Marvelous and unusual, Vancouver-based La Candela brings together Americanos from the North, Central and South. Their signature westcoast Cuban sound, inspired by the rich traditions of that great island, are unmistakably informed by the sights, sounds, joys and contradictions of Vancouver, British Columbia. From Haida Gwaii to California, La Candela has been winning fans since it's inception in 2001 by bassist Mark Beaty and pianist Cary Garcia. Although predominantly lyrical and danceable, the sophistication and skillful playing of this band has brought them to play world music, jazz and blues festivals, large theaters and packed dance halls up and down the West Coast and across the US. With soaring trumpet, rich piano and up-right bass, congas, timbales and vocals all around, this micro salsa orchestra plays hard and hits like a locomotora.