ethnic groups

International or multi-cultural entertainment can be the perfect finishing touch to a theme party, or a refreshing change to the usual entertainment found at parties or receptions. Vancouver and Whistler  is truly home to many cultures. Total Entertainment Network's exciting and colourful ethnic entertainers perform authentic, traditional songs, dances and other ceremonies showcasing our city's most vibrant and interesting ethnic groups.

aché brasil

This colourful performance group fuses music, dance and Capoeira (martial arts and acrobatics) into a dynamic, high energy performance. The dancers, musicians and performers of Aché Brasil exhibit a rare combination of authenticity and excellence in their work, which is presently unmatched in North America. Experienced and professional, Aché Brasil presents high quality performances which best exemplify Brazil's rich cultural heritage.

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alcvin ramos, japanese flute player

Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos is the leading master of the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) in Canada. Born to Filipino parents in Japan, in 1969 Ramos moved to the USA but later returned to Japan and studied shakuhachi under several teachers where he learned the instrument’s varied repertoire: honkoyku (original Zen music), sankyoku (secular chamber music) and gendai kyoku (new style pieces). The delicate sounds of the shakuachi are truly beautiful.

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the alpiners, german band

Al Pichler and The Alpiners perform a one-of-a-kind show of classic Bavarian music and unique brand of Bavarian/modern music. The Alpiners really like to interact and engage with the audience during their shows. Al Pichler & The Alpiners have entertained at hundreds of Oktoberfests, weddings, parties and corporate events. The Alpiners are, indeed, the ultimate Oom Pa Pa band for your event!

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chinese lion dance

The lion dance is an important tradition in China. Usually the dance is part of festivities like Chinese New Year, the openings of restaurants and weddings. When performed well, the lion dance is believed to bring luck and happiness. In the Chinese tradition, the lion dance is essential to ensure harmony and prosperity. Due to numerous championships in Asia and North America, lion dancing has now reached new heights in its popularity.

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coco jafro, world beat band

Coco jafro is guaranteed to be the life and soul of any event. Their dynamic combination of sounds, energy and performance are intoxicating and leave you wanting more. Think Carlos Santana gigging with Fela Kuti garnished with hints of Sade, The Brand New Heavies and Dap Tone. Yes, sounds odd, but it works! This Soul, Jazz & Funk Revue brings together the schools of Afrobeat!

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gary comeau & the voodoo allstars, cajun act

Gary Comeau & The Voodoo Allstars play Cajun/Zydeco upbeat party music. Led by Gary singin' up a storm and playing the fiddle, mandolin, accordion and guitar, the band performs with irresistible exuberance. Playing without inhibition or boundaries, his heart and soul weave through the always memorable performances. Gary Comeau's tremendous talent, energy and fun-loving personality make this band a great choice for any party.

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john gilliat, latin guitarist

John is an excellent Latin guitarist in the Nouveau Flamenco style. He has opened for world beat artists Strunz & Farah and has performed world-wide including a tour to Japan. His passionate & fiery music offers a new direction in Flamenco. As a solo artist or with his band John Gilliat creates a wonderful warm atmosphere for any event.

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karen flamenco

Karen Flamenco is an acclaimed collaborative and interactive flamenco dance company that is a leader in the creation, production and education of flamenco dance in Vancouver. Bold and innovative this company’s distinctive style and approach has helped the company make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of flamenco dance in this city.

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katari taiko, japanese drum troupe

Katari Taiko has the distinction of being the first taiko drum group formed in Canada and has developed a large and enthusiastic popular following. Since its inception in 1979, this Asian-Canadian company has performed throughout Canada and the U.S. The group has appeared in numerous festivals in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, St. John, and Seattle. They have also performed in a number of theatre settings including the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

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lini evans, multilingual singer

This international entertainer has amazed and delighted audiences worldwide singing in eight (YES, 8!) languages. Among them are Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese. Quite a surprise coming from a blue-eyed blonde! She has performed gala shows in Hong Kong, Paris, Osaka plus a command performance in Kobe Japan. Now THAT'S what we call a "cultural" bridge between the East and West!

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lou marocco, italian singer

An evening with crooner Lou Marocco is truly entertainment at it's finest. Lou performs regularly at Federico’s Supper Club and Italian Days on Commercial Drive. Lou possesses a wide range of music in his repertoire: Rat-Pack standards, legendary rock 'n' roll, contemporary dance hits/favorites, traditional Italian and Latin/ballroom. 

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mariachi del sol

Mariachi Del Sol plays traditional music from Mexico and Latin America. Performing in authentic costumes, the ensemble is able to perform as a trio of guitars, a quartet, or an entire band including strings and brass. They offer a repertoire which is suitable for all kinds of events and they truly bring a festive ambiance to any occasion.

