The Sakura choir sings the essence of Japanese culture

The Sakura Singers Society will be performing at the 42nd annual Powell Street Festival on Aug. 5. The Sakura Singers’ repertoire covers more than 250 Japanese songs, focusing on folk songs and choral suites, and the choir is always looking for new members to join, seeking to share Japanese culture with those who wish to…

The Fish Eyes Trilogy: a coming-of-age solo show

The Fish Eyes Trilogy, a theatre show with a focus on dance written and performed by actor, dancer and playwright Anita Majumdar, is coming to the Surrey Arts Centre Aug. 18. “Anita brings a really fierce determination to explore how dance gets in your body and how dance expresses a character’s life, interests and their…

Questioning the role of museums

“Mythmaking,” the theme for this year’s Indian Summer Festival will focus on storytelling, the human imagination, and how both of those affect how people and society function. How sharing stories and memories – and which ones are chosen to be shared – are crucial, and one of the keys to how people shape their histories…

An artist’s journey home

Interdisciplinary artist Deanna Bowen is in Vancouver to finish her multi-media exhibit called The Long Doorway, which is currently in post production at Vancouver’s Western Front Society. Based on a CBC program from 1956 and Bowen’s own research into her family history, the exhibit is set to challenge the way visitors see Canada and its race…

Pakistan Festival: a celebration of music, food and dance

Culture lovers can taste Pakistan’s best cuisine, and experience its fashion and music during the Pakistani Festival at Georgia Street Plaza on Sunday July 8. With musical performances and a fashion show, the free event is a great opportunity for the Vancouver public to get to know Pakistan’s rich cultural traditions. Unity The Pakistani people…

Tricksters Laugh: Modern indigenous spirit with humour

A Haida legend has it that at the beginning of the world, there was nothing but darkness and a raven. The raven, tired of flying in the dark, plotted a scheme to steal the light and spread it to the world. And that was how light came into the universe. Since then, Raven has become a…

Poetry & prints: a Filipino migration story

Scattering and Gathering, curated by Jing Palad, is the latest offering at Vancouver’s Roundhouse, running July 7–12. The exhibition aims to expose the experiences of the ongoing exodus to Canada from the Philippines. “I think an understanding of what it’s like to be an immigrant – and not just a Filipino immigrant – is becoming…

Magic and romance under the stars

Dreams do come true during the summer nights, and Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) invites audiences to see their two new musicals for the 2018 summer season. Vancouver’s vision of Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein’s Cinderella and 42nd Street will run at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl stage (July 4–Aug. 18). “We’re doing a show with a diverse cast and…

Two exhibitions mark the re-opening of the Bill Reid Gallery

Coinciding with its 10th anniversary, the recently renovated Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is ready to welcome Vancouverites and visitors alike. Working in association with the Cultural Sharing Program, the gallery will present Home Away from Home produced by Samantha Nock (Cree-Metis) and Nicole Bird (Haida), and Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest, running…

Metamorphosis: a new hope

Directed by Velcrow Ripper and Nova Ami, the documentary Metamorphosis is being called a “poem for the planet” by the National Film Board of Canada. It looks at the true scale of the global environmental crisis. From forest fires that consume communities, species vanishing at an astounding rate and entire ecosystems collapsing, Metamorphosis covers it all. Metamorphosis also delves into…

A suitcase and a story

Vancouver-based portrait photographer, Kayla Isomura grew up with a passion for  storytelling. Between working three different jobs, Isomura made a name for herself in photography and now has her own gallery exhibit about Japanese internment in Canada during World War II. The Suitcase Project opens June 16 and runs till September 2 at the Nikkei National Museum…

Romani music with an international flair

A group of musicians, with various cultural backgrounds, share their distinct and unique music to a perhaps less aware North American audience. Parno Drom, a band influenced by the Eastern European Romani style of music will be performing at the Heritage Grill in New Westminster on June 19. A musical smorgasbord Parno Drom was formed in…

The Artist’s Garden: A connection to Frida Kahlo

Artist Diana Zoe Coop will be exhibiting her latest works, The Artist’s Garden, at Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery. Her newest botanical paintings tell about her creative process and inspirations from her journey to Mexico. The gallery, which is in the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Vancouver (JCCGV), will host several exhibitions and events May 15–July…