Contributors and Entertainers

Contributors and Entertainers

Abla Banji and the Strathcona Strutters
East Van band with a West Indian touch - get in the groove with these Strathcona locals!
Black Dot Roots and
Culture Collective
Black Dot Roots & Culture Collective is an organization of peoples of African descent committed to educating youth and adults, creating original art and celebrating our heritage at home and abroad by sharing our knowledge and stories. Our vision is to connect the dots of the community so we can all see the big picture of unity.
Buzy B and the Honeycomb Kids
Buzy B and the Honeycomb Kids are pieces of other puzzles that have come together to form a new picture. Former members of Murphy,Threat from Outer Space, Smaq-u-2 and DJ Buzy B were all once on the same bill. A combination of schooled Jazz musicians,15 years of gigging across Canada,in and around Vancouver gives the band a strong sense of musicianship.
CARNEGIE JAZZ BAND
Vancouver’s Strathcona/Downtown Eastside community is home to many a fine musicians, many of whom love to play in the Carnegie Jazz Band, a program of the community’s beloved Carnegie Community Centre. The band, comprised of enthusiastic Strathcona/Downtown Eastside involved amateur jazz musicians, is under the wonderful tutelage of multi-instrumentalist and composer Brad Muirhead. Fast becoming a community favourite, the Carnegie Jazz Band plays primarily jazz standards and original compositions by Mr. Muirhead and band members. Recent performances include the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2010), the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival (2010) with His Honour Lieutenant Governor Steven Point in attendance, Home Ground Festival, First United Church Summer in the Park Celebration; and a special appearance this past July, at the invitation of His Honour, at Government House in Victoria. The Band is looking forward to performing this Christmas with His Honour Steven Point on guitar at the Carnegie Christmas Volunteer Supper where they will play an original blues piece by His Honour. You can also catch the band at the upcoming 2011 Heart of the City Festival with special guest and local legend Dal Richards. The group meets weekly to practice. Beginner musicians and those who want extra lessons meet before the main playing session. New participants at any level are always welcome. Presently there are thirteen regular participants, some who have been with the group for over ten years.
Dovbush
The Dovbush dancers are a traditional Ukrainian dance group with a large repetoir of dances. Belonging to the Association of United Ukrainians of Canada, and based in Strathcona - this group continues to wow crowds, entertain their audiences, and win competitions all over the Lower Mainland.
Laura Crema
Laura Crema is a 3rd generation Strathcona resident. Her grandparents bought their first house on Prior Street in the 1920’s and remained in Strathcona until 1986 when they past away. Her father was born on Prior Street and went to Lord Strathcona School. She is thrilled to be a part of the 125 Years This is Strathcona Celebration!
Laura possesses a lush, unique instrument with great depth and resonance, her influences are broad and diverse as she blends jazz, bossa nova with popular music and improvisation. Named Vocal Jazz Recording of 2007 by Jazz Journalist James Hale (Downbeat, Coda) in the Village Voice Annual Jazz Poll Ballots.
Hardrock Miners
This popular rockabilly/hillbilly/country/folk band got their start busking on Robson Street in the late 80's. Their instrumentation includes acoustic and electric guitars, and washboard amongst others. Their musical stylings with this essentially electrified bluegrass lineup included 'Pistol Packin' Mama', the Brothers Johnson's 'Get The Funk Out of My Face', Nancy Sinatra's 'These Boots Were Made For Walkin' and speedy punked up versions of other country and western, funk, punk, and pop classics. They were a band with a sense of humour par excellence. At the time, a definite must see for those who enjoy a party atmosphere.
Heart and Sole
Heart & Sole is a group of enthusiastic tappers working together to create an adult community performance ensemble. The group has performed for the Burnaby Arts Council open house, Christmas fundraisers, West Coast Tap Dance Collective tap jams and at the PNE. Repertoire includes new pieces created especially for Heart & Sole as well as some old favourites like the BS Chorus.
Jazzberry Ram
Jazzberry Ram is an independent Canadian band which toured internationally between 1993 and 2003. They completed 14 Canadian and 4 US tours, playing alongside RUN DMC, Great Big Sea, Nazareth, Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason and many more well known acts. In addition to releasing 4 official albums, they made available several live recordings of their live shows. Their songs have appeared in films (Snakehead Terror) and TV shows (Higher Ground, Ratz) and the band made their acting debut on Chris Isaac's TV show The Chris Isaac Show as an uptight pop band called Sparrow. The band still performs in their home town of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Tall Brothers
The Tallbrothers are the award-winning reefer-jazz band based in Vancouver. They are Bill and Tom Small, brothers who grew up on a farm in a musical family in southwestern Ontario. Musicians since childhood, and after a mutual professional 8 year jazz experience in Montreal, Tom moved to Strathcona in 2002 to join Bill and the Tallbrothers were deployed to satisfy a promising music niche market spinning off of BC’s famous 7- billion dollar pot industry. Tom wasted no time writing up charts for three sets of 30’s and 40’s reefertunes gleaned from the archives of Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and many others. The band moniker derives from one of these songs entitled “Man With the Jive” (“Light up baby and get real tall!”). The music from their original CD is featured in award-winning documentaries and films, has garnered them 4 awards, their Christmas song receives annual airplay on commercial radio and they are  newly energized after  performing in Poland and Czech Republic in June of this year where they are regular features on national-sponsored radio airplay.
Seymour Taiko Drummers
Seymour Taiko Drummers are a youth  taiko group from Admiral Seymour Elementary School. They are the first organized school taiko group in the Lower Mainland. The group has performed at schools, the Chinatown Parade, Olympic Torch Relay, Richmond Maritime Festival, and other community events around Vancouver over the past five years.
The Seymour School Taiko program received start up funding through Strathcona Community Centre and are very happy to support festivals in their neighborhood.

