ART EXHIBITION and COMMUNITY FAIR
Installations by mixed artists and booths from community partners and related causes.

12:30 to 2:45pm
YOUTH STAGE
Amazing performances by mixed talent of the future!

2:40 – 3:20pm Roaming Magician!  Travis Bernhadt

3:30pm to 7:00pm

GRAND FINALE STAGE
Prepare to be blown away by Vancouver’s incredible mixed talent!

Art Exhibition

Michael The Artist
Michael Tora Speier is a mixed media mixed race artist born in the hapa mecca of Berkeley, California, during the heyday of interracial collegiate love (you’ll have to guess a birthdate). After completing an intensive creative program at Griffith Preschool, Michael moved with immediate family to Vancouver where they have lived ever since-an entire family of artists! Some projects past and current are: Nectarine River, the Tale of a Mixed Race Surfer, an artwork and storybook re-mixing the Japanese folk epic MomotaroHapa Big Board giant interactive multiracial vehicle; Broken Only at Sky, a series of movable monuments and dioramas remembering a century of Japanese North American community journeys; and Open Sesame food for the arts productions and fissions.
 Afuwa Granger is a visual artist, youth art facilitator and writer who uses myth and constructions of identity to question just about everything. She was born in South America, and is fascinated by the ways in which constructions of identity are continually questioned by the living body, which simultaneously occupies multiple locations, and  represents none.

 

Youth Cabaret

Margaret Gallagher:In April 2010, Margaret took the reigns as host for CBC Radio One’s Hot Air, BC’s longest running jazz program. Margaret has been a regular part of CBC Radio One’s The Early Edition since 2001, and was the BC host of CBC Radio 2′s Canada Live.

Margaret’s ability to tune into the city and find stories off the beaten track has taken her up mountaintops, down back alleys, and through the heart of the city. Margaret has won several awards including the prestigious National RTNDA (Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada Awards) Dave Rogers Award for Best Radio Feature for her piece “Fade to Black”, about the closing of the last drive-in in the Lower Mainland.

Prior to joining the CBC, Margaret was active on the arts scene and worked with the Western Front, the Video In and the Independent Film and Video Alliance. Actively involved in community outreach, Margaret has tirelessly donated her time and efforts to many Vancouver events. She has hosted dozens of events for a variety of arts and community groups, including: Asian Heritage Month, The Simon Fraser University Alumni Association, The Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Word on the Street. In her varied career she has experienced many things, including a job dressing up as Barney Rubble and baking over 50,000 pieces of cheesecake (though not at the same time). Margaret’s passions include singing classical Indonesian music and playing ice hockey.

The Whitridge Brothers The Whitridge Brothers, Trevor (15) & Rowan (11), have made themselves a frequent presence with their music in their Commercial Dr. / Britannia neighborhood. Playing as a duo, or in marching bands, they are a part of community events and festivals throughout the year. Trevor’s primary instrument is the trumpet; Rowan’s the Alto saxophone. Their musical interests include traditional and modern jazz, blues, North American roots musics and classical Indian. They both currently study jazz piano with Bob Murphy. Trevor studies trumpet with Brad Turner and Rowan studies saxophone and clarinet with Evan Arntzen.

Jocelyn Pettit Band At the young age of 15, Jocelyn is a fiddle player with outstanding talent! In a short time, she has developed musicianship well beyond her age! First inspired by driving Cape Breton fiddle music, Jocelyn now enjoys creating original compositions, and arrangements of traditional and contemporary Canadian, Scottish, and Irish tunes. A debut CD is being produced, for release in January 2010. With fiddle, stepdance, guitar and song, Jocelyn loves to perform. She leads The Jocelyn Pettit Band, with full accompaniment (family & guitarist friend); and has performed with The Jocelyn Trio, the Vancouver Scottish Fiddles, the North Shore Celtic Ensemble and solo performances. Special events and festivals have taken Jocelyn to perform in communities across Canada, Washington State, and Scotland.

Chibi Taiko The first children’s taiko ensemble in Canada, Chibi Taiko was formed in the fall of 1993 with the goal of passing this unique and dynamic performing art on to the next generation of Asian Canadians. The group’s philosophy emphasizes cooperation, leadership, responsibility and spirituality in addition to the physical and musical discipline needed to build a cohesive and dynamic taiko ensemble.

Travis Bernhadt Vancouver born and raised, magician Travis Bernhardt is known for his one man theatre show, Things That Never Happen (a runner-up for the Pick of the Fringe award at the 2010 Vancouver Fringe Festival), and for his stage work with Vancouver’s premier burlesque troupe, the Screaming Chickens Theatrical Society. He produces the Cabaret of Wonders, a neo-vaudevillian variety show and is one of Canada’s top street magicians.

