Holiday Book Buying Guide: Diverse Local Authors Tell Unique Stories

 

By Rachel Rosenberg

As 2019 creeps towards its end, we are starting to see the signs of the upcoming holiday season: lit-up trees in people’s windows, that hurried walk of present shoppers, the joyful tunes of holiday music being piped into stores. Regardless of which holiday you are exchanging gifts for, books are always a solid present because often they show our loved ones what we know about them and what we think they might appreciate. There is also something very satisfying about giving a gift that is intrinsically tied to the giver — I’ve always liked getting locally-made presents and books can fulfill that need. By finding the writing of local authors, we have the opportunity to learn more about our city and the people who live in and around it. These seven titles, a mix of fiction, memoir and children’s, were published between 2017-2019.

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Holiday Book Buying Guide: Diverse Local Authors Tell Unique Stories

Award-Winning Métis singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal Coming to Vancouver Folk Fest

By Rachel Rosenberg

Métis singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal’s career is really taking off.   She sings with a powerful, bluesy force that resonates with a timeless quality — serenading audiences with joy and sadness that could come from any era. Her latest album, Stories from a Downtown Apartment, combines heartfelt, clever lyrics with lush harmonies. Her first full-length album, Everything and Nothing at All, combines the richness of her voice with a slightly rockier bounce.

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Award-Winning Métis singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal Coming to Vancouver Folk Fest

Filming in Vancouver: Charmed, Taraji P. Henson, Camilla Mendes, and more

Camilla Mendes

Something witchy this way comes.

Well, to be honest, they’ve been coming this way for some time now. But a new witch-themed TV series joins the growing collection of witchcrafty productions in Vancouver this week.

As there’s also an Indigenous food TV series and a feature film about coffee with a side of Kareem starting up, you may want to ensure you don’t read this on an empty stomach.

Plus, there’s a feature film starring one of the main cast members of Riverdale.

Check out what’s going on in Vancouver’s screen scene after the jump.

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Filming in Vancouver: Charmed, Taraji P. Henson, Camilla Mendes, and more

Greenlandic Mask Dancing, Folk Music and Mythologies Meet at this PuSh Festival Performance

Image by Jeremy Mimnagh

By Rachel Rosenberg

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and Evalyn Parry have created an enthralling multimedia dialogue that weaves folk music, storytelling, live video and uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing). After a sold-out Toronto run in 2018, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools, which is coming to the PuSh festival in January, explores the relationship between Canada’s North and South using personal stories, historical documents and traditional mythologies.

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Greenlandic Mask Dancing, Folk Music and Mythologies Meet at this PuSh Festival Performance

Two Spirit Siksika Artist Adrian Stimson’s New Work addresses Colonial Erasure and Sexuality

Adrian Stimson | Image courtesy of the Queer Arts Festival

By Kendell Yan

The only permanent multidisciplinary queer arts hub in Canada, the exciting and radically diverse SUM Gallery, has opened a new show with internationally acclaimed Two Spirit Siksika artist Adrian Stimson. Stimson’s most recent work, an interdisciplinary exhibit titled Naked Napi is a series of sculptures, paintings, and drawings that subvert the colonial erasure of indigenous bodies, autonomy, and the sexual histories of the Blackfoot peoples.

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Two Spirit Siksika Artist Adrian Stimson’s New Work addresses Colonial Erasure and Sexuality

Filming in Vancouver: Jason Momoa, The Man in the High Castle, First Nations feature, Child’s Play

Jason Momoa

Today’s a busy day as there are two feature films and two TV series all starting up production.

One film is an Indigenous supernatural mystery while the other is a remake of a 1980s slasher flick.

On the TV side of things, a new futuristic Apple TV series boots up while a parallel-universe series gets into its fourth season.

Here’s the rundown of what’s going in Vancouver’s screen scene this week.

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Filming in Vancouver: Jason Momoa, The Man in the High Castle, First Nations feature, Child’s Play

Filming in Vancouver: Lost in Space, Cosmos, Monkey Beach, and the Detour

Lost in Space

So this week’s roundup of what’s happening in Vancouver’s screen scene is kind of spacey.

Well, what we mean by that is that we take a look at two TV series shooting here, one about science and space while the other is a science-fiction series about a family in space.

Speaking of families, there’s another series in the mix about a family on the run that has wound up in Vancouver this season.

Meanwhile on the local talent front, an Indigenous cinematic production will take a novel by a B.C. First Nations writer to the big screen.

So if you want to know more about all of this stuff, here’s a quick look at what’s shooting in Vancouver this week and in the weeks to come.

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Filming in Vancouver: Lost in Space, Cosmos, Monkey Beach, and the Detour