• Orpheum Annex (map)
  • 601 Smithe St
  • Vancouver, BC, V6B
  • Canada


“Dowland’s tunes are sturdy, able to thrive on a lively lilt or bring a sentimental tear to the eye when offered with sweet Irish melancholy. Slattery sings with a feel for period style and the pub, and La Nef crosses genre divides with similar ease.” – Los Angeles Times

“Elemental emotional force”, The Financial Times

Working closely with internationally renowned American tenor Michael Slattery, Montreal’s La Nef lend some of John Dowland’s music a simple Celtic flavor and breathe life into the possibility that one of the greatest English composers was actually an Irishman.


Born and educated in Vancouver, Alvin S. Nemetz moved to the United States in 1952 to pursue further studies in his chosen field of economics at the University of Washington and at the School of Business at Columbia University where he was a Samuel Bronfman Fellow. After 30 years in business in the US and Toronto, he realized his dream of returning to the city of his birth. Back in Vancouver, he generously shared his time and assets for the enrichment of the community until his death in May 2001. A devoted family man and keen traveler with his wife Sheila, daughters Andrea and Jill, son-in-law Ralph, and grandchildren Ian and Sarah, Alvin always made a point of seeking out indigenous music in any place he visited, purchasing cassettes and CDs in locales such as Greece, Memphis, South America, and St. Petersburg, Russia, to name a few.

A life-long lover of music, Alvin was especially proud to have had a part in bringing the inaugural Festival Vancouver 2000 from a dream to reality.