West-Can

Teaching and Inspiring Caribbean Folk Culture since 1978!
Au coeur de l’enseignement de la culture folklorique des Caraïbes depuis 1978!

Our History

Here at West-Can Folk Performing Company, we have a passion for the performing arts of Caribbean folk dance, Caribbean folk drumming, Caribbean folk songs and story-telling. We offer thrilling performances combining all the elements of Caribbean folk performing arts for any occasion. West-Can Folk Performing Company provides our members with a unique experience in which they can grow as Caribbean folk performers. Our highly trained instructors have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Caribbean folk performing arts.

West-Can Folk Performing Company is a long-established afro-Caribbean performing group in Quebec, Canada. At the time of its inception, most members were recent immigrants to Canada. Their vision was to showcase Caribbean culture abroad. Now, the group consists mostly of first generation Canadians who continue to learn and demonstrate aspects of afro-Caribbean Folk culture learnt from their parents and elders.

The group has expanded its horizons to include Haitian folklore and traditional African dance styles. During its 30+ years of existence West-Can has touched the hearts of many with their exciting performances, theatrical presentations and drum and dance workshops. Over the years West-Can has offered drum and dance classes to the children of the Caribbean community, ensuring that the rich Caribbean folk culture is passed down to the next generation.

The group has maintained its position as an ambassador of Caribbean folk culture throughout Quebec and Canada and has performed at Montreal Grand Prix, Nuits d’Afrique, The International Reggae Festival, Montreal Caribbean Fashion week 2015 and the International Folk Festival in Drummondville, Quebec and at the 32nd edition of the Folklore Festival in Schoten, Belgium (Werelddansfestival Hello! Schoten). The company has also performed in various festivals in Ontario, Western Canada and the museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Recently (June 2013), West-Can was invited to perform at the Port-of-Spain Town Hall as well as participate in the re enactment of the Canboulay riots of 1881 (March 2014, February 2016, February 2018).