Hip, Hapa and Interculturally Happening… August 5 to 11
July was so busy for me, I wasn't able to write up any H3 announcement lists…
But there are some great things happening this weekend. I would be going to as much of them as possible… if I was in Vancouver.
But I am headed back to Kalamalka Lake in the BC Okanagan… wineries – here I come!
The Pride Parade in Vancouver….
Lots of cultural diversity, and intercultural happenings.
My friend Leora Cashe will be performing at the Pride Jazz dinner cruise on Sunday, following the parade.
Of Heaven and Earth
This is the revamped original action-musical by producer Dennis Law.
It features contemporary Chinese ballet as well as Chinese ethnic
dances and martial arts. It is pretty exciting, and you will
learn lots about Chinese culture, arts, and a classic folk tale about
Check out my previous reviews of:
on Thu 27 May 2004 01:57 PM PDT
on Tue 18 May 2004 11:54 PM PDT
Powell Street Festival
The long running cultural festival celebrating Japanese-Canadian arts
and culture. Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Oppenheimer Park on
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside/Strathcona neighborhood.
Kokuoho Rice (Linda Hoffman, Joyce Chong, Sean Gunn and John
Greenaway) will be performing at the Powell Street Festival on
Sunday at 2:30pm on mainstage. Inside scoop is Head Tax Blues
is on their playlist.
Too bad I have to miss this one. Sean Gunn is a friend from Asian Canadian literary and Head Tax redress circles. And once, many years ago… I accompanied Sean during a Powell Strett Festival gig. I played my accordion to songs such as head tax blues, Canadian Railroad Tragedy, and Sukiyaki.
Some great international performers coming to Vancouver such as Arturo
Sandoval, Anoushka Shankar and many many more. Classical to
world, to jazz.
Good article in the Georgia Straight with the best picks of the Festival Vancouver, selected by founder George Laverock and Sal Ferraras. Laverock is excited about “a vocal group called Rajaton from Finland.” Tickets still available for Tuesday August 8 at 5pm, Christ Church Cathedral.
Sal recommends “the Anoushka
Shankar show for the opening act, which is called
Dharmakasa. It’s a trio with a particularly interesting player of the
Japanese shakuhachi [flute], Alcvin Ramos. He’s a beautiful player who
delivers some very meditative, very evocative moments.” Anouska is the sitar virtuoso daughter of musical legend Ravi Shankar, and performs August 10th at the Chan Centre.
Good article titled Anoushka Shankar Rises about her new album mixing East and West for some comtemporary World beat fusion.