Town Talk: Indigenous feast kicks off Harmony Arts Festival

WONG’S WAY: Cantonese opera master Hoi Seng Leong appeared at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden recently with Yuk Fung Cheung, who is a student at his Richmond-based academy. They performed the Fragrant Sacrifice finale from The Flower Princess, which some call China’s Romeo and Juliet story. As in Shakespeare’s day, Cantonese opera long had men play female roles. That spurred the garden’s artist in residence, Paul Wong, to add contemporary Asian drag performers and make the sold-out evening part of the five-day, 14-event Alternative Pride schedule.

Yuk Fung Cheung and Hoi Seng Leong of the latter’s Cantonese Opera Academy performed The Flower Princess’s finale, Fragrant Sacrifice.

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Yuk Fung Cheung and Hoi Seng Leong of the latter’s Cantonese Opera Academy performed The Flower Princess’s finale, Fragrant Sacrifice.

They were fronted by Shay Dior (real name Ban Dang) who co-ordinates Ricecake dance parties and heads the House of Rice group of Asian drag artists. Much-lauded multimedia artist-curator Wong received a 2005 Governor General’s Award in visual and media arts and, in 2016, the $30,000 Audain Prize for lifetime achievement in the visual arts.

Inez Cook and Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun’aat served salmon, oolichan and other fare at the Harmony Arts Festival’s Indigenous Feast.

FROM THE SEA: West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival began when an event titled The Indigenous Feast served salmon, halibut, clams, smoked oolichan and bison ribs. Dishes were prepared by Salmon n’ Bannock restaurant owners Inez Cook of the Nuxalk nation and Remi Caudron from the nation of France. Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun’aat’s BigHeart Bannock Catering & Cultural Café provided bannock. Mohawk blues singer Murray Porter entertained. The new-this-year event’s 180 diners likely reflected on the nearby Capilano River providing feast fare for millennia before its 1950-founded Park Royal shopping centre offered corresponding bounty.

With the HSBC Building’s pendulum behind, Tiko Kerr launched his Affinities-series paintings including one titled A Theory of Relativity.

NEW TWIST: Vancouver art adherents recall the many paintings in which Tiko Kerr depicted familiar landmarks in a rather psychedelic way. Burrard Street Bridge, downtown towers, City Hall, etc., writhed and contorted in super-saturated colours, but always instantly recognizable. But the drugs Kerr ingested weren’t LSD. They were anti-retroviral TMC 114 and TMC 125 that Health Canada

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