Given the appreciation for salsa music he saw on site, German Cantillo said he could see a "Salsa in Surrey" dance every month, if not more.

"Many friends and people I talk to want such an event in Surrey with a live band, not just in Vancouver," said Cantillo, guitarist and singer at Santa Lucia LFR (

On October 26th the band will be developing to La Orquesta Santa Lucia LFR for a night of salsa music and dancing at the Studio Theater of the Surrey Arts Center.

It is the second event in the Come Dancing Around the World series that opened in September with a performance by local Celtic trio Tiller's Folly.

Cantillo, who lives in the Panorama region and works in North Surrey, has been playing a mix of latin, funk and rock sounds with Santa Lucia LFR for several years – hence the LFR tag – with an album entitled "Less Talk More Funk "Next spring. In 2012, the band opened for Los Lobos at the Surrey Fusion Festival, along with many other outdoor gigs they have made.

The La Orquesta Santa Lucia version of the band features musicians from Santa Lucia LFR and other parts of the world, including Cantillos, home to Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, Cuba, Honduras, El Salvador and Korea.

"This is a secret tradition that I've started in Surrey for the past three years," Cantillo explained, "and every year the secret is revealed and dancing gets out of control when people discover raw and classic live salsa music, which is produced by the local La Orquesta Santa Lucia. "

In addition to Cantillo at the microphone include Byron Russel (alto saxophone), Ian Seekings (trombone), Michael Kim (trumpet), Yaniuska Lopez (flute / vocals), Ruben Sandoval (piano), Alex Kelly (bass) and drummer Rafael Cajar, Luis Lopez and Hector Aguilar.

The band's "sturdy and untypical" horn section adds punch to their classic salsa rhythm section, Cantillo said. "We combine the pulsating rhythms and melodic rich elements of old-school salsa with the ambitious goal of connecting the Surrey audience with world-class salsa music and the elegant Latin Dance and Salsa Romantica orchestras of the 1980s and 1990s Pay tribute to the surrey salsa dance scene swinging rhythm bliss. "

The Salsa in Surrey event on October 26th is being co-organized with FUSIONpresents and Surrey Music City Center, an initiative of the Surrey Board of Trade, to sharpen the profile of live music in the city.

Tickets cost 24 USD for the 19 and older event with cabaret seating. To buy, visit or call 604-501-5566.

According to Cantillo, the art center's studio theater is more than adequate for such an event, starting with a mini salsa lesson for those who want to learn the steps.

"Many people do not know the place, which is great for music and dance," he said. "This is a unique event that will hopefully become a semi-permanent event because I'm trying to sell, having a place where people here in Surrey can experience a live band like ours in a beautiful place."

The City's Come Dancing Around the World series, launched in 2018, will continue in 2020 with a Soulsha Night featuring Afro-Celtic funk from Boston (February 22) and Caribbean Night in Surrey (April 25) with The Phase III Steel Drum Band) ,
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