How to Sponsor a Relative

As part of Citizenship Week 2014, the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), and new Canadian citizens sing the national anthem at Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks — Vancouver, British Columbia

    Canada’s family sponsorship program was on hold from 2011 to 2014. But in 2015 Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Canada opens new ways to reunite families. By Victor Ing, Asian Pacific Post Canada has a long tradition of promoting family reunification in Canada. In fact, it is an express objective of the Immigration and


Vancouver’s Hidden Children

Nassim Elbardouh, a teacher at Britannia Secondary School, sits on the BC Teachers’ Federation’s Committee for Action on Social Justice which developed a draft ‘sanctuary schools’ policy this year. Photo: David P. Ball.

    Many undocumented families, fearing deportation, don’t enrol kids in school.   By David P. Ball,   Written on a wall in Pedro’s soon-to-be-demolished, cramped Vancouver apartment are words:   “I want water.” “Can I go to the washroom?”   This, for Pedro’s two oldest children, is the closest they will get to


Urban Visions Collide in ‘Char Bagh’

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    As part of this year’s PuSh Festival, experience four methods of storytelling on January 31.   Char Bagh is the Persian term for a quadrilateral garden divided by water and pathways; a space for exchange and contemplation. Digital Handloom is a Vancouver communication and cultural engagement practice by Manjot Bains and Naveen Girn.


Meet Your Mayor

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    Who are the people running my city? A Guidebook election recap.   As a newcomer in the Lower Mainland, it can be tough to keep up with the local political scene. Even if you’ve read all the news, depending on your citizenship status, British Columbia may not allow you to vote for the


Pizza for Breakfast?

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    It’s true, it seems this Kitsilano gem will put a soft boiled egg on just about any Italian staple.   By Sarah Berman     Nook Restaurant 1525 Yew Street Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC (604) 734 3381   [Note: this restaurant has another location on Denman Street, but the Denman Nook does not serve


Seeking Silence


  Starting the New Year with a mindfulness escape right here in Vancouver.   By Shannon Pidlubny   When most people think of a mid-winter break, they think of sunny beaches, margaritas or vacationing in an exotic location with palm trees and warm ocean breezes. They think of a place they can escape to—somewhere a passport and


Vancouver Gems

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    Ellen Lee is a Vancouver designer currently living and working between Singapore and Bali. These photos are from a brief visit to Vancouver in October.    


Vancouver on the Verge of a Comedy Coup-

Vancouver comedian Graham Clark gets by with a little help from his friends. Photo via Graham Clark’s Facebook

    With a ‘nobody’s going to get famous’ attitude, BC comics get noticed.   By Sarah Berman,   In Little Mountain Gallery on a Tuesday night, the line between comedy show and hanging out at a friend’s place is charmingly blurred. At this show, billed “Ring-a-Ding-Dong-Dandy,” beer comes out of a picnic cooler,


I Am Not Malala


    Mistaken for ‘The Bravest Girl in the World,’ one writer shares her doubts that Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel win can bring about positive change in the Swat Valley.   By Abeer Yusuf   For the last year, we’ve been hearing a lot about this name: Malala.   In fact, so popular is the name


Another Win for BC’s #MakeItCount Youth Group

The Fresh Voices team celebrates a recent win at city hall.

    A campaign to honour the hard work of international students and new immigrants is now endorsed by the City of Vancouver.   By Tanvi Bhatia   You may remember reading an article in one of the previous issues of Guidebook about Make It Count, a youth-led campaign aiming to get graduation credits for


Global Fashion That Changed the World

Tokyo has an international reputation for its wild street styles, including Lolita fashion.

