Väsen: a new take on Swedish folk music

The Swedish acoustic trio Väsen, celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, has developed their own spin on traditional Swedish Folk music over the last three decades, lending what they feel is a virtuosic level of rhythmic and melodic complexity to their both their studio albums and live performances. The Rogue Folk Club, will present the…

Kobo Town: Colourful Caribbean stories through music

Kobo Town, winner of multiple music awards including the prestigious Juno award, will be performing at the Wise Hall on Apr. 16. The event is organized by Caravan World Rhythms, a non-profit organization that promotes music from diverse cultural backgrounds. Founded and fronted by Toronto-based Trinidad singer Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the…

Catharsis and reconciliation in memoir form

Vancouver-based Lindsay Wong’s debut memoir explores her childhood as a Chinese Canadian, as well as her family’s history of mental illness and intergenerational trauma. In the process of the book, Wong discovers catharsis, personal growth, and a heightened understanding of her family, and the nature of mental illness as a whole. “[Writing the book] helped…

Siyabonga (We are Thankful): a film with the determination to inspire others

Vancouver will be presenting the 9th Annual South African film festival that showcases features and documentaries exploring the culture, history and politics of South Africa Mar. 29–31. The festival shows films aimed to inspire, to inform and to entertain. The proceeds from the festival will be supporting the educational development work which Education without Borders has been…

The Tashme Project – A living archive connecting a community

A couple of lifetimes ago and another world away, the lives of many Japanese Canadian families changed forever in 1942. Trying to understand what these times were like, from a Nisei’s perspective, is what initiated The Tashme Project: The Living Archives. The Firehall Arts Centre will present the docudrama play Apr. 2–13. “We shift from character to…

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz – in search of a new visual language

That which identifies them, like the eye of the cyclops, a three-channel video installation by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, will be on display at Western Front gallery from March 22 to May 4. The Puerto Rican artist’s exhibition will have an opening on March 21, followed by a live performance by Muñoz with another Puerto Rican artist,…

By the Light of the Dark Moon tour: Ayla Nereo

Musician and performer Ayla Nereo will bring her soulful voice and unique sound to the Fox Cabaret on April 5, 2019. Drawing on themes of compassion, life and our relationship with the earth, Nereo’s performance seeks to allow her audience, and herself, to experience life in the present moment, calling to attention our relationship with…

Samson Young – It’s a heaven over there

Hong Kong artist Samson Young utilizes Centre A’s new location to examine Won Alexander Cumyow, utopia as a political force and the very context of the gallery space itself. The exhibition was curated by Tyler Russell and Godfre Leung. “The show is a part of a trilogy of exhibition projects that look at utopia as…

A story of incite and candor

Poet, short story writer, novelist, punk rock singer and mother; a series of occupations Yasuko Thanh fills on a day by day basis. Now, with the release of Mistakes to Run With, Yasuko Thanh will add the title of memoirist to the list. On April 3 she will be sharing some of her story at Incite: Forged…

Shamrocks & Shenanigans Improv, the Irish way

Improv as an art form is very positive, joyful and celebratory, and that’s kind of the mindset that we approach each of our special shows with,” says Margret Nyfors, Director of Public Education and Co-Director of Rookie League at Vancouver Theatre Sports (VTS). Together with former artistic director Denise Jones, Nyfors co-produced Shamrocks & Shenanigans, a…

Dialogue through dance

Vancouver International Dance Festival will take on the city with its 2019 edition. From March 4 to March 30, dozens of celebrated artists perform in several places in Vancouver, showcasing powerful presentations from a diverse group of talented artists. Jeanette Kotowich, a Vancouver based performer, is one of the talents that will enlighten the art scene…

Coquitlam contra dance

The Sybaritic String Band will bring the sound of contra dance – their blend of Celtic, English Country and French-Canadian music – to the Festival du Bois in Mackin Park, Coquitlam on Mar. 22 with a goal of creating a thoroughly danceable atmosphere for all. “It’s an interesting mixture between the dancers, the musicians and…

Ainu and Haida singers share stage and indigenous spirit

The Museum of Anthropology in conjunction with the Centre for Japanese Research at UBC will present an evening of unique music by indigenous singers from both Japan and British Columbia on March 14. The event will showcase traditional music from Hokkaido Ainu singers Mayunkiki and Tomoe Yahata, along with Haida singer Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and her…