Finale

Jenna Chow Jenna Chow worked as a DJ at various Vancouver radio stations for seven years, spinning everything from electronica to punk rock. The woman knows her music. These days, however, she’s more inclined to let you know when the Pattullo’s backed up than to take a song request. She’s the traffic reporter for CBC’s Early Edition and On the Coast. In addition, she does “Jenna’s Picks” for Canada Now.

Tetsuro Shigematsu Tetsuro Shigematsu is a Canadian radio broadcaster, comedian and filmmaker. He was the most recent host of CBC Radio One’s former afternoon series The Roundup, where he replaced Bill Richardson in 2004, making him the first visible minority to host a daily network radio program in Canada. The show completed its final episode on November 4, 2005. Prior to working for CBC Radio, he was a writer for the Canadian TV show This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In 1991, at the age of 19, Shigematsu became the youngest playwright to compete in the history of the Quebec Drama Festival. From 1993 to 1996, Shigematsu wrote and performed his one-man show Rising Son in Montreal, Boston, Los Angeles, and Tokyo. In 1994, Tetsuro studied poetry with Allen Ginsberg. He then spent the following two years in Japan, where he studied Butoh dance with the founding master, Kazu Ohno in Yokohama, Japan.

Tzo’kam Tzo’kam means “chickadee” and “visitors are coming” in the Stl’atl’imx language. Flora Wallace and her family have sung together at family occasions and community events for many years. After elder Flora Wallace participated in the Aboriginal Women’s Voices gathering (1997) at Banff, Alberta, the family decided to expand their efforts to share the culture. It did not take long for Tzo’kam to hit the stage and start recording. The first major concert by Tzo’kam was at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in the summer of 1997 opening a stage that featured Buffy Saint Marie and Keith Secola. Tzo’kam recorded for the Smithsonian Institution, for Silverwave Records and released three CD’s on their own. Since 1997 Tzo’kam has performed at many festivals and concerts including Folklife in Washington D.C., Full Circle Concert in Calgary, Alberta, Harrison Arts Festival in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C., Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, B.C., and many conferences and gatherings. Tzo’kam, under the direction of Russell Wallace, continues to work within the Aboriginal communities and educational communities to teach, share and maintain a tradition that has been kept alive by dedicated elders.

Larry Grant Larry Grant is a member of the Musqueam Nation and is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Arts at UBC. Grant, a retired longshoreman, teaches the Musqueam language to help spark a reawakening among young people about their culture. “This is a sophisticated language,” he says, “I want young people to stand up and say ‘I am aboriginal and this is my language’- it’s the product of a highly sophisticated society”. Grant has been impressed that urban aboriginals, even those from other parts of Canada, start to re-identify and re-connect with their culture as they become more confident in their language.

Kathara Founded by Elenita “Boots” Dumlao and under the artistic direction of Filipino-Canadian Babette Santos, Kathara Canada fosters awareness of Philippine indigenous identity through theatre, traditional and contemporary music, dance and martial arts. Their colorful costumes, indigenous sounds with unique instruments and variety of neo-ethnic dance, martial movement, represent how beautifully diverse the pre-colonial Philippine roots really are. Kathara Canada members, although born in the Philippines, Canada or of blended origins, are all very passionate about connecting and exploring their Filipino heritage and sharing their experiences. Members occasionally travel to the Philippines to study with the Masters in dance or Martial arts, musicians, artists, community organizers, and indigenous groups. In the spirit of intercultural exchange, Kathara invites guest artists or collaborates with Vancouver’s World Music Musicians to explore the Philippines and its interwoven ancient history with linkages to India, China, Islam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Kathara Canada is committed to the preservation of all indigenous cultures and creating peace through art.

Ndidi Cascade + Deanna Teeple Ndidi Cascade and Deanna are Vancouver based Hip Hop Soul artists. Known for their powerful vocals and lyrics, these talented women intend to empower and inspire using music. Having shared the stage with artists such as Femi Kuti, Collie Buddz, De La Soul and K’Naan and K-os, Ndidi Cascade and Deanna are proud to represent Vancouver on a global stage. These two best friends are also Hip Hop workshop facilitators who enjoy engaging and inspiring individuals to discover and develop hidden talents.

Kutapira Kutapira is a five-piece band that plays a fusion of Zimbabwean Marimbas with Afro Cuban and West African percussion. Kai Buchan, Jeremy Bryant, Sangito Bigelow, Chris Couto and Theo Vincent are all fluent in both disciplines, rotating through their battery of soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas and trading licks on the drum kit, timbales and hand drums. The marimbas’ funky, wooden resonance isn’t the only buzz Kutapira is generating. The accolades from all corners have been swift in coming and the praise has been fanatical. In the sometimes serious and stodgy world of world music, the quintet has been bringing a welcome injection of exuberance and velocity to festival stages, community events and concert halls in Canada and abroad, lifting people to their feet and rattling the cages of the uninitiated.

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