Whimsy’s Quest for an Identity

WACT Vancouver Puppet Theatre

Whimsy's Quest for an Identity

With Vancouver Puppet Theatre

Whimsy is a little girl who is working on the most challenging task – the task of growing up. She is frustrated in her search for her own Identity and her place in the community. She decides to ask for help from her neighbours – and they do help indeed!

The show has dancing, songs and even a bit of magic. The message that Vancouver Puppet Theatre would like to share with the audience is this:

• Everyone has a need for appreciation and fulfilment.

• If we want to feel appreciated and fulfilled we need to be useful to others.

• We are different but have to work together to help each other to fulfil our dreams.

• And only by being yourself can you find your very own Identity.

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage  
16:45 – 17:15

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

The Exotic Nuance of Indonesia

WACT Performance The Exotic Nuance of Indonesia

The Exotic Nuance of Indonesia

With Nicomartine Production

Dancers and fashionistas of the Indonesian community bring the colourful glamour of Indonesia to life!

Kangkung Bandung – a traditional contemporary dance inspired from the West Java culture of the Sundanese. The dance tells the story of a group of women coquettishly hiding behind scarves and umbrellas to tease and attract their men.

Choreographed by Natasha Honey Norita, who spent her childhood learning Indonesian and traditional dances, and has won numerous national awards for dance competitions. Norita has performed extensively while in the Indonesian dance group Guruh Soekarno Putra, continuing her work promoting Indonesian culture in Seattle, Los Angeles, and now Vancouver since 1995.

Kebaya and Islamic Fashion Show – A kebaya is a traditional blouse-dress combination that originated from the court of the Javanese Majapahit Kingdom since the 13th century, and is traditionally worn by women in Indonesia. Even today, kebayas are worn during special occasions and have been adapted by many neighbouring nations. The motif itself has been uniquely transformed by many different cultures like Malay and Chinese.

Islamic Fashion as a particular phenomenon started appearing towards the 1980s. The style is encouraged to be both covered and fashionable, modest and beautiful. Indonesia, the most populous moslem nation, has brought up many designers introducing the modern way of wearing moslem clothing, gaining attention on the world stage.

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage  
12:30 – 13:00

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

Slovak Cultural Dance

WACT Performance Slovak Dance

Slovak Cultural Dance

With Slovak Folklore Society

Slávik is the Slovak name for nightingale – a small bird with a lovely sound.

The Slovak Folklore Society was established in May 2013 but its first performance was during Eurofest 2011 under the leadership of Renata Francistyova, the founder of SLAVIK. Since then SLAVIK has presented Slovak folklore through dance, music, songs and cultural displays to people in the Lower Mainland. Performers’ costumes are original hand crafted pieces, some of them 100 years old from different regions of Slovakia.

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage  
13:30 – 14:00

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

Get Bent!

WACT Performance - Get Bent

Get Bent!

With Elaina Collis and Celine Blais

Celine and Elaina have been dancing together for 10 years with Get Bent Bollywood Bellydancing. The style they will be performing is Get Bent’s unique Bollywood bellydancing, which is a style that combines the classical bollywood arms and hands with the middle-eastern bellydance hip movements and isolations.

The two believe that cultural expression is something that should be celebrated and respected. Their mission is to promote bellydancing as a respected and respectful artform by creating high-energy, family friendly events and performances.

“We value the opportunity to share our passion with the community and entertain groups with our contagious enthusiasm and sparkle!”

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage  
15:45 – 16:15

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko

Ambassadors of Okinawan Folk Performing Art

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko, formerly known as Yuaikai Ryukyu Taiko, is an Okinawan taiko dance group that was formed in Metro Vancouver in 2004. The group wishes to be “ambassadors” of Okinawan folk performing art in which Okinawan style drumming and dancing combine together along with traditional as well as contemporary Okinawan music.

The group is inclusive, with a mix of generations. From youth as young as six years old to others in their 50s, the group’s members reflect a true presentation of grassroots folk art.

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko has performed at numerous multicultural festivals, neighbourhood charity shows, Japan night at the Mariner’s Safeco Field and the Cultural Olympiad 2008.

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage  
14:45 – 15:15

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

Celebrate the Accents

Celebrate the Accents

Celebrate the Accents

Opening Program

Dr. Bonny Norton

Keynote Speaker

What is a definitive Canadian accent? We’re about much more than our “eh”s to “zed”s!

Dr. Bonny Norton is an exemplary model. As a linguistics and language education professor, a distinguished scholar, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Dr. Norton represents UBC and fellow Canadians around the world. Speaking at conferences and academic events in many different communities, new audiences are astounded to hear her heavy South African accent.

“South Africa is part of my roots,” says Dr. Norton, “but Canada is my present and my future. We have many identities. You don’t have to choose – you can be both. You can be more than two.”