By Jennifer Croll   [Editor’s note: With permission from Prestel Publishing, the following passage is excerpted from Fashion That Changed the World, a new book about just that.]   Fashion Week Internationale, a VICE web series hosted by a fearless ex-model turned journalist named Charlet Duboc, takes viewers backstage for fashion weeks in far-flung, sometimes


Tour de Feast

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  Tour de Feast 319 Mountain Hwy North Vancouver, BC (604) 980-1811   I can’t deny my love for little hidden gems, especially out in the ‘burbs. Hey, I’ll say it again and again—why dine at the obvious places, such as chain restaurants (although some are decent), when you can eat something original at a


Touring BC’s ‘Hidden’ History Shared by Chinese and Indigenous People

Looking out from abandoned CPR tunnel blasted by Chinese railway workers. / Photo: Ray Liu,

    What happens when a busload of Christians are shown a province ‘built on free land with half-priced labour’?By Meg Mittelstedt Reprinted with permission from     Forty-eight of us are standing on the banks of the Fraser River at the Lytton Ferry under a hot September sun. We’ve just been told that


Portraits from Nairobi

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    A new photo exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology reveals a century-long transformation of Kenya’s urban culture.   What: art exhibition When: November 25, 2014 through April 4, 2015 Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology, 6393 N.W. Marine Drive How much: $16.75, free for UBC students     First presented in 2009 at the


Rise of the East Van Cross

New pendants based on the iconic Vancouver sculpture sell for $175 to $325, raising money for legal advocacy in the Downtown Eastside.

    Jewelry project pays tribute to East Van graffiti, raises money for legal advocates.   By Sarah Berman   The East Van Cross is an iconic symbol of Vancouver’s blue collar roots, a time when the timber industry and Hell’s Angels seemingly ruled in equal measure. First seen as a common graffiti tag during


Cinema Behind the Orange Gate


    Public Art Installation by Byungseo Yoo November 30- December 30, 2014 Public Storage (Location TBA) Curated by Sojin Kim   Artist Talk/Opening Reception: November 29, 3:00-5:00pm Satellite Gallery 560 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC Public Storage Open Hours: By Appointment Only (contact information below)   Vancouver, BC—For the month of December, Vancouver’s Public Storage


There Goes the Internet

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  Actor, activist and online sensation George Takei is coming to Vancouver November 18.   Who: George Takei What: speaking tour When: November 18, doors at 8:00 p.m. Where: The Queen Elizabeth Theatre, How much: $25 to $199 With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role


All the Ai Weiwei Fit to Print

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    Along with a months-long exhibition of the artist’s photos, comes an iconic documentary about his house arrest in China.   Guidebook’s September issue featured a photo spread of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s photos from his time in New York City during the ‘80s and ‘90s (see above and below). We were proud to


What’s Your Perspective?

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  This year’s Vancouver Asian Film Festival stretches from India to Singapore, all the way to the back of your fridge. Film descriptions courtesy of A Leading Man (USA) Directed by Steven J. Kung November 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. International Village Cinemas   Everyone is happy for rising actor GQ—everyone except GQ himself.


The Art of Metrotown

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    When you don’t have the money to shop, check out these free local artist exhibitions.   By Aurora Tejeida   The Burnaby Art Gallery is hosting two off-site exhibitions of work by local artists—one of them at the Bob Prittie library in Metrotown and the second one in the McGill library. Both exhibitions


On the Way to Perfect English

Is this ‘gorilla warfare?’ Scene from the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

    Laughter: now part of a well-balanced classroom experience. A toastmaster reflects on a language learned.   By Gerrie Ying   It’s been a long time since I began to learn the English alphabet in China, to now competing in a toastmaster’s contest in Canada. On the way to perfect my English, I have


‘Is This Me?’ Style Meets Existentialism with ‘Women in Clothes’


    In conversation with two BC contributors to a new international fashion book co-edited by ‘How Should a Person Be?’ author Sheila Heti.   By Sarah Berman,   It’s a drizzly Thursday evening in Vancouver’s Chinatown and I’ve had the foresight to wear a rain jacket and waterproof boots. In addition to feeling


A Naked Truth


  Sexual assault still prevalent in progressive, multicultural  Canada.   By Abeer Yusuf   Sad as it is for me to write this, I know very few women, if any at all, who have never experienced some form of sexual harassment in the hands of the opposite sex.   As an Indian who has observed


Pan-Fried Perfection

Photo via Gyoza Bar Facebook

    New lunch and dinner spot ‘Gyoza Bar’ puts umami tastes front and centre without the MSG.   By Sarah Berman     Gyoza Bar + Ramen 622 West Pender Street Vancouver, BC 604 336 5563   When I first arrive at Gyoza Bar, there is a lineup out the door. It is opening


