August 1: BC World Music Collective


Monday, August 1 at the Farm

BC World Music Collective – world – 7 pm doors – 7:30 show


If there were a World Music supergroup in BC, this would be it. The BC World Music Collective brings together musicians from Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Zimbabwe and England, who now make their home in this beautiful province. The collective is comprised of Adonis Puentes, Celso Machado, Tonye Aganaba, Kurai Blessing, Locarno and First Nations (Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux Territories) rapper Ostwelve.

BC World Music Collective Poster


This project began in the summer of 2015, when the artists were asked to come together to perform at the Vancouver Island Music Festival. After an intense week of rehearsals, they made their first group appearance on the festival main stage. After their set, they were all elated and decided one performance just wouldn’t be enough. A few weeks later, they formed the province’s most exciting World Music band. The summer of 2016 marks the band’s first tour, with more in the works for spring of 2017 and beyond. This is truly an exciting band of impressive talent. Their performance is very much a collaboration that sees all the musicians playing and backing each other as they sing their own songs and tell the stories of where they are from, and how they came to BC. They take listeners on a worldwide journey without leaving the province.

“The BC World Music Collective was one of those special projects at our Festival that worked from the git-go. Quite a wonderful celebration of the multiculturalism that makes up our fair Province. Beyond all that, it was just good, high energy fun as well!”  —Doug Cox, Vancouver Island MusicFest



The Island Resonance, opening for the BC World Music Collective

The Island Resonance is a community choir in the truest sense. Anyone is welcome to join, which brings a spectrum of voices ranging from those who are experienced singers and performers to those who had never sang with anyone and had to overcome fear and shyness to even set foot through the door.

Lead by performer/teacher Melisa Devost, this dedicated group of singers comes together weekly throughout the winter to sing about joy, death, the universe and everything in between, tackling unique arrangements of contemporary and traditional songs.