Monthly Archives: January 2009

Happy Chinese New Year! Gee…. it's a lot like Scottish Hogmanay!

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A very multicultural group of poetry loving revelers shared food and drink at Library Square Pub on Chinese New Year's Day. Two international students from Brasil joined us along with Karen, a man from Iran, 5th generation Vancouverite Todd Wong, born in Scotland June Ventners-Clark, Peter Clark, Phoenix and Sherry Shigasu.

After the World Poetry Gung Haggis Fat Choy Gala at the Vancouver Public Library, some of us went to the Library Square Pub.  Monday night appetizers were 2 for 1.  We had nachos, spring rolls, popcorn shrimp and chicken wings.  Our multicultural crowd counted ancestry from around the world: Brazil, China, Japan, Scotland, Iran, Germany, India and more!

There are many similarities between Chinese New Year's Eve and Scottish Hogmanay:

1) Make lots of noise.  Chinese light firecrackers to create loud noises to scare away bad spirits.  Scottish also create loud noise by clanking kitchen pots and setting off cannons and church bells.  Doors are opened to let out bad spirits.

2) Pay off your debts. 
Chinese like to ensure that you start off the New Year with no debts
hanging onto your personal feng shui.  I think the Scots do the
same but especially to ensure that they aren't paying anymore interest.

3) Have lots of good food and visit friends.  Eat lots and be merry.  Both Scots and Chinese enjoy eating, hosting their friends and visiting their friends.  If you spend all your time visiting friends, then you don't have to cook for anybody.  But good guests always bring good gifts too!


4) Party on dude!  In
Asia, Chinese New Year celebrations will go on for days, lasting up to
a week!  Sort of like Boxing week sales in Canada.  In
Scotland, the Scots are proud partyers and are well known for making
parties last for days on end.

World Poetry Gung Haggis Fat Choy performs at Vancouver Library on Chinese New Year Day

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Monday night was the 6th Annual World Poetry Gung Haggis Fat Choy Gala.  This event was first created when I noticed there were no readings of Robbie Burns at the library… I contacted Ariadne Sawyer of the World Poetry Reading series to collaborate for this now popular program.

Just before our 7:30 start time, I chatted with the audience, explaining the origins of Gung Haggis Fat Choy, and sharing some of the events that happened the night before at the big Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner, and at our small ceremony at the Robert Burns statue in Stanley Park – to celebrate the 250th Birthday of Robbie Burns.

We bring together the elements of Gung Haggis Fat Choy within a world context.  We feature poetry of Robbie Burns, China, as well as contemporary Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian poets.  And sometimes we add in music and dance and of course… singalongs.

This year's program was a lot of fun.  It was hosted by Ariadne Sawyer, Diego Bastianutti and myself.

We featured poet James Mullin and myself reading poetry by Robbie Burns.  I also brought my accordion to play some tunes too.

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Rita Wong, the 2008 BC Book Prize Poetry winner, read from her books
Monkey Puzzle and Forage.  With the World Poetry theme, Rita even read
a poem by Pablo Neruda, which Diego read in Spanish afterwards.

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Tommy Tao, explained how he ended up doing poetry translations of 9th
and 15th Century poetry, and how he has come to love it.  He read a few
poems about food and celebrations.I talked about some of the similarities about Chinese New Year and Scottish Hogmanay. 

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I read the Burns poem “A Man's A Man For A' That”, then later performed “Address to A Haggis.”

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James Mullin led a group of four volunteers to dance my parade dragon around the room while I played “Scotland the Brave” on my accordion.

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There were a number of Korean ESL students in the audience, and they really had a lot of fun.

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My earlier attempt at playing and singing “My Luv is Like a Red Red Rose” was easily redeemed by my playing of Scotland the Brave, and leading the audience in a group singalong of “Auld Lang Syne”

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Evrerybody really got into the spirit of the evening.  This photo features poets James Mullin, Tommy Tao along with a Korean language student and Peter Clark originally from the U.K.

