Category: Events

17th Annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival

Welcome to the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival“One love, One heart… Let’s get together and feel all right” – Bob Marley

2017 will be another exiting year for the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival.

Due to its overwhelming popularity and continued growth, the festival has outgrown its current location in downtown Maple Ridge and has relocated.

The 17th annual Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival will take place August 5-6, 2017 at the Maple Ridge Fairgrounds.

This year’s concert lineup promises to be another stellar event of the lower mainland’s music festival circuit,certainly a festival high-lite for Maple Ridge. By popular demand we are excited to announce the return of the highly acclaimed group “HOTEL CALIFORNIA” the original tribute to the EAGLES. The 2 hour concert on Saturday evening will again attract several thousand festival goers to the Fairgrounds. 12 year old singing sensation Laura Webb from Maple Ridge will be opening for HOTEL CALIFORNIA.

There is no shortage of Reggae – Ska – Soca and Cuban Salsa performances by well known artists Los Furios ,Rumba Calsa Mostly Marley just to name a few. On Sunday the festival will feature performances by the VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir,King Fish Limbo,  Phase 3 Steelband, a colourful  Brazilian Samba Show by Samba Fusion before the evening finale by our crowd favourite “Mr Soca” Carl’s Soundvibes.

In all the festival will feature 2 large stages with continuous music provided by 16 live bands from Toronto and the Lower Mainland’s Caribbean community, featuring Reggae, Calypso, Salsa and Soca music and much more

Our dedicated group of volunteers are working hard to make the Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival a favourite tourist attraction for the BC DAY long weekend for visitors and locals alike.We appreciate your support.

Over 100 entertainers will showcase the music and culture of their islands.

In addition to the music, make sure you enhance the experience by visiting:

  • Our wide variety of food vendors, offering authentic Caribbean foods from Jerk chicken to curried goat.
  • 40-50 street vendors displaying their goods at the Caribbean open air market.
  • A large kid zone with rides, face painting and a number of other activities planned for our small festival goers.

This great family event is free and has attracted up to 18000 festival patrons last year and has become one of the favorite summer festivals in the lower mainland.

“Let’s get together and feel alright” this August long weekend to celebrate Multiculturalism with the Music and Foods of the Caribbean Islands.


Come Join Us!


Welcome to the 40th Anniversary Vancouver Folk Music Festival!


Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprits
Thursday, July 13, 7pm (gates 6pm)
Main Stage, Jericho Beach Park




The Vancouver Folk Music Festival has teamed up with fellow Folk Festivals in Winnipeg, Calgary, Canmore, and Regina to curate a groundbreaking live touring collaborative project called Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprits – a celebration of the Canadian songbook. This free, festival-opening evening concert showcases an eclectic range of amazing Canadian artists performing songs written by some of Canada’s most renowned and talented composers – and making each of those songs their own!

Performers include Cris Derksen, Mélisande (électrotrad), Cold Specks, C.R. Avery, Katie Moore, Jim Byrnes, Women in the Round, Carolyn Mark, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Leonard Podolak, The Funk Hunters and Paul Pigat.

You’ll hear the much-loved songs of renowned composers with surnames like: Bolduc, Cockburn, Cohen, Lightfoot, McGarrigle, Mitchell, Sainte-Marie, Snow, Tyson and Young – along with songs penned by the Hip, Arcade Fire, our own Spirit of the West, and others. And you’ll get to sing-along, too!

What an amazing night of song it’s going to be – a night to celebrate the festival’s 40th birthday – a night to remember for the next 150 years!

Tickets are FREE. Reserve yours now by clicking HERE.



CHFA west Trade Show 2017 in Canada- African Fair Trade Society

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Conference: April 6 & 7, 2017

Trade Show: April 8 & 9, 2017

Time:- 10:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. daily

Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Vancouver, BC

New Mobile Guide Now Available

We’ve created a mobile guide for attendees to easily access all the information needed to make the show experience enjoyable, efficient and hassle-free. Compatible with any phone or device, the mobile guide includes:

– Conference Program
– Products by Category
– Floor Plans
– Exhibitor List and Sponsors
– City Map

On your phone, simply go to in the browser to access and save the mobile guide. It’s quick, easy and mobile.

On-site Attendee Registration Hours:
Thursday, April 6:    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 7:     7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 8:    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 9:    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


CHFA Quebec 2017 Trade Show

African Fair Trade Society going to attend CHFA Quebec 2017 Trade Show. Our Booth number at the show is # 204. CHFA Quebec will be held in Montreal, Canada starting on 10th Feb, 2017. This Trade Show is a 2 day event and will end on 11th February, 2017. We hope to see you there.CHFA Quebec 2017 Trade Show

February 10 & 11, 2017
Trade show hours:
Friday, February 10 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Palais des congrès de Montréal

Attendee onsite registration hours:
Friday, February 10 – 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 11 – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The only trade show in Quebec dedicated to natural health retailers and health practitioners.  It’s your best source for the latest products and hottest trends for the natural products and organics industries.

  • Meet face-to-face with over 130 exhibiting companies
  • Discover new natural health products and services for your business
  • Enjoy special networking events brought to you by CHFA

Exhibit Space at the Fair at the PNE

AugFair 2ust 20 – September 5, 2016

Closed Monday August 22 & 29

The Fair at the PNE is Vancouver’s biggest summer event which draws over 750,000 people. With the diverse audience attending The Fair, it serves as an amazing location to help you promote your brand and secure great sales.

