The Unified is a 6 piece Vancouver-based band playing originals and covers that has been captivating audiences with their unique blend of feel good funk, soul, groove, pop, and dance music.
Playing at the hottest local venues throughout the city their live shows are incredibly tight, with lots of energy that keeps the audience dancing all night long. Their sound is fresh, unique, and unforgettable, making The Unified one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Vancouver's thriving music scene.
Canada Day @ Canada Place
Shipyards North Shore Concert Series
Fridays On Front - New West
Surrey Fusion Festival
LG104.3FM #vanCover Grand Prize winners for best song
Harmony Arts Festival
TD Vancouver Jazz Fest
Make Music Festival
Trout Lake Summer Concert Series
Car Free Day
Stand Up and Dance I & II (humanitarian fundraisers in support for Mental Health Awareness / Amanda Todd Foundation, and Women from Kenya living with HIV/ AIDS)
Paramount Pictures and Vancouver Televisions Day of Positivity
St. Paul’s Hospital Charity Foundation
Press / Reviews
"Your album makes everyone want to dance and groove"
Make Music Festival, Vancouver
“The Unified is the most exciting band to hit the Vancouver Scene! A riveting blend of funk and different styles that are absolutely outstanding! The vocals and sound of this band is absolutely killer! Vancouver look out for The Unified. There is no doubt in my mind they will be taking over this city!”
Malaika Jackson, Vancouver Television
"I hired The Unified to perform at my singles release party in Dec 2014 and man, did they ever rock the crowd! I MC'd an event a few months prior where they were the headliners and knew I had to have them at my show. The band members are all super-creative and versatile. They can improvise and switch the flow at a moment's notice. Their sound is unique, soulful and inclusive - anyone, I mean anyone, can enjoy this band. I purchased their first EP after I first heard them perform and our family listens to it often. I wish The Unified much success on their journey!"
Monica Morong – CBC featured hip hop artist, Sacramento CA
"I've had the privilege of working with The Unified since 2010. Ever since I heard them play, my body and soul were hooked! Their infectious groove, catchy “get stuck in your head” songs and energy is undeniable. No matter what the venue or demographic is, people have such a positive experience and reaction to the Unified, it's quite spectacular. I am very passionate and involved in performances with a purpose, humanitarian and charity events and I couldn’t think of a better band to collaborate with in delivering my visions and goals of empowering, educating and bettering our societies. These six guys wear their hearts on their sleeves and it shows in their music, performance, energy and attitude both on and off the stage. I would highly recommend the Unified for any major community, festival, corporate or family event."
Karen Kobel, Performance with a Purpose / Humanitarian Event Organizer
Sample Covers List
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
September – Earth Wind and Fire
Ariana Grande – Thank You Next
Levitating - Dua Lipa
Apple Tree - Erykah Badu
Love You Madly – Cake
About Damn Time - Lizzo
Cosmic Girl – Jamiroquai
Treasure – Bruno Mars
Fast love - Georgie Michael
Move on up – Curtis Mayfield
Black Capricorn Day - Jamiroquai
Aeroplane - RHCP
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Funk Mobile - Bass is Base
Hand In My Pocket - Alanis Morissette
Love Foolosophy - Jamiroquai
Doo Wop – Lauren Hill
Smooth Operator - Sade
Canned Heat – Jamiroquai
No Diggity – Blackstreet
Everything is Everything – Lauren Hill
Return of the Mack – Mark Morison
Disco Yes - Tom Misch
Fly As Me - Anderson Paak
Smooth – Santana
Roxanne – Police
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
No Way No – Magic
Happy – Pharrell Williams
American Boy - Estelle ft. Kanye
Valerie - Amy Winehouse
Buckjump - Trombone Shorty
Peace. Love. Unity
The 6 member band comes from a diverse social and musical background, giving the Unified its unique sound.
Lead Vocals and Guitar
Ivan Vladikovic, a multifaceted artist, is the lead singer, founding member, and principal songwriter of The Unified.
Starting with a guitar and piano, Ivan began crafting his own compositions at an early age, weaving his emotions into every chord. His journey through the world of melody was ignited by his father's cherished music collection, which kindled a lifelong passion. The stage became his sanctuary/canvas, a place where his fervent passion for live performance could be felt in every note he sang and played.
Ivan has had a vibrant career in local music, most notably shining as the frontman of the Roxy Cabaret's resident band, Fully Loaded. From intimate venues to grand stages, Ivan's talent has resonated in places like Rogers Arena and the PNE, as part of the Cody Simpson Tour.
