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Richmond World Festival adds to musical lineup

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:39 PDT, Tue August 6, 2019

Canadian content will have a prominent place at the 2019 Richmond World Festival.

Canadian content will have a prominent place at the 2019 Richmond World Festival.

Celebrating five years of music, food and culture, the local multicultural celebration has added two more noteworthy Canadian acts to its YVR Mosaic Main Stage that already features headliners The Strumbellas and Bedouin Soundclash. Joining them will be radio sensation Jocelyn Alice and acclaimed Halifax duo Neon Dreams.

Alice rose to fame with her 2015 breakout summer song, “Jackpot.” The track topped radio and sales charts eventually being certified Platinum in Canada. Since then, Jocelyn’s songs have received over 100 million streams, including the singles, “Still Wondering,” “I Know” and “Bound to You.” 

Since 2014, Neon Dreams’ Kadillac and Adrian Morris have followed the blueprint of a well-told story, a beautiful melody and some emotional chords to enjoy cumulative success, including a win for Best New Group or Solo Artist at the 2017 Canadian Radio Music Awards, a performance at the Juno Awards, their own Warner Music-backed record label Dreaming Out Loud, and even a spot on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s summer Spotify playlist.

But the reach of talent extends far beyond the borders of Canada.

Attendees at this year’s Richmond World Festival will also enjoy exclusive imports with Veronica Fusaro (Switzerland), Quinta Kalavera (Mexico) and RT Nuba (Egypt). These artists, in addition to the performances by local community groups, cultural groups and dance troupes on multiple stages or popping up throughout the event site, will take visitors on a trip around the globe without ever having to leave Minoru Park.

The Richmond World Festival will take place from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30 and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31. In addition to over 100 performances on eight stages, attendees will be able to experience a wide selection of food from over 60 food trucks at the FEASTival of Flavours. There will also be hands-on activities, an artisan market, cultural pavilions, a Kids World and much more.

The festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings. Stage and zone sponsors are Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Tourism Richmond, Cowell Auto Group, CF Richmond Centre, Vanprop Investments Ltd. and McElhanney. Community sponsors are Kwantlen Polytechnic University and FortisBC.

Browse performers and things to do at www.richmondworldfestival.com. For updates, follow @RichmondWorldFest on Facebook and Instagram, #RichmondWorldFest.

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