The Fair offers diverse booth locations including indoor space at Marketplace, ideal for fashion, housewares, clothing, gifts and electronics and then an additional 115 acres of Outside Grounds great for concessions, rides, attractions and shopping.

Applications for the 2016 Fair at the PNE are now closed. Thank you for your interest. Applications for the 2017 Fair at the PNE will open at the beginning of 2017.

For further information, please contact in Exhibit Space at 604-252-3504 or

PNE 2016

Please note that in the best interest of the experience of our guests, we do not accept applications to exhibit, display or sample onsite from individuals or groups in the following categories:

  1. Religious groups promoting any type of faith-based messaging (long term grandfathered partners in this category will be phased out over time)
  2. Political groups
  3. Special interest advocacy groups (any group that promotes a message that criticizes another individual or organization’s beliefs, policies or behaviors in any way)

Don’t miss the fair and don’t miss our Booth #614 at Marketplace. All types of organic Shea butter products are available for your hair and skin.

Upcoming Summer Events

Vancouver Car Free Day 2013

Vancouver Car Free Day 2014

Car Free Day 2014 is fast approaching and once again the African Fair Trade Society is excited to be in attendance at the Commercial Drive party. Come celebrate car-free streets, community and family at Vancouver’s favorite street festival. Don’t forget to visit the AFTS booth!

June 15, 2014

Commercial Drive, Main Street, the West End (Denman Street) and Kitsilano

More Info:
Vancouver Car Free Day Website
Car Free Day on Facebook



We will be setting up shop at this years Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach. Join us for a weekend of great music and fun in the sunshine!

July 18-20, 2014

Jericho Beach Park

Ticket Info:
The Festival Website

The Fair at the PNE

The Fair at the PNE

The 2014 Fair at the PNE will be held from August 16 to September 1. Stay tuned for more details.

August 16 – September 1, 2014

Pacific National Exhibition

More Info:
The PNE Website

A Chair For All – Part 1

Ba Cisse - A chair for all When you want to make a small change in the world, you often need to look back at what shaped your vision for change. The African Fair Trade Society (AFTS) is a small little organization that wants to make the world a little better.

It had been five years since Ba Cisse, the founder of the AFTS, had returned to his home village in Senegal. Five years ago the AFTS was a tiny little organization trying to survive. Ba was determined to help his village when they were desperate. After many years of hard work he now wanted to see Dakateli, his home village with his own eyes again.

“I wanted to see with my own eyes if the work is helping and being executed how we envisioned.” Ba told me in a recent interview.

In early 2008, Ba traveled back to Dakateli to see where he grew up and decide how to proceed in the future. “When I walked out of the airport in Dakar I remembered just how different Canada is.” Dakar is the capital of Senegal and is a two day bus journey away from Dakateli.

Ba still clearly remembers how the entire village stopped and came to see him when he finally arrived. “All the women thanked me for the help with their children. Even though I can only do a little, they are very thankful that I have not forgotten them.” It was a time of celebration in the village and a time of personal reflection for Ba. “They give me courage to continue and I always remember how small my problems are compared to theirs.”

Ba’s first order of business was to meet with the women’s group and try to see what the village needs the most. He wanted to know what the AFTS can do to help children living in the rural villages. The woman said that a lot of the kids walk more than an hour to get to school. Most can not afford to bring a lunch, so when the class breaks at noon, many kids leave and don’t return. The boys are sent to the fields to farm rice and corn, while the girls gather water, firewood and prepare to cook dinner.
Dakateli Women's Group and Ba
Ba remembered his days of schooling in Dakateli, “teachers would come from the city once a month and stay for a week. We all sat on the ground and we never had any supplies”. Ba’s schooling consisted of less than five days of class a month. The women’s group has worked very hard to get their kids a good education. Now school is five days a week from 8:00am to 4:00pm. When Ba was listening to the problems of the kids having to leave, he started to think “this is something that we can prevent. The AFTS can help”. Ba asked the women’s group to setup a meeting with the teachers of the school. Together, they would find a way.

At the start of the 2008 school year, l’ecole Dakateli had 160 students attending the first five grades. Of these students, 83 were boys and 77 were girls. It is often the elementary schools in rural villages that are the poorest and most in need. The middle schools and high schools are in the large centers and provide a good education. But kids in the rural villages get left behind and can never catch up.

Ba’s meeting with the teachers and women’s group was a success. They came up with a plan to provide a lunch for every kid attending school. Ba said, “if the village can pay for half of the lunches then the African Fair Trade Society would pay for the other half”. But this would only work if the women’s group would agree to cook and prepare the meals for the kids. They would have to volunteer their time in order for this lunch program to be a success. Ba remembered when the head of the women’s group rose and said “we will all volunteer our time to help give the kids an education. We need people to give us a voice, and this can only be done through the education of our kids”. When Ba heard this he knew this program would be a success.
Students in Dakateli School
The lunch program had been going for a year when I met with Ba in March. He said that all the kids were now attending and the whole village was very proud of their accomplishment. Ba was also very excited for another reason. He had just told the women’s group that the AFTS would be able to cover the entire cost of the Dakateli lunch program. April 2009 was the first month where the AFTS provided the entire cost of the kids lunches.

Thank you for reading part one of Ba’s journey home. Read part 2.