The Canadian side of Vancouver

I heard about the city of Vancouver long before I came here. Vancouver, “the warmest part of Canada,” we used to say scornfully, in my childhood home of Edmonton, Alberta. Vancouver seemed somewhat less than Canadian with it being so far off behind the Rocky Mountains. Vancouverites didn’t slide to school on snow-packed roads the…

A cultural approach to energy

Space travel, medical advances and the digital age are all trends we associate with the modern era. Yet an underlying theme, modern man’s access to energy, is rarely considered a major driver of history. Imre Szeman, professor of Communications and English at the University of Waterloo and co-director of Petrocultures, wants to reshape discussions on…

Augmented reality games as tools for social interaction

Video games have advanced significantly from the first generation of games, such as Pong and The Odyssey, which are now regarded as arcade classics. Developers have strived to make games more expansive, experiential and realistic. Through this process, developers have increasingly blurred the line between game and reality. In a study recently published online in Personality and Individual Differences,…

Contribution: Blockchain, bitcoin, boggled?

The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies has seen a massive explosion in value, growing from $22 billion (CAD) at the beginning of 2017 to $1 trillion over the course of the year. With the rapid growth in the crypto scene, more and more people are looking to invest and capitalize on this lucrative trend. However,…

A dance of life, death and transformation

pataSola Dance, a local dance company, will be performing Metamorphosis Butoh at the Shadbolt Centre from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24. Choreographed by Gustavo Collini in collaboration with pataSola Dance co-founders Eduardo Meneses and Salomé Nieto, the piece derives its name from the Japanese genre of dance, butoh, as well as the subject the performance’s main themes:…

Cultural Calendar

Family Day, Valentine’s Day, Black History Month and the Lunar New Year are all happening this month! Celebrate these occurrences by exploring the many musicals, roundtables, film fests, theatre plays and storytelling happening throughout the city. * * * Next to Normal Feb 7–17 Studio 16, Vancouver www.explorasian.org Next to Normal is a 2010 winner of…

Noodle Kugel

When I was deciding what to make for this edition, I was immediately drawn to the noodle kugel for its familiarity. This casserole-like dish reminds me of a cross between bread pudding, stuffing and baked mac all in one. I’ve since discovered is an essential staple and side dish at many Jewish gatherings! After researching…