Opening Cocktail

We invite you to celebrate our 25th anniversary through a virtual cocktail night in the comfort of your house.

edition 2020
Opening Cocktail
April 30 — 5:30am


We invite you to celebrate our 25th anniversary in the comfort of your house. The evening will be hosted by Himmat Shinhat and Sue Wang.  For approximately 1 hour, you will attend the artistic performances of Marina Salonga, Geneviève PM Roy, Laurence Ly and Azalia Kaviani, Misheel Ganbold, Jasmine Xu, Aditya Verma and Chittakone Baccam. They will share their work via audio and / or video track. On the menu: dance, music, circus and video… all of this within a two meters distance!


Marina Salonga – Dancer and Circus Artist

Marina is a dancer and circus artist born in the Philippines and raised in California. With a background in dance and performing since the age of six, she began circus arts in 2005. Marina has performed all across the globe – on the street, in huge theatres, in outdoor festivals, at private mansions, on TV, in music videos – for the homeless, for a prince, for the elderly, for kids, and just for herself. Now based in Montreal, she continues her performance career at a slower pace as she is now the new owner of Nubia Spa Vert, a center for holistic therapy in the Mile End.

Genevieve PM Roy – Violinist and Singer

Genevieve PM Roy is currently a featured writer for Mountain Lake PBS and the creator of Gen’s Delights, a site that highlights the latest in food, culture and entertainment around Montreal. An accomplished violinist and singer, Genevieve was a WIYSO orchestra member and concerto competition winner, the recipient of two gold medals from Vincent D’ Indy’s School of Music and has equally taken gold at the Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Classical Music Competition. Genevieve has also been a guest performer as a singer and violinist at Montreal’s reputed House of Jazz, at the prestigious University Club of Montreal and the Montreal Vienna Ball.

Azalia Kaviani – Visual Artist and Dancer

Originally from Iran, Azalia Kaviani is a visual artist and dancer who has been living with cerebral palsy since childhood. She immigrated to Montreal in 2006. She is a graduate of Concordia and McGill University, and also attended Dawson College. Azalia exhibited her paintings in 2018 at Galerie Mekic in the two-person exhibition Les Visages and at the SalonEsque collective exhibition at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in 2015. From 2015 to 2017, Azalia received support from the MAI Mentorship Program. Her first solo exhibition The Nocturnes is the result of an intensive year of work on the ABILITIES Project, a pilot project in inclusive practices that was developed by Festival Accès Asie for the purpose of providing Azalia with adapted training, professional development and accommodation so that she could achieve her artistic and professional goals. Through her art, Azalia is motivated by the desire ‘’to inspire people with disabilities to pursue their ambitions, to encourage them not to marginalize themselves.’’

Chittakone Baccam – DJ

Chittakone, who is of Laotian descent, pays tribute to his Asian roots with his project Hazy Montagne Mystique. He collaborates closely with Guillaume Vallée and KimSanh Châu. He has presented his work in Canada, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, and Vienna. Chittakone Baccam is the artistic director of the experimental Jeunesse Cosmique label.

Jasmine Xu - Erhu Player

Jasmine Xu was born in Montreal and began studying erhu, a traditional Chinese instrument, with her mother Qi Shen at the age of seven. Since then, she has played in several concerts including the Chinese Garden Festival at the Jardin Botanique, the Sutton Traditional Violin Festival, among others. Jasmine has also made several recordings, including demos, for Cirque du Soleil, weddings, and has performed at album launch concerts with several Quebec singers. Jasmine has also sung for other productions including the soundtrack of the Han Show Circus and an upcoming album for Laurent Guardo. Today, she records and gives concerts all over Montreal

Aditya Verma - Sarod Player and Music Composer

Aditya Verma is a classical Indian musician and renowned artist on Canada’s world music stage. A charismatic sarod player based in Montreal, he has won the appreciation of audiences for 30 years in concerts across North America, Europe, and India. His electrifying performances reveal his virtuosity, passionate energy, and intensely emotional approach. Aditya’s creative collaborations with artists from diverse global traditions have been received with acclaim and enthusiasm, including with the Washington Symphony Orchestra on Capitol Hill for over 500,000 people.


Himmat Shinhat

Sue Wang

Marina Salonga

Geneviève PM Roy

Laurence Ly

Azalia Kaviani

Misheel Ganbold

Jasmine Xu

Aditya Verma

Chittakone Baccam

edition 2020
Opening Cocktail
April 30 — 5:30am