K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Jace Martin & The Pace
Jun
26
6:10 pm18:10

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Jace Martin & The Pace

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Jace Martin was raised on Six Nations, Ontario and began singing professionally at the age of 13 at area music venues, festivals and on stage in Toronto, Ontario under mentorship from Canada’s Queen of Jazz and Grammy Nominee Salome Bey in a theatre production called, “Rainboworld” that launched the career of R&B Superstar Deborah Cox and many more including Jace Martin.

Martin, joined his brother band “The Wolfpack” singing for packed crowds all around southern ontario singing covers of the greats including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Wonder and Ritchie Valens and eventually won a Canada wide Talent show on APTN called “On Stage” out of 100’s of Artists.

While with The Wolfpack, Jace Martin won 3 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for “Best Blues Album” 2003, 2005 & “Best Group” 2004 while garnering the #13 “Best Blues Album” Release in 2005 according to The Toronto Blues Society, right behind BB King and ahead of Downchild Blues Band.

In 2008 Jace released his Self-Titled Debut Solo album recorded at Grant Ave Studios in Hamilton, Ontario former studio to U2 Super Producer Daniel Lanois and had his first single “What I Need” climb to #3 on The National Aboriginal Top 40 Countdown.

The album racked up 14 nominations at the CAMA, APCMA’s, Hamilton Music Awards, NAMMY’s for various categories including “Best Male Artist” “R&B Recording of The Year” and then took home the “Best Blues Album” at the NAI Image Awards in New Mexico.

Jace has performed & opened for Jonny Lang, Jeff Healey, The Fabulous Thunderbirds & was chosen to sing at Ritchie Valens Hall of Fame Induction, performing in front of the Valens family at Seneca Casino in USA was a moment that inspired Jace to new levels! Ritchie is one of Jace Martins All Time Favourite Artist!

Jace Martin is now Signed with The Darren Ross Agency based out of Six Nations, ON.

The Newest Single “Free to Fly” is currently being played on over 150 radio stations across the world not including online radio & satellite & hit #1 on The NCI FM Top 40. Jace also has a few songs featured on the 2015 HIT TV Show Mohawk Girls airing on OMNI1, has been named the #1 Artist in Canada on the R&B Charts on Reverbnation.com & will be featured in the spring 2015 Issue of the Vocalist Magazine!

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Gerima and Friends
Jun
26
5:30 pm17:30

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Gerima and Friends

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Gerima Harvey lives in a world where love reigns and where he hopes there is always an abundance of music lovers to collaborate with. He hears the beat of yonder drummers and possesses a unique gift of being able to gel with any art form and artist.

He has been channelling musical prowess since infancy. From plates, tin-cans and plastic containers, he now expresses his ideas and emotions through a variety of drums, other percussion instruments and vocals.

A dynamic soloist and a member of many musical relationships like Organic Groove Drummers, J Collective, Oshungo Drum & Dance, Alysha Brilla, Sammy Duke, and Baro Dununba, he’s accompanied and played with multiple artists and bands including Ekhaya, Errol Blackwood, Donné Roberts, Amadou Kienou, Gotta Lago, Alex Boye and Messenjah. From studio to stage, Gerima brings his musical genius and inspiration to everywhere that needs his magic.

His first CD, hosted by Saikou Saho of African Drums and Art Crafts, was launched in June 2015 thanks to Toronto’s Remax Lounge, Burning Spear guitarist Gillie Genesis, from Jamaica reggae artist Ossie Douglas, folk jazz artist Ben Roscoe, and West African & Diasporic Rhythms drumming group Baro Dununba. Gerima added a hot chili pepper solo to round out the show.

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Thrive Bellydance
Jun
26
2:45 pm14:45

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Thrive Bellydance

Thrive Bellydance pride themselves in excellent Egyptian Bellydance training for all ages, shapes and sizes. Classes are held in a beautiful and clean studio, and are fun and accepting, with attention to proper technique to provide a strong foundation for ambitious students who want to challenge themselves, and for those who want to dance for pure recreation.

www.thrivebellydance.com

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K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Grand River Chinese School
Jun
26
12:00 pm12:00

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Grand River Chinese School

Grand River Chinese School is a non-profit Chinese school serving greater Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) region. Beginning September 2009, most Chinese language courses have been converted to the international language courses managed and funded by the school board (WCDSB).

Grand River Chinese School offers a series of Chinese language courses for school age children, including CFL (Chinese as a Foreign Language) course for students from non-Chinese family backgrounds, 3-year-old Chinese language course, elementary Chinese language courses (JK through Grade 8), secondary Chinese language credit courses (Grades 9 though 12, including a beginnner level credit course).

