Chairman George (Sapounidis) to Rock Beijing!

Chairman George (Sapounidis) to Rock Beijing!

“Chairman George” and “Toddish McWong” finally meet!
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George Sapounidis is a Greek-Canadian who sings in Mandarin
Chinese.  He has become famous in China.  In 2004, he was
featured in the CBC television performance special “Gung Haggis Fat
Choy.”  In February of 2005, I met him when he came to do a Spring
Festival concert for a Chinese audience in the Vancouver suburb of
Burnaby.  We hit it off immediately with our spontaneous wacky
sense of humours and living in the moment styles.  George sent me
the invitation below…. obviously…. he's very excited.

Todd & George pose with Chinese dancers!

Friends !   Hope to see you in Beijing
for our performance.   
George QiaoZhi from Canada
Call  13693364944 after April 29 .  
Ottawa, Canada   April 15, 2007


Performing at:
BEIJING International Cultural Festival 2007
April 30 – May 4, 2007 in
Beijing (Chaoyang Park)  
Apr.30   19:30–21:00  


May.3     09:00–10:30 

May.4     09:00—10:30 

GEORGE and the MINISTERS  (photo attached)
Sapounidis – vocal, guitar, bouzouki
Vince Halfhide – electric
Stuart Watkins –  bass, backing vocal
Murray – drums


For performance details please call Zhu Dan at
13552287798 in Beijing (China Performing Arts Agency).

Sapounidis and his Ottawa-based Canadian rock band Chairman George and the
have been invited

to Beijing to perform in one of China's biggest
international festivals this spring, the MEET IN BEIJING Cultural Festival
Sapounidis and his band will perform
a combination of Chinese folkpop and Greek bouzouki blues. Their repertoire
also includes original songs written and performed by Sapounidis in Mandarin, as
well as Olympic-themed tunes. In addition to singing in Mandarin and
Greek, Sapounidis plays the guitar and the Greek bouzouki which resembles a
Xinjiang instrument called the Dongbula. In 2002 Sapounidis appeared solo
at the Festival for the first time.
MEET IN BEIJING Cultural Festival 2007 is
a month-long gala featuring diversified cultural performances by artistic
troupes from around the world. Chinese performances by top-class arts groups
from different regions in China will also be included.
The Festival is sponsored by the Ministry of
Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Beijing Municipal Government and
the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and is organized by
the China Performing Arts Agency. The Festival has been held every May since
2000 and has attracted more than a hundred arts groups and exhibitions from all
over the world.
This will be the band's second visit to
China. In October 2006 they performed in Beijing's award-winning rock music
venue Yugong Yishan, at the Nanning International Folk Song Arts
Festival in Guangxi Province, and in Shenzhen. 
Sapounidis also attended the 5th Shanghai Baoshan
International Folk Arts Festival as a solo performer. He was invited by Beijing Television to take part in the annual
performance competition for foreigners and participated in the CCTV4
program Tong Le Wu Zhou. He has submitted original songs for the song
competition for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. He regularly lectures and
performs in schools and universities in Beijing. Sapounidis and his
band are based in Ottawa, Canada.
For information contact :

1) George Sapounidis aka
“Chairman George”  
   Ottawa :  613 951
   Beijing :  mobile
   Email :   (listen to interview, songs)  (purchase CD) 

2) Han Yi  (Assistant to George Sapounidis)  

    Email :

3) Beijing :  Winston Wang Xiuqin (Deputy
Director, China Performing Arts Agency)
    Mobile : 
About Chairman George and the
Ministers   (Ottawa,
Lead singer and musician George Sapounidis
(Chairman George) is a Chinese folk-singing sensation of Greek descent
who has appeared at international festivals across China, on stage at Beijing's
Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Great Hall of the People and for China Central
Television. He is a polyglot who sings in more than six languages. In 2005 he
was the subject of the award-winning CTV / BBC international television
documentary Chairman George. He was Olympic Torch-Bearer and National
Olympic Committee Assistant with the Chinese Delegation at the Athens 2004
Olympic Games. His CD release  George from Athens to Beijing,
consisting of Chinese and Greek repertoire, was nominated for Best World Music
at the 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards.  He holds a Ph.D. in mathematical
statistics from the University of Toronto.
Stuart Watkins (electric bass)
has performed at the Athens and Torino Olympics, in Hong Kong at the
international premiere of the film the DaVinci Code, and appears regularly with
the East Village Opera Company out of New York City. This was the house band for
the Miss USA 2006 pageant on NBC television and is currently set to perform in
Peru, South America.
Vince Halfhide (electric guitar) is
originally from Trinidad and is of African, British and Japanese descent. He has
appeared on television and radio and has toured nationally and internationally
across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe as guitarist for many Canadian and
American artists.

Ross Murray (drummer) has been a professional
percussionist and drummer for more than 25 years. He has collaborated with
bands, composers, choreographers, and film makers across Canada and
internationally.  He is also a well-known producer and recording engineer
in Canada.  

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