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Jazz concert celebrates 45th anniversary of Canada-Vietnam diplomatic relations

Released at: 14:31, 17/10/2018

Jazz concert celebrates 45th anniversary of Canada-Vietnam diplomatic relations

Photo: Trang Vu

Popular Canadian jazz band plays at Hanoi Opera House as celebrations of 45th anniversary continue.

by Thu Hoang

B’s Bees, a Canadian jazz band from Montréal, recently brought their talent to the stage of the Hanoi Opera House to celebrate 45 years of bilateral relations between Canada and Vietnam.

Hosted by the Canadian Embassy in Hanoi, the concert was enthusiastically received by government representatives, diplomats, key business partners, and friends of Canada.

Canada and Vietnam enjoy a fruitful and multifaceted relationship that precedes the formal establishment of diplomatic relations in 1973.

The relationship continues to expand across a broad spectrum of business, academia, media, culture, sports, and tourism.

Over the past year, both Canada and Vietnam have recognized this important milestone and participated in cultural exchanges.

In September, the Vietnamese Government organized a popular cultural week in Canada, featuring a film festival and a musical performance. B’s Bees’s performance in Hanoi continues this cultural exchange between the two countries.

“We are excited to be able to showcase a sample of Canadian culture and heritage here,” said Mr. Robert Bissett, Chargé d’affaires at the Canadian Embassy. “B’s Bees offered a dynamic musical performance in a spectacular venue.”

Speaking about the concert, B’s Bees’ band leader Brandon Goodwin said: “We are excited to be part of this memorable event and we are proud to be from a country that works so hard to maintain a strong relationship with Vietnam.”

B’s Bees is a hard swinging jazz outfit known for their compelling original music and high energy interpretations of the music of past masters, such as The Jazz Messengers, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Haden. Comprised of four core members and several charter members, B’s Bees wowed the audience at their debut concert at the Montréal International Jazz Festival in 2012.

Vietnam now ranks first in Southeast Asia as a source of international students in Canada, with over 14,000 now studying in the country.

Bilateral trade reaches new heights every year, with over C$6.1 billion ($4.71 billion) in 2017.

Canada is a supporter of Vietnam’s successful development efforts and sustainable growth, focusing on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, cooperatives, and agricultural value chains.

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