In 2016/17, the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra celebrates its 15th season with a smorgasbord of concerts, chamber recitals, workshops for musicians and composers, free educational presentations, acclaimed guest soloists from Vietnam, China and Iran, and more. Audiences will experience Canadian music that is both rooted in ancient traditions and excitingly fresh to the ear; music that draws on the poetic best of many cultures, and builds bridges of imagination and communication between them. View our 2016/17 season brochure in PDF form here.

In addition to the following concerts & other events, the VICO offers an annual slate of educational programs, including workshops for composers and other activities. Visit the Education page for details!


Celebrating intercultural percussion music
June 6-11, 2017

Click on the calendar image below for event details & box office links, and check out our promo video on YouTube!


The Canada 150 Concert

Saturday July 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Blueshore Financial Performing Arts Centre
Capilano University, North Vancouver
Tickets $15 at the door (cash only please) 

A musical celebration of our country’s multicultural identity, showcasing Canadian artists (present and future) who embody true Canadian inclusiveness and active, authentic diversity. Featuring new works by participants in the inaugural VICO Summer Academy.


Music of the Whole World: Hands On!
Saturday May 27, 2017 at 2 pm
North Vancouver City Library
120 14th St., North Vancouver
Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7 pm
Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library, 350 West Georgia

Join musicians from the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra for a sneak preview of the ensemble’s upcoming Global Soundscapes Festival, showcasing percussion sounds and rhythms from all over the world. The beat of the drum is primal and universal, but different cultures have developed fascinating variations on the theme. Learn about how VICO composers and musicians combine and intertwine them to create new intercultural music! Featuring Hamin Honari (tombak), Navid Goldrick (oud), and Curtis Andrews (mrdangam – May 30 only).


Music of the Whole World: Summer Academy Edition
Tuesday  June 27, 2017 at 7 pm
West Vancouver Memorial Library
1950 Marine Dr., West Vancouver
Admission by donation

Meet the featured international guest artists who will be teaching and performing at our inaugural Summer Academy (June 24 – July 1 at Capilano University): Erica Roozendahl (accordion) from the Netherlands and Charbel Rouhana (oud) from Lebanon. Erica and Charbel will play together with VICO colleagues, and talk about their approaches to intercultural music in this informal presentation.