Unleashing the ukelele

Although ukeleles are often not seen outside outside a Hawaiian luau, an upcoming concert will highlight the instrument’s potential for playing all sorts of music.

The In House Festival presents Ukeleles Unleashed with three different acts on March 5 in East Vancouver.

Ralph Shaw is a local professional ukelele player and entertainer who has been playing since he was a young man.

“I instantly fell in love with it and took it everywhere I went,” he said, adding that the easy of playability with four fingers on four strings made total sense to him.

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Audacious festival brazenly shows off talent

Chutzpah is a Hebrew word that can be used to express admiration for non-conformist but gutsy audacity. The Lisa Nemetz International Showcase of Jewish Performing Arts—commonly known as Chutzpah!—demonstrates that notion of extreme originality by presenting an eclectic repertoire of cutting-edge dance, music and theatrical acts from around the world.

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North Country Revealed in Pavilion

Mountie and Inukshuk

Mounties standing next to an Inuit inukshuk greet visitors at Canada's Northern House.

Visitors to Northern House in downtown Vancouver will be able to glimpse the wide-open spaces and wilderness of Canada’s territories. As one of the Olympic display centres, it is a combined effort by the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut set-up to showcase those regions and their culture.

Entering the pavilion, visitors are greeted by two Mounties in full scarlet dress uniform flanking a six-foot tall inukshuk, a stone landmark used by the Inuit. Further inside, a table-top game-like display gives visitors a chance to build their own miniature inukshuk. Stuffed, life-size examples of artic animals, like polar bears and caribou, stand stolidly for multiple photo opportunities.

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Artists hit by big funding cuts: call on B.C. Liberals to revise policy

In the wake of huge grant cuts to cultural organizations by the provincial government in 2009, the upcoming year presents numerous challenges for creators to overcome. As the community rallies to deal with the crisis, The Source takes the pulse of those in the local scene to assess their condition.

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Local food highlight of event

Local foodies will have an opportunity to mingle with farmers, food producers and chefs in a unique, intimate event being held for the first time in Vancouver.

Slow Food Vancouver and Farm Folk/City Folk are sponsoring this first annual event to showcase local producers and cooks who will serve up regional food to attendees. This Terra Madre styled event will take place on the evening of Dec. 10 at the Italian Cultural Centre. A Red Fife wheat bake-off will be part of the event as well as entertainment and information on food issues and education, like seed sovereignty and security. On the same day, other events will be taking place around the world.

According to its website, Terra Madre (Mother Earth in English) is a food community network that brings together small players in the food chain who support sustainable agriculture, fishing, and breeding with the goal of preserving taste and biodiversity. In 2004, it started holding an international meeting in Italy every two years to bring people together in person.

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Scandinavian library expands collection

Librarian Pia Christensen with new Finnish books.

The Scandinavian Centre in Burnaby recently had its library grand opening of English language books about Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

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White poppies for peace


Denis Laplante and Teresa Gagné want to start a conversation about peace.

Two local professionals are promoting a white poppy campaign in Vancouver to further a culture of peace in Canada.

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