5 free musical events at TaiwanFest

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      The annual TaiwanFest celebration takes place every Labour Day weekend in Vancouver. And this year, there's no shortage of free musical performances.

      The Georgia Straight print edition featured conductor Ken Hsieh on the cover. He's created A Cultural Tango With Hong Kong, which will feature songs by Asian singing legends Teresa Teng and Leslie Cheung.

      In addition, Utopia (the EDM superstar duo of Olivia Yan and producer Deadhorse) will also be in town.

      Here are five other acts worth checking out during the festival.

      Watch the video for "Move Forward" by the Cosmos People.

      Cosmos People

      (At the Vancouver Playhouse at 8 p.m. on September 4)

      This trio was named best musical group at Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards, which is the island nation's equivalent of the Grammys.

      Youth ambassadors from Taiwan will show Canadians their culture in a six-act performance.

      Youth ambassadors

      (At the Vancouver Playhouse at 1:30 p.m. on September 3)

      Enjoy a six-act dance and musical performance by Taiwanese university students celebrating Taiwan’s diversity.

      CRAS was formed in Vancouver.


      (At 700 Granville Street at 2 p.m. on September 3)

      Check out some musicians Taiwanese ancestry who formed their punk band in Vancouver.

      Lalun's world music truly reflects influences from around the globe.


      (At the Vancouver Playhouse at 3 p.m. on September 4)

      Handpan player Liron Man, erhu artist Lan Tung, and percussionist Jonathan Bernard play world music infused with Taiwan, Spain, and Israel.

      Ginalina was nominated for a Juno this year.


      (At 700 Granville Street at 2 p.m. on September 5)

      Vancouver’s Juno-nominated Taiwanese-Canadian children’s entertainer will delight kids of all ages.

      TaiwanFest runs from Saturday (September 3) to Monday (September 5) on Granville Street and at various other venues downtown. For the full schedule, visit the TaiwanFest website.