Cuts to ESL Funding Impacts Thousands of Students

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    A Vancouver Community College protest asks the province to restore funding to high-level English training for skilled workers.   By Sarah Berman   On the morning of Thursday, September 18, hundreds of students at Vancouver Community College marched with signs reading “ESL Matters” to meet the school’s finance committee. Due to funding cuts,


The Legacy of Cuban Music

“A member of the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club” photo by Angela Anji

    At Vancouver’s annual Cuban Music Festival, see what influenced today’s chart-topping dancehall and salsa-infused club hits. Begins October 16 at Performance Works.   By Aurora Tejeida   In many ways Cuban music is the result of two cultures clashing together, predominantly Spanish folk music and West African rhythm. But what many music lovers


The Dalai Lama Speaks in Vancouver

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    The Buddhist teacher will speak at UBC campus on compassion as a path to inner happiness. The event raises money for Tibetan resettlement to Canada.   Who: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, with anthropologist Wade Davis What: “Avalokiteshvara Empowerment” When: October 23, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., doors open at 8:00 a.m.


Is Vancouver a Happy City?

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    Urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery shares his findings from around the world at his TEDxVancouver talk October 18.   By Abeer Yusuf   At some point in all our lives, we’ve been stuck at the h-word: happiness. Wondering if you truly are happy, if your partner and job is making you happy, and what


Top Secret: Inside the Infiniti-Red Bull Racing factory

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    Writer Keith Morgan recently spent a weekend with the world champion Infiniti-Red Bull Formula One Racing team. He reports on his tour of the team’s top-secret factory in the UK, his drive to the Belgian Grand Prix and the rich hospitality offered at the F1 Paddock Club.     By Keith Morgan   Milton


Low Tide in Bali

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  Snapshots from a months-long stay on the Indonesian island.   Photos by Ellen Lee     The most perfect orange.       This dog is adorable. I love how his ears just flop like that. He’s an old one, always kind of in the way when I need to get out, moving at


Your Questions, Answered : BC Provincial Nominee Program

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  As a newcomer to BC, it’s natural to have a long list of questions about life in your new country. That’s why Guidbook would like to dedicate this space to answering the questions of our readers. If you have a question about finding housing, applying to schools, applying for visas, saving money or even


Snapshots From the World’s First Peoples

Australia: Simon visits one Aboriginal tribe defending their ‘Song Cycle’ and way of life as government and corporations attempt to develop natural gas fields around them.

    Guidebook gets a sneak peek from a documentary series now airing on Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network (APTN).   Native Planet is a six-part documentary series airing on APTN that explores the relationship between humanity and nature through the indigenous lens. The series makes apparent the struggles aboriginal peoples are going through in the


Meet a Maker: Mixed Media Artist Soledad Muñoz

Jaymes (aka Young Braised) in a past performance of the show he put together with Muñoz” photo by Robert Cameron.

    The Canadian-Chilean visual artist who started an all-girl music label.   By Aurora Tejeida   Soledad Muñoz likes living in the fringe. She doesn’t consider herself a Canadian, but she also doesn’t feel 100 per cent Chilean. She’s a knitter, a musician, a producer, a videographer, sculptor and one of the visual installation


Art Project: Jordan Abel’s Un/inhabited


    Award-winning First Nations poet navigates language and land   Who: Poet Jordan Abel What: reading from Un/inhabited, his second poetry collection When: Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 p.m. Where: Paper Hound Books, 344 West Pender How much: free   This month, Nisga’a poet Jordan Abel releases a special limited-edition artist book published by Project


‘Dragons & Tigers’ from Both Sides of the Pacific


    Local stories ‘Everything Will Be’ and ‘The Vancouver Asahi’ will play alongside both heavy-hitters and up-and-comers from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.   By Sarah Berman   As one of the biggest film festivals in North America, VIFF has built a reputation “introducing the most exciting


Pop Opera


  By Aurora Tejeida   If you’re looking to pick up an interest in the fine art that is the opera or just looking to impress a date, you’re in luck. The Vancouver Opera 2014-2015 season is about start, and the first show, Carmen, is perfect for anyone looking to pop their opera cherry.  


