Fish and chips on Granville Island | Photo by Paul Joseph

On how Vancouver, city of flavours, managed to win my heart

I arrived here dragging my feet, despite having had this expatriation project in mind for many long months before my arrival in Vancouver. I’m attached to my hometown, my culture and my gastronomic delights. On the eve of my departure, I indulged myself in a feast of cheeses and foie gras with fine wines to…

It would take a worker making minimum wage more than two years to make what Clark gets for her “car allowance.” | Photo courtesy of the Province of British Columbia

Christy Clark is counting on you not paying attention

In just over one year, B.C. voters will go to the polls again. Under the province’s fixed election date rules, E-Day is tentatively scheduled for May 9, 2017. Despite a growing tally of scandals and the fact her promises of an LNG “bonanza” – a centrepiece of her 2013 election campaign – turned out to…

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Strength and resilience transcend place and time

Award winning author Yasuko Thanh will be reading from her newly published novel Mysterious Fragrance of the Yellow Mountains at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on May 18 as part of Incite: An Exploration of Books and Ideas series presented in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest. At the heels of an early well-traveled…

Photo courtesy of The Roots Remains.

Strong roots give rise to creative process

Cambodia is like a mother. One day she became sick—hurting—dying—she could no longer take care of her children. She had to let them go. “One day I’ll call you back.” And now—today—right now—She’s calling us. So begins the trailer for Cambodian street art documentary The Roots Remain (2015). It was 2012 when Montreal-based graffiti artist…

Flicker aims to change stereotypical ideas of First Nations art form.| Photo courtesy of Dancers of Damelahamid
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New production mixes traditions and modernity

A family-run production, Dancers of Damelahamid, brings together a collaboration of various Aboriginal dance forms and innovative ideas and technology in their new production, Flicker. Nigel Grenier, dancer and performer, says Flicker continues some of the threads of previous dance productions, such as Spirit and Transformation: using music to tell a story. Rather than shorter…

Performers use bolas as percussion.| Photo courtesy of Che Malambo.

South American rhythm, intensity and dance

Argentina-based dance company Che Malambo will be performing their energetic dance act May 20 at the Vogue. Led by renowned French choreographer Gilles Brinas, the all-male company’s malambo dance performance is centered on the tradition of the South American “gaucho” cowboy. “Malambo has always elevated my soul,” says choreographer Gilles Brinas, “the malambo, by nature…

Watch the Inupiaq people facing the realities and consequences of climate change in Kivalina, playing at DOXA.

Cultural Calendar

It’s already May in Vancouver and there is no shortage of cultural events to attend. Please do enjoy the amazing weather outside, but if you are looking for some events to attend, why not check out some of the following around town. From art galas to dancing and public salons to festivals, there’s something for…

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Lumpiang Ubod (fresh heart of palm spring roll)

If you’re at all familiar with the Filipino treat lumpia, you’re probably imagining spring rolls filled with veggies or ground meat, deep fried to a crisp… and you wouldn’t be wrong! Being Filipino myself, I’ve had my fair share of those yummy treats. This spring, however, I decided to veer away from the deep fryer…