Multicultural belonging in two acts

Act One I remember a smooth landing, except for three hours of wait time afterwards to go through customs at YVR. My flight arrived in the afternoon, but it felt like evening in the waiting room. The waiting area was packed, and luggage sat or stood in the aisles. Bags of various sizes, colours and…

Lighting up Coquitlam

It’s the darkest time of the year, and the Coquitlam Heritage Centre’s Mackin House is brightening things up. It’s just not in the way most Vancouverites would expect, says Jennie Johnston. “This time tends to be focused on the secular and Christianized versions,” says Johnston, the Centre’s program manager and the organizer of Celebration of…

Kıvanç Tatar: crossing the boundaries of science and the arts

Kıvanç Tatar, a newly minted Doctor of Philosophy from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, has developed an innovative interactive AI music agent named MASOM for live performances during his Ph.D. research. Trained with musical styles from famed electroacoustic composers of the past, MASOM has been jamming alongside human performers in an audio-visual performance…

Elaine Woo and the imaginary bike ride

Elaine Woo’s literary life has come full circle. “When I was growing up, my family went to the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library every weekend to borrow new books,” says Woo, author. Now Woo will be showcasing her work at the VPL’s Central branch for the Writers Showcase in December. Woo says that…

Sounds and stories from Portugal

FADO, the story of a young woman getting in touch with her roots, takes the stage at the Firehall Arts Centre from Nov. 21–Dec. 14. Described as “part concert and part theatre”, the production uses the Portuguese national music of the same name as a centrepiece for both the show’s setting and the identity of…

The time-honoured pipa

An instrument from China… and Persia? The Tale of Pipa concert will highlight the pipa, a traditional Chinese four-string lute, exploring some of its roots in different cultures. The concert, which marks the first collaboration between the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble and the Vashaan Persian Music Ensemble, will be held on Dec. 7 at the Dr. Sun…

Cultural Calendar

This is the penultimate cultural calendar for 2019 and for the 2010s decade – get ready to close out the year and the decade in style! From theatre and musical performances to the many Christmas festivals and markets happening, there are plenty of events to check out around town. * * * The Father: A…