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mazacote, latin band

Mazacote is a hard hitting Latin band that plays horn-driven New York Salsa Dura and beats from Colombia, Puerto Rico and Cuba. The band features Nicaraguan singer-songwriter David Lopez, with Grammy Grammy Award-winning percussionist Toto Berriel on congas, Latin Jazz trumpeter Malcolm Aiken, and a groove-heavy rhythm section featuring Chris Couto on timbales, Aaron McKinney on bass, and pianist Niho Takase.

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mostly marley, reggae band

Mostly Marley performs with passion while always remaining true to the spirit of Reggae music. This party band gives the material with their own unique blend. 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 will take you on a musical odyssey with good times to be had by all.

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the paul latta polynesian dancers

These talented dancers capture the excitement, colour, and exotic rhythms of the South Pacific. This world class dance troupe features six beautiful women dressed in authentic costumes fashioned from shells, feathers, pearls, grass and tapacloth. Their show always includes lots of audience participation.

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the phase III steel drum band

The Phase III Steel Drum Band will take you away to the Caribbean ... if only for a short visit. These well-traveled musicians will create a fun and festive atmosphere filled with the sounds of sunshine and lazy days via the steel drums. This fun party band can perform as 7 piece group or as a smaller three piece combo.

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shiamak bollywood dance company

Singer and performing artist, Shiamak Davar is known as the Guru of Contemporary dance in India. Shiamak’s Vancouver dance team has performed at various prestigious events like the Opening Ceremony of the World Police and Fire Games at GM Place and The Celebration ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. They also performed with Bollywood’s hottest stars at the International Indian Film Academy awards in Toronto and The Times of India awards held in Vancouver.

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silk road music

Silk Road Music takes the best from each musician’s heritage and blends the different traditions into a dramatic fusion...contemporary Global music with a wonderfully unique sound. This ensemble features Chinese Pipa Virtuoso, Qiu Xia He, whom constantly pushes the ancient Chinese instrument and skills to new vistas, shaping traditional eastern styles with western influences and techniques. The trio includes Quebec Born guitarist Andre Thilault and percussionist Liam MacDonald.

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the strathcona chinese dance troupe

This world renown dance troupe consists of beautiful young Chinese girls performing traditional Chinese dances like the Ribbon Dance and the Fan Dance. Brilliantly coloured costumes adorn these talented performers who showcase Chinese tradition and culture through music and dance.

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the tiller's folly celtic band

The Tiller's Folly has created true, heroic tales, carrying on the Celtic heartbeat across the decks of battered ships many maritime moons ago. They unite past and present via centuries old Irish and Scottish themes. Jigs, reels, aires and ballads leap along the pulse of modern pop to personify Celtic music.

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tropical heat, steel band

Tropical Heat features a delightful blend of West-Indian and North American instrumentation producing remarkably entertaining music.

This festive steel band has been performing for over 20 years and can be relied on for professionalism, reliability, punctuality and FUN! Tropical Heat is comprised of three to ten musicians adaptable for any occasion.

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vancouver international bhangra celebration society

The Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society (VIBC) is dedicated to elevating and promoting the Indian dance form of Bhangra. Bhangra has enjoyed a surge in popularity worldwide, both in traditional form and as a fusion with genres such as hip-hop, house, and reggae. The VIBC partners up with numerous artists and community events throughout the year showcasing the vibrancy of Bhangra dancing!

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the vancouver police pipe band

Bagpipers are an excellent way to capture the attention of your guests with great impact. Members from The Vancouver Police Pipe Band offer a colourful spectacle in full highland regalia that dazzle young and old alike. The bagpipes alone command everyone's attention at the first drone, not to mention the magnificent detail of their uniforms and presence.

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yasmina, belly dancer

Yasmina has been performing belly dance since the age of 14. She has performed over 1500 shows in the last 7 years and has shared the stage with Bollywood stars Sunidhi Chauhan and KK. She has performed internationally in the U.K. and in Trinidad. Yasmina is sure to spice up any event!

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zahra, bollywood dancer

A nationally acclaimed dance artist with over a decade of professional experience, Zahra dazzles audiences with her mesmerizing medley fusion performances. She has performed for Bollywood Megastars Sonu Nigam, Arjun Rampal, Kailash Kher and many more. Her choreographic credits also include the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, children’s hospital fundraisers, cultural events and other high profile performances such as The Diwali Festival at the Orpheum Theatre.

 

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rumba calzada

This fiery Afro-Cuban jazz band features well-known Latin Jazz/Salsa percussionist Rafael Geronimo. This is the perfect group to book for an evening full of good salsa fun. With their unique mixture of hot salsa and jazz rhythms, Rumba Calzada can't help but create the perfect festive atmosphere for your next function.

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