Check out more photos:

World Poetry Gung Haggis Fat Choy @ VPL

World Poetry Gung Haggis Fat Choy Gala

250th Anniversary of Robert Burns recognized with poems at statue in Vancouver’s Stanley Park

Informal gathering celebrates the 250th Anniversary of poet Robbie Burns birth, at Stanley Park statue

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Our group of Burns celebrants included bagpipers Trish and Allan McMordie (very rear), members of the Burns Club of Vancouver, members of the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University, some visitors from Scotland, and lots of Vancouverites included myself.

Three television cameras from CBC, CTV and Global came out to film our little ceremony.  Friends would later report that they saw me on the evening news on Sunday.

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I had never before attended a “wreath laying” at the Robbie Burns statue.  In fact, I had never before visited the the Robbie Burns statue on Robbie Burns Day.  Often, I simply passed it, as I drove along Georgia Street enroute to the Stanley Park Causeway and Lion’s Gate Bridge.

But this year was different.  It was the 250th Anniversary of Robert Burns, and I had contacted a few organizations back in December.  Dr. Leith Davis of the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University, had committed to contacting Burns Clubs and Scottish organizations around the world whose cities also had statues of Robert Burns

When I arrived just before 12 noon, there were already some bagpipers playing tunes in front of the statue.  Surprise!  It was Trish and Allan McMordie, of the JP Fell Pipe Band from North Vancouver.  It was exactly one year ago on Robbie Burns Day, when Allan and I first met at the Rock 101 Bro’ Jake show.  Allan also came to Vancouver City Hall, when I received the City Proclamation for Tartan Day, and we created a photo op with then Mayor Sam Sullivan, and councilors Heather Deal, George Chow, Tim Stevenson, BC Lee, Kim Capri.  See: Tartan Day (April 6) proclaimed in City of Vancouver, April 3.

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My friend Stuart Mackinnon, newly elected Parks Commissioner, was there with his doggy companion Kiku.  Stuart was dressed in his kilt and sweater ensemble.  To see Stuart this past week, at the VDLC and Gung Haggis Fat Choy Burns suppers, you would think he’s been wearing kilts all his life – but it’s not true.  He only started wearing kilts less than 2 years ago, after he joined the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.

Also attending, were some members of the Burns Club of Vancouver, and from the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University.  Some onlookers came up to ask if they could take our pictures – especially with the bagpipers, as Trish and Allan McMordie were wearing their “dress whites.”

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Ray Eagle sang “My Luv is Like a Red Red Rose” and I put a red rose into his hand, to the delight of the crowd.

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Robert Barr of the Burns Club of Vancouver, talked about how when the Robbie Burns statue was put up in 1929, it was the first statue in Vancouver, and a thousand people came to watch the statue unveiling by J. Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of Britain, on 25th August, 1928.

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Dr. Leith Davis, director for the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University, talked about her new virtual project of setting up a wreath laying and Burns statue in Second Life.  She only arrived back in Vancouver the night before after having spent 2 weeks in Scotland for Homecoming Scotland activities. We took a group picture, that Leith then sent to other Burns statues ceremony groups around the world.  With the television cameras on us, I led spontaneous singings of “Happy Birthday Dear Rabbie” and “Auld Lang Syne.”To close our ceremonies, I performed the immortal Burns poem, “Address to a Haggis” with audience participation repeating the last line of each verse.  Both Leith and the Burns Club members complimented my performance as one of the best they’ve seen.  I have definitely improved over my last year’s reading of “Address to the Haggis” at last year’s Burns Club Vancouver Burns Supper.  I actually know the entire thing by heart now

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When I arrived just before 12 noon, there were already some bagpipers playing tunes in front of the statue.  Surprise!  It was Trish and Allan McMordie, of the JP Fell Pipe Band from North Vancouver.  It was exactly one year ago on Robbie Burns Day, when Allan and I first met at the Rock 101 Bro’ Jake show.  Allan also came to Vancouver City Hall, when I received the City Proclamation for Tartan Day, and we created a photo op with then Mayor Sam Sullivan, and councilors Heather Deal, George Chow, Tim Stevenson, BC Lee, Kim Capri.  See: Tartan Day (April 6) proclaimed in City of Vancouver, April 3.

