A place where all is possible

I arrived in Vancouver in October 2018. Montréal had been the first city to welcome me on Canadian soil, and I stayed there almost three years during which time I felt as if I was in a small cocoon, in an easy routine surrounded by French speakers. In the meantime, I returned to France to…

Success through collaboration

Bringing people together to garner success is exactly what the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Centre for Community Engagement Learning (CCEL) is hoping to accomplish, with a new project entitled Collaboratory. The project will consist of a series of events meant to bring together members of the community, diverse organizations and UBC students and professors…

Amplifying a voice displaced

Marking the eighth anniversary of the March 11th Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, UBC hosts (March 17) documentarian Hitomi Kamanaka and her newest film Little Voices from Fukushima, a film focusing on mothers and their children displaced by the disaster and subsequent clean-up efforts. M.V. Ramana, Ph.D − Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Affairs, professor Faculty…

Comics open to everyone

The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (VanCAF) is back for its eighth instalment. The VanCAF will bring together artists and fans for a series of workshops, panels and a general exhibition that will provide a forum to interact with and discover creators with all sorts of styles and backgrounds. The festival will run May 18–19 at…

Filipino art platform energizes Vancouver

The Pacific Ocean proves to be a nexus of ideas for Vancouver. Four of metro Vancouver’s art galleries synergize their curatorial efforts to host an event showcasing a Filipino art platform and its founders. Load na Dito comes to Vancouver May 22 at the Western Front Society. It will be free and open to the public.…

Interweaving the worlds of journalism and fiction

Vancouver-based writer and communications specialist Carlo Javier shares his stories about how he got into writing, both in journalism and then fiction: one that explores the relationship between people and technological devices and another that provides a critique on the holistic identity of Filipinos in Vancouver. “I try to walk on days where it’s quiet so I can…

Cultural Calendar

Victoria Day, the federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Queen Victoria, falls on May 20 this year. Even though summer proper doesn’t start until late June, for many Canadians, the Victoria Day holiday ushers in the informal start of summer, providing a long weekend to go outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather! * * *…