What Happens when you celebrate the Pioneer cultures and history of BC all together in one night?
What Happens when you celebrate Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend with First Nations’ iconic poet Pauline Johnson?
March 16th, Sunday
5pm doors open
6pm event starts
450 Keefer St.
Vancouver Chinatown (free parking)
Reserved Tables of 10 $650 – includes bottle of wine at your table!
For 2014, the date was moved to March 16th, and we are going to also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and First Nations culture and history, in this Year of Reconciliation in the City of Vancouver.
Did you know that the first Premier of BC, was born in Ireland? John Foster McCreight was born in Caledon, County Tyrone. Caledon also means “from Scotland”.
The most iconic First Nations poet of Canadian history has to be Pauline Johnson, (also known in Mohawk as Tekahionwake. She was a late 19th Century Canadian writer and performer that traveled across Canada.
We will continue to celebrate the fusion of the Scottish Robbie Burns Day and Chinese New Year cultures and traditions, to recognize the fist non-native cultural pioneers of this province. The Scots came from the Far East, across the Atlantic, as the first White explorers, such as Alexander Mackenzie and Simon Fraser. And the Chinese traveled from the Far West across the Pacific, first as Buddhist Monks, identifying a land to the East of China as “Fusang”.
Every year we celebrate with a mix of culinary cuisine featuring deep-fried haggis wonton and haggis dim sum, as well as traditional haggis served with Chinese vegetarian lettuce wrap.
Our music and poetry features both traditional, contemporary and fusion. This year we feature:
Victoria Poet Laureate Janet Marie Roger, who is also of Mohawk ancestry – just like Pauline Johnson, and will perform her own spoken word poetry as well as work by Pauline Johnson.
Chinese-Canadian author Janie Chang will bring us a special story. Her new novel Three Souls is #2 on the Asian-American best sellers list in the USA, right behind Amy Tan.
Celtic storyteller Mary Gavan will regale us with amazing stories of Celtic songs and Robert Burns.
Silk Road Music Ensemble, led by Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault will bring their mix of the traditional Chinese, Celtic and world music. They were featured in the 2004 tv performance special “Gung Haggis Fat Choy”
Amy Stephen, celtic accordionist with Mad Pudding and Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra, will also bring her magic fingers and songs.
Kwantlen First Nations artist Brandon Gabriel, also brings his Chinese and Scottish ancestry into his contemporary artistic life. He will read a poem from his great great grandfather, one of the first First Nations poets.
Co-hosts are Chirish sibilings of Chinese and Irish ancestry, broadcaster Margaret Gallagher and actor Patrick Gallagher.
Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pipes & Drums will bring their unique fusion and musical surprises!