5:00 PM – 6:15 PM Free Reception featuring Asian Artists and “Missing Chapters: Untold Stories of Asian Canadians in Calgary” Photo Exhibit. Catering provided by EthniCity by the Centre for Newcomers.
Midnight Taiko Kai a group of Taiko drummers based in Calgary who love to spread the art of Japanese drumming. Many of their songs have roots from the traditional Taiko groups on the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan, but their continued inspiration comes from the rich and diverse styles of Taiko ensembles from Japan and throughout the world.
Arnold Choi an award winning cellist has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A Sylva Gelber grant award recipient and Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition winner, Arnold is a prizewinner at Korea’s Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Music Competition, and the Carlos Prieto International cello competition. Mr. Choi has also won the grand prize at the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival, the Stepping Stone Competition, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, among others.
Annie Pham a classical pianist and international Yamaha Certified Music Examiner and head teacher, who archived many music diplomas and certificates from Yamaha, Japan. She has achieved many awards and scholarships throughout her music education, including the Harvard Broadcasting Music Scholarship and the Ginny Paterson Music Bursary in Piano. Annie was blessed with perfect pitch, assisting her to excel in every musical genre. Although she is classically trained, Annie easily improvises and loves playing pop and modern music. She has performed on the national television in Vietnam and on many stages in Canada.