Musical & Cultural Performances

The AFC Festival features an eclectic range of musical and cultural performances that beautifully compliments the nature theme including First Nations songs, spoken words and performances, African drumming, Japanese Shakuhachi flute and others.

Check the daily program schedule for days/times. Festival hours:  10:00am to 9:00pm

John Gilliat | Musical Guest | Thursday, September 10 at 11:30am - 2:00pm &  Saturday, September 26 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Canadian-born guitarist captures audiences with his acoustic flamenco rhythms. He is a past winner of Vancouver's Unplugged Competition and Montreal Jazz Festival's Grand Prize at the BOSS Loop Station. His music is inspired by the incredible sounds of Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Nino Josele and many others. More about John.

Calvin Dyck & Betty Sunderman | Musical Guest for Gala | Thursday, September 10 | Purchase Tickets

Calvin is a consertmaster violinist for the Vancouver Island Symphony in Nanaimo and Betty, a pianist noted for her sensitive musicianship has concertized throughout Canada, the Pacific Northwest, Europe and Africa. Together they perform a variety of beloved classical pieces like the traditional Mozart and Brahms to the modern works of Copland and Gershwin. This duet creates an ambiance for their audience taking them on a journey through time and space. Don't miss out. More about Calvin & Betty.

Andrew Kim | Musical Guest for Music & Art Event | Friday, September 11 | Purchase Tickets

Andrew is a multi-award wining musician with 30 years of experience studing music from around the world. His music includes traditional Indian sitar, Indian styled violin, solo instrumental guitar compositions as well as various Indian, African and Japanese collaboratve projects.More about Andrew.

Edgar Muenala | Musical Guest for Music & Art Event | Friday, September 11 | Purchase Tickets

Edagr is a unique artists amnog his own generation, a composer, songwriter and a pan flute extraordinaire who combines ancient tunes with new age sensibility. Edgar relates to music much in the way of an ongoing journey. He is an independent artist based in British Columbia and has traveled across the world for the past 21 years sharing his music with all types of crowds. More about Edgar.

Post-Modern Camerata | Musical Guests for Music & Art Event | Friday, September 11 | Purchase Tickets

The Post-Modern Camerata, under the direction of Dr. Greg Caisley, is a group of professional musicians from Vancouver, British Columbia, who are dedicated to performing cantate and chamber music by J. S. Bach and other composers. More about Post-modern Camerata.

Russell Shumsky | African Drumming | Saturday, September 12 at 11:00am - 12:30pm | Participatory Drumming Workshops |Sat & Sun, September 19 & 20 at 12:00pm - 4:00 pm

Russell is a percussionist who plays marimba, djembe, dununs, bodhran and congas and has over 25 years of professional playing and teaching experience. He has traveled to West Africa to study with master drummers. His workshops are vibrant and invigorating, join Russell during the festival to make music and celebrate artistic creatitivity. More about Russell.

Eagle Song Dancers | Cultural Performance | Saturday, September 12 at 12:30pm

Spakwus Slolem, (Eagle Song Dancers) are members of the Squamish Nation. Georgraphically located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Their traditional territory being the Howe Sound, Vancouver to Whistler area. Spakwus Slolem are pleased and honoured to present songs and dances of yesterday, as well as today. More about Spakwus Slolem.

AVIA Trio | Musical Guests | Saturday, September 12 at 1:00pm

AVIA Trio is a group composed of three musicians with Asian ancestry who incorporate a variety of Asian instruments such as shakuhachi, shamisen, zheng and sitar and draw inspiration from many styles of contemporary, improvisation, ambient and non-western traditions of playing. They are currently a three-piece, consisting of shakuhachi/shamisen/vocalist Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos, zheng improvisor virtuoso Vi-An Diep, and sitar-guitarist Andrew Kim. AVIA play a kind of music characterized by spontaneous free-improvisation, extended open-ended bridges, and the use of unconventional playing techniques.

William Nahanee | Cultural Performance | Saturday, September 19 at 11:00AM 

Kwel-a-anexw is a member of the Squamish Nation and founder of the Sna7em Traditional Dancers. He has been actively involved with culture for his whole lifetime. Mt. Nahanee is well known in the Aboriginal and general public, as a strong promoter of cultural harmony through sharing drumming, singing, dancing and artwork and feasting in traditional and multicultural venues. William has been part of the AFC Festival for the past five years and we're delighted to William back again to perform with song, spoken words and dance during special events, festival and as part of our Youth education program.

Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos | Musical Guest | Shakuhachi Japanese Bamboo Flute | Sunday, September 20 & Sunday, September 27 at 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Alcvin Ryuzen Ramos lives a life guided by shakuhachi, Japan's most well-known vertical bamboo flute. With over 20 years of music experience in shakuhachi and meditation practice, he is dedicated to the ultimate goal of understanding life through the practice of music and sound. Also an avid player of Tsugaru shamisen (Japanese spiked lute), Alcvin evokes the spirit of the Samurai, Shinobi, Zen Monks and the Japanese countryside while showing it's use in modern musical contexts. Alcvin's mandate is to educate the public about Japanese musical and spiritual arts to share its beauty for the enrichment of the entire community. He will be joining s on various days during the festival. More about Alcvin.