Party in the Square – Celebrating Canada’s Diversity
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 4 for Party in the Square – Celebrating Canada’s Diversity in downtown Port Coquitlam.
Drop by Leigh Square Sept. 4 from 2 to 6 pm for a celebration of Canada’s diverse cultures, featuring live performances, children’s activities, displays, food and beverages.
- Live cultural music and dance performances by:
- Indigenous hoop dancer Alex Wells – 2 pm
- Persian music and dance – 2:30 pm
- AC/DC tribute band Bonnie Scott – 3:15 pm
- Pop/R&B duo KokoSoul – 4:15 pm
- Afro-Cuban dance grooves with the Fito Garcia Band – 5:15 pm
- Family arts activities in the sculpture yard led by J Peachy and Red Fox Healthy Living Society
- Site-wide beverage garden hosted by the Kinsmen Club
- Food court with on-site food trucks
- Displays including the City Info Tent
Alex Wells is from the Lil’wat Nation, Mount Currie, B.C. Canada. First Nations Dance and Cultural traditions has been his family’s way of life and he was brought up through the cultural ceremonies. Traveling across North America since childhood competing in First Nation’s dance competitions has brought Alex into making it a professional business and a way of life. Giving him the natural ability to teach the cultural dances step by step to all ages. Being part of major roles and world indigenous cultural events.
The tantalizing combination of Karina Morin and Karlo Martin come together to form KOKOSOUL, the City of Vancouver’s most accomplished duo. Consummately talented, they have the rare ability to captivate and enthrall the most discerning of audiences.
They perform a huge variety of music, all of the favourite classics from across the genres. The group performs with passion and soul, in their own inimitable style. Pop songs are performed with a blues/jazz vibe. Rock songs with a velvety smooth, reggae feel. Captivating stories and music that everyone can relate to. Karina’s powerful vocals and Karl’s rhythmic talent, bring together a surprisingly unique chemistry of melodic, soulful grooves with a touch of jazz and class.
Fito Garcia Band
Fito Garcia began his career as a musician at age 14 recording two albums in Nicaragua and Holland with a band from his native Guatemala. He toured across Canada and Europe before age 16. Since his arrival to Canada in 1985, Fito has been a part of local bands and has been the musical director, arranger and bass player for the Marlin Ramazzini band for the last 12 years. Fito’s musical accomplishments include the Juno Award for his participation in “El Camino Real” by Ancient Cultures. He has been nominated twice for the West Coast Music Awards for best World Music Album with “Quiero ser Yo” by Marlin Ramazzini and “Timba con Sandunga” by Shango Ashe. Fito Garcia performs songs from his debut album “Mi Bajo Rumbero” (My rumba bass), nominated for a West Coast Music Award; it is an experimental work of Afro-Cuban rhythms performed on four basses, Cuban percussion and singers. This recording makes use of the bass in a surprising manner in which it plays the role of melodic and harmonic instrument; the end result is innovative, interesting and daring.
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution!
Bonnie Scott brings the raw energy and excitement of AC/DC to this Canada Day celebration! This electrifying quintet from Vancouver breathes new life into the classics, and puts a fun and irreverent spin on the deep cuts. Connie Chaos and Naomi Nash command the stage, channeling Bon Scott and Angus Young in a way you’ve never seen before! Backed by Steve Ricardo, Kyle Hagen and Andrew Bak – this band takes you on a wild ride through the heyday of one of rock’s biggest bands. Get on board the Rock and Roll Train – you never know what’s coming next!
Thank you to our 2021 sponsor!
Party in the Square – Celebrating Canada’s Diversity is funded in part by the Government of Canada through its Celebrate Canada program.