Chinese Mask exhibition, Chinese Musical instrument event

Asia & Pacific Folk Masks Exhibition

Presented by the Canadian Society for Asian Art Carter-Harmon Collection

September 28 – November 6 | 10am – 4:30pm Daily
Entrance Included in Admission

Exhibit Reception: Saturday, October 8

The folk masks from Asia & Pacific Rim regions were collected mostly from shops, street stalls and maker’s studios. A diverse range of masks, some dating from the late 1800s were collected during visits to the Americas, Northern and Southern Asia, Oceania from the 1960s onward.

The energence of Asia & Pacific Rim cultures and economies in recent decades have had a dramatic impact on the society of British Columbia and the rest of Canada. The exhibition will, hopefully, contribute to better communication with, and understanding among, our Asia & Pacific neighbours.

Masks selected for the exhibtioin reflects a wealth of form, symbols, materials, dimensions and creative inventiveness. Included are masks that were paraded in street festivals and others used in religious processions. Some were used in traditional storytelling theatre and dance, often celebrating the seasons, harvests, and other special occasions. Certain mask reflect social and political realities, often taking on the role of social moderator or representatives of order and justice.

The exhibition provides a glimpse of the unlimited expression and beauty of Asia & Pacific masks and may contribute to the continuation of the traditional and the creation of new ones.

Pipers Air Supply
Presented by Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society
& Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Sunday, October 9 | 7:30 pm
Tickets | $15 general/$10 student & senior | 604 662 3207
Info | 604 683 8240

The Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society and the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden will be presenting the fourth collaborative concert for the Around the World series named Pipers Air Supply. Building on previous programs, this production will showcase pipes from cultures found in Vancouver and also celebrate the Garden’s 25th anniversary.

The evening’s music will be led by our musical director Jirong Huang on erhu. He will work with Chinese suona Master Zhongxi Wu, Jianmin Pan on the Chinese dizi and guest musician Michael O’Neill on Highland pipes accompanied by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. Together, they will display an array of techniques and skills ranging from traditional folk to improvised new music. The concert will be emceed by renowned linguist Dr. Jan Walls.

Suona & Sheng -Zhongxi Wu
Bagpipes -Michael O’Neill
Erhu – Jirong Huang
Dizi -Jianmin Pan
Pipa – Guilian Liu
Ruan – Zhimin Yu
Gu Zheng – Wei Li
Dr. Jan Walls as Master of Ceremony

Formed in 1989, the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble is the first professional Chinese Instrumental music group established in Canada. This versatile group embraces the popular and the traditional music of China as well as western classical and contemporary fine art performed with Chinese instruments. Their approach is transformative in nature as each project incorporates innovative collaborations between their ensemble and artists contributing to this creative milieu. New music is created from the eclectic arrangements presenting Chinese instruments in a new light with each performance.

Sustainable Development Lecture


The Challenge of Creating Sustainable Communities: Langara College Community Lecture Series
Date(s): Wednesday Nov 02, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: CentralLibrary, 350 W. Georgia St., Alice MacKay Room
Contact: Organization: Langara College
Name: Cathy Sosnowsky
Phone: 604-323-5322
Related Link: Vancouver Public Library
Description: Lecture by Leslie Kemp. The United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainable development as: meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Many people in Vancouver are not meeting even their basic needs. BC has the highest child poverty rate in Canada, housing in Vancouver is not affordable, many people are dependent on food banks, and street homelessness is widespread. Vancouvers development is damaging the environment. We will examine what a truly sustainable Vancouver would look like and ask What now? (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Langara College and Vancouver Public Library)
Reference: 15327
Posted: 2011/09/09

Lecture on the Former Soviet Union

What’s New in Countries Behind the Iron Curtain: Langara College Community Lecture Series
Date(s): Wednesday Oct 19, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St., Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms, Lower Level
Contact: Organization: Langara College
Name: Cathy Sosnowsky
Phone: 604-323-5322
Related Link: Vancouver Public Library
Description: Lecture by Lucie Hrabetova. This is a short journey in time and space to a regions consumed with mystery. If you are interested in hearing about the significant events that shaped the former Eastern block nations, as well as the ongoing impact that the Soviet regime had on these nations through their economy, politics, social and cultural life, join us. (Admission is free. Seating is limited. Co-sponsored by Langara College and Vancouver Public Library)
Reference: 15326
Posted: 2011/09/09

Community Diwali Celebration

: Community Diwali Celebration (All ages)
Date(s): Saturday Oct 15, 2011
Time: 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Location: 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5M 2Y3
Contact: Organization: Renfrew Park Community Centre
Name: Cheryl Palidda
Phone: 604-257-8388
Renfrew Park Community Centre
Description: The festival of Diwali is a unifying celebration with different significance, but equal importance in many communities. People give expression to their happiness with earthen Diya (lamps). The lighting of lamps is a way of paying obeisance to God for attainment of health, wealth, knowledge, peace, valour and fame. Doors will open at 5pm. There will be Henna, Diya Painting and Entertainment. Price includes dinner and door prizes. Sat Oct 15 5:00-9:30pm $7/adult, FREE for Children and Youth
Reference: 15266
Posted: 2011/08/25

