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Things To Do In February: From Aboriginal Arts, To Vancouver’s Wine and Hot Chocolate Festivals: Get Going!
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by C Chan-Farley

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The  13th annual Talking Stick Festival is on once again, featuring 50 shows in just 13 days. Mark your calendar from Feb 18 to March 2. This colourful festival provides a forum for talented Aboriginal artists from all around the world, who present their art and history through various mediums, including live theatre, music, dance and storytelling. If you go to the website, you’ll see an online auction, performance information, contests and a volunteer link.

Also at the festival is  Juno Award winner, Crystal Shawanda. Crystal’s single, “You Can Let Go” was the fastest rising single in Canadian BDS History and reached the top 5 in Canada and top 20 in the US. Her debut album, “Dawn of a new Day” landed her on Billboard’s highest charting album by a Native American in history! She performed at the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC in January 2013 and won her first Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year.

There’s a thoughtful work called Quilchina, a story of love and loss. It is based on the true story of Monica Jack, who went missing from her home community in 1978. Directed and written by Artistic Director Tara Beagan, with a captivating performance of Sera Lys-McArthur.  Also powerful is The Hours that Remain, a Gwaandak Theatre production in association with New Harlem Productions that explores the story of a woman haunted by the disappearance of her sister. Included is Raven Meets the Monkey King, a work by Louise Moon and presented by Axis Theatre Company. It’s about  is a young girl who finds a First Nations Raven mask wrapped in an original Chinese Opera Poster – the story unfolds with the two cultures sharing their respective cultures and stories. Another highlight is Raven’s Radio Hour, a spoof of 40’s style radio shows, which blends traditional Alaska Native stories with song, dance and comedy, written and performed by Ed Bourgeois and, the festival includes dance works by Rosy Simas, Maura Garcia, Santee Smith along with local companies – the Dancers of Damelahamid and Raven Spirit Dance.

Music fans will want to check out  A Tribe Called Red from Ottawa, a group who has been mixing traditional Powwow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music, creating a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture. http://fullcircle.ca/events#.

2014 Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival -Jan 18 to Feb 14. 

This event features 24 local Chocstars and a choice of over 60 wonderful flavours. Taste your favourite! Various locations. Some of the participating vendors include:

East Van Roasters (Gastown), Last Crumb Bakery & Cafe (Main St.), Koko Monk Chocolates (Kitsilano) and Uva Wine Bar (Downtown), four franchised Blenz Coffee locations. Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France and Uva Wine Bar will be offering the option of cold, hot chocolates. Bella Gelateria’s gelato master James Coleridge’s new ‘gBARs’ (frozen gelato on a stick).

Take your pick of various flavours including:

* PARMESAN: The “Phaun’s Fancy” from CocoaNymph

* LICORICE: Kerrisdale’s Gem Chocolates

* CURRY: Festival newcomer, Koko Monk Chocolates

* POTATO CHIPS: Mink Chocolates

* CABERNET: Terra Bread

* PEPPERMINT & TUMERIC: Leonidas Chocolates

* FOREST FIRE FUMES: Thomas Haas Chocolates

You may be a winner  in an online contest that could earn the lucky person a set of gift certificates from all participating vendors. It’s a $500 value and a great way to extend the Festival throughout the year.

2014 Winterruption Festival on Granville Island- Feb 14-Feb 16, Granville Island

Granville Island is gearing up to celebrate its ninth annualWinterruption, a truly unique Vancouver winter festival!
New this year, join a “Meet Your Makers” tour showcasing Granville Island spirits including the Liberty Distillery. The Vancouver Fringe Festival presents the hilarious comedy “Hockey Night at the Puck and Pickle Pub” at Studio 1398.

Performers include Charlotte Diamond, mask making workshops and parading through the streets with our ever-popular stilt dancers. Axe Capoeira’s high-flying acrobatics, invigorating Brazilian music and dazzling costumes will delight all ages.
Check out the artists’ exhibits, local food, French films and Pop up Dances around every corner of the Island all weekend long!

36th Annual Vancouver International Wine Festival- Feb 24-March 2, Vancouver Convention Centre

February 24 – March 2, 2014   The Wine World is Here 1,750 wines • 14 countries • 178 wineries • 54 events •

Lunar Fest– Downtown, Feb 7 to 9. http://www.lunarfest.org
Celebrate the Year of the Horse: eat some dumplings, see displays, check out the rocking horse, tea information and more.
Shopping During Chinese New Year at the International Village, Chinatown

Asian Perspectives

While you’re in the mood to explore Chinese culture, all you have to do is visit a gallery showcasing Chinese art, visit China or take a look at  the online Ricepaper  publication. You will find profiles of many talented Asian writers, poets, and musicians.   http://ricepapermagazine.ca/category/profiles/.

If you are a writer of Asian descent and are looking for a place to showcase your talent, the publication accepts submissions of poetry and nonfiction writing. Worth checking out.







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