Vancouver TUTS’ We Will Rock You and Something Rotten! Champion Diversity

TUTS’ We Will Rock You; Photo: Emily Cooper

When Saccha Dennis, director of Theatre Under the Stars’ upcoming production of We Will Rock You, played Alice in an elementary school production of Alice in Wonderland, an audience member in the front row looking at her curiously. As a Black actor, director, and educator, she’s spent her whole life negotiating and defying expectations of what theatre should look like.

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Vancouver TUTS’ We Will Rock You and Something Rotten! Champion Diversity

A Conversation with Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of Vancouver Writers Fest, on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Arty Guava – Three Figures

Margaret Atwood. Margaret Laurence. Robertson Davies. Timothy Findley. These were the big names in Canadian Literature (CanLit) who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s and formed an initial literary canon.

Now in 2021, while these names continue to be highly recognized, new and diverse writers increasingly make up the national literary scene.

“They were the canon of CanLit. Clearly, that’s just not a good representation of who we are here in Canada, and I think finally, we’re catching up to that. The result is we get to add many, many different voices to that list of CanLit superstars,” says Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Writers Fest.

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A Conversation with Leslie Hurtig, Artistic Director of Vancouver Writers Fest, on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Tacofino’s ‘Shift Change’ Hosts a Series of Online Discussions on Diversity and Inclusion within Hospitality

The ‘Speakers for Change’ series, launched by Tacofino in November, aims to inspire positive, lasting change by tackling relevant issues faced by the hospitality and food-service industry, while also raising much-needed funds for local causes. Continue reading:
Tacofino’s ‘Shift Change’ Hosts a Series of Online Discussions on Diversity and Inclusion within Hospitality

17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

Every year, the Downtown Eastside community looks forward to the Heart of the City Festival. This year, more than ever, the Festival is highlighting the importance of local artistry, mandating to promote, present and facilitate the development of artists, art forms, cultural traditions, history, activism, people and great stories about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Due to circumstances of the pandemic, the festival has been reimaged to facilitate the mandate on a smaller scale, with most events scheduled for online and outdoors. Continue reading:
17th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

Vancouver Gets Progressive with Affordable Condos Downtown

OK.  We all know Vancouver’s a fantastic city.   We also know that it’s not an especially cheap one.   It’s not that food, transit or entertainment costs any more than in comparable cities.  Instead, it’s the cost of buying an apartment or home in Vancouver – and especially downtown – that has become a bit of an issue lately.

Which is why I wanted to highlight a really unique new residential project that’s in development on the edge of the Gastown neighbourhood, right in the heart of the Downtown Eastside.   This is a bit of a departure from my posts on restaurants and events around town, but I think that having a diverse mix of people is just as important to the city’s rich culture.

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Vancouver Gets Progressive with Affordable Condos Downtown