Monthly Archives: August 2012

Steveston Dragon Boat Festival report:

Great racing on Saturday Aug 25

Congratulations on winning the C Consolation Final.


Deb Martin steers the boat back to the dock following a thrilling 1st place victory in the C Consolation  Final. Anne and Karl are lead strokes with drummer Debbie Poon.-  photo by Caroline Ng

The most decisive 1st place finish in our season this year… and in a final too!

Good fun times, and great people on the team. Everybody pitched in and also brought friends to cheer us on!


First Race: 1:03.00 (1st)
Second Race: 1:04.59 (5th)
Third Race: 2:21.00 (3rd)
Fourth Race: 2.35.00 (1st, 15 secs over O2P)

Thanks to O2P for saving a spot next to them – we loaned paddlers out to them for each of their races… Gio and Sybil…

Tides and currents were a factor on the race course. Special thanks to steersperson Deb for keeping us safe – and reduced further harm (when the currents pushed us towards the pilings – which happened to have a piece of wood that knocked Jenny and me down in the boat. But I smashed it with my paddle!)

1st race was a surprise 1st place… and a great way to start the day…

2nd race – we were more critical of ourselves, as we knew we could do better, even though not much difference in race time from #1

Karl reported that our 3rd race was the fastest race time of the season! Congratulations – we kept it controlled and steady.

4th race – no debriefing – we won by a boat length – end of story and a fabulous day of racing….


But wait…. we won a little Chinese drum for 1st place in Consolation C. Several of us had stayed for the medal ceremonies: Deb, Todd, Anne-Cecile, Anne D, Robyn, Diana and Nicolas all stood on the ceremonies stage with our drum !!!

next races:

soon – canoe paddle on Burnaby Lake for beaver spotting!!!

Sept 22 – Paddle North Shore (new race)
Oct 6 – Ft. Langley Cranberry Festival Canoe Regatta

Enchanting Jocelyn Pettit


The Jocelyn Pettit Band at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens with Siew, Jocelyn and Joel Pettit with family friend Bob Collins – photo Xavier MacDonald

Enchanted Evenings with Jocelyn Pettit Band: Review

August 17th, 2012

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Classical Gardens, Vancouver BC

by guest writer Xavier MacDonald


The Doctor Sun Yat-Sen Gardens’ Enchanted Evenings series lived up to it’s name Friday night with the inclusion of the Jocelyn Pettit Band – a toe-tapping Celtic Band that features a 17 year old Chinese-Celtic-French-Canadian fiddling wonder!

There really can be no more magical a setting than the interior courtyard where the audience was surrounded by rare trees and traditional stone work around the fish pond.  This did not go unnoticed by the band members who obviously enjoyed themselves as much as the full house.  At sunset the crows threatened their evening murder as they always do, but even this could not transpire against the spell cast on the gardens that night.  In our defence, fairies zipped round our heads protecting us form mosquitoes.  They might have been dragon flies though.

The band comprises family friend Bob Collins on guitar and vocals as well as the Pettit family, with father Joel Pettit on bodhran, mother Seiw Wan Khoo on keyboards and second fiddle, all to support Jocelyn on fiddle, tap shoes and vocals.  How she managed to stay perched on her chair tapping her toes in the French Canadian style is a mystery to me.  She also performed traditional Irish step dancing on some songs while fiddling as well.

Even more astonishing is how a seventeen year old can command such skill and nuance on a violin.  Whether bowing a lively waltz or drawing out a slow air in her pan-Celtic repertoire Jocelyn has an attack on the bow and fingerboard which belies her young years.   Jocelyn easily displayed her craftsmanship and maturity on her more recent songs Late for the Feast and the as yet unnamed waltz which she debuted for us.  It’s uncanny how much expression her fiddle playing displays.

Jocelyn also sang on a few songs.  She has excellent pitch and expression, but lacks the support and resonance of a professional singer.  Luckily she still has time to improve her skill with this instrument and I sincerely hope she does because next to her charming step dancing and wonderful fiddle playing it tends to stand out in the few songs where it’s employed.  She chatted to the audience and built up an informal camaraderie that was charming in its own right.

It was an indeed an “enchanted evening” as Jocelyn cast a spell of her own with her evident joy and charming smile.  She smiled and fiddled and danced the whole night away to joy and swept us all away with her. I couldn’t stop grinning myself.  For an encore the band evoked the spirit of Oberon himself playing King of the Fairies to bless us all to a good night – and it was.  I can highly recommend this captivating fiddler and her family and friend to put a smile on your face, and a tap on your toe.  You won’t regret it.

Todd’s note:

The Jocelyn Pettit Band performed at the 2011 Gung Haggis Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner, which led to Jocelyn’s inclusion in the inaugural 2011 Hapa-Palooza Festival.  Jocelyn says her ancestral heritage includes Chinese, Irish, French and Scots – but she is definitely 100% Canadian.

Jocelyn’s website is contains links to videos, performances, and samples of songs from her album.  Her next Vancouver area performance is September 10 at St. James Hall for the “We Love Vancouver Festival”

Larry Kwong, pioneer hockey legend is coming to Vancouver!

Come meet HISTORY – Larry Kwong – the first person of colour to play in the NHL. Less than a year after Jackie Robinson shattered the baseball color line, Larry Kwong broke the barrier in hockey. On March 13, 1948, Kwong made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers against the Montreal Canadiens in the Montreal Forum.

Friday July 3,  5:30 at Double One Chinese Restaurant

event for the Fans of Larry Kwong Society


Larry Kwong was 1951 MVP in the Quebec Major League – playing against future NHL Stars Jean Beliveau and Jacques Plante – Watch this Video

LARRY KWONG: The Longest
July 23, 2010 – BC Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Dinner (Penticton, BC)
1st Aboriginal to play in the NHL was Fred Sasakamoose in 1954. He made his debut in the NHL for the Chicago Black Hawks at Maple Leaf Gardens the night of February 27, 1954

Willie O’Ree was the first Black NHL hockey player. Born in Fredericton NB, he made his NHL debut with the Bruins on January 18, 1958, against the Montreal Canadiens, O’Ree is referred to as the “Jackie Robinson of ice hockey” due to breaking the colour barrier in the sport,[1] and has stated publicly that he had met Jackie Robinson twice in his own younger years.[2]