*Program subject to change

 2017 Performer Bios


Photo Credit: Adam PW Smith

Uzume Taiko


South Asian Arts


Uzume Taiko is West Coast Canada’s premiere professional taiko drumming group performing both nationally and internationally since 1988. They have hand crafted a unique brand of West Coast Canadian taiko drumming that offers a visual, sonic and sensual experience to their audience. Using a diverse collection of percussive and melodic instruments as well as taiko drums, Uzume Taiko has developed a dynamic fusion of old and new styles of drumming — bringing a vibrant, contemporary sensibility to an ancient art.

Uzume Taiko and South Asian Arts create lively expression fusing taiko and dhol drums with other percussion. They play dynamic rhythms and perform energetic choreography in an exuberant presentation of West Coast Canadian festival drumming.
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Son De Maple

Son De Maple is a Vancouver based band playing Mexican Son Jarocho and other Latin music idioms. The band was formed by Tom Landa (Locarno, BC World Music Collective, Paperboys) as a vehicle to play traditional songs from his native Mexico. He is joined by other seasoned musicians from Vancouver who share the same musical interest.


Lions Gate Sinfonia

Canadian Conductor Clyde Mitchell is Founder and Music Director of Lions Gate Sinfonia and Lions Gate Youth Orchestra in Vancouver, British Columbia. Clyde’s guest conducting appearances include all of Canada’s major orchestras, including the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, the Canadian Opera Company, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic, Edmonton and Vancouver Symphonies, etc.

Sinfonia Orchestra is the North Shore’s own professional orchestra. It was founded on the belief that music, like the other arts, contributes to the overall quality of life.

Jo Nelsen is a writer, singer and project coordinator for the singalong addition to Cherry Jam. She has performed one woman shows and was a featured author on CBC Radio Canada’s “Morning Edition”.

Coleen Christie

Coleen Christie

Emcee Bio

Coleen Christie’s award-winning career both on and off screen has included being an anchor in Vancouver, hosting for the CTV network, and working as a producer/creative director in television promotion & marketing.