Performing on the Main Stage
Friday May 5, 2017 - 4:00 - 4:20pm
Performing on the Community Stage
Sunday May 6, 2017 - 11:30am - 12:00pm
Shyama-Priya started fancy dancing at the age of 16. The Fancy dance represents the butterfly, the dance of transformation. She has taught and performed at various events, festivals and schools throughout the lower mainland and North America. As well as dancing Shyama-Priya also acts and models. She has been a guest dancer on various TV stations such as Urban Rush, First talk, My TV and many more. Her notable performances include dancing with world-renowned and world champion group The Native Pride Dancers, as well as being one of 16 dancers chosen from across Canada to dance along Brian Adams and Nelly Furtado, in the 2010 opening ceremonies. The mastermind behind her beautiful regalia is her mother’s creations. Shyama-Priya uses her gifts as a way to inspire others to live their dreams. Her passion of dance has ignited her passion for personal wellbeing and wellbeing for our mother earth.
A rising star on the Canadian classical/jazz/folk/pop/ electronica/what have you scenes, cellist Derksen is known for captivating solo performances building layers of sound into often surprisingly slamming dance music.
Derksen has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist and performing her own compositions with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. As a side player Cris has performed with hip hop star Kanye West, Veda Hille, Tanya Tagaq, Christa Couture, Kinnie Starr, Lightening Dust (Black Mountain), Rae Spoon, Leela Gilday, and Ivan e Coyote. In 2009 Cris was recognized by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network as one of it’s rising stars, The Georgia Straight’s “Who to Watch”, and was also a Curator in Residence at the East Vancouver Cultural Center (the Cultch).
Derksen originally comes from Northern Alberta; a line of chiefs from North Tall Cree reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s side. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training with her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre-defying music. She uses a Boss ME-70, a guitar multi effect pad, the Boss Loop Station RC20-XL, as well as an old 1986 Dr Rhythm 550 drum pad.