eKhaya
Jun
25
7:10 pm19:10

eKhaya

Coming together from different tribes, lands and weaving the sounds of many nations, Zimbabwean, Jamaican, Canadian into a musical tapestry, the songs of eKhaya have graced many stages and festivals, From Africa to America, including festivals such as Jerk-Fest, Afrofest, KW Multicultural Fest, Carrassauga and many more.. Each song tells a story, or wakes a memory and invigorates your ears. The sound of eKhaya defies an easy label. It is a merging of Caribbean sounds, Afro-beat, rhythm and blues, Rock i.e World music, it’s both old and new.

eKhaya is currently in the studio working on a collection of songs chronicling the path taken thus far called “Journey to Me”, which effectively is their debut album. It is scheduled for release in September 2017. With a warm and engaging presence and a charismatic music style, eKhaya invites you to get up and move to find your own rhythm, a band that will take you there…and bring you home

" I know good music, and tonight I am hearing good music" Nicky Dread Music DJ CFRU 93.3 Guelph radio

Link To Website: http://www.ekhayamusic.com/index.html

Music videos: https://www.facebook.com/ekhayamusic/videos/682961988396691/ https://www.facebook.com/ekhayamusic/videos/692346830791540/

Jun
25
6:40 pm18:40

Filipino Fiesta

The Filipino Sports League and Sari-Sari Filipino Cuisine invites you to come, watch, enjoy and explore a pre-Spanish dance from the Philippine Island.

Tonight we will introduce to you our most popular and best known of all the Philippine dances. This traditional Philippine culture folk dance which was originated during the Spanish colonial era, was called “TheTinikling” which was named after a bird called ”Tikling” a long-legged bird found in the Philippine forest. The dance involves two people beating, tapping, and sliding bamboo poles on the ground and against each other in coordination with one or more dancers who step over and in between the poles in a dance. The lady dancers are wearing the national native clothes called the Balintawak or Patadyong, while the men who worked in the plantations wears a uniform called barong tagalog, A native Filipino costume.

Jun
25
6:20 pm18:20

KW Taiwanese & The Gorgeous Black Cat Dance Group

The Gorgeous Black Cat Dance Group was formed in 2008 by members of the Toronto Chapter of North American Taiwanese Women’s Association.

The name “BLACK CAT” comes from a widely used slang in the Taiwanese language. In Taiwan, a gorgeous and attractive woman is often given the nick name “black cat” as a compliment for her beauty and charm.

The members of the dance group are all amateur dancers. They focus on learning Taiwanese folk dances, and promoting lifelong learning and exercise through dancing.

These ladies proudly and actively participate in cultural events like this to promote, share, and celebrate Taiwanese culture with the public."

Gerima & Friends
Jun
25
5:40 pm17:40

Gerima & Friends

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.

Jun
25
5:20 pm17:20

Generaciones Salvadorian Folklore

Generaciones began in September 2008 and during this time we performed voluntarily in schools, community centres, seniors homes, programs for people with disabilities, churches, and festivals.

We have a group of 10 children and 10 adults. The main idea of creating Generaciones was to show our children our culture and to share our culture with the broader Canadian community and we are proud of it.

Jun
25
4:40 pm16:40

Thrive Bellydance

Thrive Bellydance specializes in Egyptian style bellydance, and we hold classes for people of all shapes, ages and sizes! Our classes are run in Waterloo and Kitchener, and instructors and students have performed at various community events around KW.

Strathyre Highland Dancers
Jun
25
4:20 pm16:20

Strathyre Highland Dancers

The Strathyre Highland Dancers are a group of locally trained dancers from the Bartlett School of Highland Dance. They will showcase some of the traditional dances of Scotland for you. They are pleased to be welcomed back to this festival.

Ethiopian Dancers
Jun
25
4:00 pm16:00

Ethiopian Dancers

Ethiopia has a diverse mix of ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. It is a country with more than 80 different ethnic groups each with its own language, culture, custom and tradition. And today we have a group of performers to show you some of Ethiopians amazing, unique and one of the kind dances.

Jun
25
3:40 pm15:40

Nepalese-Canadian Association of Waterloo Region

The Nepalese-Canadian Association of Waterloo Region represents people from Nepal who live in Kitchener, Waterloo or Cambridge. The objective of this organization is to bring together Nepali in the Region of Waterloo through cultural, social and educational activities.