Ivan's artistic mastery extends beyond the realm of music, he has also made his mark in the acting world. His presence has graced the screens of major network television, a testament to his versatility as a performer.
A truly remarkable accolade, Ivan's original composition found its way to the heart of the nation, featured on a Canadian National News Cast by none other than Tina House, winner of the Best Canadian National News Anchor 2022 award. His melodies served as the emotional tapestry for impactful storytelling, resonating deeply with audiences across the country.
Ivan Vladikovic's journey embodies the fusion of passion, musical prowess, and the art of captivating storytelling. With every chord struck and every note sung, he weaves a narrative that reverberates through hearts and souls, a true maestro of his craft.
Bogdan Profir, the lead guitarist and founding member of The Unified. Born in Romania, Bogdan's remarkable journey in music began when he first discovered his passion at the age of 8 through violin lessons. Years of dedicated study and performances in the realm of classical music laid a solid foundation for his musical prowess. However, it was at the age of 12 that Bogdan's musical horizons expanded as he picked up the guitar, setting the stage for a remarkable career. By the time he was 13, he had already formed his first rock band, which quickly gained recognition with multiple appearances on top national TV stations and youth performances in Romania. At the age of 15, Bogdan embarked on a new chapter in his life by moving to Canada. Immersed in the vibrant music scene, he became a part of various bands, touring across Ontario and gracing renowned venues such as The Opera House, The Horseshoe Tavern, and The Reverb. Driven by passion for challenge and discovery, Bogdan's musical journey took an exciting turn as he delved into diverse genres such as funk, soul, blues, and roots. In 2010, shortly after settling in Vancouver, he founded The Unified, a band that would become a vehicle for his musical exploration. With The Unified, Bogdan and his bandmates embarked on a sonic adventure, captivating audiences at acclaimed venues in Vancouver and lighting up various festivals, including the prestigious TD Jazzfest.
Gregory Kennedy is a saxophonist who fell in love with his instrument after hearing the iconic Pink Panther theme by Henry Mancini. Gregory's passion for funk, soul, R&B, and jazz is reflected in his style that blends smooth melodies with infectious rhythms.
Hailing from Vancouver, Gregory has been an active member of the local music scene. He has collaborated with many talented musicians, always striving to learn and grow as an artist.
With his saxophone, Gregory tells stories that touch the soul, inviting his audience to experience the music in a profound way. Whether improvising a solo or laying down a funky riff, Gregory's love for music is evident in every note he plays.
Dimitar Karabov was born and raised in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and later moved to Vancouver, Canada, in 2005. His passion for music began at the age of 14 when he first started playing the drums. Over the years, he has developed a deep appreciation for various music styles and loves to experiment with different genres.
Apart from being the drummer for The Unified, Dimitar is also a member of two other bands, Boy Breaking Glass and Puppycat. His diverse skill set allows him to contribute to the unique sound of each band he plays with.
As a highly sought-after drummer, Dimitar has performed at numerous venues and events in Canada and beyond.
Bass and Backing Vocals
Rick Wight, a talented musician from North Delta, Vancouver, is the bass player for the band called The Unified. He developed a passion for music at a young age and played the alto saxophone in his school bands, showing a love for jazz and funk. In grade 12, Rick started playing the bass guitar with a metal band and discovered a new passion for the instrument. In 2017, he joined The Unified after being approached by Dimi, the drummer. Rick's bass playing adds funky soul grooves and infectious rhythms to the band's sound. With his diverse musical background, Rick brings a unique flavor to The Unified. He is an essential part of the band's journey, and fans are excited to see what they will create next.
Keyboards, Recorder, Backing Vocals
Colin Moore was born and raised in Toronto and has had a passion for music and performance all his life. He began his formal music education at the Royal Conservatory of Music at age 4 and over the course of 2 decades studied piano, recorder, violin, saxophone, guitar, drums, and music theory. Colin also competed in national and international performance competitions in recorder and was ranked the top player in the under-18 category through both the Canadian Music Competition and Kiwanis International. Growing up, Colin also sang / acted with the Canadian Opera Company and performed in annual productions at the Hummingbird Centre in Toronto (now Meridian Hall) and toured in Europe. In recent years, he played drums in an alt rock band in Toronto before moving to Vancouver in 2017. In 2019, Colin was introduced to the Unified and has been playing keys with the group ever since.