Los Lobos, Hawksley Workman, Delhi 2 Dublin and other multicultural performers will hit the stage at this year's Fusion Festival, at Holland Park.
The list of bands involved in the 2012 edition of the festival, set for July 21-22, was made public Tuesday (June 5) by the City of Surrey, a producer of the big event.
More than 100 acts will be featured this time around, including Shooglenifty, Walk Off the Earth, Indanation, Bocephus King, Good for Grapes and Marlin Ramazzini.
Workman will close the Saturday night of the festival, while Los Lobos will hit the stage last on Sunday evening.
Los Lobos is best known for its charttopping cover of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" in the mid-1980s, but the Los Angeles-based band's roots run deep with much more substantial songs. In 2010, the group released Tin Can Trust, their first album of new material in four years.
The Juno award-winning Workman has become a staple of Canadian radio over the past decade, with a diverse collection of hits such as "Striptease" and "Your Beauty Must be Rubbing Off on Me."
Elsewhere at Fusion Festival, local band Delhi 2 Dublin has toured the world with its clever fusion of Indian and Irish sounds.
A Scottish vibe will be brought by Shooglenifty, a six-piece band that mixes in electronica and alt-rock sounds - sure to be an audience favourite.
Each year, Fusion Festival brings together international and local artists to celebrate Surrey's diversity during two full days of music, dance and food.
More than 35 international pavilions and exhibitors are part of the annual event, now in its fifth year.
An estimated 90,000 people attended the festival last year, with many in attendance thanks to free admission.
A twist for 2012 is that closing ceremonies of the BC Summer Games will be incorporated into Sunday events at Fusion Festival, on July 22. As well, hosts of the cultural pavilions at the festival are being encouraged to showcase sports of nations represented.
Festival details are posted online at www. surrey.ca/fusionfestival.
'OWL' PROWL FOR LOCAL BANDS
The Electric Owl in Vancouver stages a couple fine bands with local roots Saturday night (June 9): Rykka and Star Captains, at 928 Main St., 8: 30 p.m. start time.
The latter is a seven-piece, high-energy soul/rock band led by White Rock-raised guitarist Jim Black (see www.starcaptains. com for cool video, audio and more).
Rykka is the stage name of Surrey's Christina Maria, who has been living in Switzerland for the past two months.
"I had a little spring tour over there and solidified a support slot for a well-known Swiss band, The Lovebugs, for a tour in October," she reports. "I just got back from a show in Toronto at the Rivoli - it was a lot of fun. Now I'm planning for the new album release and talking to some labels, just exploring my options before we go crazy with it. I'm also doing a music video coming up and some photo shoots with all of my super talented and lovely friends here in Vancouver/Surrey." Rehearsals for the show at the Electric Owl started last week. "I'm really excited," Rykka said. "Ryan Guldemond (of Mother Mother) will be playing lead guitar, and he always brings his craziness to the table. He produced the new album and I'm really, really happy to have had the chance to work with him. We fight for our ideas and that's why it worked."
SHORE'S 'BEST OF BC'
After a two-year run with its Song Search contest, the revamped Shore 104 radio station is back with the launch of The Best of BC, a monthly contest open to emerging artists in the province.
The promo is designed to support the growth and development of songwriters by providing them with an on-air and online vehicle to share their best song with fans and Shore 104 listeners. Monthly, a panel of judges will announce a new Best of BC winner and award a cash prize of $10,000.
The contest winner for the month of June is The Simpson Brothers Band, whose song "Diamonds" earned top marks with judges.
Artists who want to get involved should look for full contest details at www. shore104.com.
'PIANO MAN' AT PLAYHOUSE
It certainly sounds like Lagnley's Ryan Langevin is "The Piano Man," the title of a concert he's doing Thursday, July 5 at The Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock.
That night, Langevin does double duty in a tribute show that promises all the hits of Elton John and Billy Joel. Tickets are $39.50 at www.whiterockplayers.ca, or dial 604536-7535. It's another Rock.It Boy gig.
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