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]…

What would it be like to live in the ocean?

Compassion for nature and self, and enjoyment of the underwater culture to bring out questions and discussions is what artist Paula Nishikawara hopes visitors will consider walking through her current exhibition at the Vancouver Maritime Museum titled, If I Lived in the Ocean. Running until Oct. 24, Nishikawara’s exhibition is an immersive underwater experience right within…

Queer craving: a cinema of challenging narratives and stereotypes at VQFF

Anoushka Ratnarajah, artistic director of the 33rd Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival, indicates that this year’s event can be a special place for learning and growth through experiencing art. She argues that because stories create profound opportunities for connection, it becomes important to have spaces for queer folks to experience that bond, to understand their…

Audio Metaphor – soundscape at your fingertips

Ever had any interest in hearing a birdsong, or perhaps the summer rain, or how about the ocean waves? Users can type in anything that comes to mind, and Audio Metaphor will generate a soundscape based on that query. The soundscape generation system, developed by Philippe Pasquier and Miles Thorogood, is currently on exhibit as…

Kimberly Ho – An artist embracing a world of possibilities

A constant questioning, a desire to explore what’s beyond the status quo, to push the boundaries and share their vision with the rest of the world. That is the work of artists, and nobody embodies that questioning and boundary-pushing better than Kimberly Ho, one of eight young artists participating in the inaugural Emerging Creators Incubator,…

The Pat Chessell Band – An eclectic mix of Celtic Maritime tunes

The Pat Chessell Band brings its blend of Celtic and Maritime music to the Glades Gardens in South Surrey on July 10, 2021. Employing a mix of upbeat jigs and pensive balladry, the band’s performances are comprised of mostly original material, both inspired by and supplemented with classics and Celtic favourites. “Sometimes people tell me…

Shapeshifters: the intersection between art and identity

“For the last 37 years, I’ve shapeshifted in many ways and am finally, for the first time, acting on those strengths,” says Jag Nagra. Nagra is the featured artist for the Indian Summer Festival running online from June 17 to July 17. Her piece entitled Shapeshifter explores the merging of identities into the different social…

Ripple effect: Mental wellness during COVID-19 lockdown

Breakwater, written by playwright Valerie Methot and a youth group from Some Assembly Theatre Company, follows six youth who face the effects of isolation and mental health struggles from a symbolic world-wide flood. This worldwide flood was something that was added to the narrative. “The flood wasn’t always the story, it was discovered at the…