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Here’s the bottle! It was auctioned off that evening at the Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Robbie Burns Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner for $750 CDN.  Half of the funds will stay in Vancouver, and half will go to Scotland’s National Trust to help sponsor the Chinese punch bowl that Robbie Burns used at his brother Gilbert’s wedding.

Here are previous articles I wrote about the George Lawson statue of Robert Burns:

Robert Burns Statue in Vancouver’s Stanley Park\

on Tue 09 Dec 2008 Burns statue in Stanley Park

on Sat 24 Jan 2009
Burns Statue in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, The rededication plaque reads: “This
statue of Robert

Burns statue in Vancouver’s Stanley Park can also be seen in other Canadian cities

Check out the rest of my pictures on Flickr.

Robbie Burns statue 250th Birthday ceremony

Robbie Burns statue 250th…

Maclean's Magazine: “Hold the sheep's stomach lining” – mentions Todd Wong and Gung Haggis Fat Choy

Macleans Magazine cites Gung Haggis Fat Choy's Todd Wong in article about the intricacies of Haggis for Robbie Burns' 250th Anniversary.

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Deep-fried haggis & shrimp won ton dumplings were served up with some “Famous Grouse” scotch, when Visit Scotland's Chief Executive, Phillip Riddell, came to Vancouver to meet Todd Wong, creator of Gung Haggis Fat Choy. The special limited edition 37 year blend of Famous Grouse was one of 250 bottles made, and sent to Burns Dinners around the world, to be auctioned off for Charity.  – photo Rich Lam

It was last week when Pamela Cuthbert phoned me up for her story in Macleans Magazine.  She had heard bout the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner and that we served up deep-fried haggis won ton.

“Won Ton is the Chinese equivalent of the Mars Bar,” I joked, making reference to the Scottish predeliction of deep-fried Mars chocolate bars.

I explained how we came up with the idea to create haggis won ton, and told her about the first time we tried haggis won-ton soup.

“We spit it back,” I exclaimed, “It was way too haggis-sy.  But the deep-fried haggis, and the haggis spring rolls were great. 

Today at the Floata Restaurant we will also be serving up haggis & pork su-mei dim sum dumplings.  Everybody remarks that they've never seen people eat so much haggis, especially when they roll the haggis up with the lettuce wrap, with Chinese Hoi-Sin bbq sauce.  It's delicious!

Check out the article below – I am mentioned in the 3rd paragraph.  Click on the link to read the full article.

Arts & Culture – Written by Pamela Cuthbert on Wednesday,

January 28, 2009

Hold the sheep’s stomach lining

It’s the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’s birth: deep-fried haggis won ton, anyone?

Hold the sheep’s stomach lining

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Now’s the time to toss prejudice aside and try haggis. Never mind
that this humble pie is a steaming mound of ground organs, suet,
assorted spices and oats, all boiled in the lining of a sheep’s
stomach. Ever since Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, immortalized haggis,
it has become the dish that launched a million parties—and possibly
about as many interpretations. This is the 250th anniversary of the
poet’s birth, so the annual celebration of Burns Night, on Jan. 25, is
promising more invention and revelry than ever.

“The meat in a haggis is brilliant,” says chef Craig Flinn of Chives
Canadian Bistro in Halifax. “It’s like the meat in a tourtière pie.” He
prepared the sausage-like food once, when he cooked in a hotel kitchen,
but then forgot about it. This year, Flinn will serve a Burns Night
appetizer: traditional haggis sausage with tattie ’n neep purée,
caramelized onion balsamic jam and grainy Dijon veal jus that he calls
“a bit cross-cultural.” He’ll use a mixture of lamb and pork trimmings
with back fat and “more palatable” entrails such as lamb kidneys and
pork tongue and cheek.

Todd Wong started the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner in Vancouver, a
Scottish-Chinese Burns Night banquet, in the late ’90s. He sees it as
“an integration, a reflection of Canada’s inter-cultural nature.” This
year (which is also Chinese New Year’s Eve), the menu features
deep-fried haggis won ton, lettuce-wrap haggis, and a traditional
variety.

read rest of story: http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/01/28/hold-the-sheep%E2%80%99s-stomach-lining/#comment-86659

What is the “Best Photo” from Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2009 Dinner? Time for a photo contest!

