Sri Abiramy Dance Academy was formed by Selvi Sureswaran in 1995. 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. Selvi is very passionate about Bharatanatyam and takes classes in Waterloo, Mississauga and Scarborough.
The Polish Song and Dance Ensemble Kujawiacy are dedicated to promoting our ancestral heritage through the performance of traditional songs and folk dances. We have been around for 25 years and are still going strong! The group consists of 4 subgroups:
- Group I - SK to Grade 1
- Group II - Grade 2 to Grade 5
- Group III - Grade 6 to Grade 8
- Senior - Grade 9 and Up
Our dancers start at age 4 and Up but we welcome anyone who is interested!
In 1999, 2008 and 2014 Senior group travelled to Poland and took a part of World Polish Folk Festival in Rzeszow, presenting our dances and meeting groups from all over the world. In 2005 Group II and III took a part of International Folk Festival in Zielona Gora. In 2011 and 2012 Kujawiacy travelled to Chicago IL and took a part in Festival "Na Goralska Nute" and in many cities accross Kanada
We love to share our culture with others, and are always willing to perform at various events such as weddings, anniversaries, and private parties.
For more information please contact Artistic Director, Grazyna Kacprzak at 519 574 4725 or visit our website www.kujawiacy.com
Intensely Irish, run by sisters Katie and Jen, is a group of Irish dancers from In.Motion School of the Performing Arts in Kitchener. We offer both recreational and competitive Irish dance lessons for children and youth of all ages and abilities, as well as a summer session which includes classes for adults. Come talk to us if you have a dancer interested in lessons and we hope you enjoy the show!
University of Waterloo Indian Cultural Association is not new on this stage.
They have time and again set the stage on fire with their fantastic performances, raising their own bar of excellence year after year. This time, they’re back and ready to amaze with their depiction of the numerous nuances Indian Culture has to offer. From performances filled with energy and freedom of youth; deep emotions of love and affection; and above all the thrill of upbeat and energetic music - this year's performance has it all!
Let's give it up for UWICA!
We are a group of enthusiastic Bulgarians, who love our traditional folk dances. We are passionate about keeping our cultural spirit alive and practicing our folk dances are making our community stronger and united.
Our group exist since March 2016 and we were first-time-performers on the 50th KW Multivcultural festival in 2017.
Infinite Harmonix is a group of three young ladies that perform out of their enjoyment and passion for music.
They've been performing in the KW Multicultural Festival for the last 3 years making this the fourth. They've been experimenting with English and traditional Bengali music in order to include both types of culture that have impacted their lives.
Their mission is to establish the strengths of multiculturism in the social, economic, cultural and political life of Canada.
Alysha Brilla is a 2018 Juno Award Nominated artist, music producer and songwriter. Her music, blogs and spirituality are inspired by growing up with parents from two different cultural and religious backgrounds; an Indo-Tanzanian father and Euro-Canadian mother. Her fourth, self-produced album "Rooted" culminates the spiritual & philosophical musings with upbeat folk/jazz/world sounds.
Brilla has performed internationally including across Canada, Australia, Singapore, Tanzania, Chile and more. In addition to live performances of music, Brilla conducts arts education workshops in schools; promoting diversity in music and mentoring in self-expression through the arts.
Alysha Brilla is currently booking festival/theatre shows for 2017/2018 as well as accepting interest in producing music for other artists and school projects.
Make sure you follow Alysha on twitter, FB & instagram @alyshabrilla
2018 Juno Award Nomination |Adult Contemporary| "Rooted"
2018 Independent Music Award Nomination |Music Producer| "Rooted"
2016 Waterloo Record Best Of |Favourite Local Artist|
2015 International Songwriting Competition|Lyrics| "Immigrant"
2015 Juno Award Nomination |Adult Contemporary| "Womyn"
2014 Juno Award Nomination |Adult Contemporary| "In My Head"
2014 CBC Music Awards |Rising Star Shortlist
Originally a family members band Starlite Steelband was founded in 1995, and excelled in Soca, Calypso and Reggae.
To sustain our growth, changes were made and the band now boasts trained, experienced members adding gospel and contemporary renderings to our repertoire.