Zef in the West

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  South African rap-ravers Die Antwoord are coming to Vancouver September 23, promoting their new record Donker Mag.   Ninja, formerly known as Waddy Jones, is very chill considering he’s the leader of a South African rap-rave band. In 2012 the performer and producer from Johannesburg told the New York Times he doesn’t even drink.


Ludmila’s Film Feast

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  With the Vancouver International FIlm Festival fast-approaching, Guidebook asks film marathoner Ludmila Khmelnitsky what tops her list this year.   By Sarah Berman     Ludmila Khmelnitsky hasn’t been to all the Vancouver International FIlm Festivals, but for the 15 years she’s attended, she’s seen more screenings in three weeks than most people see


Health Cuts ‘Cruel and Unusual Treatment’

Dr. Martina Scholtens advocating for refugee rights. Photo by David P. Ball.

    Canada’s government is slated to appeal a federal judge’s ruling on the cruelty of refugee health care cuts.   By Aurora Tejeida   This summer a federal judge ruled that millions of dollars in cuts to some refugee claimants’ health care amounted to “cruel and unusual treatment.” The cuts impact failed claimants as


A Thousand Paper Cranes


        From Hiroshima to Tokyo with a suitcase heart.   Photos and words by Janis Severloh       In grade four, I learned about Japan and Sadako Sasaki and became a bit obsessed. Little bits of what I had learned kept coming back to me throughout our time in Japan.  


One Year in Canada

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    After 365 days in Vancouver it’s onward and upward for this international student.   By Abeer Yusuf   August 22, 2014 marked a full year since I came to Canada.   As with anyone who remembers a particularly momentous day, I can trace the day’s events like a backward Google map. My parents


Taking Back the Mic


    After a long break from singing, a pop star is reborn in Richmond September 17.   By Sarah Berman   It’s been four years since Zya (known as 希亚 Zya in China) sang for an audience of thousands. At the peak of her career, she was playing packed stadiums in Hong Kong a


Is Vancouver fashionable? Tell us what you think.


    By Aurora Tejeida   The Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is happening mid September, and someone, presumably their social media team, has been scoping out the city’s street style. Leaving outdated yoga pants jokes aside, Vancouver isn’t exactly known for being fashionable. Still, this event is held twice a year, and boasts 25,000 attendees.


War Canoe Racing on the North Shore


  A look inside the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s annual paddle racing festival.   Photo by Carlos Tello     War canoe racing season begins in May and lasts until August. Each year the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (pronounced Tslay-wa-tooth) hosts a summer festival celebrating this traditional sport in the Burrard Inlet.     This year the Whey-ah-Wichen Canoe


Tips on mental health

Photo by Gerd Altmann / pixabay

      As a newcomer to BC, it’s natural to have a long list of questions about life in your new country. That’s why Guidbook would like to dedicate this space to answering the questions of our readers. If you have a question about finding housing, applying to schools, applying for visas, saving money


Back to school? Don’t sweat it.

Rainy Vancouver (Photo by Rolando Tanglao)

  Some hot tips for surviving dorm life in style.   By Aurora Tejeida   If you’ve just arrived in Vancouver for school, welcome! Guidebook would like to keep your transitional suffering to an absolute minimum. Here are some tips on how to make your move easy and cheap.   When I moved here about


Ai Weiwei: Newcomer in New York

Bill Clinton. Lower East Side, 1992/2011
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    The world-renowned art star arrived in NYC in 1983. What he saw is coming to UBC’s Belkin Gallery on September 4.   Who: artist Ai Weiwei What: photo exhibition Where: Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, 1825 Main Mall, UBC campus When: Reception: Thursday, September 4 at 8:00 p.m., runs to November 30, 2014



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    What to see at this year’s Latin American Film Festival.   By Aurora Tejeida   Can’t wait for VIFF to get here? Well, there’s still a week left to check out Vancouver’s Latin American Film Festival, which runs until September 7. It’s your chance to learn about Latin American culture through the lens


Transit police report riders to immigration nearly every day

According to a Transit Police spokesperson, 328 people were reported to Canada Border Services Agency from the TransLink system last year. Photo by David P. Ball.