What kinds of challenges have you lived through or witnessed? Discover the stories of Dr. Norton and other speakers who let their accents shine with pride in this intimate talk.

Liliana Castaneda

“I immigrated to Canada 15 years ago, and I can now tell that this has been a bittersweet experience.”

Liliana Castaneda is a Student Services Assistant Manager at the UBC English Language Institute. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and graduate degrees in Political Science and Latin American Studies, Liliana is also pursuing graduate studies in literature at UBC.

“On one hand, I feel privileged to celebrate diversity and live in a peaceful country,” shares Liliana. “But on the other hand, I have also had to deal with a society that is still learning how to be tolerant toward people from other nationalities, religions and accents. As a first-generation immigrant, it has not always been easy to prove we are hardworking, smart, or even funny. That’s the challenge we all face!”

Liliana loves spending time with her family: her husband Gilberto and her son Andres; as well as reading and dancing.

Louise Lee

Linguistic challenges are more than just in speech. Veteran Taiwanese author Louise Lee has published sixteen books in Taiwan and the USA, including six books in both Taiwanese and English. Hear firsthand what motivates her to face the challenging task of translating her works and creations!

“I come from Taiwan,” says Lee, “but Chinese is Taiwan’s official language in the school system. Someone asked me why I am so serious about writing in Taiwanese. I answered ‘It is my mother tongue.’ My writing has always focused on maternal love, and the historical novel ‘Penghu Moon in the Well’ is my greatest tribute to this subject.

“I wanted more English-speaking people to understand the true history of Taiwan, so I translated ‘Penghu Moon in the Well’ from Chinese to English. Speaking in Chinese and Taiwanese for more than half a century, writing in English is a big problem for me. Mine is the story of a Taiwanese immigrant writing in English – you can see how I am up for the challenge!”

‘Penghu Moon in the Well’ was published in 2011 and has been showcased at international book fairs in Toronto, Beijing, Taipei, and Frankfurt.

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage 
11:00 – 12:15

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

UBC A Capella

We Are Canadians Too - UBC A Capella

UBC A Capella

Opening Program 

The UBC A Cappella Club was established in 2007, comprised of one choir called The Undeclared Majors. Since then, the club has grown to include four consistent ensembles, as well as two competitive groups, and over 100 members.

A close-knit family of singers, songwriters, and vocal percussionists, the club’s rehearsals are full of singing, collaborating, laughing and bonding with students from all faculties. The club’s musical repertoire is representative of the diverse musical influences found among individuals, ranging from indie rock, folk, jazz, R&B, pop, Hip-Hop, classics, and even “instrumental” pieces!

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage  
11:00 – 12:30

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

Narrative of Beauty

We Are Canadians, Too! Narrative of Beauty

Narrative of Beauty

Vignettes of Ballet and the Allure of Sleeping Beauty

Experience the captivating narrative that is beauty in ballet. With excerpts from the timeless classic Sleeping Beauty, choreography inspired by the soundtrack of the motion picture Pirates of the Caribbean, and never before seen pieces of contemporary work, celebrate Canada 150 with a tumultuous mélange of dance.

Featuring choreography by Li Yaming, Wen Wei Wang, and Thys Armstrong, “Narrative of Beauty” delivers ballet to the 21st century – an age of recognizing the beauty in our diversity and the wonders we create.

by Pacific DanceArts and Coastal City Ballet

Venue / Time

Vancouver Playhouse  
20:00 – 22:00

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

Orchid Ensemble

Orchid Ensemble

With Lan Tung, Dailin Hsieh, and Jonathan Bernard

Established in 1997, the JUNO nominated Orchid Ensemble is Lan Tung (Taiwan/Canada) on the erhu/Chinese violin, Dailin Hsieh (Taiwan) on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion. The ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from Asia, creating a beautiful new sound. The ensemble has embraced a variety of musical styles to its repertoire, ranging from traditional music, contemporary music, world music, to jazz and creative improvisation.

Acclaimed as ‘One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene’ (Georgia Straight), the Orchid Ensemble regularly collaborates with artists from various backgrounds. At the same time, it commissions new works from Canadian and US composers to create a contemporary repertoire. Its annual productions have evolved to integrate music with multimedia, dance and scenographic installation. The ensemble tours regularly across North America, performing at concert halls, educational institutes and prominent World, Jazz and Folk Music festivals. The ensemble has won nominations from the JUNO Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Westcoast Music Awards.

The ensemble is celebrating its 20th anniversary with multimedia concert “Music of the Heavens” on Nov 23 at Norman Rothstein Theatre.

Venue / Time

Vancouver Art Gallery Stage  
18:00 – 19:00

© 2022 The Society of We Are Canadians Too

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