Montreal chanteuse Lhasa honoured in Vancouver premiere of Danse Lhasa Danse

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Danse Lhasa Dansers Roxanne Duchesne-Roy and Rocky Gagné. Credit: Jean-François Leblanc

Just over three years ago, Montreal lost one of its best husky-voiced torch singers: Lhasa de Sela. Known professionally as Lhasa, her music had a gypsy quality to it – loaded with Spanish, French and English lyrics paired with klezmer, Mexican folk and middle eastern rhythms.

After a 21-month long fight with breast cancer, 37-year old Lhasa’s gravelly, passionate voice stopped on January 1, 2010. Her sudden absence from Canada’s world music and folk circles was and is felt. During her too-short career Lhasa’s awards included a Juno, a Felix and a BBC World Music award.

Lhasa left behind her legions of fans and three albums – La Llorona, The Living Road and Lhasa.

On January 18, Vancouver Lhasa and dance fans alike will be treated to Danse Lhasa Danse courtesy of the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC and the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. A tribute to Lhasa’s music, Danse Lhasa Danse features seven dancers, four singers, and five instrumentalists together on one stage. The evening combines concert and dance performance, alongside poignant audio clips of Lhasa herself and is a powerful tribute for the world music dynamo.  Continue reading:
Montreal chanteuse Lhasa honoured in Vancouver premiere of Danse Lhasa Danse

Enchanted Evenings at Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden & Wild Rice Start July 6

Chinatown’s landmark Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a gorgeous venue for outdoor summer concerts: when you’re there—the starry lights twinkling, the music pouring over you—it feels like you’re a world away from the city. It’s magical.

Every summer, in July and August, the Chinese Garden hosts Enchanted Evenings on Friday nights, a series of outdoor world music concerts performed at the Garden’s exquisite outdoor and indoor spaces.

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Enchanted Evenings at Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden & Wild Rice Start July 6

A Psychedelic Take on Middle Eastern Music, May 31 at the Biltmore

Ready for one of the most bizarre, undefinable and sublime shows of the year?

Middle Eastern rocker Omar Souleyman is coming to Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret on Thursday, May 31.  Hailing from northeastern Syria, Souleyman performs wearing a traditional Arab headdress, oversized sunglasses and huge mustache.   And he brings down the house.

Souleyman’s music mixes Arab rhythms and lyrics with club beats and synthesized sounds.  He sings Middle Eastern songs in Kurdish and Arabic and enjoys a cult following for his high-energy, carnival-style shows.

Bjork loves him.  He’s recorded with the Gorillaz.  And – best of all – he’s most famous in his homeland of Syria as a wedding singer.   Continue reading:
A Psychedelic Take on Middle Eastern Music, May 31 at the Biltmore

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