  Many deportations start with checks of SkyTrain riders. Part of a Tyee series on Vancouver’s Sanctuary City movement.   Story and photos by David P. Ball,   It takes precisely one minute to take the SkyTrain from Gateway to Surrey Central stations. A single stop.   But due to a mistake in Jazmine


Wet Hot Taiwan Summer

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    Story and photos by Ellen Lee   While I was in Chiang Mai back in February, I had finally read Eddie Huang’s Fresh Off The Boat. He made Taipei sound so awesome that I was like, gotta go to Taipei.   Yehliu.   Although this place was slammed with tourists, I still loved


Dog Days of Summer


  Six highlights from Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival, which runs August 14 to 24.   When Vancouver’s Pride parade finishes its colourful journey through the downtown core, it certainly won’t be the last opportunity to celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities this summer. Opening on August 14, Vancouver’s Queer Film Festival will showcase


After the Cup

The Vancouver Whitecaps play an exciting game, particularly when the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders come to town. Photo via wikipedia

  Three ways to ease your FIFA World Cup withdrawal.   By Ian Holliday   So the World Cup has ended. Germans everywhere are celebrating their first title since the reunification of their homeland, and the rest of us are suffering from pretty severe soccer withdrawal.   After weeks of being able to plan our




    Malaysian pop sensation Yuna makes a stop at Vancouver’s Imperial Theatre on August 29. Guidebook chats with the singer about touring, fasting and feeling anonymous in North America.   By Abeer Yusuf   If you happened to follow New York music blogs in 2011, you may have noticed the much-hyped FADER label picked


For Today I Am a Boy

Illustration by Justin Longoz

  Story by Kim Fu Illustration by Justin Longoz   We called the wooden bleachers the Big Steps. They overlooked a pit of dust and gravel, generously called the field. I sat on the Big Steps and watched as two boys in my grade rooted around the edge of the field as though searching for


Free movies in Stanley Park

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    30-year-old classics like Footloose and The Karate Kid are coming to a big, inflatable screen every Tuesday.   What: weekly outdoor movies When: every Tuesday from July 8 to September 2, beginning at dusk Where: Stanley Park, Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach) How much: Free     The Lego Movie (2014) July 8, 2014


Canadians compete for the Cup (despite not qualifying)

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    This country doesn’t have a team in Brazil’s tournament, but it’s still a great year for Canucks at the World Cup. A Canada Day special report.   By Ian Holliday   Canada’s best—and still, so far, only—performance at the FIFA World Cup came in 1986. The nation lost all three of its group


Behind Bars

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    In migration-friendly Canada, thousands of immigrants are detained indefinitely without charge or trial, a new report finds.   By Aurora Tejeida   Media coverage of immigration detention has increased significantly following the death of Lucia Vega Jimenez, a Mexican national who died in the custody of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) late


Canada’s 147th Birthday Party

Photo by Steveston Salmon Festival

    Where to find all the salmon, fireworks and free concerts in Metro Vancouver.   There’s a birthday coming up on Tuesday, July 1. No, it’s not your roommate’s or your sister’s. Canada is turning 147 years old, which means that hundreds of cities across the country will be sending exploding projectiles into the


The Joy of Choi

Illustrations by Janice Wu.

  Asian veggies flourish in BC’s climate. A local project aims to connect Vancouver communities with these healthy seasonal eats.   By Bard Suen, hua foundation   Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of my mom and auntie taking me to Vancouver’s Chinatown for dim sum and baked pastries. After our stomachs were


Bought the Ticket, Not Taking the Ride

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, attends a news conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, Thursday, February 16, 2012.  CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION PHOTO/The Canadian Press Images/Brigitte Bouvier

    Wealthy Chinese would-be immigrants battle the Canadian government over a cancelled investor visa program.   By Sarah Berman   The Canadian government passed its budget bill (Bill C-31) on June 19, closing all federal pending investor and entrepreneur files.   We knew this was coming. In February of this year, along with Canada’s


A Midsummer Night’s Stage

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    The Shakespeare festival Bard on the Beach turns 25 with the return of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.   By Tanvi Bhatia   It’s no secret that William Shakespeare is the most famous name in the book when it comes to theatre.   Vancouver is lucky enough to not only have a large variety


