Chris Murdoch Chris has been studying the performing arts for nearly fifteen years, and has toured across Australia and Canada. Chris’ performance is at times mystifying, powerful and inspiring. He weaves a spell of enchantment with a crystal ball contact juggling act, Polynesian fire dancing, and rhythm instruments from around the world.

Kokoro dance Formed in 1986 by Barbara Bourget and Jay Hirabayashi, Kokoro Dance is a Vancouver-based post-butoh company that fuses the aesthetics of East and West in programs of dance that have earned critical acclaim across Canada and around the world. Kokoro Dance has produced over 1,000 performances and is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration and culturally diverse exploration.  Taking its name from the Japanese word kokoro – meaning heartsoul and spirit, Kokoro Dance creates deeply evocative and provocative performances. Inspired by the Japanese modern dance form known as butoh, Kokoro Dance fuses the aesthetics of East and West. The company has performed across Canada, in the United States, and in Europe.

Zhambai Trio Vancouver’s Zhambai Trio plays traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music. Trance to the vibes of the ancient mbira (thumb piano) as they are electrified and amplified alongside the Zimbabwean marimbas played by Kurai Mubaiwa and Curtis Andrews. The icing on the groovy cake is the hosho (maracas), played by Navaro Franco.

First Ladyz Crew First Ladies Crew (FLC) was formed in 2007. There are 13 members with various backgrounds in Visual Arts, Dance, Graphic Design, Graffiti, Singing, and Rapping. Many are multi-talented. These young women come from different parts of BC and come together in order to support one another in a positive fashion instead of competing for shine in a highly competitive industry. By sharing resources, stages, and connections they are all stronger for the bonds created through this crew. FLC represents members such as JB the 1st Lady, Rapsure Risin (Numinous and Apt Exact), Christie Lee, Dani & Lizzy (previously known as Genetics), Inez, Girl23, and many more! Whether it’s one member or 10, their show is always full of energy and talent. With many opportunities ahead of them, this crew will be one to watch out for!

GreenTaRA As a soloist or front woman for her live band, this Vancouver-born Canadian of African-American/Cherokee and Scottish descent delivers sassy, jazz-laced lyrics over funk and reggae riffs as diverse as her heritage. Described as “a soulful vixen who will blow your ears out with her voice” (The Late Greats) and “equal parts Ursula Rucker, N’Dea Davenport and Bahamadia” (NOW Magazine), this award-winning artist serves a delectable menu of the soulful music and spicy lyrics for which she has quickly become known. With an “edgy multicultural perspective” (AnE-Vibe) she brings a refreshing taste of reality to modern soul music. GreenTaRA has performed at the United Nations and NYC’s hottest spots, Fete de la Musique in Berlin, the Western Canadian Music Awards, Canadian Music Week (CMW), Baltimore Music Festival, Frostbite Music Festival and the Vans Warped Tour among many more Canadian and international events. She was named “Best of the Fest” in music at the 2007 Austin Woman’s Film, Music & Literary Festival and listed among the top 12 buzz bands at the 2008 CMW. She has shared the bill with Spearhead’s Michael Franti, K-os, Jully Black, K’naan, Kelis, Bahamadia, Ursula Rucker and Big Sugar among others, and has warmed crowds for acts ranging from the legendary De La Soul to Little Richard.