AFTER-PARTY

Starting : 7:30pm at Pat's Pub
The party continues into the night, join us for drinks, food live music and prizes at The Hotel Patricia, corner of Hastings and Dunlevy.
Although currently known as Pat's Pub and Brewhouse, the pub was originally known as The Patricia Café. Established in 1914 The Patricia Café was one of Vancouver's jazz hotspots at the time hosting many of the genre’s influential musicians. Most notable is Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton who at the age of 28 made Vancouver his home during August 1919 thru to January 1921. During his time in Vancouver "Jelly Roll" Morton performed in the Patricia Café as well as roomed in the Patricia Hotel.
Note: sorry, this is a licensed pub - 19 and older only, please!
The Highballs
"The Highballs are lo-fi, light-hearted and lots of fun. That said, they also may have just partied their way into a an entirely new form of musical expression. My first stab at classification would go something like, "acoustic mariachi punk". The sextet have dreamt up not only a completely original style but the personas and pen names to go with it. You gotta smile along with any band that wears flowerpot fez's and has a drummer named Senor Discount. Montezuma's Revenge is a neat little disc recorded with little flourish and a lot of crazed energy.The tracks that blend surf and ska with the south 'o the border like 'Monkey' and 'Lavas Los Dientes' work best. Catch the LIVE experience if you can but don't be a sucker. These guys taunt for tequilas. I've seen it happen and it's not pretty." - Cal Koat
The Liquor Kings
Formed originally in 2010 as The $toolie$., they began playing around Vancouver near the end of 2010. Since then, they have slowly but surely forged ahead winning over fans one at a time with their unique 'In Yer Face' brand of guitar rock 'n' roll. Then, they began to develop this talent for drink~king, so it was only fitting to change their name in order to reflect this new talent. These booze-hungry liquor hounds are currently collaborating to publish their first album.
Since the beginning, they have made Princeton Pub their regular haunt, winning over the young and old alike. These guys truly believe in sticking to the 'old-school rock 'n' roll' while adding their own unique twist. Their legendary sound would be best described as west coast rock 'n' roll. "A talented five piece rock band featuring some heafty original tunes delivered in a none bullshit way," says the band themselves. They have played with such epic bands as; Texas Tombstone, East Vamps, Little Guitar Army, Gnash Rambler, Living Deadbeats, Suck Up To God, Gamelons, Amplitude, Social Outcast The Best Revenge, & East Van Playboys. For these furious five, the future is looking bright! So sit back, raise your beer glass, and all hail The Liquor Kings!