The Carnival Band will be ramping up  Cherry Jam with a pre-show under the falling petals!  We look forward to seeing you all there~

 Performer Bio’s
Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra Piano Quintet
The VMO is dedicated to the artistic, personal and professional development of outstanding young musicians. We create opportunities for talented young musicians to perform with the mentorship of seasoned professionals in front of live audiences. These are opportunities these young gifted musicians may not have otherwise had. We see the untapped potential in people caught between being professional musicians and music students. Many of these young musicians need a stepping-stone to embark on their professional musical career, and that’s what we do.

Yayoi Hirano

Yayoi Hirano Theatre Movement Society

Yayoi Hirano, 2002 Experimental and a Vanguard Art Award from Annual Prize of the Union of Bulgarian Actors for “The Daughter of the Snow”, is born and raised in Japan, Yayoi has lived in Vancouver since 2002. Yayoi has collaboration work with international artists and local artists! In 2005 Yayoi created a new solo work “Four Seasons” which debuted in October at the Scotia Bank Dance Centre. Her lifelong dream has been fulfilled to present a Greek tragedy in Noh-theatre style let to Yayoi’s collaboration with director Peter Hall of Mortal Coil to produce Medea/Rokujo in Nov.2013 at the Orpheum Theatre Annex.
Holly Burke

Holly Burke

Holly Burke, a composer and flutes percussionist, has been decades on the Canadian and US scenes producing creative, texturally rich and evocative music that often transcends genre. Burke’s highlights include a 2015 Akademia Music Award and International Broadcast Award from the Hollywood Radio & Television Society. She leads ace band “Holly Burke & The Naturals,” performing Internationally at Festivals and locally on CBC TV and Radio, NPR, CITR and Vancouver’s Jazz Festival.

Ji Rong Huang & Dayna SzyndrowskiJi Rong Huang & Dayna Szyndrowski
Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble

Ji Rong Huang:

Formed in 1989, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the very first professional Chinese music ensemble established in Canada.  Ji Rong Huang, the artistic director of the ensemble as well as the erhu (Chinese violin) player in the group, graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China with a degree in performance. He won an award for traditional music instrumental performance in a national competition in China and continued to perform throughout China. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1988, Ji Rong has given hundreds of performances across Canada and the U.S., including appearances on Rogers TV and CBC radio programs, and has performed for the Canadian Governor General Concert as an erhu soloist. He is highly skilled in playing different Chinese bowstrings instruments. He merges Western classical and contemporary music culture into Chinese music and continues to receive praise and acclaim from audiences and critics.

Dayna Szyndrowski:

Dance and music – inseparable. Dayna Szyndrowski’s experiences in dance have been informed by this connection and her pursuit of rhythm. She has primarily studied tap dance and its rich history in jazz music and improvisation as a means of communication. This led to investigations in Afro-Cuban & Greek music, body percussion, and most significantly now, her focus on contemporary flamenco. As a result of the magnetic magic of percussive dance, Dayna has been fortunate enough to spend time across Canada, the US, Cuba, Spain, and Greece performing and studying with many tap, flamenco, and music greats.


Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, formerly known as Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko, is an Okinawan taiko dance group that was formed in Metro Vancouver in 2004. The group wishes to be “ambassadors” of Okinawan folk performing art in which Okinawan style drumming and dancing combine together along with traditional as well as contemporary Okinawan music.The group is inclusive, with a mix of generations. From youth as young as six years old to others in their 50s, the group’s members reflect a true presentation of grassroots folk art. Vancouver Okinawa Taiko has performed at numerous multicultural festivals, neighbourhood charity shows, Japan night at the Mariner’s Safeco Field and the Cultural Olympiad 2008.

The Carnival Band

The Carnival Band is a community music project with ten years of history, based out of Commercial Drive’s Britannia Community Centre. Musical direction is provided by Ross Barrett and Tim Sars.Instrumentation for the band includes all range of brass, woodwinds, drums, percussion, accordions, and of course voice. Stage shows also allow us the opportunity to join our bass, guitar, fiddle, banjo, piano, and keyboard playing friends.
 Emcee’s Biography
Minelle Mahtani RHR MC

Minelle Mahtani

Minelle is an author, journalist and Associate Professor of Human Geography and Planning, and the Program in Journalism at University of Toronto-Scarborough. She has written two books: Mixed Race Amnesia: Resisting the Romanticization of Multiraciality and Global Mixed Race. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector in Vancouver for the former firm IMPACS – Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society – and sits on the steering committee of UBC’s journalism school. She is former President of the Association for Canadian Studies and has won several awards, including a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Award for her contributions to journalism. She is a former CBC TV journalist who worked on The National. Minelle took a sabbatical from University of Toronto to take on this exciting role at Roundhouse Radio. She’s enthusiastic about what Roundhouse represents – inspiring active community citizenry. Roundhouse’s commitment to solutions-oriented programming echoes Minelle’s own professional passions – to encourage a heightened sense of human flourishing for all Vancouver residents.

Program Subject to Change