronto area. Those humble beginnings have led him down a storied path that includes the release of seven albums and 10 top-forty hit singles.
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.
Mazacote is a hard-hitting 6-piece world/latin band from Vancouver, Canada with deep roots in Nicaragua, Mozambique and Colombia. Inspired by Afro-Caribbean percussion and tropical party sounds, they play brass heavy latin dance beats with a socially conscious message.
Performing together since 2009, Mazacote features the captivating voice of Nicaraguan singer/songwriter David Lopez and a groove-heavy rhythm section with Carlos Arias on Bass, Chris Couto on Timbales, Robin Layne on Congas, Japanese pianist Niho Takase and jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken.
love medicine powwow drum group
Bio coming soon!
Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 35 years playing his self-taught unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.
DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, is a title earning DJ, award winning music producer, and devoted family man from Six Nations of the Grand River. His PowWowStep EP recently picked up an Indigenous Music Award for Best Instrumental Album and his music video for “Indomitable ft. Northern Cree Singers” picked up a nomination for Best EDM/Dance Video at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards.
DJ Shub counts two DMC Canada DJ Championship titles (2007 and 2008), a DMC Canadian Battle for Supremacy title (2008), a Canadian Red Bull Thre3style title (2012), and a King of the Dot Canada vs. USA DJ battle win along with a trophy from the JUNO Awards as some of his most notable accomplishments.
the boom booms
The Boom Booms are an Indie Soul band from Vancouver, BC. The group consists of brothers Aaron Ross (lead vocals) and Sean Ross (keys), Tom Van Deursen (guitar), Geordie Hart (bass), and Theo Vincent (drums)
Influenced by travel, the Booms released their latin-laced debut album ¡Hot Rum! in 2011. Their sophomore release with Grammy Award-winning producer Chin Injeti “Love Is Overdue” came out Oct. 4th 2014, and draws more on childhood influences such as Bill Withers and Al Green.
James “danger” Jones
James Jones (Photo Thosh Collins) is Cree From Tall Cree First Nations in northern Alberta who fuses together dance styles such as men’s Fancy, tradition hoop dance, and b-boying to create a cutting edge contemporary style of movement on stage.
Indigenous artist, remixer DJ Kookum will light up the dance floor with her original blend of EDM trap, moombahton, hip hop and bass music.
The Fab Four
The Emmy Award Winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Twist And Shout,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude”, the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.
Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles ever-changing career, and this loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. The Fab Four is truly the Ultimate tribute.
THE NEW GROOVEMENT
If The Roots had the soul of Aretha Franklin and the energy of Jamiroquai then you’d have The New Groovement. The band seamlessly blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop to create a funk-i-fied feast for the ears that is as unique as it is versatile. Punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes, and tight percussion combine to create energetic, feel-good music that will get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor!
At the forefront of the band are Steph Wisla and her partner-in-rhyme, Danimal House. Together, they can soothe with sultry, sweet ballads or slay with sharp cutting rhymes. Backing them up is a solid rhythm and percussion section that lays down funky beats while the horn section gets crowds going with tasty licks and dance moves that would make James Brown proud.
Krystle dos santos
Krystle Dos Santos is an accomplished singer/songwriter and performer. A graduate of the Canadian College of Performing Arts, Dos Santos released her debut, award-winning album in 2008, and has been honing her craft for nearly a decade to follow. From singing on stage with Stevie Wonder to performances in Dreamgirls the musical and her own original productions, Dos Santos brings her eclectic style, powerful vocal prowess and magnetic charm to every performance she delivers.
Mob Bounce is a Hip Hop duo that formed in the later half of 2010 and has been travelling Canada facilitating a, “Hip Hop & a Sacred Space workshop”, along with doing performances through British Columbia, as far as Toronto. Travis Hebert aka. Heebz and Craig Edes aka. NWK have had a number one single on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown fallowing the release of their free album, “Mob Medicine.” They have recently been nominated for Best Radio Single at the Indigenous Music Awards and currently have a single released through RPM Records that is number three. The two young men are also set to do National Aboriginal day Live in Vancouver, British Columbia and have roots in the Northwest Interior of B.C.
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.