Vancouver BC Events – Cultural Olympiad 2

Yesterday, I mentioned the Cultural Olympiad which occurs concurrently with the sports of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, and I promised more information about performances. Be sure to read Part 1 at: Vancouver BC Cultural Oympiad 1.

___ Feist is an Indie-rock poster girl who has racked up an astonishing list of accomplishments. Originally, she rocketed to fame when “1, 2, 3, 4” was featured in an iPod commercial —she has undeniable charm and a haunting voice. Now, she’s a key artist in the Cultural Olympiad.
Orpheum Theatre, February 17.

___ Hal Willner’s “Neil Young Project” introduces you to the vast catalogue of Canada’s rock icon. It is a collaborative spree that includes members of Broken Social Scene, Ron Sexsmith, Joan as PoliceWoman, and more.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, February 18.

___ “Spoken World” with Shane Koyczan and several other spoken word stars, including local favorite Ivan Coyote, will be a appreciated by poetry lovers. Shane’s confessional performance poetry has body-shaking energy. More about Spoken World.
Performance Works, February 18.

___ Tanya Tagaq uses animalistic, sometimes primal, guttural and ecstatic sounds. She is the world’s leading Inuit throat singer. The sounds are stunning. Tagaq has famously collaborated with Björk and the Kronos Quartet but will be giving a solo recital during the Olympiad.
Roundhouse Community Centre, February 18.

___ “Stars” has garnered critical praise and a hefty fan base since its 2004 breakout “Set Yourself on Fire”, Montreal-based indie infatuation. For those unfamiliar, the group creates beautiful pop songs from grim subject matter, and the nuanced interaction between vocalists Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan lends even more depth to lyrics. The lush instrumentation sets a melancholic, yet strangely euphoric tone. They have a new album due out this spring.
Orpheum Theatre, February 19.

___ K’naan Yes: “Wavin Flags” is an unapologetically upbeat track from his second album, and it is the anthem for the upcoming South Africa World Cup. The first album of this Somali-born Torontonian won Best Rap at the Junos and received a standing ovation — after playing for (and criticizing) the 2001 U.N. Commission for Refugees. But K’naan wins hearts because he lives up to the promise of hip-hop: politically charged and intelligent lyrics, undercut with hypnotic beats.
Orpheum Theatre, February 24; and the Olympic Outdoor Stage on February 25.

___ Quantum Bhangra with Harbhajan Mann. In India, Punjabi folk music is fused with rock, funk, hip-hop, and jazz in a mashup of song and dance performed in colorful, traditional regalia. Representing 1 billion Indians in the Cultural Olympiad, Punjabi pop sensation (and heartthrob) Harbhajan Mann adds intense rhythms and traditional ballads.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, February 27

If I find more information, I’ll post it, but meanwhile, consider using online sources to buy tickets or ask your travel agent for service or recommendations. Here are two choices online:

Ticketmaster.ca

TicketsTonight.ca

Enjoy the performances, and learn more about the cultures behind them, then you will truly have made steps toward real Peace and Understanding.

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