The Multi-cultural Drum Spectacular reflects the melting pot of our city and truly captures the spirit of a World Beat drum circle. The show begins with The Chinese Lion dance parading guests from the reception to the ballroom. The colourful drum ensemble would perform a short rousing celebration that would draw the delegates into the dining area.
Once guests are seated a Native Elder would share a traditional blessing and song. Between courses throughout the evening guests would enjoy short vignettes featuring drummers dressed in traditional attire performing rhythms of their culture. After the last group performs, the musicians of each of the different cultures would then come together to parade out of the room in a grand finale.
Multicultural Drum Spectacular members include:
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.
This colourful troupe has performed throughout B.C., across Canada, and internationally at cultural festivals in such countries as Switzerland, Taiwan, and Japan. Their drumming and dances feature beautiful carved masks that represent tributes to the animal kingdom for their spiritual powers. The dance group consists of elders and youth of the Squamish Nation.
Katari Taiko has the distinction of being the first Japanese 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.
Congo Cartell features percussionist Jack Duncan, an indispensable part of the Vancouver music scene who is equally at home playing Latin music, West African music and jazz. His knowledge and experience of different musical styles and rhythms are unmatched in the community. The energy and sounds of this world beat collective reflect the music of Vancouver’s artistic area of Commercial Drive and the sun set drum circles found at Spanish Banks Beach during the summer.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Sambata is a percussion school and musical ensemble that plays a powerful and unique blend of music drawing on the rich traditions of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian popular and folkloric music. Led by Paul Bray, Sambata delivers high energy, exuberant performances in parades, clubs and corporate events throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
Members from The Vancouver Police Pipe Band offer a colourful spectacle in full highland regalia that dazzle young and old alike. The troupe is the world’s oldest, continuous serving police pipe band and official band of the City of Vancouver. The precision of the drummers alone command everyone’s attention not to mention the magnificent detail of their uniforms and presence.
African drummers, led by Kurai Blessing Mubaiwa, add a deep meaning to our drum presentation. Kurai was born in the village of Murewa in Zimbabwe. His rural and urban experiences have resulted in a unique fusion of many different styles of drumming including traditional Shona, blues, funk, reggae, and West African. In Africa, drums hold a deep symbolic and historical meaning. Drums are almost always an accompaniment for any manner of ceremony – births, deaths, marriages and celebrations.
Since first introduced in the 15th century, the dhol drum has become the ground roots of Bhangra music as we know today. The South Asian Arts Club strives for excellence in all that they do and their own drum and dance group/school is no exception. This colourful troupe will wow your guests with their undeniable talent. Their pure passion for their music and dance ensures that members of the Indian community never forget their roots, and allows others from all walks of life to experience the rich traditions and cultures the troupe hails from.
Marie Hui is well known as the official Vancouver Whitecaps FC National Anthem singer and has also performed the anthem for Vancouver Canuks and The Seattle Seahawks. She is always in the moment – energetic and expressive, soulful and wholly authentic.
Sean Dillon has spent many years entertaining in far corners of the world such as Japan, China, Brazil, Singapore, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Italy as well as North America. Marie and Sean both sing with one of the top party bands in the city; Groove n Tonic.