In addition to Chinese language programs, the school also provide a series of extracurricular interest classes, including
● Fine Arts for Kids ● Watercolor & Acrylic painting ● Sketching ● Chinese painting
● Chinese Folk Dance ● Erhu (a.k.a. Chinese violin) ● Keyboard
● Music and Movement for kids ● Choir and Performing Arts for kids ● Vocal
● Quick Chinese literacy ● English Writing (elementary, secondary, and advanced levels) ● LEGO building
● Abacus and mental arithmetic ● Fun Math ● Olympic Math (in 5 levels) ● Programming
● “Go” ● Chess ● Chinese Kungfu sword routine

Chinese Camps in March Break and summer are another set of feature programs that attracted many students. The camps include courses of Chinese, Math for Fun, Fine Arts, Chinese History, Chinese Geography and Tradition, Craft, and Stories in Chinese, Chinese cooking for kids, etc. The camp also include a rich series of recreational activities such as Chinese Cartoons, games and sports. Students learn while they play.

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Starlite Steelband
Jun
26
11:30 am11:30

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Starlite Steelband

Starlite Steelband is from Kitchener, comprised of father, son, a daughter, freelance steel-pan players and freelance bass players. The group plays Calypso, Reggae, Gospel, Classical and other styles of music. Starlite has been performing for about twenty years at weddings, picnics, parties, churches, casinos and other events that require live music.

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Santerias Band
Jun
25
6:55 pm18:55

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Santerias Band

Toronto Urban Latin ensemble fires up Flamenco Fusion!
New release “¡Oye Mira!” will have audiences speaking in tongues.

This Toronto trio, along with guest musicians, brings the influences of their diverse backgrounds to the forefront of their sound in a way that has them often compared to Spain’s Ojos de Brujo. Some songs bring in Flamenco and Latin rhythms while some embrace a Brazilian Tropicália sensibility. With a hot new line up for 2016, band members include: Juan Dino Toledo on guitar and vocals; Oriana Barbato on bass and vocals; Ana Lía Arias Garrido on lead vocals;and Randolf Jimenez on drums.

Santerias’ newest release “¡Oye Mira!” (Hey Check this out!) has been well received by the media. This is one of their most experimental CDs to date, where funk, salsa, andean music and hip hop are all glued together by the music that only Santerias is capable of creating. Santerias is set to expand the success resulting from the debut album ‘Bosketches’, ‘Demonios’, a 2010 live CD Limited Edition, dozens of concerts at major Ontario and Quebec festivals and widespread acclaim from media like CBC Radio, Radio Canada, Toronto Sun and Telelatino. They have also created videos with TMN (The Movie Network) and Bravo.

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K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Sri Abiramy Dance Academy
Jun
25
5:15 pm17:15

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Sri Abiramy Dance Academy

Sri Abiramy Dance Academy, is created to preserve and spread South Indian Arts and Culture. The main goal is to preserve and nurture South Indian classical Dance among fellow Canadians and to help build a cultural mosaic in the province of Ontario.

The organization was formed by Selvi Sureswaran in 1995. Mrs. Selvi Sureswaran is the Managing Director of the organization. She has a degree in Bachelor of Arts at the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka. She is a fully trained professional teacher in Sri Lanka before migrating to Canada.

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K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: University of Waterloo Indian Connection
Jun
25
2:35 pm14:35

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: University of Waterloo Indian Connection

University of Waterloo's Indian Connection is a group of tight-knit students dedicated to bringing the spirit and culture of India to Waterloo through various events for the entire school.

They host club nights and semi formals once a term for some good stress-relieving fun to Bollywood beats and perform at their annual coffeehouse, Cultural Caravan and the KW Multicultural Festival.

They hold mixers and networking opportunities to facilitate interaction within the community. They also provide mentorship opportunities designed to help students succeed at univeristy, get to know their community and feel more at home and at ease every day.

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K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Kossuth Folkdancers
Jun
25
2:15 pm14:15

K-W Multicultural Festival Mainstage Performer: Kossuth Folkdancers

Due to Circumstances beyond their control, the Kossuth Folkdancers are unable to attend today. Our thoughts are with them.


The Kossuth Folkdancers were established in 1965 and celebrated their 45th anniversary in 2010. The year was filled with many performances and fundraisers and was topped off with a lively and energy filled concert at the University of Waterloo - Humanities Theatre in November. The group now starts to plan for the next 45 years.

We will also continue to provide many regular performances at multicultural events, Hungarian celebrations, and commemorations thoughout the year.