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2016 News and Information

Walk Off The Earth to headline Richmond World Festival

13 July 2016

Reigning Juno Group of the Year Award winners and international YouTube sensations Walk Off The Earth will headline the 2nd annual Richmond World Festival on Saturday, September 3 in Richmond’s Minoru Park. Richmond World Festival is a free event and is presented by Coast Capital Savings.

“The Richmond World Festival is a fun, free celebration of the rich diversity we enjoy in Richmond and all across Canada,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “It’s a great opportunity to sample the sounds, tastes colours and other unique cultural characteristics that are all part of our community with entertainment and activities for all age groups and interests.”

Walk Off The Earth had already established a significant global following when their cover of Gotye’s Somebody I Used To Know, featuring all five band members performing the song on a single guitar, ignited the blogosphere, with 172 million YouTube views and counting. That success landed the band a recording contract with Columbia Records. To date, they’ve accumulated almost half a billion cumulative views and more than 2.3 million subscribers and the 2016 Juno Group of the Year Award. They are one of the few artists to continually find success on both DIY online platforms and throughout the traditional music marketplace, with their catchy collection of original songs and uniquely choreographed video covers of popular hits.

Joining Walk Off The Earth on the evening YVR Main Stage will be popular local favorites Delhi 2 Dublin. Mixing bhangra, Celtic and other beats earned them the label “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll.”  Coupled with an incredibly energetic live show, their cross-cultural fusion has made Delhi 2 Dublin a popular festival favourite across Canada and around the world.

A day-long celebration of music food and culture, Richmond World Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday September 3. Admission is free.  The festival features over 60 music and dance performances on nine stages, an international food truck festival with more than 40 food trucks and the Culinary Stage, the Global Village with interactive cultural activities and performances, the Your Kontinent Digital Carnival, Artisan Marketplace, Wide World of Sports and more.

The Richmond World Festival made a strong debut in 2015, drawing 25,000 participants and winning the Most Outstanding Event in Canada at the 19th annual Canadian Event Industry Awards, a huge achievement for a first-time event. 2016 promises to build on that success with an exciting line-up.  Watch for additional event details to be announced soon at www.richmondworldfestival.ca and for updates follow @FunRichmond on Twitter, #RichmondWorldFest.

The Richmond World Festival is produced by the City of Richmond and presented by Coast Capital Savings. Main Stage sponsor is YVR; Global Village is sponsored by Port of Vancouver; the Fusion Culinary Stage is sponsored by Richmond Centre and Kids World is sponsored by Cowell Auto Group. Community sponsor is Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Media sponsors are CTV, 94.5 Virgin Radio, Richmond News, Georgia Straight, Kiss Radio,102.7 The Peak, Z95.3, and Miss 604.