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Summer Latin fest returns as One Love Westcoast Festival – Swangard Stadium and Rickshaw Theatre

Latin Fest Stage view

One Love Westcoast Festival is the new edition of the Latin summer fest that ran out of Trout Lake for 15 years until 2015.

August 11 to 13, One Love Westcoast Music and Community Festival celebrates the music of the worlds and the Latin, African and Caribbean cultures.

One Love Westcoast Festival is the new edition of the Latin summer fest that ran out of Trout Lake for 15 years until 2015. This family event is for all ages with no alcohol sales. Kids under 12 are free.

Latin Summer Fest, Van Music and Super Chido Productions present this first edition of the One Love Westcoast Festival featuring Afro-Latino and reggae cultures and music. This three-day event will be hosted at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby over the weekend and a red carpet VIP concert on Friday night at the iconic Rickshaw Theatre (254 East Hastings Street, Vancouver).

The Afro-Latin and Reggae International stage will house local and international acts such as Mexico’s AntiDoping, who are reggae superstars celebrating 25 years of resistance championing the social causes of Latin America. Potato from Vitoria Gasteiz in Spain is another super reggae ska world power. Formed in 1984 they were the first ska reggae band in their country and after several members and numerous LP and tours they are still going strong with a new CD called Todo el Rato. Mexican band Maskatesta is a ska sensation in Mexico used to filling stadiums and getting everyone to dance to their infectious music.

Coco Jaffro. Photo by Sangito Bigelow

Coco Jaffro. Photo by Clyde Scott @Davosh Photos

The Sentiments from Portland appear on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Swangard Stadium. One of the fixtures of Portland, the Sentiments is a classic ska band with a powerful female vocal. Among their members are seasoned musicians that do in some of the best ska projects in their state.

Friday’s VIP concert features AntiDoping, the Sentiments and Potato.

Saturday we move to the Swangard Stadium where you’ll also be welcomed by the enticing fusion local sounds of Los Duendes, Kunda, Rumba 7, MNGWA and Impulso, among others. Food trucks, a market place, information kiosks and DJs will cascade onto the venue to create the Coconut Village.

This family event is for all ages with no alcohol sales. Kids under 12 are free.

Full-access pass early bird is now on sale at www.myshowpass.com – One Love Westcoast Festival

Facebook: One Love Westcoast 2017

Twitter: LatinFest, VanMusic

www.latinsummerfest.com

 


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August 2017 issue of RCC News is here

Renfrew-Collingwood Community News August 2017

This issue of the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News is full of the many wonderful people, events and programs happening in our neighbourhood!

Get your latest issue of the RCC News at your local coffee shop, grocery store, library and community centre.

Or click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Skytrain Rambler: Evergreen line connects history from Renfrew-Collingwood to Port Moody
  • Lots happening at Still Moon Arts Society
  • Photos of informal learning in Renfrew-Collingwood by John Mendoza
  • Homeless program raising funds in the neighbourhood
  • Shop local farmers markets
  • Gathering of canoes – Photo montage by Penny Lim
  • Read On! Many reasons to love Renfrew-Collingwood by Tony Wanless
  • Latin festival returns to new venues – Swangard Stadium and Rickshaw Theatre

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the September 2017 issue is August 10. We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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Read On! page returns for ESL learners – Introducing Tony Wanless

BY TONY WANLESS

Have you been wondering why you have not seen the Read On! column in the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News recently?

That is because we have changed writers. The column has been written for some time by Cari Chan, but she had to stop last year because she was too busy with other work.

But now, a new writer – Tony Wanless – has agreed to replace her and write the column in future. This column is his introduction to regular readers.

Tony has been a journalist and writer for 30 years. He has worked for several Canadian newspapers across Canada, including the Province newspaper in Vancouver. At different times, he has been a crime reporter, an art writer, a photographer, an editor, and chief of a group of “re-writers” – journalists who refine other journalist’s articles.

He has also written many books for businesses. For several years, he was a “ghost-writer” – a secret writer-for-hire, for authors of articles and books. Most of those were about business. He has also worked as a consultant on marketing for many technology businesses.

Although Tony is now officially retired, he continues to write a column every month for the business section of the National Post.

Tony has lived in the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood for almost 15 years. He has been involved in Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s senior’s Tai Chi program for several years.

He has some background with English as a second language and often replaces CNH’s usual teacher of English-as-a-second-language program when that person is away.

Last year, Tony offered a training session to help seniors who do not have English as their first language tell their stories about coming to Canada.

Although Tony is new to the RCC News column, there will be no changes for now. There could be in future, however, if readers suggest them.

In that sense, we are always willing to listen to suggestions about how we can make the column more helpful to newcomers to the area who are trying to better their English language skills.

If you have any ideas, then don’t be shy. We’d like to hear them so we can make the RCC News better serve the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood. Please email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

Without the fertilization of new ideas, nothing can grow.