International or multicultural entertainment can be the perfect finishing touch to a theme party, or a refreshing change to the usual entertainment found at parties or receptions. 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.
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, who 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.
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.
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.
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!
The lion dance is an important tradition in China. Usually the dance is part of festivities like Chinese New Year, the openings of restaurants, weddings and other important events. 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.
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!
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, Gary allows 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.
John is an excellent Latin guitarist in the Nuevo 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.
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 have helped the company make a unique and valuable contribution to the development of flamenco dance in this city.
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.
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.
Mariachi Tabasko 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shot of Scotch strives to create new, exciting, contemporary dance pieces while maintaining a high standard of technique and remaining true to the deep Scottish roots of the centuries old art form of Highland dance. Shot of Scotch performances include BC Highland Games, CelticFest, The BC Government Multicultural Awards, The Rogue Folk Club, festivals, Robbie Burns events, along with numerous Ceilidhs and private celebrations.
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.
VanCity Bhangra 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. VanCity Bhangra has received numerous awards for their exciting high energy Bhangra dancing!
Bagpipers are an impactful way to capture the attention of your guests. 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.
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!
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, BC Children’s Hospital fundraisers, cultural events and other high profile performances such as The Diwali Festival at the Orpheum Theatre.