The Rogue Folk Club presents
The First Annual BC Fiddle Festival with

Locarno | Kathleen Nisbet's Métis Dance Hall





3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano

Accessible All ages

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If you wish to book all three BC Fiddle Festival concerts at the same time (and save $15), and/or all three same-day workshops (and save $10), please go HERE. (Note that if you want to book more than one package, just select one, put it in your cart, then select 'View Cart' at the top right, then 'Continue Shopping' at the bottom left. Select the next package and repeat.) Everyone who attends one or more workshops will receive a Rebate Coupon which can be redeemed for $7 off at an evening concert. (Space permitting.) Please note that workshop tickets are not available at the outlets - they must be purchased on-line or at the door. There is also no reservation function for workshops, but there is plenty of room for all! Just come. 

9:15pm - Locarno

KALISSA'S FIDDLE WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 1:00pm. To purchase a ticket, please go HERE.

Locarno is the Latin project of Juno Award winning musician, Tom Landa. Like him, the music is equal parts Mexican and Canadian. Tom was born and raised in Mexico City, and moved to Canada in his teens. In the mid nineties he formed the Folk Roots band The Paperboys, who have been touring world-wide for over 20 years. Tom has always dabbled in Latin music, and in 2005 decided to immerse himself more into genre, and started working on material for an album. In 2006 he was awarded a Canada Council Grant to study traditional Mexican Music in Veracruz, Mexico. Tom spent his days learning the jarana (an 8 string guitar), and learning songs from the Son Jarocho repertoire.

In 2009 Tom decided it was high time to make the album he had been threatening to make. He joined forces with producer Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Adonis Puentes, Cowboy Junkies) and trumpeter Miguelito Valdes (Omara Portoundo, Afro Cuban All Stars) who helped bring the album to life. In 2010 Locarno released Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos. The music was a mix of Son Jarocho inspired folk tunes with Afro-Cuban rhythms. The album went on to be nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award and garnered rave reviews.

Since then the band has honed in on their sound and incorporated more of their influences such as music from Columbia, African Sukous, Mexican Marimba Music, Venezuelan Joropo and Brazilian Forro Music. Perhaps where the band shines the most is in the live shows which feature Tom Landa on jaranas and guitars, Kalissa Landa on violin, Robin Layne on marimba, congas and timbales, Pedro Mota on guitar an vocals, Aaron McKinney on bass, Liam MacDonald on drums, congas and pandero, Mark D’Angelo on trumpet and Nick La Rivere on trombone.

Locarno launched their second CD, Luz Y Sombra in November 2015. The new CD is a great mix of all the different Latin idioms the band plays, and features 10 original songs, and two traditional Mexican folk songs. The CD was nominated for a Western Canada Music Award in the spring of 2016. As the CBC’s  Michael Juk says, “Don’t miss the chance to see this band. You’ll find yourself singing their praises too”

KALISSA'S FIDDLE WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 1:00pm. To purchase a ticket, please go HERE.

8:00pm - Kathleen Nisbet's Métis Dance Hall

KATHLEEN'S FIDDLE WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 3:00pm. To purchase a ticket, please go HERE.

Kathleen Nisbet was classically trained at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Since that time, she returned to her Métis roots, pursuing more traditional fiddle music. Since then she has worked with artists in a variety of genres. A collaborator and regular accompanist with Compaigni v'ni dansi Metis traditional dance, she also has composed music for independant modern dance. Recent theatre credits include A Christmas Carol with Pacific Theatre and Salmon Row with Mortal Coil.

​Kathleen is an active member of Vancouver's thriving bluegrass and folk scene, performing and touring regularly with her band Viper Central with whom she has recorded three albums. She has toured with Vancouver bands The Fugitives and CR Avery and has made guest appearances with Hedley, Fred Eaglesmith, The Belle Game, and The Vicious Cycles to name a few. She  works regularly as a studio musician and has numerous studio recording credits.  She is a teacher at Saint James Music Academy where downtown eastside kids are provided free music lessons.

KATHLEEN'S FIDDLE WORKSHOP: Sunday, February 11th, 2018 at 3:00pm. To purchase a ticket, please go HERE.

The First Annual BC Fiddle Festival is made possible with assistance from the BC Music Fund.