Retrospective 1982

Dear younger friends, I will take you to a Vancouver you never knew! I was born in Quebec City and made my way very gradually to the “green city,” with a stop in Ontario for university studies, a quarter of a century in Alberta to bring up our children, and two enchanted years in New…

Designs on sustainability

Alisa Yao wants to help others adopt a more sustainable lifestyle through her work. A fourth-year product design student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) and an entrepreneur, Yao creates products that promote a more waste-free way of living. Yao believes that product design is critical to reducing waste. “It’s not just telling people to live…

Nordic traditions live on locally

Every year, the Scandinavian community celebrates, among other traditions, Santa Lucia on December 9. Elinor Barr, a researcher on Scandinavian immigration to Canada and author of Swedes in Canada: Invisible Immigrants, shares her thoughts on Swedish-Canadian history. Born in Ignace, Ontario to Swedish parents, Barr, 84, lived in Port Arthur and Fort William, where she worked…

Connecting to the homeland through art

Deep inside Jose Urbay’s heart, there’s a land of gold where he sources his artistic inspirations. Born and raised in Havana City, Cuba, Urbay considers his homeland the backbone of his artworks. “It’s where I come from and it’s the goal of my works,” says Urbay, now a Vancouver-based visual artist and graphic designer. Urbay…

Sound installations, settings, beckon listeners

Sound artist and instrument builder George Rahi and keyboardist and composer Robyn Jacobs will be performing a concert with the installation pulses // patterns at the Western Front on Dec. 14. The installation features a set of rotary speakers connected by a MIDI interface to a wooden pipe organ, reconceiving these separate musical inventions and…

Cultural Calendar

Time flies, doesn’t it? The festive season is back already, and there are so many indoor and outdoor holiday events to attend. Catch a short film from Italy, watch illuminated lanterns at the PNE and Yaletown, and usher in the new year in style at the many New Year’s Eve parties happening around town. There…