A native of Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland, Jim Payne is a leading performer, collector and producer of Newfoundland traditional music. He is also one of the province’s most prolific songwriters, as well as being a singer of traditional songs, a storyteller, writer, actor, and instructor and caller of traditional Newfoundland set and square dances. He has directed, composed and performed music for some of the most popular theatre productions of the past three decades, as well as creating soundtracks for plays, documentaries and videos. He has performed extensively on radio and television in Canada and abroad, in feature films, and has toured throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.
Jabula Entertainment – Dominican Bachata Workshop: Bachata is a traditional latin dance which originated in the Dominican Republic and continues to evolve into different styles which are now danced all over the world in different family gatherings. Tendai Mudunge and Bethany Green of Jabula Entertainment will teach participants a choreographed performance piece that will introduce everyone to the basic moves of the dance. “Jabula means “happiness” in Zulu and dancing is our way of sharing happiness and making an impact in the community on the rock.”