Based in Kitchener, we provide entertainment in South- Western Ontario for the following occasions:
Weddings; Birthday Parties, anniversaries and all occasion that requires musical entertainment.
The Strathyre Highland Dancers perform classic Scottish dances and modern variations. The Strathyre Highland Dancers perform at private functions as well as community events throughout Waterloo Region. All of the dancers are trained through the Bartlett School of Highland Dance in Waterloo.
Ensemble Topaz is a multicultural group dedicated to performing music and dance of Central and South Asia. They have performed all over the GTA, appearing at the Canadian National Exhibition International Stage, Ontario Heritage Festival at Ontario Place and the Toronto International Dance Festival at Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Centre for the Arts.
Affiliated With The Organization Of Polish Highlanders In Canada, Zespol Goralski Harnasie has been working to preserve their cultural heritage outside of their native land.
Inspired by their traditions they continue to show their passion and love for their culture through their song and dance. The group is lead by Dorthy Myrda and Sylwester Nowak.
Maria Wu was a famous singer in China and Japan. She has held many recitals in Japan, China, and Canada, and was a musical teacher in university in China.
Now she teaches music education - mainly in teaching vocal , piano and musical theory. Every year, her students take the RCM exam, KW kiwanis competition and perform in Chinese New Year concerts and at the KW Multicultural Festival.
Jessie T is a triple threat: singer, songwriter and guitarist whose talent is undeniable. Teamed with award-winning Canadian producer J.Richard Hutt, her debut FACTOR funded album ‘Reckless Heart’ was released September 2016. Jessie has won many vocal/songwriting awards, most notably 1st in the KICX 106.7FM songwriting competition in 2012. Playing over 200 gigs annually, she’s graced stages with artist such as Western Swing Authority & John Landry. She was also asked to perform Kitchener’s Canada Day festival in 2017 alongside River Town Saints & James Barker Band.
Captivating vocals, rhythmic guitar, unique songwriting and a relentless work ethic; Jessie T is an artist you will certain want to keep an eye out for!
Percussionist Gerima Harvey has been channelling musical prowess since infancy. A dynamic soloist and a member of many musical relationships, this magical musical genius inspires everyone, everywhere. Together with some of his friends, he’s here to bless you with his drumming.
Our organization wants to express, promote and encourage interest of El Salvador with our customs/traditions in Canada. The hope of SOMBRERO AZUL, Danzas y Culturas is retain our heritage through the representacion of Folkloric and moderm Latin dances from El Salvador.
Limelight Dance Crew was created in 2015 consisting of a group of talented dancers from the KW region. They are a student-run non-profit dance club. They perform at various events, hold weekly dance tutorials to the public, and post dance covers on YouTube. Find Limelight Dance Crew on Facebook and YouTube to learn more!
John Orpheus is a Trini Troubadour and Pan-African poet whose musical journey has taken him from the Trinidad bush, to blues and folk festivals across Canada, to some of the biggest rock and roll stages in the world. Born and raised in the town of New Grant, South-Central Trinidad, J.O. grew up singing in Pentecostal and Shango Baptist churches. After attending the famed Presentation College in the same year as legendary soca singer Machel Montano, he immigrated to Canada where he soon became fully immersed in the music life.
His current musical iteration with his musical soulmate, DJ/drummer Sarah Jane Riegler, combines hip-hop swagger, afrobeats energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks, African rhythms and Caribbean twang. The duo are known for rabble-rousing live shows, filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. As J.O. likes to declare: “AH SO WE DO IT!”
In 2017, the crew dropped three mixtapes in seven months, each built on the themes of pan-Africanism, intersectional feminism and a fashion forward aesthetic: the downtempo manifesto Goldchain Hennessey, the Carnival fete-infused Bacchanal and the Canada/Nigeria/Ghana collaboration Black Star Rising. Each mixtape was launched with a successful video and single featuring collaborations with Toronto’s freshest dancers and videographers: “Leanin", “Jiggy AF” and “Wey Ya Call Dat Ting?” (respectively).
As 2018 dawns, the duo is prepping the release of their fourth mixtape, the epically titled GOATLIFE, and a range of tour appearances across North America, Europe and Africa. The pair aspires to conquer the world with their internationalist ideas of fun, freedom and positive energy.