Vancouver, home among the mountains and the sea. | Photo by Anick Dubé

I am home

I am from Québec City and the decisive moment to throw it all out the window and start anew in the West came about rather suddenly. The original intention of moving to the West Coast went through a maturation process of about six months before a decision was made. The call of the peaks grew…

The first Waking the Feminists meeting outside The Abbey, Ireland’s national theatre, in Nov. 2015 to protest The Abbey’s male dominated 2016 programme. | Photo courtesy of Emer O’Toole

#WTF – waking the feminists, the Irish way

Simon Fraser University (SFU) Lecture Series presents Waking the Feminists: 2016’s Irish Theatre Revolution on Dec. 1 at the SFU Harbour Centre campus. Guest speaker Emer O’Toole, professor of Irish Canadian Studies at the University of Concordia, will explore Ireland’s revolutionary history and the role of theatre in shaping its politics.  Ireland’s national Abbey Theatre…

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Only bold progressive politics can stop the spread of the Trump virus

Nothing is impossible. That’s a phrase I’ve heard uttered by countless friends, colleagues, and acquaintances since Donald Trump’s unexpected victory over Hillary Clinton. Whatever the initial subject of a conversation these days, it inevitably turns quickly to discussion of the Nov. 8 shocker south of the border. All over the world, people and politicians are…

Behind the scenes during the making of Cold of Kalandar | Photo courtesy of Hakan Burcuoğlu

Spotlight on grit, resilience and a touch of humour at Turkish film fest

This year’s Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (VTFF) holds special significance in light of the country’s recent challenges. The festival takes place in partnership with the Vancouver International Film Festival at VIFF Vancity Theatre, running from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27.  “Our goal is to bring the best of contemporary art cinema that resonates with international…

Michael Occhipinti (guitar) and the Sicilian Project.| Photos courtesy of Michael Occhipinti.

Canadian jazz, Sicilian soul

Guitarist, composer and arranger, Michael Occhipinti excels at making his guitar gently waver between technical styles and genres with progressive precision, all while letting his own personality shine through. Occhipinti is currently on tour with the Sicilian Jazz Project, a band that showcases Occhipinti’s heritage through jazz-fusion and features the Italian vocalist, Pilar. The Sicilian…

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Jayeonmi: (natural Beauty) all around

Ilsoo Kyung’s exhibition, Jayeonmi, depicts the significance of the environment, as well as her message to her audience. The exhibition takes place (Oct.27–Dec.10) at Douglas College. Kyung, who immigrated to Vancouver from South Korea at the age of 29, says the environment has always been an inspiration for her artwork. “I grew up near a…

Christmas cheer all around town.| Photo courtesy of GoToVan.

Cultural Calendar

The Christmas season is in the air as we close in on December. Time to get your holiday shopping done at the many Christmas markets throughout the city. As always, there are film fests, live performances, technology lectures, holiday markets and many other events and festivals happening around town. Here are few to check out…

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Pigeon Park: A symbol of despair and hope

This small triangular park, on the north corner of Hastings and Carrall Streets is virtually on the east/west divide of Vancouver. It’s at the heart of Vancouver’s history, standing on the southeast corner of the 1870 Granville Townsite, which pre-dated the city of Vancouver. It’s also on the traditional territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and…

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Dublin Coddle

A Coddle is basically a leftover stew. Traditionally eaten in Ireland on Thursdays, to finish any meat left in the house, it is a hearty potato based dish best made in a Dutch oven, or any other heavy lidded pot. This version contains all the basics: potatoes, onion, sausage and bacon. While it sounds like…