Virtual Humanity: a Two Spirit & Indigiqueer online experience

During this pandemic, people have had to stick to their own little bubbles, but deep-rooted issues of colonization may have been causing people to do this for much longer than they realize. With their online event, Virtual Humanity, which focuses on the Two Spirit & Indigiqueer experience, Zee Zee Theatre Company is aiming for people…

Portraits from a Fire – A new classic

Portraits from a Fire is a film focused on a young boy, Tyler, who uses the power of cinema to unravel the secrets of his reserve. Through this journey, one sees the loneliness that Tyler faces due to having an unstable household as his father is distant and his mother is deceased. This loneliness fuels Tyler…

Where an artist ought to be: a community festival for creative togetherness

Each November, for the past 25 years the Eastside Arts Society has produced the Eastside Culture Crawl Festival where artists from different backgrounds and practices open their studios to public appreciation. The society, a registered charity, aims to inspire, educate, and engage Vancouver’s community in contemporary visual arts. From Nov.12–21 this year, artists will be…

Paddle song – The story of indigenous existence and triumph

Paddle Song, a one-woman musical theatre production directed by Dinah Christie, follows Pauline Johnson, an iconic visionary Mohawk performer during the late 1700s. Co-written by Dinah Christie and Tom Hill and performed by Cheri Maracle, Paddle Song will be presented at the Firehall Theatre from Nov. 9–21. Johnson was the daughter of an English woman and a…

MemoryGami: unfolding barriers

Keiko Honda’s Vancouver Arts Colloquium Society (VACS), a non-profit organization with a passion to connect people through the means of art, invites all to enjoy the unique stories of six women through storytelling and paper-folding with MemoryGami, a short documentary series. “I strongly believe in art as a means of change. Art evokes empathy, and empathy…

When classical rigour meets improvisation

Cellist and composer Peggy Lee will be featured in two upcoming performances this month. On Nov. 1, Coastal Jazz will be re-airing a performance by the Peggy Lee Band from this year’s TD International Jazz Festival, and on Nov. 19, Handmade Blade, featuring Peggy Lee, trumpeter JP Carter and guitarist Aram Bajakian, will be performing…

The art of resiliency – as seen in comic books

In a world of trying times, Laura Rivera inspires resiliency and hope through her beautifully drawn stories, those star heroines who do not fit in the boxes provided by society. The characters, their dynamics and the plot, cannot help but make the reader smile, as they root for the protagonists. “It is terrible for me…

Alyssa Amarshi: Her Tribal Roots

An Ambassador for the 2021 B.C. Culture Days, Alyssa Amarshi is an artist, creative director and activist for inclusivity in the arts. Through her collective, Her Tribal Roots, Amarshi is championing diversity and the importance of creating opportunities for artists from all walks of life, allowing them to express themselves without any barriers or discrimination. Her…

A mix of history and intercultural compositions

Released on September 10 by Moshe Denburg’s band, Tzimmes, The Road Never Travelled is their first album to come about in more than 25 years. Comprised of music recorded by the band over the past three decades, The Road Never Travelled is not just a mix of what Jewish music has to offer, but Denburg’s own experience with Jewish…

Ed Hill – asking the right questions through comedy

“What comedy brings is the ability to ask the right question. I don’t have the answers, I just have the stories, but I think people will find the answers through these stories,” says comedian Ed Hill. This year’s Vancouver Taiwan Festival will host live comedy for the first time as part of its programs. The…

Karishma Deo: an upcoming artist

Karishma Deo, an Indo-Canadian singer-songwriter with more than 85,000 followers on TikTok, has captured many hearts through her soulful renditions of classic Bollywood songs as well as mashups of Hindi and English songs. The artist will perform as part of the 5X Fest Blockparty at the Beaumont Studios, which runs from Sept. 17–19. “[The festival]…