Temporary foreign workers perform at Banff Centre

Housekeepers, cooks and dishwashers will perform in the World Comes to Banff concert on Friday night.

Housekeepers, cooks and dishwashers have 'hidden talent,' says organizer

Rodrigo Castro (left) is a TFW and a musician who will have to leave Banff next month when his permit expires. (Rodrigo Castro)

The Banff Centre is known for hosting concerts with world-renowned musicians, but on Friday, it will present the talents of some of the town's foreign workers.

The World Comes to Banff multi-media concert will feature actors, photographers, visual artists and musicians who also work as cleaners, cooks and dishwashers.

"Sometimes it's frustrating. You want to do other things in your life. So this is a chance to do it," said Rodrigo Castro (centre), who is also a musician. (Rodrigo Castro)

Many of the performers will be leaving Canada in the next few months because of the recent changes to rules surrounding TFWs.

That's the case for the concert's organizer, Rodrigo Castro, who has been working as a housekeeper at the Banff Centre for almost three years.

"We want to say thank you to the Bow Valley for letting us work and live in the beautiful Rocky Mountains," he said.

Castro himself will be playing guitar in a Latin American fusion band called Origen that he says also plays "oldies and foreign stuff."

Along with being a farewell concert, Castro hopes to showcase the "hidden talents" of Banff's foreign workers.

"Sometimes it's frustrating. You want to do other things in your life. So this is a chance to do it," he said.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. on April 10 in the Max Bell Auditorium at the Banff Centre. It's free but people are encouraged to bring a monetary donation to the Banff Foodbank.


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