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Culture Compass Treasure Hunts!

THE CULTURE COMPASS TREASURE HUNTS ARE BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

After the success of the Culture Days Treasure Hunts which took place in Fall 2020, the Culture Compass Treasure Hunts are back – this time, to celebrate the launch of Heritage Week on February 15, 2021.

Where do you find Heritage?

Interesting stories are all around you!  Pick up clues while discovering natural & cultural heritage along North Vancouver’s Green Necklace or go online and explore the entire North Shore.

Follow the clues to find letters and uncover the code word!

You have a until March 15th to complete one or both hunts and enter to win the Grand Prize – the ultimate North Shore Staycation.

GRAND PRIZE – ULTIMATE NORTH SHORE STAYCATION:

The amazing prize package has been put together with the support of our sponsor North Shore Tourism and the following local North Shore organizations and includes:

  • 1 night stay with breakfast for 4 at Lonsdale Quay Hotel
  • $100 Gift Card to Park Royal
  • Tickets to Grouse Mountain Admission
  • Tickets to Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • E-bike rentals with Reckless Shipyards eBikes & More
  • Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism and North Shore Culture Compass Swag

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Live from the studio: Navarana Igloliorte

Zoom Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wfIQaUjASOqtEwxPytIBHA

Join Griffin’s current artist-in-residence, Navarana Igloliorte, for an artist talk live over zoom to learn more about what she has been up to throughout her time at Griffin Art Projects!

“During the Griffin Art Projects residency I plan to hang three large-scale stencils of caribou approximately  8×8 feet each. I will edit video and photos I have filmed of places and food sources of caribou in the past. I am from Labrador where the George River Herd population was traditionally around 750,000, and due to multiple forms of industry over the years, the population dwindled to 5000. Last year, 8100 were counted. In the community I grew up in caribou is not merely a source of food and clothing, but has great spiritual significance.  In this connection, making this work is a kind of invocation or act that seeks to activate energy and hope for the caribou to do well again. The videos I edit will be projected on and through the large scale stencils. I am also planning on working on paper integrating watercolour and collage.”

-Navarana Igloliorte

Currently based in Vancouver, BC, Navarana Igloliorte is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker working in short gauge film, video, painting, printmaking and dance. Igloliorte often works in collaboration with community members or other artists, weaving together teachings, stories, movement and sometimes humour through reflection of our connectedness with nature and each other. She completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2003 and a Bachelor of Education degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2005. Since 2004, Igloliorte has frequently traveled back to Labrador where she grew up to work for the Nunatsiavut  Government and Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation. Igloliorte’s artwork and films have been exhibited and screened in galleries and film festivals across Canada.

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Printmaking with Marlene Yuen

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Join Vancouver-based artist Marlene Yuen for a letterpress printing demonstration and artist talk streamed live over Zoom from WePress, a community artspace in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. A selection of Marlene’s handmade books will be on display at Griffin Art Projects as part of Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections, including “Ho Sun Hing Printers”, a recent letterpress and risograph book about Canada’s first Chinese-English print shop. Founded by Lam Lat Tong in 1908, Ho Sun Hing Printers remained in operation for over one hundred years before officially closing their doors in 2014. For this book project, Marlene accessed WePress’s Chinese letterpress blocks to retell the story of the Lam family’s business.

Marlene Yuen is a Vancouver-based artist who received her bachelor’s of studio arts in 1998 from the University of British Columbia. She has exhibited at galleries, artist-run centers, and cultural events in Canada, United States, UK, Belgium, and Japan. Her main focus is on handmade books using printmaking processes; her books have been retained in special collections nationally and internationally. In 2009 she completed a winter letterpress residency at Penland School of Crafts with master printer, Robert Walp of Chestercreek Press. Her current subject matters deal with Chinese Canadian labour history and the preservation of Vancouver’s historic Chinatown.

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In the Shadow of Gold Mountain with Karen Cho

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9wQpC7zWTNWE0H6pQLiubQ

In the Shadows of Gold Mountain features filmmaker Karen Cho as she travels from Montreal to Vancouver to uncover stories from the last survivors of the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act, a set of laws imposed to single out the Chinese as unwanted immigrants to Canada from 1885 to 1947. Through a combination of history, poetry and raw emotion, this documentary sheds light on an era that shaped the identity of generations.

Following the film, Griffin will be hosting a director’s talk and Q/A live over Zoom with Montreal filmmaker and founder of Story Booth Media, Karen Cho. With over a decade of experience in the film and television industry, Karen is an award winning writer/director of documentary films and TV series. Story Booth Media creates diverse films that explore topics of immigration, social justice, identity and belonging.

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Chinatown Speculative Futures with Linda Zhang

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Join Linda Zang, professor in the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto ON, live over Zoom to learn about the story and process behind her recent project ChinaTOwn, a multi-player board game that prompts participants to put their heads together to negotiate what is worth including in a community space. Zhang partnered with research technology officer in Ryerson’s Library Collaboratory, Jimmy Tran, to fly drones over Toronto’s Chinatown, photographing 99 individual buildings and subsequently turning each one into a board-game sized model. To play the game, participants must select only 12 of the 99 buildings to include in their hand-picked Chinatown. Centred on questions of heritage preservation within the community, ChinaTOwn asks players to have a conversation about what is important to them and the future of their community, a topic that is relevant now more than ever as Chinatown’s across the country face unprecedented challenges and change.

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Documenting Chinatown: a conversation with Morris Lum and Suzanne Girard

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Join two Canadian artists live over zoom for a conversation focused on the photographic documentation of Chinatowns across North America. Morris Lum and Suzanne Girard will deliver short fifteen-minute presentations, followed by a group conversation and live audience Q/A Session. Presented in conjunction with Griffin’s current exhibition Whose Chinatown? Examining Chinatown Gazes in Art, Archives, and Collections, photographs by each artist are currently on view at Griffin Art Projects from January 29 – May 1, 2020.

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After School Art: Drama and Voice | Online Class with North Van Arts

Take a new online art class with North Van Arts!


Through interactive theatre games and beginning improv exercises, this online class is designed to introduce kids to the basics of storytelling, understanding plot and theme, working with a script, using our “stage voices”, and how to take direction while having lots of fun! Students will work on a project to present their families by the end of the term via an online platform.


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What is Music? | Online Class with North Van Arts

Take a new online art class with North Van Arts!


A music history class with a focus on western classical music from the last 100 years, centered around the question “what is music?”. This will be an interactive, discussion-based class for musicians and non-musicians alike (no previous musical training is necessary).


A good pair of headphones is recommended for ideal audio quality.


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Whey-ah-Wichen Canoe Festival

Every July, Tsleil-Waututh Nation holds an annual canoe race out of Whey-ah-wichen/Cates Park called Whey-ah-Wichen Canoe Festival. Teams from the North Shore compete against other First Nations from all over Coast Salish territory: the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and Washington state using traditional dug out racing canoes. All teams camp and race at the park.

As well as getting the opportunity to spectate at the festival you’ll also find arts and crafts vendors, traditional foods, with barbecued salmon and bannock for sale, and fun landraces and activities for kids.

Date TBA!

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Summerfest: Canada Day at the Market

Join us this year to celebrate Canada Day at the Market! We’re excited to be sharing live music on the SummerFest stage with the following performances:

1:00 pm -3:00 pm: Karen Fowlie- The Originals
3:15 pm -5:15 pm: VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir

Make sure to stop by as we’ll be giving out Canada Day flags throughout the day and having a Face Painter set up in the South Plaza from 12 pm – 5 pm.

See you there!

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