Collingwood Days 2019


Bright Sunset Dancers

The Bright Sunset Chinese Dance Group is a non-profit society with 37 members.  The purpose of the Group is to promote Chinese culture through  learning Chinese dances. The group encourage all seniors who love dancing to hone their dancing skills, with the aim of perform on stage. Dancing sharpens the mind and improves physical health.  


The group focuses on classical dances, folk and ethnic dances of China.The dance group has performed at various activities in community centres, senior homes, schools and universities.  Partnered with other cultural associations, they have also staged their own shows. These performances have won much appreciation and accolades from   organizers and audiences alike.

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Uzume Taiko School Drummers

Uzume Taiko School Drummers study taiko drumming at a weekly class in east Vancouver. They train in taiko stick techniques, stances, choreography and musicianship. Uzume Taiko School Drummers  have previously participated in the 2013 Collingwood Days festival, and we are happy to have them back again. They also perform at neighbourhood celebrations around the lower mainland.







Windermere Secondary School

Windermere Vocal Ensemble is an extra-curricular choir of students ranging from Grades 9-12. They are passionate about learning and performing together. It's been an amazing journey and we are happy to share our music with you. 

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Calpulli Cemanuhuac Aztec Dancers (Culture & Therapeutic Group)

Is a closely woven group of people that are devoted to preserving the traditions and rituals of pre-Hispanic culture. We approach this traditions not only as invaluable cultural heritage, but as a representation of the eternal, and universal, quest for cosmic harmony and for the integration of body-mind-spirit. In their therapeutic aspect, these traditions and rituals, enhance emotional, cognitive and physical well-being. These dances are accompaniment by ancient drum rhythms, high-energy foot work  and are highlighted by the chatter of ankle rattles. Our name "Calpulli Cemanahuac" originates from Nahuatl, an indigenous language from Mexico. 

Calpulli= group or clan 



Wooly Bears  

Come shake your feet to the Wooly Bears oldtime stringband! The magnificent Professor Banjo will be our dance caller, teaching dances that are fun and easy for the whole family. 

The Wooly Bears play fiddle tunes in the Appalachian "Oldtime" style. They are a Vancouver band known for bringing their lively music to square dances, parties, weddings, and special events all around B.C. 

Professor Banjo (Paul Silveria) has been calling monthly square dances for adults at the Wise Hall since 2012, and is well-loved for his engaging banjo entertainment at kids' events and public schools. 

Members of the Wooly Bears and Professor Banjo work together to produce the East Van Oldtime Social each year in April. 

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Peter Yap

Has performed at the last several Collingwood Days as well as   being a regular singer at the Collingwood BIA Christmas Tree Lighting, community luncheons and at other community centres, shopping malls, weddings in Vancouver, Toronto and California. Fundraisers, Senior’s Talents contests and the Miss BC Pageant.








Alice Crestejo           

Voice of an Angel   --- Alice Crestejo, a graduate from the University of Singapore, is a  soprano who specialises in Broadway Musical Theatre and classical music.  She has won two first placesin year 2000 Kiwanis Music Festival in Musical Theatre and Light Opera. She won a second place in 2012 Vancouver Senior Star competition and was selected among 1500 contestants to be one of the ten finalists in the National Senior Star Competition held in Niagara falls.  She was awarded many super star and pop star titles on different cruise ships.   She has performed in theatres, and community centres in Vancouver and Burnaby, including overseas in Singapore, and Dominican Republic.

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Josie De Baat’s Polynesian Dancers


Need to Know

Need to Know are a little bit of country and a little bit of rock n’roll with a strong undercurrent of the blues and dashes of funk and reggae for added flavor. Need to Know have been getting dance floors moving at Clubs and festivals since 2011 with tight rhythms, catchy riffs and sweet vocal harmonies.

Tin Can Studio is a mobile project space housed in a vintage 18ft Streamline trailer. Their fully mobile portable studio has been designed to transform to accommodate a variety of creative activities, and acts as a incubator, a hub, and an event space. They love to transform and pop-up in unexpected locations, where they can engage with a diversity of communities.  

Still Moon Arts Society inspires vibrant and connected communities by creating artistic experiences and nurturing a passion for nature. They are best known for their annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, which is Saturday Sept 22nd this year. At Collingwood Days, Still Moon Arts is raising the profile of our winged neighbours: Birds! Check out their booth where you can make a Bird Puppet and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the Birds on Parade Owen Brousseau and Crystal Chow!

Lori Weidenhammer aka Madame Beespeaker is in and around the games zone today and is the Artist-In-Communities resident artist at Renfrew Park Community Centre. Lori Weidenhammer is a performance-based artist/educator and author of Victory Gardens for Bees: A DIY Guide to Saving the Bees, which is published by Douglas and McIntyre.

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Stilt-walker Ariel Amara is a multi-faceted performer specializing in extreme tallness, elaborate costuming and engaging characters. She is often found obsessing over circles and playing with burning objects. Her primary goals in life are to delight peoples’ senses and inspire a twinkle in the eye, enticing childlike joy, mischief and more! Based on the North American West Coast, Ariel has been performing for nearly 15 years as a Hooper, Fire Spinner, Clown and Stilt Walker.

Clara Chisholm


Lola Loops is a passionate movement artist based out of Vancouver BC. For her, the love of movement came in the form of a circle, it was there she created space to explore her body in spiral form. Her desire to explore even further lead her into the realms of urban & contemporary movements and forms of ritual theatrics & clowning. She travels in and around the Lower Mainland and Gulf Islands performing at festivals & unique events. Lola's creative style is a melting pot of movements with a touch of spontaneous silliness.  She is honored to offer you her inspirational perspective - find her with her hoops in the Games Zone!

  Balkan Shmalkan is East Vancouver's sweet dance party orchestra; think global music with local attitude. Their funky brass dance beats are rooted in the aural traditions of the Roma and Klezmorim of Eastern Europe, and blended with a mixture of pop and jazz. Members of the group sing in 6 languages including Serbian, Romani, and Italian. The group contains six to ten musicians playing reed, brass and percussion instruments of both eastern and western origin. Balkan Shmalkan is exceptionally versatile and mobile, playing on and off stage with nothing more than the power of their lungs and a few horns.