#WVBus: TD Sunfest Celebrates Diversity In London, Ontario

Alfredo Caxaj (second from right) came to Canada from Guatemala with his wife and son in 1985. Now his daughter Mercedes (right) runs the family business — TD Sunfest -— one of the biggest world music festivals in North America.
Alfredo Caxaj (second from right) came to Canada from Guatemala with his wife and son in 1985. Now his daughter Mercedes (right) runs the family business — TD Sunfest -— one of the biggest world music festivals in North America. Julian Hayda / WBEZ
Alfredo Caxaj (second from right) came to Canada from Guatemala with his wife and son in 1985. Now his daughter Mercedes (right) runs the family business — TD Sunfest -— one of the biggest world music festivals in North America.
Alfredo Caxaj (second from right) came to Canada from Guatemala with his wife and son in 1985. Now his daughter Mercedes (right) runs the family business — TD Sunfest -— one of the biggest world music festivals in North America. Julian Hayda / WBEZ

#WVBus: TD Sunfest Celebrates Diversity In London, Ontario

Worldview is on the road. Today, our show comes to you from London, Ontario, where we are enjoying Canada’s largest global music festival, TD Sunfest. Alfredo Caxaj, a Guatemalan refugee, founded the festival in 1995. In the years since, Sunfest has grown, taking place over four days in Victoria Park under the direction of Caxaj and his daughter Mercedes. We are joined by Catalina Maria Johnson, host and producer of Vocalo's Beat Latino, as we speak with Alfredo about London’s increasing diversity and his goals for the festival.

The Worldview bus tour is visiting communities throughout the Great Lakes region for a week as we celebrate the show’s twenty-fifth year on air. From water insecurity in Flint to indigenous rights in Kalamazoo, we are sharing stories that allow you to experience the world through the communities in your own backyard.