Sunset Concert by Forro do Cana

Sunset Concert by Forro do Cana

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Hadden Park Fieldhouse

1015 Maple St

Vancouver, BC


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an outdoor performance in Hadden Park

About this event

Join us in Hadden Park for an evening concert of Brazilian Forro music, featuring the Vancouver-based group Forro do Cana

Presented by: Caravan World Rhythms and Publik Secrets

Update: This event is now at capacity.

Advance registration is required. Registration is by donation. Performance begins at 7pm.

There will be limited capacity in the performance area, with staff and volunteers keeping everyone comfortable, and capacity rules adhered to. Please be mindful of your proximity to others at all times. Feel free to bring-your own seats or blankets to sit on.

Masks are not required, but please respect those people wearing masks.

Public washrooms can be accessed in this park.

About the Artists:

Vancouver’s premier Brazilian Forro band, Forró do Cana, was founded in 2018 as a passion project, dedicated to the dissemination of the music of Northeastern Brasil. The music of Forró do Cana blends the sounds of the violin (and sometimes the Brazilian fiddle ‘rabeca’) and accordion played by Serena Eades and Steve Charles respectively, with the Brazilian roots of Mario Silva’s 7 string acoustic guitar and Sara Magal’s percussion and Portuguese vocals. A rotating cast of incredible percussionists include Vancouver’s top go-to players of Brazilian music: Liam MacDonald, Celso Machado and Phil Belanger.

For those not familiar with Forró, this is a partner dance with a variety of rhythms and accompanying steps from very intricate and showy to subtle and sensual. A whole family of related rhythms are referred to under the umbrella term Forró: Baião, Forró, Xaxado, Xote and Arrasta pé. Arrasta pé (“drag your foot“) received its name due to the peculiar dancing movement: the soles of the feet drag over the floor with each dance step. Forró is not only the name of the music genre, but a specific rhythm within the genre, as well as the name of the festivity at which its music is played and danced (“Let’s go to the Forró!).

While formed as an ensemble that focused on the traditional Brazilian dance music of Forro, the band quickly realized there was a desire to hear other styles, namely the Northeastern Carnaval music known as Frevo which consists of very fast joyful and almost frenetic ska-like rhythms and melodies. Adding to the complexity of melodies and rhythms, the band also plays a healthy dose of beautiful Brazilian melodic Chorinho.

The band name Forró do Cana is a play on words: Cana meaning sugar cane in Portuguese, which is used to make Caldo de Cana (sugarcane juice), Cachaça (sugarcane liquor), as well as an abbreviation of Canada.

Hadden Park is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.