Worlds Apart

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    This year’s folk festival lineup includes legends of Americana alongside Afrobeat royalty.   By Sarah Berman   Ahead of the 37th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival beginning July 18, Guidebook brings you six highlights from the beachside concert series. From Bob Dylan’s ex-lover to Fela Kuti’s youngest son, it’s a chance to get


Free Jazz

Ester Rada, Robson Square, June 22

    As part of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, fiery hip-hoppers from Montreal Nomadic Massive played a free show at Robson Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on June 22. Billed as “music without borders,” the group threw down funky jams in five languages.   Ethiopian-born Israeli singer Ester Rada also graced


Government announces Temporary Foreign Worker Program reforms

Photo by David Ball

  But workers still face fears of abuse, deportation. ‘My hope is justice’ says ex-Tim Hortons worker, speaking from Mexico.   Story and photo by David P. Ball,   “My hope is that I’ll see justice, truly,” Edxon González Chein tells The Tyee over the phone from Mexico City. “Justice both within the program,



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The Montreal band Yamantaka // Sonic Titan get a lot of genre labels thrown at them: art-rock, metal, progressive, alternative, psychedelic, experimental…   Jazz is not often one of them, but for Jazz Fest’s opening night on June 20, they share a lineup with legends of the genre Charles Lloyd and Cassandra Wilson, not to


Taipei Cinema

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  Six award-winning films from Taiwan are coming to the Vancity Theatre. Here’s what you need to know.   Who: UBC Literature Etc. What: Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival When: June 27 to 29, 2014 Where: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street How much: $8 (afternoon), $10 (evening)   The Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival returns for its


Take Your Pick

Cherry Lane Farm / photo by Abeer Yusuf

    From raspberries to plums, a guide to do-it-yourself fruit picking in Vancouver.   Story and photos by Abeer Yusuf   With the height of summer fast-approaching, the flowers that give Vancouver the springtime appearance of a child’s drawing book will finally give way to fruits. B.C. is known for its quality produce and


Wu-Tang Clan

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    New York rappers to perform in Vancouver for the first time ahead of new album.   By Sarah Berman   Who: NYC rappers Wu-Tang Clan What: reunion concert Where: Orpheum Theatre When: June 28, 2014, 8:00 p.m. How much: $65 to $180 at   Attention hip-hop fans: the most anticipated show of


‘Indie Music’: A Canadian Definition Explained

Tegan and Sara headline the Festival in Burnaby on June 14.

  The CBC Music Festival in Deer Lake, Burnaby offers a crash course in Canada’s indie bands.   By Aurora Tejeida   I’ve always had an issue with the term “indie music.”   Short for “independent,” it originally referred to any music not produced by a major commercial record label. But in recent decades, the


How much is a World Cup team worth?

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‘Fresh Voices’ heard in BC legislature

Fresh Voices member Nay Bu Taw opens the conversation with Minister Fassbender.

    A team of immigrant and refugee youth met with BC’s education minister last week to share a report on newcomer barriers.   By Sarah Berman   Back in February, Guidebook contributor Tanvi Bhatia wrote about her experience petitioning the B.C. government to count English Language Learning courses towards high school graduation. Currently, English


Discover Tofino, BC


    Just in time for the Tofino Food and Wine Festival, Guidebook takes a look at coastal retreats on the western edge of Vancouver Island.   By Sarah Berman   The town of Tofino is full of quirky contradictions—on one hand it’s a laid-back surf town, on the other it’s an upscale foodie destination.


How to Talk to a Vancouverite


By Abeer Yusuf   In a new city, it can sometimes be challenging to make small talk. As a newbie, you may not be familiar with the shared Vancouver-y experiences that come up frequently in locals’ conversation.   In this issue, Guidebook’s got you covered with some disturbingly common small talk topics. Practice these and


Reclaiming a Career in Canada

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    What happens when your professional credentials aren’t recognized in Canada? For some highly-qualified immigrants, it means starting a new career altogether.   Story and photo by Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   After two years living in Vancouver, Philip Mwimanzi still has a ways to go before he regains the career he started.   Mwimanzi


Island Time

A dimming sunset viewed from Alert Bay on Cormorant Island.