IMG_0291 by Lydia Nagai.

Emily
Carr, Toddish McWong, James Cleland Richardson, Joy Kogawa, John Foster
McCreight (BC's first Premier), King Freezy (Songhees Chief), Emery
Barnes… courtesy of the Royal BC Museum
– photo Lydia Nagai.

The picture in front,
of Robbie Burns' house, was donated by a resident of PAL Vancouver,
(Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver – where Deb works).

I am thinking of creating a photo contest for Gung Haggis Fat Choy.  You can vote on the pictures of our 3 official photographers… or submit one of your own.

I think this picture captures the “Spirit of Gung Haggis Fat Choy.”  It has elements of Chinese, Scottish, Robbie Burns and BC multicultural/intercultural history.  How can you argue against Klee-wyck (Emily Carr)?

Okay… the only thing missing from this picture is the haggis and the scotch drink.

Check out the photo sets by our official photographers.
then send me an email and vote!
We do have some prizes to give away!!!!

Best “Spirit of Gung Haggis Fat Choy”
Best portrait
Best group
Best still life
Best photo submitted by a dinner guest

Patrick Tam – Flunging Pictures 
661 – 20090125 – Robbie Burns’… – Patrick Tam photo set.

Lydia Nagai – Lydia Nagai Photography

Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2009 – Linda Nagai photo set.

VFK
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24064901@N00/sets/72157613036584552/

Photos from 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner

Gung Haggis Fat Choy is always a wonderful event for photographs.  Special thanks to our incredible photographers Patrick Tam, Lydia Nagai and VFK.

If you like their photos, please contact them and purchase them.  We have asked them to put “water marks” on their photos, so that we will advertise and promote them.

They help us with our event, because they believe in the community work and social consiousness raising that we do.

DSC_3928_103489 - Mayor Gregor Robertson doing the honours by FlungingPictures.
A wonderful job by everybody last night –
Veteran Gung Haggis performers Joe McDonald and Heather pronounced last
night as “The Best Gung Haggis Dinner yet”

And Dr. Leith Davis
(Director of Centre for Scottish Studies, Simon Fraser University) said it was the best Burns Supper she had ever attended – and she just
spent 2 weeks in Scotland for Homecoming Scotland!

Congratulations
to everybody.  The energy was brilliantly contagious and fun.  There
were lots of nice surprises in the program, with the Mayor reading a
Burns poem, a treatise on the details of scotch drinking, Parks
Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon singing A Man's A Man For A' That, and
hip hop artist Ndidi Cascade coming up from the audience to rap a verse
of Burns' Address to A Haggis.

But it was the performances by
Silk Road, Joe McDonald, Adrienne Wong, Jan Walls, Tommy Tao, Rita
Wong, Catherine Barr, Heather Pawsey & DJ Timothy Wisdom, Bob
Wilkins & the Gung Haggis Fat Choy pipe band,  supplemented by
Alland & Trish McMordie with Don Scobie from Seattle… and an
immortal address by Dr. Leith Davis – that knocked the audience over!

With wonderfully warm co-hosting from Gloria Macarenko and Catherine Barr….

And strong support from stage manager Charlie Cho, and sound technician Carl Schmidt.

Many
Many thanks…. to helping rise funds for Historic Joy Kogawa House,
Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop/Ricepaper Magazine and Gung Haggis Fat
Choy dragon boat team.

We will have some pictures available for you soon.

Thank yous and Blessings to
everybody!
Toddish

Patrick Tam – Flunging Pictures 
www.flunging pictures.com

DSC_3928_103489 - Mayor Gregor Robertson doing the honours by FlungingPictures.

661 – 20090125 – Robbie Burns’… – Patrick Tam photo set.

Lydia Nagai – Lydia Nagai Photography
www.lydianagai.com

IMG_0525 by Lydia Nagai.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy 2009 – Linda Nagai photo set.

