for immediate release
January 16, 2006
Gung Haggis Fat Choy:
The Legend grows….
and goes children friendly?
Gung Haggis Fat Choy:
Maggie loved the concept of haggis stuffed won-ton, and even enticed
McWong to performed “The Haggis Rap” on radio – his rap adaptation of
Robbie Burns immortal “To a Haggis.”
Wong is a 5th
generation Chinese Canadian head tax descendant who champions the
Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian contributions to BC. So many
Scottish Canadians had married into the family, he felt he had to do
something to make them feel included.
The now legendary GHFC 10 course dinner menu
features Haggis Won Ton, Haggis Lettuce wrap, cross-cultural musical
fusion, and many surprises such as the Lions Bay Mayor reciting Robbie
Burns poetry, and the Vancouver Mayor reciting poetry in Cantonese .
January 16th is the 3rd Annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy World Poetry Night,
at the Vancouver Public Library, featuring local poets such as Fiona
Tinwei Lam, Alexis Kienlin, James Mullin, bagpiper Joe McDonald and the
Burns Club of Vancouver.
The dinner event has inspired the Gung Haggis Fat Choy CBC telvision performance special,
and the Simon Fraser University recreation department has now extended
the Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games to three days January 25, 26
Rick Scott & Harry Wong the
creators of 5 Elements children's cd and show, are very “Gung Haggis,” says McWong of the cd which combines both Cantonese and English. “Harry
Goh Goh” (Harry Big Brother) is the “Raffi of Hong Kong” and is host of
“Bean Town” a chinese languarge children's television show that is
broadcast around the world. Rick is well known Canadian children's
performer with many cds to his credit.
Joy Kogawa O.C.is
the poet for the event, and is very honoured to be part of the show.
Joy continues to be “amazed” by all the attention to her work through
the Naomi's Road, opera by Vancouver Opera and her novel Obasan's selection for the One Book One Vancouver program. Funds raised go to Save Kogwa House committee along with Ricepaper Magazine and the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dragon boat team.
Also featured are Joe McDonald & his band Brave Waves, and singer LaLa, both featured in the CBC television performance special Gung Haggis Fat Choy. They will be joined
by Sean Gunn singer /Songwriter/poet and composer of The Head Tax Blues + film animator Jeff Chiba Stearns (What Are You Anyways?) and accapella singing group The Shirleys
Toddish McWong's Robbie Burns
Chinese New Year Dinner
When: 6pm, January 22, 2006,
Sunday Reception at 5:30pm
Where: Floata Restaurant
#400 – 180 Keefer St.
Tickets: Firehall Arts Centre
Children are 50% – $35 premium seating, $30 regular seating – no subscription to Ricepaper