    Photojournalist Katie Lin ventures to the northern edges of Vancouver Island. Photos by Katie Lin Nestled between ocean and rainforest in the northern Vancouver Island wilderness, the historic village of Telegraph Cove reveals life in another century. A lumber mill and salmon saltery served this tiny outpost more than 100 years ago. Today


Turn it up

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    On May 16, Venue hosted a late-night party featuring New York-based DJ Kap Slap. Our man William Selviz was there to snap some photos. You can find more of William’s nightlife pics at his website,      


Sites, Rites, and Gratitude

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    Carving out a new, inclusive Chinatown through art and language.   By Meghan Mast, Megaphone Magazine   Amidst Chinatown’s bustling grocery and teashops, a small gallery is packed with adult pupils. People sit in chairs facing a hand-painted blackboard. Lips form into “O’s” as they say “good morning” to each other: “jóu sàhn.”


Footie Films


  The season is upon us, and if you’re a hardcore football fan, chances are you’ve watched most of the films on this list. But on the offside chance that you haven’t, and are looking to watch movies that’ll put you in the right mood, Guidebook has you covered.   By Abeer Yusuf   Maradona,


Sweet Dreams

    The Richmond Night Market kicks off the summer with ‘Candyland’ theme   By Abeer Yusuf   What: Official Richmond Night Market When: May 16 to October 13, 2014, Friday to Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. and Sundays and holidays from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Where: 8351 River Road, Richmond, close


Award-winning Venezuelan films at SFU Woodwards

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    Who: Venezuelan Canadian Society of B.C. What: Screening Brecha en el Silencio (Breach in the Silence) and El Silencio de las Moscas (Silence of the Flies) When: Sunday, May 25, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Where: SFU Woodwards – Goldcorp Center for the Arts (149 W Hastings Street) How much: $10


Science Without Borders


    Massive exchange program brings Brazilian science and tech students to Vancouver.   By Sarah Berman   As part of an ambitious new exchange program funded by the Brazilian government, Canada will welcome 12,000 science students at the undergraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels by 2015. Called Science Without Borders, many of the Brazilian students


Goodbye UBC


The Arts Undergraduate Society at the University of British Columbia celebrated spring convocation with a massive 400-person cocktail party on April 30. Dubbed The Great Arts Sendoff, UBC arts students dressed to impress, and partied like there’s no (exams) tomorrow. We think they’ve got this whole “graduating” thing on lock. What do you think? Many


2014 FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL: Players to Watch

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At the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Guidebook will be keeping our eyes on these guys. By Raian Farooq Lionel ‘’Leo’’ Messi (Argentina)   Some dub him ‘’La Pulga Atómica’’ (The Atomic Flea) while others affectionately call him ‘’Messidona’’ as a tribute to their favorite Argentinian maestro of yesteryears whom Messi takes after. All


School’s out

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    Just in time for spring convocation, Guidebook asks graduating international students:   what’s next? Catrina Ji   Artisan Baking Vancouver Community College Country: China   When she turned 18 years old, Catrina Ji was certain she wanted to take a business major at Simon Fraser University. She moved to Vancouver by herself and


José Figueroa’s big day


  The Salvadoran who has been residing in Langley for the past 17 years faces deportation for the same reason he sought asylum in Canada. Figueroa hopes this month’s decision increases his chances of staying in the country with his family.   By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   Most Latin American parents love to keep their


Nothing fishy about a day-trip to a historic Fraser River factory


        Want to explore some less-known BC history on your day off? Check out the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston, BC, where immigrant fishing villages are woven into British Columbia’s social and economic fabric.   By David P. Ball   Perhaps you might dismiss this as a fishy idea, but a


You’re a Star!

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      A Guidebook to going out: karaoke songs from around the world   Do you ever dream of one day becoming a pop star? Standing on top of a stage, singing to thousands of adoring fans?   Maybe the stage isn’t for you, but you like to relive the hits of your youth


Cuba, a fascinating glimpse of the past and the present


        Colourful, vibrant and warm, it is a must-see destination.   Cuba ? with its vibrant rhythms, varied landscape, and rich heritage of literature and dance ? wins over many travellers, who return again and again. A Cuba trip provides an opportunity to explore this uniquely beautiful and captivating land and meet


Diary of an International Student

A dining area at UBC’s Place Vanier residence. / Photo by Deborah Johnson/ UBC Public Affairs

  Guidebook intern Seo Yeon Bae interviews two exchange students from Ritsumeikan University in Japan.   By Seo Yeon Bae   On an average morning, Aya Hosokawa wakes up at 9:00 a.m. and takes a shower. She then reviews English materials. After she finishes her late brunch at noon, she leaves for class.   Aya


Feeling old?


