Vancouver’s disability community demonstrate their Super Voices this weekend

Realwheels Super Voices cast and Jeffrey Renn.

Realwheels Super Voices cast and Jeffrey Renn.

What is a superpower?

Traditionally, we think of superpowers as abilities like flight, invisibility, X-ray vision and (if you’re me) the ability to find free parking downtown.

But “superpowers” can be defined in other ways.

Superhuman patience, compassion, alternate modes of communication and resilience in the face of adversity are all powers that are just as extraordinary – perhaps more so – than the ability to run at superhuman speeds or pilot an invisible plane.

This weekend, a group of folks from Vancouver’s disabled community will share their special powers in two performances of a multi-media show at the Roundhouse Performance Centre.

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Vancouver’s disability community demonstrate their Super Voices this weekend

Experience Metis culture and dance this Saturday

Yvonne Chartrand as Sara Riel. Edward Poitras photo.

Yvonne Chartrand as Sara Riel. Edward Poitras photo.

Experience Metis culture this Saturday with an evening at the Roundhouse that recognizes Metis leader Louis Riel.

On Nov. 15, Vancouver dance company Compaigni V’ni Dansi presents Sara Riel: The Long Journey. It’s a contemporary dance piece set inside of a visual installation, and explores the life of Sara Riel, sister to Louis Riel, who was hung for treason in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Nov. 16. 1885.

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Experience Metis culture and dance this Saturday

Modulus Festival Sept 27 – 30

Calder Quartet

The Calder Quartet play the Modulus Festival Sept 27-30. Photo courtesy of Modulus Festival.

Fans of adventurous music in the city will get to see another side of a member of one of  Canada’s most successful bands at the Modulus Festival. Not only that, but he’ll help mount a musical event featuring 15 people riding glowing bikes and playing boomboxes.

The show is a free one on the last day of the four-day festival, which is a showcase for post-classical and new music. Among the guest musicians is Richard Reed Parry, of Montreal’s Grammy-winning Arcade Fire.

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Modulus Festival Sept 27 – 30

Beerlesque II

Dizzy Little at Beerlesque

Dizzy Little at Beerlesque at the Roundhouse, Vancouver Aug 19 2011. Photo credit: Robyn Hanson/The Snipe News

If you like beer, half-nekkid ladies and danger-defying men, Beerlesque II (Sept 21 6 – 11 p.m.) is just the ticket. And if you like guys named Chip, you’re in for a real treat.

Besides some of Vancouver’s premiere burlesque performers and a number of Pacific Northwest craft brews, this year’s Beerlesque also features the Comic Strippers, a male stripper parody review featuring six dancers all named Chip. According to creator and Vancouver comic Roman Danylo, the review is “an explosion of ridiculousness.”

Meanwhile, some of the hottest names in the city’s tassel scene will take things a little more seriously – but not by much.

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Beerlesque II