The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off the season with Cherry Jam Downtown, a noon-hour concert in the downtown core featuring local talent and memorable performances. Come soak in the festive atmosphere with local performances and readings of the 2018 Haiku Invitational winning poems, all under Burrard SkyTrain Station’s famed cherry blossom canopy.
12:00pm: Zimbamoto 
12:20 pm: Katari Taiko 
12:50 pm: NoriNori & Kage 
01:13 pm: MNGWA 
2019 Artist Bios

Zimbamoto Trio

Zimbamoto Trio lays down mesmerizing and energetic grooves coming out of Zimbabwe via Vancouver, BC.  Led by vocalist and mbira (“thumb piano”) master Kurai Mubaiwa, the trio’s mix of traditional/ contemporary African music, vocal chants and infectious rhythms dare you to stay seated and or stand still. Rounding out the trio are two of Vancouver’s most versatile musicians, Curtis Andrews (drums) and Mark Campbell (guitar) whose combined decades of musical experience covers the gamut of styles, from Western classical guitar to South Indian classical music and everything in between.

NoriNori & Kage

NoriNori loves to merge her shamisen sounds with contemporary and traditional Japanese notes and beats. From her street creds earned with punk rock riffs circa Riot Grrls to her cultivated studies of traditional Japanese taiko and shamisen, NoriNori aims to create new musical terrain.

Kage, Since the 80s, Kage has been active in our taiko community, co-founding several taiko/music groups including Uzume Taiko, Sawagi Taiko, and LOUD touring parts of Europe and North America. She continues to explore and create new works utilizing the taiko through collaborations with other musicians, movement artists, poets and actors.  Her on-going projects include studying the ceremonial roots of taiko, holding durational taiko events and performing with Onibana Taiko.

Katari Taiko Drum Group Association

Katari Taiko is but one of the elements in the revival and current development of the Japanese Canadian community and culture. Members of Katari Taiko sit on the boards of various community associations, were active in the redress movement, and work as coordinators and volunteers at the Powell Street Festival, Vancouver’s annual Japanese Canadian celebration.


Rooted in the Afro-Latin soul of South American cumbia music, MNGWA [pronounced Ming-wah] blends elements of salsa, psych rock, reggae, and hip hop into the polyrhythmic pot. With a cast of musicians from across North America and Europe, the 8-piece Vancouver ensemble draws inspiration from across the globe. Every song is a new journey, weaving lyrics in Spanish, English, French and Russian into a wildly danceable mix.

Programs subject to change.

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