  A new book features portraits of the oldest living things. Spoiler alert: none of them are grandmas.   There are some facts in this world that make you feel old.   For example: the Spice Girls are in their 40s, the blonde kid from Home Alone is over 30, and, as we found out


Discover Vancouver: Troubleshooting on the North Shore mountains


    Are you ready for a steep climb? Be prepared for the unexpected when hiking Vancouver’s mountains.   Story by Sarah Berman Photos by Kristian Secher     News photographer Kristian Secher wasn’t prepared for the Grouse Grind?but not in the way you might guess. Secher has plenty of experience climbing mountains, but a


A cafe for cat-lovers


    Vancouver’s ‘Catfe’ asks for money to get started   By Valentina Ruiz Leotaud   “Are you a dog or a cat person?”   When I was an exchange student in Japan, people asked this question over and over.   At the time, most of the people I met had at least one pet.


Lan Tung sets out to redefine “Chinese music”

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    The musician and improviser puts her eclectic tastes on display with the first-ever Sound of Dragon Festival beginning May 1.   By Sarah Berman   Many people have asked Lan Tung why there’s never been a Vancouver festival celebrating Chinese music. “There are so many Chinese musicians here, it’s natural to think it’s


Changing China: Vancouver’s documentary film festival DOXA


    Themes of urbanization and migration at Vancouver’s documentary film festival DOXA.   By Aurora Tejeida   China is currently undergoing one of the fastest transformations in history. As the country pushes to urbanize and grow its middle class, many are making the move to the city. The effects of both globalization and urbanization


Five stages you’ll go through when adjusting to your new life in Canada

  By Sean Celi, Vancouver Immigrant Youth Blog     [Editor’s note: Sean is the founder of a website for immigrant youth bloggers. If you are a current high school student who would like to share your migration experience with an active online community, visit to learn how to get involved. The following is


BC NDP call for investigation into Kwantlen University funding misconduct

Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk is accused of mishandling $100,000 while chairing Kwantlen University’s human resources committee. Photo via BC Government Newsroom.

    In a press release last week, the British Columbia New Democratic Party (NDP) alleged that the B.C. Liberal Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk funnelled $100,000 that was meant for student bursaries to senior executives. According to anonymous documents sent to the NDP, Virk misappropriated funds while acting as the chair of Kwantlen University’s


Greater Vancouver Zoo loses Eurasian lynx ‘Papa’ to cancer

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    A 19-year-old Eurasian lynx named Papa was humanely euthanized by Greater Vancouver Zoo veterinary staff on April 3, 2014, following a battle with nasal cavity cancer. Papa had lost the ability to breathe or swallow due to an adenocarcinoma tumor. The median life expectancy for Eurasian lynx is 15 years.   Papa was


Work and play come together in Vancouver

Fathom Interactive: Playing games at the office? In the industry, they call it “research.”

    For more than two decades Vancouver has been a global leader for video game development. While a few big studios like EA Games and Capcom are still here, major industry shifts have pushed tablet and mobile games into the spotlight. Independent start-up game developers like Eastside Games, Fathom and A Thinking Ape are


Sound of Dragon Music Festival

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    When: Various start times, May 9 – 11, 2014 Where: Roundhouse Centre, Davie at Pacific Yaletown, Vancouver How much: Full Weekend $70, Full Day Pass $40, Half-day Pass $25, Student discount available.   Sound of Dragon Music Festival is Vancouver’s first festival devoted to Chinese music, showcasing very diverse musical styles: ancient folk


Fan Expo brings the nerdity to Vancouver


    Bruce Campbell headlines the convention to celebrate the worlds of sci-fi, horror, anime, video games, and comics   By Devon Wells   Not so long ago, science fiction lived on the fringes, comics were for kids, and costumes only turned up at Halloween. It’s hard to believe, especially as Fan Expo Vancouver sets