VivaFest 2019

A musical celebration of Canadian diversity!

“NAC Presents is committed to bringing the best Canadian music to our stages. I am thrilled to be joining forces with LULA Music & Arts and Axé WorldFest to present the very first VivaFest at the NAC this May. With this festival, we will showcase the incredible diversity of artists and cultures that make up our country’s rich musical heritage.” — Heather Gibson, Executive Producer, NAC Presents

Experience a richly-curated weekend of concerts, workshops, and free events with some of Canada’s most acclaimed Latin, Brazilian and global roots artists including Kobo Town, Aline Morales, OKAN, and many more!

Drawing on musical traditions from Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Africa and beyond, VIVAFEST brings together the mosaic of cultures that makes Canada our home.

  1. VivaFest 2019

    Wise Atangana

    with the UNESCO song project

    Friday, May 24, 2019, 6:30 pm

    Peter A. Herrndorf Place

  2. Play Aline Morales
  3. Play Sarah Thawer © Brendan Mariani

    VivaFest 2019

    Sarah Thawer

    with Malak

    Friday, May 24, 2019, 8:30 pm

    Fourth Stage

    Sarah Thawer is a self-taught drummer based in Toronto, Canada. She started playing drums at age 2 and her first stage performance was at age 5.

  4. Play

    VivaFest 2019

    Drum Kit Clinic for Girls+ with Sarah Thawer

    in partnership with Girls+ Rock Ottawa

    Saturday, May 25, 2019, 10:00 am

    Fourth Stage

  5. Play Florquestra Duo Free
  6. Play Moskitto Bar Free
  7. Play OKAN © Ksenija Hotic
  8. Play Kobo Town © Paul Wright

    VivaFest 2019

    Kobo Town

    with Ramon Chicharron

    Saturday, May 25, 2019, 8:30 pm

    Fourth Stage

  9. Play Capital Sessions Free
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