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.

Note: the VICO is proud to be participating in “Welcome to the Arts”, an initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts (co-funded by Sun Life Financial), thanks to which arts organizations across Canada can offer free access to their 2016/17 programming for recent Syrian refugees. If you are associated with an individual, group or organization that is sponsoring a Syrian family, and you are interested in obtaining tickets to one of our upcoming concerts, please contact us at

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!


Sounds Global in Concert: Surrey Edition

Sunday February 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm (**NOTE corrected start time; was originally listed as 2:30 pm in error)
The Studio Theatre at Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88th Ave., Surrey
Tickets $25 / $15

This is chamber music with a colourful fusion twist: a quintet composed of Persian kamanche and tombak, Chinese erhu, cello and voice, performing repertoire that weaves together many different world music traditions. Featuring: Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Jun Rong (erhu), Hamin Honari (tombak), Finn Manniche (cello), Willy Miles-Grenzberg (voice), and the world premieres of several works by up-and-coming Canadian composers. Join us for some music without borders!

Global Soundscapes Festival: Hands On!
June 6 – 12, 2017 in Vancouver
Other dates in Victoria, North Vancouver TBA
Various venues including The Revue Stage on Granville Island, Vancouver

The VICO’s annual Global Soundscapes Festival explores and celebrates the intersection of Canada’s resident cultures with musical traditions and instruments from all over the world, through the creation and performance of intercultural music. The festival presents international guest artists and ensembles alongside Canadian musicians in a series of concerts, workshops and public educational presentations. The 2017 edition (subtitled “Hands On”) will focus on percussion instruments from China, Indonesia, Korea, Iran and India.

Percussion has been a longstanding area of artistic interest within the VICO. Through many past projects we have found that percussion instruments from many cultures provide composers with a rich source of sounds and rhythms, and offer unique opportunities for connection across cultures: the beat of a drum is primal and in many ways universal, but the range of distinctive instruments and techniques that have developed all over the world offers fertile ground for innovation and cross-cultural learning in the VICO context. We are excited to pursue these artistic opportunities in a multi-faceted, sustained way through this festival project.

Shawn Mativetsky (tabla), Ziya Tabassian (tombak & daf) , Chen Zhuo Hui (Chinese percussion)
Curtis Andrews & friends
Neelamjit Dhillon & friends
Niel Golden
Fringe Percussion Quartet



The Canada 150 Concert

Saturday July 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm
Blueshore Financial Performing Arts Centre
Capilano University, North Vancouver 

A musical celebration of our country’s multicultural identity, showcasing Canadian artists (present and future) who embody true Canadian inclusiveness and active, authentic diversity.


The Hope of Spring: Mediterranean Brunch & Intercultural Music
Sunday April 2, 2017
Pasta Polo Restaurant

2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam (Google map)
Surface & underground parking available
Tickets on sale here


Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food while you listen to the evocative sounds of Silk Road, featuring long-time VICO friends Qiu Xia He, André Thibaut & other guests. Brunch will be served from 11:00 am; the music begins at 1:00 pm!

Your $30 ticket includes your meal, the musical performance and a complimentary copy of VICO’s Imagined Worlds CD.