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Local markets just a Skytrain ride away from Renfrew-Collingwood

An abundance of farm-to-table goodness, seasonal produce and exciting new vendors can be found at the markets right now. These markets are close to the Renfrew-Collingwood neighbourhood or accessible by Skytrain.

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The Queen E Farmers Market features new lunchtime hours where you can also stop by the CBC Musical Nooners down the street for free summer concerts. Photo source: eatlocal.org

NEW! DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET

Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

688 Hamilton Street at Georgia

Jun. 1–Oct. 5

Thursdays, 11 am–3 pm

Shop downtown then pick up lunch or dinner at the Queen E market. New lunchtime hours!

Near the Granville St. or Chinatown Skytrain station

http://eatlocal.org/markets/downtown/

Even better, stop by the CBC Plaza (700 Hamilton Street), 12-1 pm, for their free summer concert series running until every weekday Aug. 25. Check out the line-up at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/events/cbc-musical-nooners-return-for-their-8th-year-1.4160454

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Wesli rocked the stage with afro and reggae beats at the CBC Musical Nooners before playing at the Vancouver Folk Festival. Photo by Julie Cheng

TROUT LAKE FARMERS MARKET

Lakewood Dr. & East 13th Ave.

Saturdays through Oct. 21

9 am–2 pm

Near Nanaimo Skytrain station

www.eatlocal.org/markets/trout-lake/

MAIN STREET STATION FARMERS MARKET

1100 Station Street

Wednesdays through Oct. 4

2–6 pm

Near Science World Skytrain station

www.eatlocal.org/markets/main-street-station/

MERCATO ITALIAN MARKET

3075 Slocan St. at Grandview Hwy.

Fridays, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18 & Nov. 24 (Christmas market)

5–9 pm

Run by Il Centro, the Italian Cultural Centre, Mercato Italian Market blends a traditional farmers market with an Italian community market that highlights local, organic and artisan products and produce.

Near Renfrew Skytrain station

www.italianculturalcentre.ca/events/mercato-italian-market/

RIVER DISTRICT FARMERS MARKET

8683 Kerr Street

Saturdays through Oct. 14

10 am–3 pm

The River District is one of Vancouver’s up-and-coming neighbourhoods and is located on the Fraser River just south of Renfrew-Collingwood. Along with local baked goods and seasonal produce, enjoy live music, family activities and the nearby waterfront playground and pier. You can also stop by Romer’s Burger Bar, which we reviewed in an Eating Out in RC column (https://renfrewcollingwoodcommunitynews.com/2014/03/13/eating-out-in-rc-romers-burger-bar-great-food-awesome-waterfront-location-cool-atmosphere-excellent-service/)

COLLINGWOOD SUMMER MARKET

Front yard at Collingwood Neighbourhood House

5288 Joyce Street

Saturday, Aug. 19

1–4 pm

Used clothing, household items under $5

– compiled by Julie Cheng

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Summer happenings at Still Moon Arts – 2017 Moon Festival coming Sept. 30

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Lost and Found Performance: Carmen Rosen sings an original music piece composed by Isaac Rosen-Purcell, joined by youth dancers and fiddlers. Photo by Kat Wadel

BY JUNE LAM

The summer has been wonderful over here at Still Moon Arts. Here is what we’ve been up to.

Still Creek Stories: Lost and Found Performance

For two summers, Still Moon Arts has been researching, planning and rehearsing for the Still Creek: Lost and Found Performance. On Sunday, July 2, members from the community came together to witness this site-specific performance featuring original music, dance, visual art and storytelling.

The audience was taken on a transformative journey, where they stopped at one location, experienced a bit of the performance, then moved on to the next location through the Renfrew Ravine to experience the rest. Along the way, the audience heard two original pieces of music, one composed by Isaac Rosen-Purcell and the other by Martin Reisle. The audience also heard story excerpts from the Still Creek Stories book, such as the story of Ted Twetie, who lived in the ravine.

This unique performance used spaces that would otherwise been seen as mundane. For example, the old water pipe was transformed into art, and featured two fiddlers, Robin Lough and Clara Rose, who played amongst the vines. Overall, the performance received a lot of support and positive feedback. Don’t worry if you missed it, we hope to host another one in late September!

Cheyenne Lost Streams mural painting

Lost Streams Mural by Still Moon Arts

Youth paint salmon and benthic invertebrates on the Lost Streams mural. Photo by Robin Lough

For the past 15 years, we’ve been dedicated to the stewardship and restoration of Still Creek, which flows through Renfrew Ravine. In 2014, we initiated the Street Mural Project, a project to showcase the part of the ravine that flowed through pipes directly under the streets. The mural on Cheyenne Avenue was our most recent addition to the project and the public was invited to help paint it.

Community members, artists and youth got their hands dirty and began painting on July 13. In just two days, the mural was completed, followed by a celebration in the evening. This being our fourth mural, we hope to continue this legacy in other locations where Still Creek has been buried beneath the roads. We also hope this project leaves a lasting reminder of Still Creek and the Renfrew Ravine, and sparks meaningful conversations around it.