Jun
25
3:00 pm15:00

UW-African Student Association

The University of Waterloo's African Student Association. The club's mission is to empower, educate and entertain. They will be doing a dance and a musical performance.

Grand River Chinese School
Jun
25
2:40 pm14:40

Grand River Chinese School

Grand River Chinese School has been offering Chinese language and culture courses in the region for 10 years. Currently about 750 students enrolled. Students will perform Chinese folk dance and Chinese music.

Jun
25
2:20 pm14:20

Maria Wu Music Education Center

Maria Wu was a vocal music and piano professor in China. She gives concerts in Japan, china, Canada and Taiwan. Now, she is a piano, vocal and music theory teacher at The Royal Conservatory. She will be performing with her students.

Intensely Irish
Jun
25
2:00 pm14:00

Intensely Irish

Intensely Irish is co-directed by sisters Katie & Jen Psutka. We operate out of In.Motion School of the Performing Arts where we offer both recreational and competitive level Irish dance classes. We love to perform throughout the KW region and are always looking for new members to join our lesson program!

Multicultural Council of Community Development
Jun
25
1:40 pm13:40

Multicultural Council of Community Development

We are a non-profit voluntary association of individuals formed for promoting and practicing social, cultural and educational activities with strong multicultural perspective.

The Performers are school kids (Age 15-18) who bring the strengths of multiculturism by their performance.

Voces Del Sur Children's Choir
Jun
25
1:20 pm13:20

Voces Del Sur Children's Choir

Voces del Sur, Children's Choir, was funded in 1999 by Fanny Villarte-Croce and Tiuley Alguindigue, with the purpose of preserving the latino-american culture, starting with the language and music.

Since then it has been conducted by Fanny Villarte-Croce.

The children are from many different countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Jun
25
1:00 pm13:00

Kujawiacy Polish Song and Dance Ensemble

The Kujawiacy Polish Song & Dance Ensemble formed in May of 1992, is working hard in developing authentic and artistic Polish Cultural Entertainment.

Kujawiacy, meaning inhabitants of the Kujawy Region of Poland, was incorporated into Kitchener's multicultural entertainment scene by a small group of youthful, optimistic, Canadians of Polish descent who were eager to learn, cultivate, promote and preserve the folk traditions of their ancestors.

The ensemble is made up of 4 different age groups starting from age 4 and up.

Jun
25
12:40 pm12:40

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.

ARTA The Romanian Association
Jun
25
12:20 pm12:20

ARTA The Romanian Association

The Romanian ensemble ARTA was founded in 2008. Through their folk dances and performances, our dancers express and show everyone the beauty of the Romanian culture, music and dance and also teach younger generations to preserve Romanian traditions in Canada.

KW Women's Club
Jun
25
12:00 pm12:00

KW Women's Club

KW Women Club is a non-profit organization endeavouring in serving and advocating for the best interests of its members and the ethnic Chinese community in Waterloo region. Our club members loves various physical activities including dancing and singing.

Jun
25
11:30 am11:30

Starlight Steelband

Starlite Steel band was founded over 20 years ago in Kitchener and provides musical entertainment for almost all occasions. Starlite has performed at the K-W Multicultural festival many times.

Alysha Brilla & the Brilltones
Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

Alysha Brilla & the Brilltones

Twice Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter, producer and community organizer Alysha Brilla is a critically acclaimed Indian-Tanzanian Canadian artist who just released her third self produced album, “HUMAN”. Brilla's new music draws on the influences of her unique background. An ancestral journey to her father’s homeland in 2015 delivered inspiration for Brilla to write and produce the 10 new songs on “Human”; a lyrically timely record blending Indian & East African sounds with a contemporary aesthetic. The first single from this newest release, “No More Violence”, is currently charting in the top 3 of the CBC Top 20 Countdown. Born in Mississauga, Ontario to an Indo-Tanzanian immigrant father and a European-Canadian mother, Alysha Brilla grew up in a household with unique discourse around the arts and social politics. Brilla is an arts educator; frequently conducting music and social justice workshops in elementary schools across Canada and internationally. TEDx speaker and Oktoberfest Woman Of The Year Arts & Culture Award recipient, Brilla has been a mentor for YWCA’s “Rock Weekend”, helping marginalized female youth develop social skills through music. A multi-racial child of the Indian diaspora, Alysha’s art aims to unite people through the Canadian cultural kaleidoscope and bring light to social inequity issues in Canada and abroad. Her music and workshops feature strong themes of cultural diversity, gender equality and inclusivity.

