Ah September, the air is filled with the smell of fresh textbooks and the ear-piercing whines of schoolchildren. But nobody, not even the weather gods of Vancouver, like to admit that it is no longer summer, which is why September is always bursting with exciting escapist activities. In this week’s Back to Cool Edition (ya, you heard me), whether you are heading back to the classroom, or just punching the clock like any other day, we got what you need to take your mind off the fact that you have to wake up early tomorrow.
Image credit: Hapa-palooza Festival
Wednesday, September 7 to Saturday, September 10
The Hapa-palooza Festival got off to a great start last night with Mixed Voices Raised – an inspiring panel discussion between Fred Wah, Joanne Arnott, and Tanya Evanson, three Canadian poets of mixed roots. Tonight Schema fav Jeff Chiba Stearns hosts Mixed Flicks, a screening of shorts and actor panel discussion. Then spend your weekend being entertained by even more amazing mixed race artists at the Sir James Douglas Mix-A-Lot Cabaret on Friday, and Hapa-palooza in the Square, Robson Square that is, on Saturday. Not to be missed. Oh, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for interviews with some of Hapa-palooza’s featured artists coming to a Schema near you very soon!
Image Credit: Vancouver International Fringe Festival
Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 18
The Vancouver International Fringe Festival can always be relied upon to serve up everything that is wacky and wonderful in the world of theatre. This year you can look forward to a musical about an 80s teen beauty pageant filled with glamour, hi-jinks and puppets (yes, puppets), a solo comedy act about cancer, and a site-specific post-apolcalyptic tale of underwater boat thievery, and plenty more. Be prepared to be amused.
Image Credit: Urban Noise Festival
Saturday, September 10
Albion Library Parking Lot, Toronto
urbanNOISE is now in its 6th year of using arts to unite the Rexdale/Jamestown community of Toronto against violence. The one-day music and dance festival features a diverse array of youth and professional artists from the community and from around the world. The Rexdale/Jamestown area is often seen as a breeding ground for gang culture, so it’s wonderful to see a festival that puts at-risk youth at the helm and allows them to showcase their talent and leadership skills to an entire community.
Image Credit: Lululemon Athletica
Saturday, September 10
Venues across North America
If you’re a fan of yoga, you might notice how your earnest attempts to replicate the wise teaching of your yogi at home don’t always work out as well, or as often, as you would like. There’s nothing like being part of a focused, sweaty, yoga-minded group of people to help you hold that eagle pose just a little bit longer. So imagine the rush…errr…deeply contemplative spirituality…of a sun salutation done in the company of yogis all across North America. This Saturday, join Lululemon Athletica at one of their Salutation Nation stations for an hour of international yoga unity. Now that’s something I can get omm board with! (I’m sorry, that was terrible, who let’s me write this column?)
Image Credit: Ron Sombilon Gallery
Sunday, September 25
A preview/shout-out to the Enspiring Race: this event, much like its inspiration, The Amazing Race, will have teams of 4 using their brains and brawn to complete challenges all over downtown Vancouver. The catch? The challenges are all random acts of kindness! The registration date has passed, but you can still donate at the Enspire Foundation’s website, and you won’t want to miss out on the action come race day. Hey, maybe you will even be the recipient of an R.A.K. yourself!