Stewardship Tuesdays

 Stewardship Tuesdays is a series of workshops that happen once a week from 6 to 8 pm every Tuesday. On July 4, we held a workshop on gathering local plant material for weaving. Through this workshop, not only did participants help improve ecological integrity of local parks, but learned how to collect natural artistic materials sustainably. Participants gathered invasive plant species, such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, and learned weaving techniques and styling methods.

Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StillMoonArts/ or website www.stillmoon.org/ for more information on upcoming workshops!

Mark your calendar!

The 15th Annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival is coming up on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.

 

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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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MOSAIC moves to Collingwood

MOSAIC moves to Collingwood

MOSAIC staff provide programs that address the needs of immigrants and refugees. Photo courtesy of MOSAIC

Julie had arrived from South Korea and was in Canada for a few years before connecting with MOSAIC.

Because Julie had some local connections and strong work experience from her home country, and was conversationally fluent in English, she did not initially seek out assistance from any settlement agencies.

After a couple of years spent adapting to her new community and establishing Canadian work experience via her own network within the South Korean community, Julie began seeking work in the mainstream community. She found that her qualifications earned her many interviews, but none of these resulted in a job or even a follow-up interview. Julie had lost her confidence and, in her own words, was “a little bit depressed.”

At this point, she contacted MOSAIC. At one of its group workshops, she learned successful interview strategies and tips, practised her new-found techniques with the group and received constructive feedback.

Just one week after the workshop, Julie had an interview and applied what she’d learned. She was offered a job in her desired field.

Through MOSAIC, newcomers like Julie can seek out help to find work, learn English, navigate in their new communities, and learn about Canadian culture and other factors that assist with settlement and integration to Vancouver.

The organization’s vision is to empower newcomers to fully participate in Canadian society. Their dedicated staff work with clients, volunteers, community partners and funders to provide a wide variety of programs that address the needs of immigrants and refugees.

And it’s not just newcomers like Julie that MOSAIC can help with employment-related assistance – the organization also operates the Vancouver Northeast Employment Services Centre – the Work BC office for Renfrew-Collingwood – which serves all citizens in B.C. and not just newcomers.

And now MOSAIC’s headquarters has relocated to the Collingwood community, taking up residence in the amenity space at the Wall Centre – Central Park complex (near Kingsway and Boundary) that was granted by the City of Vancouver.

“It’s a beautiful space and we’re excited to be in Collingwood, a community that has great diversity and a wonderful, family-friendly vibe,” says Dianna Lee, MOSAIC’s manager of marketing and communications.

MOSAIC was founded in 1976 to help Vancouver’s many non-English-speaking immigrants navigate the challenges they found in the city.

Since then, the organization has grown to more than 350 staff and 400 volunteers at 28 different sites across Metro Vancouver. The organization also has a thriving social enterprise, MOSAIC Interpretations and Translations Services, which is one of Canada’s leading providers in this sector.

MOSAIC offers more than 40 programs that cover every area of life, including settlement, employment, counselling and language learning, with services available in more than 30 languages. Although many of the programs are directed towards newcomers, MOSAIC’s services include conversation circles, mother’s circles, youth clubs and seniors’ programs that immigrants or citizens can participate in.

MOSAIC also provides services for temporary foreign workers and the LGBT community.

“No matter where you’re from, how old you are or what language you speak, MOSAIC can help you find what you need to live, work and become part of the community here,” says Lee. “MOSAIC will help newcomers to find the support they need.”

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Reorganized Organ: A youth art project by VIVO

Youth invited to apply by Thursday, July 20, 2017

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VIVO Media Arts Centre is seeking youth to take part in a new art project. Images courtesy of VIVO

BY PIETRO SAMMARCO

VIVO Media Arts Centre is one of Canada’s leading artist-run centres dedicated to the exploration, creation and dissemination of media arts. Since moving to Renfrew-Collingwood three years ago – at 2625 Kaslo street, between Van Tech high school and the Renfrew Skytrain station – VIVO has worked to become an integral part of this neighbourhood’s cultural community.

The centre strives to make media art a meaningful community experience through its exhibitions, its audiovideo production facilities and support, and its publicly accessible collection – the Crista Dahl Media Library & Archive – western Canada’s largest collection of media art and independently produced documentaries.

But did you know that VIVO also provides a variety of educational events in a friendly and supportive environment? This includes hands-on workshops, mentorships, study groups and public discussions.

Local artists offer the conceptual frameworks that enable you to apply technical knowledge in meaningful ways. They cover a variety of technologies and techniques, including video editing, sound design, projection mapping, media installation and computer programming.

Classes are kept small to ensure a quality learning experience for everyone. And VIVO is a diverse social place, too, where you collaborate with other creative people and are inspired by worldviews, perspectives and concerns that may be different than your own!

New youth project

VIVO has just announced a new youth mentorship project called The Reorganized Organ, set to run over 12 sessions in the fall. Creative people – whether you’re a musician, artist, designer, hacker or just generally curious – between ages 18 to 24 are invited to apply online to participate.

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Artist-mentor Marc St. Pierre, on the left, helps to solder a circuit for an art project that designed and built an automated, intelligent and customizable system to water a garden.

