Vancouver World Music Festival was founded in 2014 after dinner between friends and Locarno band mates Tom Landa and Robin Layne.

The festival is dedicated to presenting local and international artists playing traditional music from around the globe. The founder are committed to presenting youth performers and workshops for young people to help foster the next generation of music lovers.
Always looking for talented and passionate artist the Vancouver world music festival tries to bring in international artist even with limited resources. At the same time they are inviting and promoting local bands. This year the Festival was 3 days of music, April 6th – 8th.

Founder – TOM Landa
Tom was born in Mexico, although his mother is Canadian of Irish ancestry. His music is a mixture of genres and cultures. Tom has spent the last 20+ years touring the world with his JUNO Award winning group The Paperboys. The band is known for combining Celtic, Mexican Son, Folk, Pop and Bluegrass in a contemporary manner, the boys and girl are a festival and club favorite all over North America and Europe.

In 2011 Tom debuted his new band, Locarno. Their CD “Una Mas Y Ya Nos Vamos” was nominated for a WCMA (Western Canadian Music Award) in 2012.
Tom has been a feature Emcee at The Vancouver Folk Music Festival, he’s hosted his own radio special on CBC Radio and he was the founder and Artistic Director of The Vancouver Celtic Festival and Victoria Celtic Festival.

Robin grew up in Victoria and was mentored by renowned percussionist and educator Sal Ferreras. Robin fell in love with Salsa and Latin percussion which led him to study at the LA Music Academy. Robin has become a regular fixture on the B.C. festival community, collaborating with a wide spectrum of folk and world artists. His recent tours brought him to Mexico, Italy, China, the U.S. and Canada. He has followed his love of world music to Cuba, Guinea, Mali, and Mexico studying under master drummers. He currently performs with world music groups .

He is the senior percussion instructor at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music and the Artistic Director of the World Rhythms for Youth Society. In his spare time, Robin is working on his debut album set for release later this year.

Breaking Boundaries

Friday the 7th the band Breaking Boundaries played at the Rickshaw Theatre, heating up the place with their Latin sounds.
Breaking Boundaries came to life in 2015, drawing from the members’ shared love for latin music and experiment new things. The Band specially focuses on Vallenato & Cumbia, one of their main goals is compose music with a really particular sound on speak about society through their music. The Colombian based Band has grown a lot the last year.
Starting of with a trio the band is composed by 11 musicians.
The band plays at private parties, festivals, fundraises and even busking on the streets.
You can finds them regularly at the Cafe deux Soleils.

John Gonzalez, the founder of Breaking Boundaries, is Colombian-Canadian accordion player who specializes in Latin Music, specifically Vallenato and Cumbia. His particular style of playing is heavily influenced by his travels and broad cultural experiences.

John has studied accordion technique under the direction of Ivan Chaparro, El Turco Gil, Javier Villalobos, Luis Javier Hernandez and Konstantin R. Bozhinov. He is currently attending the Vancouver Community College School of Music and he’s studying accordion with Sergio Luis Rodriguez (one of the best accordion players in Vallenato music, actually Sergio is the accordion player of Jorge Celedon)

He performs regularly around Vancouver with his group: Breaking Boundaries. They have performed at Science World, The Backstage Lounge, Red Room, Lux Lounge, Privee Night Club, Cabana, Kino’s, Café Deux Soleils and different festivals in the Lower Mainland.

As a collaborator, John has worked with the renown Binomio de Oro. He has also opened the Vancouver Accordian Festival for the past three consecutive years.

Mimi Gusdorf our Vancouver Photographer and Events Reporter.