VFK Photography

GHFC 2009 VF3_4418.JPG by vfk.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24064901@N00/sets/72157613036584552/

GHFC 2009 VF3_4664.JPG by vfk Silk Road Music performing in front of life-size photos of Nellie McClung, Mungo Martin, Emily Carr and Todd Wong – courtesy of Royal BC Museum.- photo VFK


Gung Haggis volunteers are important to the event's success

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Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat paddlers proudly carry the dragon through the crowd during the evening's finale – a rousing chorus of “Auld Lang Syne.”

Thank you everybody… 

Our Gung Haggis volunteers are incredible, and we know we can rely and trust on you to make whatever needs to happen… happen.

At the event, the volunteers provide foundation, to help get the event ready, so everything can flow.

By
our volunteers taking initiative, and taking over tasks (such as
setting up the Royal BC Museum figures on the stage – It looked
BEAUTIFUL – and it recognized the pioneer histories of Scottish, First
Nations and Asian Canadians.)  Your volunteerism really allowed me to
do what I am best at.  Being a creative artistic director, and working
with the media.  And I am always glad to give you all the opportunities
that come along with Gung Haggis Fat Choy community events.

Many people
thought it was the BEST Burns dinner they had ever been too – This was
said by Dr. Leith Davis – Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies
at SFU.  And Leith had just spent 2 weeks in Scotland, attending many
Burns Suppers and events…. What a compliment for all of us.

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Four of the Gung Haggis dragon boat team volunteers.  Standing: Steven, Terry, sitting: Wendy, Ashleigh

The theme for last night seemed to be abundance.
We had an abundance of guests – 55 tables for about 550 people
an abundance of scotch – thanks to Famous Grouse sponsors.
an abundance of media attention, through radio, tv, newspapers and blogs… and even Macleans Magazine!
And an abundance of raffle/silent auction and live auction monies!

But more importantly is an abundance of community spirit.
This is what the Gung Haggis dinner event is based on.
This is what the Gung Haggis dragon boat team is based on.

Congratulations
to our Gung Haggis volunteers who really demonstrated their willingness
and commitment to community spirit – or shall we say “Gung Haggis
spirit!”

REALLY
Big thanks to Hillary and Leanne for coordinating the volunteers.  And
especially to Hillary also for looking after the Reception and Table
seatings…. and so much more.

Slainte, Todd

The 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's 250th Robbie Burns Birthday Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner was a big success – worth 2 ceremonial haggis.

The 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's 250th Robbie Burns Birthday Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner was a big success – worth 2 ceremonial haggis.

DSC_3928_103489 - Mayor Gregor Robertson doing the honours by FlungingPictures.
Hi everybody…

A wonderful job by everybody last night –
Veteran Gung Haggis performers Joe McDonald and Heather pronounced last
night as “The Best Gung Haggis Dinner yet”

And Dr. Leith Davis
said it was the best Burns Supper she had ever attended – and she just
spent 2 weeks in Scotland for Homecoming Scotland!

Congratulations
to everybody.  The energy was brilliantly contagious and fun.  There
were lots of nice surprises in the program, with the Mayor reading a
Burns poem, a treatise on the details of scotch drinking, Parks
Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon singing A Man's A Man For A' That, and
hip hop artist Ndidi Cascade coming up from the audience to rap a verse
of Burns' Address to A Haggis.

But it was the performances by
Silk Road, Joe McDonald, Adrienne Wong, Jan Walls, Tommy Tao, Rita
Wong, Catherine Barr, Heather Pawsey & DJ Timothy Wisdom, Bob
Wilkins & the Gung Haggis Fat Choy pipe band,  supplemented by
Alland & Trish McMordie with Don Scobie from Seattle… and an
immortal address by Dr. Leith Davis – that knocked the audience over!

With wondefully warm co-hosting from Gloria Macarenko and Catherine Barr….

And strong support from stagemanager Charlie Cho, and sound technician Carl Schmidt.

Many
Many thanks…. to helping rise funds for Historic Joy Kogawa House,
Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop/Ricepaper Magazine and Gung Haggis Fat
Choy dragon boat team.

We will have some pictures available for you soon.