With the help of mentor-artists George Rahi and Marc St. Pierre, participants will collaborate to take apart and repurpose a discarded electronic organ and other wasted electronics. Reorganizing the components found within, the team will invent and create an orchestra of experimental musical instruments and other sound-making devices.

The Reorganized Organ uses music and instrument design as a fun and inviting way to approach the extraordinarily complex subject of discarded electronic devices and technological obsolescence, both in media arts and in our everyday lives.

This project allows for unusual collaborative explorations that stimulate novel thoughts and initialize fresh discussions about our dependency on electronic technology and its environmental impacts when it is discarded (as “e-waste”). It aims to help grow a more thoughtful technological culture.

Participants receive an honorarium for their hard work, and an artist fee for the final performance that will take place at VIVO. The project partners up with MakerMobile, Vancouver New Music and Free Geek Vancouver (all of which do really great work of their own, so check them out!).

For more details and to apply, visit http://www.vivomediaarts.com/reorganized-organ-application. The deadline for applications is July 20, so don’t delay!

VIVO encourages applications from self-identified members of underserved communities as well as visible and invisible minority groups.

For info on all of VIVO’s programs, visit vivomediaarts.com. Want to know more about upcoming educational events? Email education@vivomediaarts.com.

Pietro Sammarco is the education coordinator at VIVO Media Arts Centre.

Copyright (c) 2017 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News


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Common Voices: The Cultural Legacy of Italian and Cantonese Opera in Vancouver

Exhibit at Italian Cultural Centre’s Il Museo runs until July 15

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Rosa Cheng, Vancouver Cantonese Opera, 2016. Photos courtesy of the Italian Cultural Centre

BY ANGELA CLARKE

Spanning May and June, which are Asian and Italian heritage months, the Italian Cultural Centre mounted an exhibition on the history of Cantonese and Italian opera in Vancouver. While these two art forms evolved independently from two diverse musical traditions, they share significant commonalities as major performance genres spanning the cultural history of the Chinese and Italian communities in Vancouver.

Both art forms have been practised in Vancouver since the beginning of immigration to this area, around 1885. They are known for their elaborate costuming and make-up, as well as the immense skill required of the artists who devote their lives to interpreting these musical genres.

While both musical forms are viewed as an acquired taste, often requiring some knowledge of the music and its history before they can be appreciated, historically, they have contributed significantly over the last century to the cultural landscape of Vancouver. Both genres have enabled both the Chinese and Italian communities to remain connected with their cultures of origin as they have negotiated their way in their new home of Canada.

Art, opera and cultural discrimination

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Vancouver Opera, Norma, starring Joan Sutherland, 1963.

The story of Italian and Cantonese opera also tells the story of discrimination and isolation. For both Italian and Cantonese communities in Vancouver these musical genres were often performed as a means to create community and connection in times of duress.

The exhibition tells the story of the Italian men interned in the work camps of Kananaskis in Alberta and Petawawa in Ontario, who created a camp choir of internees. These men, surrounded by armed guards, travelled around the countryside performing scheduled appearances. Despite being under heavy surveillance they were in demand among the civilian communities around Petawawa. There was even a professional opera singer, Piero Orsatti, among them.

For the Cantonese-speaking men living in Vancouver’s Chinatown, Cantonese opera and its performance was a means to create a haven for men who could not speak English, and due to the laws of exclusion, where banned from bringing family to Canada. Cantonese opera was a means of creating a foundation of familiarity in an unfamiliar and hostile environment.

For the Chinese men who immigrated to Vancouver for work on the railway, Cantonese opera was compelling not only because of the language but also for the many female performers who travelled from China in theatrical troupes. Certainly the story of Cantonese opera in Vancouver is an important and unique vignette offering scholars important insight into the history of women in Vancouver performance history. Women performers drew large audiences in Vancouver in the 1920s and ’30s, a full decade before women were even allowed to perform in their native China. As well, despite the traditionalism of the art form, these female artists, performing along the West Coast of the United States and Canada, became renowned for their alluring sense of style and the adoption of North American silver-screen aesthetics.

Currently Cantonese opera in Vancouver still continues to be relevant largely due to the female performers. In the Chinese community, women train as interpreters of this genre later in life, desiring to reconnect with their culture in retirement. Women train to interpret both the male and female roles.

Today Italian opera continues to emerge from its Eurocentric origins, finding contemporary relevance in plot lines located in post-colonial environments. As part of the repertoire for the Push Festival in 2017, Third World Bunfight produced a modern retelling of Verdi’s opera Macbeth. This full-length opera relocated the traditional plotline from medieval Scotland and placed it into the current political realities of the Congo in territories governed by military dictatorships. This production was supported by Vancouver Opera and the Italian Cultural Centre.

This exhibition on the history of Cantonese and Italian opera in Vancouver features historic costuming and interactive video to animate this story. The exhibition runs until Saturday, July 15, 2017.

Angela Clarke is the museum director and curator at the Italian Cultural Centre Museum. The Common Voices exhibit has been supported by Canada Heritage, the Museum of Migration and the Italian Cultural Centre.

Copyright (c) 2017 Renfrew-Collingwood Community News