Chinese Cultural Festival


Chinese Culture Festival (All ages)
Date(s): Saturday Oct 01, 2011
Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: 2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5M 2Y3
Contact: Organization: Renfrew Park Community Centre
Name: Cheryl Palidda
Phone: 604-257-8388
2929 East 22nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5M 2Y3
Description: Celebrate the rich diversity of the Chinese Cultural Festival features Asian food, traditional music, Chinese heritage dancing, Lion dance, Chinese martial arts and many other fun things. Pick-up your Free ticket at the Renfrew Community Centre office. Sat Oct 1 4:30-7:30pm FREE.
Reference: 15265
Posted: 2011/08/25

French Canadian, First Nations Metis Dancers Performance….


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Discover Dance! Louis Riel Metis Dancers
Date(s): Thursday Sep 29, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St
Contact: Organization: The Dance Centre
Phone: 604.606.6400
Description: The Dance Centre’s Discover Dance! noon hour series begins a new season with the Louis Riel Metis Dancers. Metis dances are among the most joyful and celebratory of Aboriginal dances in Canada, with a distinctive heritage stemming from the blending of European and First Nations cultures. The Louis Riel Metis Dancers will perform a selection of jigs, reels and polkas that are guaranteed to get your toes tapping! Info at
Reference: 15225
Posted: 2011/08/12

First Nations Exhibition on the importance of Salmon……. and Cultural Days BOTH at the Evergreen Cultural Center near Douglas College


Red Fish up the River

September 16 – November 5, 2011
Opening Celebration: Sunday, Sept 18, 4 – 6pm


This exhibition features Kwikwetlem First Nation cultural objects and regalia, contemporary and archival documentation and contemporary Coast Salish art, including works by Jody Broomfield (Squamish), Darren Blaney (Homalco), Darlene Gait (Esquimalt), Fred Hulbert (Kwikwetlem) and Chrystal Sparrow (Musqueam).  It explores the importance of the salmon in Coast Salish culture, including Kwikwetlem First Nation’s efforts to return sockeye to the Coquitlam Lake and River. It will also showcase the band’s other initiatives to renew their cultural practices, including a canoe building project featured in the film Te Sleq’alquels te Slexwelh, “The Journey of the Canoe.”  This is the first public exhibition focused on Kwikwetlem First Nation.



Join Canadians in hundreds of cities and towns across the country and participate in activities that celebrate the creative expression of your community. In the Art Gallery come view the exhibition Kwikwetlem: Red Fish up the River. Free gallery tours will be available and hands-on, interactive activities for families.
Admission is free.

      September 30 – Gallery tours: 12 noon – 5pm
October 1 – Gallery tours & activities: 12 noon – 5pm

      October 2 – Gallery tours & activities: 12 noon – 2pm

Fall Lecture Series at Douglas…Language…hunter-gatherers…personality studies

Engaging Minds: The Douglas College Speaker Series presents: Fall 2011: “What makes us Human?”

All talks are 1 hr, in NW Rm 2201 with a reception (no-host bar) to follow. The talks will be videotaped and live-streamed on the web so you can watch them

live in your classroom at David Lam or in New West.

Thursday, Oct 13th 5:30-6:30: Dennis Krebs (Psychology Professor Emeritus; SFU):

“The Evolution of Morality”

Thursday, Oct 27th 5:15-6:15: Michele Surbey (Psychology; James Cook University, Australia): “Deceiving ourselves: Cooperation, depression, bullying, & personality as outgrowths of the modular mind”

Tuesday, Nov 8th 5:15-6:15: John Patton (Associate Professor of Anthropology; California State University, Fullerton) “Title TBA” Content: Network altruism and cooperation, meat sharing, and warfare within Horticultural Forager and Hunter Gather societies.

Thursday, Nov 24th 5:15-6:15: Vito Modigliani (Psychology Professor Emeritus; SFU): “Language: Problem Solving, Cooperation, and Meaning”

Food and the environment…Sustainability Week as SFU


Date Tuesday September 20, 2011
Time 11:00 AM  – 4:00 PM
Contact Sarah Stoner/Duncan Wlodarczak
Additional Information
Description Sustainability Week is a week long event celebrating sustainability at SFU.All three campuses are encouraged to participate and showcase their initiatives, ideas and successes. The SFU Sustainability Festival is co-hosted this year by the SFU Sustainability, Faculty of Environment, Sustainable SFU and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

The festival will include:
* Ecofashion shows
* Prize Draws
* Food
* Music Performance
* Marketplace
* Displays