The word is out. Scotland's favorite poet son, will be represented in Vancouver CelticFest's Battle of the Bards by 5th generation Chinese Canadian Todd Wong aka Toddish McWong – creator of Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner, and other intercultural events.
Wong first participated in Celtic Fest's first St. Patrick's Day parade, when he put a Taiwanese dragon boat on a trailer and towed it down the street in the parade. Seated in the boat were bagpiper Joe McDonald, and guitarist Andrew Kim, the Brave Waves.
Both McDonald and Kim were also featured in the CBC Vancouver television performance special Gung Haggis Fat Choy – another spin off from the Todd Wong creative braintrust.
Check out official CelticFest promotional blurbs from event organizer and poet Stephen Duncan
to the Scotch and Irish would be appropriate, so we are raising the
dead for this show and bringing in William Butler Yeats and Robbie Burns to help celebrate.
Yeats and Burns (really two great performers, Mark Downey and Todd Wong) will be going head-to-head, along with Dylan Thomas in a unique literary event this year on Thursday, March 13: The Battle of the Bards Literary Pub Crawl, a
combination pub crawl/poetry slam where the legendary poets go from pub
to pub downtown performing their works and being judged by members of
the audience armed with scorecards. The event culminates in a Jack Karaoke-style match at Ceili's Pub, where they must do their pieces accompanied by a DJ (All Purpose's Michael Louw) and fiddler Elise Boeur. Once the contest is over much drinking and dancing is done into the wee hours.