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!


“Glowing Hearts” with the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra
Sunday May 14, 2017 at 3 pm
Chan Centre for Performing Arts
6265 Crescent Rd. (UBC), Vancouver


The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday in grand style, with a full program of Canadian works and guests, including composers Bramwell Tovey, Frederick Schipizky, Christopher Nickel, Mark Haney, Mark Armanini, and violinist Trent Freeman, along with the 285 talented young musicians of the VYSO. Seven VICO musicians (erhu/gaohu, dizi, pipa, yangqin, sanxian and Chinese percussion) will join the orchestra for a special performance of Mark Armanini’s piece From the Pure Land, which will be specially arranged for this configuration of classical youth orchestra and intercultural septet.


VICO Small Ensemble at Vancouver International Children’s Festival

We are so pleased and excited to be building on past successful VICO Small Ensemble performances at the Children’s Festival with this new mentorship project: an intercultural ensemble of five VICO musicians and eight student musicians will rehearse and perform a 1-hour set throughout the Festival (9 performances in total). This will be a unique opportunity for the young musicians to work with seasoned professionals in Vancouver’s world music scene, to learn from them not only musical techniques and performance skills, but also be mentored in their career development. Watch this space for performance details!



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 Music, featuring long-time VICO friends Qiu Xia He (pipa) and multi-instrumentalist André Thibault with special guests Liam MacDonald (percussion),  Yun Song (erhu), Zhimin Yu (ruan), Jill Russell (flute), and Laurence Mollerup (bass).

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.


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 Curtis Andrews, Hamin Honari and Navid Goldrick.


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.