A small-town girl captivated by diversity

I grew up in a rural community in southern Ontario. I grew up knowing every person that lived on my long country road, and I had gone to school with the same group of kids from kindergarten to grade 12. Although small town life has its charms, it also lacks a sense of diversity that…

Christmas the Italian way

Christmas in Italy blends many traditions, says Stefano Gulmanelli: secular and religious, modern and traditional. It’s still a little bit about mass, but also about fun and family. “It’s about shopping and presents and food and getting together,” adds Gulmanelli, the Italian-Canadian president of The Dante Alighieri Society of Vancouver, a language school and cultural…

Hansel and Gretel – retold and relaxed

A new version of Hansel and Gretel is just what the world needs at this time, says Ellie King. “There’s rotten stuff going on in the world right now, so our goal is to lighten people’s lives, to bring light through the door,” says King, who is the founder and artistic director of The Royal Canadian Theatre Company,…

Shake Up: An exhibition to mark seismic upgrades at MOA

The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is at the start of an extensive seismic upgrade project to protect the iconic Great Hall and preserve the invaluable Northwest Coast Collection for generations to come. Shake Up: Preserving What We Value is a brand new exhibition designed to coincide with the upgrades and provide visitors with the chance to learn…

Julian Hou: Life of a resident artist

In the Fall of 2018, local artist Julian Hou started a media arts residency at Western Front to further develop his art practice through exploratory research. Hou’s projects often weave various media pieces together that build multi-layered narratives for audience members to contemplate. “I often work in several mediums simultaneously and gradually something emerges in…

VR meets art

Kiran Bhumber and Nancy Lee will be presenting Telepresence, an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience on Dec.14 and 15 at Western Front. The creators of the project bring together their mutual experience in music and visual and multimedia art in a piece which seeks to subvert the hierarchy of aural and visual artistic elements. “The medium…

Good Tidings! A Christmas gospel special

This December, for the 15th consecutive year, the Good Noise Vancouver Gospel Choir will light up the holiday season with their annual Good Tidings! A Good Noise Gospel Christmas concert. Joined once again by award-winning jazz singer and B.C. native Maureen Washington, Good Noise will ring in the holiday season with several vibrant, nearly sold out…

Cultural Calendar

It’s finally December, which means the holiday season is here at last! There are plenty of indoor and outdoor holiday themed events to check out. From theatre plays, dances and musicals to Christmas and New Year’s festivals, there’s no shortage of things to see and do in our great city! I hope 2018 has been…