SONIC GARDEN – MAIN STAGE
Blues Berries – 10:20 AM – 11:10 AM
Based out of Vancouver British Columbia, The Blues Berries perform throughout the Northwest spreading their love for the blues to the younger generation. Their unique approach takes children’s topics such as learning the alphabet and never talking to strangers, and blends them with bluesy beats to create educational songs that every child can get down and boogie to. The group’s first album “Funky Blue Diner” has even received a nomination for Children’s Album of the Year by the West Coast Music Awards.
Having grown up on the blues themselves, each member of The Blues Berries hopes to give children an appreciation for the blues, both its deep-rooted history and the rich, emotional sounds of the music itself. Drawing influence from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, and Stevie Ray Vaughan but leaving behind the traditional subject matters like drinkin’ and women, The Blues Berries have created a unique hybrid of Blues and Children’s tunes. Their music is fresh, smart and has both parents and children diggin’ every groove.
Big Easy Funk Ensemble – 12:15 – 12:55 PM
The Big Easy Funk Ensemble celebrates the amazing variety of music that has grown out of New Orleans. With influences from 60s funk legends The Meters and Dr. John to more recent groups like Galactic and Trombone Shorty. BEFE (pronounced ‘beefy’) is a 9 member band. It includes a 3–piece horn section comprised of Andrew Benton (Sax), Kevin Tang (Trombone) and Ryan Naso (Trumpet). The rhythm section includes Reece Worth on guitar, Eric Stephenson on bass, Tyler Gibson on keyboards/organ, Ryan Davis on drums, Jeffrey Kornblum on Percussion and last but not least the mesmerizing Chris Berry on Vocals. A Mardi Gras party in 2014 brought the band together for the first time and by the end of the show both the musicians and the audience knew that this group had to continue. 4 years and many shows later, BEFE has developed a large repertoire of songs covering a wide range of NOLA talent from The Meters, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Louis Armstrong to The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Pimps of Joytime and Dumpstafunk.
Harrison Lee is a 18 year old professional yoyo competitor. He is a familiar face around town and a popular performer at local festivals and charitable events. Often referred to as Vancouver’s “Yoyo Kid,” Harrison is no stranger to the media appearing frequently on TV, radio and newspaper. Harrison is a 2X Canadian National Freestyle Yoyo Champion, and will be representing Canada at the World Yoyo Contest in Shanghai in August 2018. In addition to his yoyoing talent, Harrison is also a popular speaker giving talks at schools, conferences, and public events.
Red Path – James Jones – 1:15 – 1:45 PM, 2:30 – 3:00 PM
James Jones is a traditional hoop dance artist who has performed and traveled across Europe, North America, China, Australia and is ranked among the top 5 hoop dancers in the world. Some of James notable performances include the 2006 World Ski Club Championships in Italy, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 2014 Juno Awards, 2015 Pan AM Games, the 2015 Coachella Music Festival, and the 2015 Sydney Opera House. James has worked with such artists as K-OS and Snoop Dogg.
Kutapira is a Vancouver based band made up of young men ages 22 to 30. The group formed many years ago out of the Brittania world music program where they studied different drumming styles from around the world under some of the best percussionists in the city. They studied West African Drumming with Fana Soro, Brazilian Samba with Pepe Danza, Afrocuban percussion with Jack Duncan and Myles Bigelow and Zimbabwean Marimba with Kurai Mubaiwa and Pasi Gunguo. The Marimba soon became the foundation for their sound and the other styles of global percussion that they were learning would quickly integrate into the fusion that is now known as Kutapira. In 2004 the group, still in its infancy, raised funds through performing to go on a cultural exchange to Cuba and study music and dance for two weeks. In 2007 they travelled to Scotland to take part in the Aberdeen International Youth festival where they were selected to perform a private show for the Queen of England. In 2010 they performed in schools all over Canada from Vancouver to Alberta to Bella Coola. Kutapira has been together for almost 15 years now and they just released their third album titled “All Aboard!” on October 8th 2016 at CBC.
ART ALLEY – PERFORMANCE HALL
(Located in the Richmond Cultural Centre)
Cosmo the Clown – Melissa Aston – 10:45 – 11:15 AM, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
This professionally trained clown adventurer brings 20 years experience to the stage, circus ring, and healthcare facilities in Canada and the U.S. Melissa’s entertainment company, Cosmo Circus, has been featured at major events and festivals across Canada and the U.S. Melissa studied clown at the Clown Conservatory in San Francisco, CA with Jeff Razz. She later toured with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus for a year on a circus train. Since 2012, Melissa has been honored to work in the Therapeutic Clown Program at BC Children’s Hospital as the hospital’s only clown DisOrderly. She is also a proud member of Vancouver’s only All-Women Clown Collective, The Assembly. Whether roving through the crowds at a festival, connecting one on one at BC Children’s Hospital, or whooping it up in her stage show, Cosmo’s Pop-Up Circus, Melissa brings a blend of foolishness, warmth, and levity to all her interactions.
Tickle Me Pickle – 11:30 – 12:15 PM, 2:15 – 3:00 PM
Matt Henry – 12:30 – 1:15 PM
Matt Henry’s serious skills, cutting-edge effects, and innovative wit have awed and amused audiences around the world. He’s a World Juggling Champion who’s rocked the stages of Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, New York, Paris and Las Vegas. His one-man-show, which ran for 8,000 performances at Walt Disney World in Orlando, is perfect for all ages. The original “trained human” and “master of the unnecessary” will have your audience on the edge of their seats and rolling in the aisles!