Brilla has been producing music for over eight years; inspired by producers such as Mark Ronson, Stephen Marley and Linda Perry as well as the talented producers she has personally worked with (Boots, Ron Lopata, Brian West, Marcus Kane).

Brilla’s production journey began through a studio co-op in highschool and continued to flourish throughout her journey working with various talented producers in Canada and the U.S.

In addition to musical works, Brilla produced, directed and scored the soundtrack for the short film “Supporting Indigenous Students”. This documentary looks at how Post-Secondary Institutions in Ontario and Canada can better support the influx of First Nations students and accommodate the varying histories and experiences they may have. “Supporting Indigenous Students” is set to be released January 2017.

Included in Chatelaine Magazine’s “Women Of The Year” 2015, Brilla is a certified yoga teacher; learned in Rishikesh, India and her philosophies of well-being can be seen in both her art and activism. 2016/2017 sees a busy touring schedule, many workshops in schools and producing new meaningful musical works.

Ruben and Friends
Jun
24
5:25 pm17:25

Ruben and Friends

Ruben was born in Bangladesh, where he commenced taking classical singing lessons at the tender age of only four. Since then, he has been sharing his passion for music through performances across North America, making television appearances and releasing multiple albums. Ruben sings in a few different languages and plays several musical instruments. He will be joined on stage by some of his friends who share the same love for music.

KW Chin Youth
Jun
24
5:05 pm17:05

KW Chin Youth

We are from the Chin tribe in Myanmar which is located in the western part of Myanmar on the border with India.

The Chin community has been in Kitchener since 2003 and we established the KW Chin Community Committee in 2005.

Sombrero Azul, Danzas y Culturas 
Jun
24
4:45 pm16:45

Sombrero Azul, Danzas y Culturas 

Our group was created in 2010, and we participate throughout Ontario.

The hope of Sombrero Azul is to retain our heritage through representation of folkloric and modern latin dances from El Salvador and Latin America and we are proud to represent the Latin American Community in each of our performances.

KW Chinese School
Jun
24
4:25 pm16:25

KW Chinese School

The Central Ontario Chinese Cultural Centre (COCCC) is a non-profit organization that has been serving the local KW community for over 40 years in many capacities. We provide many functions such as promoting Chinese Culture, helping new immigrant to settle, fundraising, offering social activities such as ping pong or tai chi and running the KW Chinese school (KWCS).

The KW Chinese School and the COCCC work to offer the greater community cultural education such as language courses, folk and lion dance training and cultural interest courses such as brush painting and Chinese calligraphy. Both the COCCC and the KWCS work together to share the Chinese culture with the greater community. The goal of the organizations is to keep the richness of the Chinese culture alive in the community through exposure and access to various traditional Chinese dances, social events and cultural programming.

Afghan Associaton of Waterloo Region
Jun
24
4:05 pm16:05

Afghan Associaton of Waterloo Region

"AAWR Afghan Association of Waterloo Region (AAWR) is a cultural organization with a vision: • to dispel stereotypes and inform Canadians about the real face of Afghanistan, a complex and diverse nation with 5,000 years of history; • to establish connectivity and friendship between Afghans and Canadians of all backgrounds and traditions; • to support, represent and serve as a local arm for national and international organizations working for Afghanistan.

OUR VISION to help create a united and caring community.

Najda Now Dabkeh Group
Jun
24
3:45 pm15:45

Najda Now Dabkeh Group

Dabkeh is an Arabic traditional dance form that comes from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.

Najda Now Canada is a non profit organization that helps refugees in need to come and settle in Canada

University of Waterloo Indian Cultural Association
Jun
24
2:20 pm14:20

University of Waterloo Indian Cultural Association

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; the spicy and fiery girls; deep emotions of love and affection; and above all the thrill of upbeat and energetic music - this year's performance has it all!

Korean Language School
Jun
24
2:00 pm14:00

Korean Language School

The drum has been one of the most popular musical instruments in Korea since ancient times.

Korean Language School students will perform the drum dance with accompanied by traditional Korean music."