Thank yous and Blessings to
everybody!
Toddish

World Poetry Gung Haggis Fat Choy Gala FREE event at Vancouver Public Library 7:30pm

Hi everybody…

if you are recovered from last night…

Please come to the Gung Haggis Fat Choy World Poetry event

Monday, January 26th
7:30
Vancouver Public Library
Central Branch
Peter Kaye / Alma Van Dusen Rooms

We are celebrating the 250th birthday of
Robbie Burns and Chinese New Year with Steve Duncan, Tommy WK Tao,
James Mullin and Rita Wong.

Performances: Ji-rong Haung, Chinese erhu.
Ariadne's Dream Dragon Dance- yes I am bringing the lettuce! Bob
Wilkins Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pipe Band. Hosts Todd Wong, Diego
Bastianutti (guest host for Alejandro Mujica-Olea who will be in
Chile)and Ariadne Sawyer. For more information, 6o4-526-4729
All are invited for this fun event!

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens celebrates Yearof the Ox on February 1st.

In Vancouver Chinatown, the Chinese New Year Festivities always take place on the first Sunday following Chinese New Year Day.

This year, Chinese New Year Day is on Monday, January 26th…. so on Sunday February 1st, come to Vancouver Chinatown.

One of my new favorite activities starting last year…. is to visit the Dr. Sun Yat Sen courtyard at the Chinese Cultural Centre because my friend Qiu Xia He of Silk Road Music is organizing a special Cultural Olympiad show for Chinese New Year.

Last year, I was fascinated by the show, which brought together many musicians and performers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds: African, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, French-Canadian, and Celtic.  Oh my goodness… but her programming was a like fantastic dream team that I wish I could bring together for Gung Haggis Fat Choy.

But this year, we will be adding something new… a dragon dance by the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team!

Feb 1. 09 Sunday. Free public performances.
10:30-11:30 first show
12-1:30pm Chinese New Year Parade
1:30-3:30pm second show


Performers:
Qiu Xia He 何秋霞 – Silk Road Music Artistic Director and Chinese Pipa 
Andre Thibault –  Program assistant and Guitar, Oud and flute 
Jun Rong 戎峻 – Chinese Erhu
Jian Min Pan 潘建明 – Chinese Dizi
Pepe Danza – World instruments and percussion
Bonnie Soon and Uzume Taiko – Japanese drum and percussion
Feng Jun Wang 王君 – vocal
Willy Miles – vocal and bass guitar
Jan Walls 王健– Bilingual MC and Chinese Kuai Ban storyteller
Gung Haggis Fat Choy Dragon Boat Team
Still Moon Arts Stilt Dancers
Mt. Pleasant Neiboughood Happy Dancing Group
Jacky Essombe & The Makalas- African Dance
Jessica Jone 钟捷茜, Chengxin Wei 魏成新 and The Lorita Leung Chinese Dance Academy.
More details on the show in Chinese and English:
Check out the following from the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens website:

http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/calendar/2007/2007_feb.htm

Chinese New Year
Celebration at the Garden
Sunday, February 1
10am-4pm, by donation

Join us as we celebrate the Year of the Ox!
On January 26, 2009 Chinese people around the world will celebrate a
new year, according to the Lunar calendar. Join us at the Garden for a
day of family fun and activities. We will have fortune telling, live
music, face painting, storytelling, red envelopes, pin wheel making,
stilt walkers, and more!
Enjoy a fabulous day of live entertainment and welcome the Year of the Ox!

A Celebration in the Courtyard
February 1st, 10:30-11:30am and 1:30-3:30pm

The
Garden is pleased to co-present the Chinese New Year Celebration in the
Courtyard as part of the 2009 Cultural Olympiad. The event is quickly
becoming a part of the Chinese New Year parade day celebration. Join
Silk Road and Friends as they sing, dance and play music under a big
tent and take part in the fun art and crafts projects available in the
small tents scattered around the Courtyard.

The
courtyard-fair atmosphere, coupled with the cross-cultural
performances, provide an opportunity for artists from Vancouver’s
different cultural backgrounds to display their creativity and
collaborate to create new sounds for a traditional festival. We invite
Vancouver to celebrate Chinese New Year with a world vision!