VICO’s “Music Without Borders” Reaches Out to Tri-Cities

The Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra will make its first ever appearance in the Tri-Cities this February, presenting a small ensemble of its musicians in a unique brunch/concert combo hosted by local restaurateur Fred Soofi at his establishment, Pasta Polo in Coquitlam. This is chamber music with a colourful fusion twist, featuring Persian kamanche and santur, Arabic oud, Chinese erhu, and piano.


  • This event is part of the VICO’s participation in “Welcome to the Arts”, an initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts, thanks to which arts organizations across Canada can offer free access to their 2016/17 programming for recently-arrived Syrian refugees. The VICO encourages anyone associated with an individual, group or organization that is sponsoring a Syrian family to share this information, and contact staff via if interested in obtaining complimentary tickets to “A Musical Fusion Feast”.


The VICO is proud to have been described as “the United Nations of music” (CBC Radio). 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 between them.


A Musical Fusion Feast

Mediterranean Brunch & Intercultural Music

Sunday February 19, 2017

Brunch served from 11 am; Music at 1 pm

Pasta Polo Restaurant (2754 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam – map)

Tickets available online or in person at Pasta Polo


Enjoy delicious Mediterranean food while you listen to the evocative sounds of the VICO’s Lan Tung (erhu), Sina Ettehad (kamanche), Saina Khaledi (santur), Navid Goldrick (oud) and Farshid Samandari (piano). 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.