Examining connections and alienation

“I find that we are living in a time where people are really hungry for community. There are a lot of resources but we still feel this disconnect,” says Leamore Cohen, Inclusion Services Coordinator at Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCC). February was established as Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month (JDAIM) amongst Jewish…

Holiday Greetings from Montreal

This past December, my wife, Sherry, and I visited Montreal for our Canadian honeymoon vacation. We were able to squeeze in a week for travel and since we hadn’t yet renewed our passports, we chose Montreal as our domestic getaway, owing to its reputation as a romantic destination with amazing food, historic architecture and old…

From the collective to the individual

The China-based Polit-Sheer-Forum Office (PSFO) art collective is a five-member group mixing an open enjoyment for art and movement with a subtle critique of the world around them. Having been raised during and after China’s Cultural Revolution between 1966 and 1976, these artists have much to say about group mentality and the importance of individuality in…

First Nations’ past meets present in multimedia works

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery will be the host of Hexsa’a_m: To Be Here Always, a multimedia exhibit that ties together history and the present-day, using art in a way that is not just symbolic but a genuine representation of the vibrant culture and legal issues that exist today. The exhibit will run from…

Searching for the heart of the scarecrow

Corazón del espantapájaros (Heart of the Scarecrow), an upcoming art project hosted by the Audain Gallery at the SFU Jan. 17–March 9, will feature Canadian Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa in his third iteration of a serial project that originated from a 1962 Guatemalan play with the same name. The project will exhibit some of the…

A Scandinavian musical state of mind

Hailing from Røros, Norway, SVER seeks to bring fresh perspective and energy to traditional Scandinavian folk music. The quintet brings their bold energetic brand of Norwegian Folk Music to the Rogue Folk Club on Jan. 16. A rich history and sound Nearly every region of the world has its own kind of folk music. Some…

Cultural Calendar

Welcome to 2019! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season; best wishes for an amazing year. Start your new year off right by visiting and attending some of the events and festivals, lectures and exhibits happening around the city. If you missed it during the Christmas season, there are still a couple of holiday light…