a symposium on cultural diversity and innovation

Presented by Boca del Lupo and The Roundhouse

September 28th, 2012 @ The Roundhouse | 5pm – 9pm
September 29th, 2012 @ The Roundhouse | 9:30am – 5pm

Based on the provocative and energetic model of the Creative Time Summit in NYC, Boca del Lupo and The Roundhouse bring together some of Canada’s most interesting and diverse arts innovators for a day of passionate dialogue and debate.


Romeo Candido
An award-winning transmedia producer and creator, Candidoʼs credits include a CBC comedy short ROLLING LONGANIZA, ANG PAMANA : THE INHERITANCE, the first Philippine / Canadian co- production that was released theatrically in the Philippines to critical acclaim. He produced the Philippinesʼ first mobile only series entitled ME, MY CEL AND I, for Globe telecom. He then went on to produce his first web-based series SIGHTINGS which became a viral hit receiving over a million views. His latest transmedia project, PRISON DANCER : THE MUSICAL recently had a sold our run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival while PRISON DANCER : THE INTERACTIVE WEBMUSICAL recently released its first season on YouTube garnering over a half a million hits online.

Marie Clements
Marie works as a writer, director and producer across theatre, film and media. She is currently writer-in-residence at The National Arts Centre and Simon Fraser University and has recently been awarded the prestigious WIDC Feature Film Director’s Award. She is in production and development with a slate of projects with her companies Frog Girl Media and Red Diva Projects.

Meeru Dhalwala
Meeru is a culinary artist and food activist best known for Vig’s restuaurant and the Joy of Feeding event that happens annually at UBC farms. Meeru has penned two cookbooks: “Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine”, which won Cuisine Canada’s 2007 Gold Award for Best Cookbook, and “Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey”. Meeru also wrote a regular monthly column called Food for Thought for the Vancouver Sun for over a year and was a regular Point Person for CBC radio’s national show The Point. She lives with her family in Vancouver.

Margaret Grenier
Margaret is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid which is dedicated to reviving Gitxsan dance traditions and presenting Aboriginal dance. Margaret has produced the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008. She choreographed and produced the full length works Setting the Path 2004 and Sharing the Spirit 2007 and Visitors Who Never Left 2009. Newly choreographed works include Dancing our Stories, Spirit and Tradition 2010 and Spirit Transforming 2012. Margaret has extensive experience as a presenter and facilitator for workshops on cultural diversity and the embodiment of Aboriginal identity through dance.

Jay Hirabayashi
Jay is the Executive Director of Kokoro Dance, a company he formed with Barbara Bourget in 1986. Jay began his dance career in 1979. After finishing a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies at UBC, Jay performed with the Paula Ross Dance Company, Mountain Dance Theatre, and the Karen Jamieson Dance Company and then was one of the co-founding artistic directors of EDAM in 1982. Jay has choreographed over seventy-five dance pieces and has performed over seven hundred times in the last thirty-one years. In addition to teaching, performing, and choreographing, Jay administrates both Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

Hiro Kanagawa
Like many Canadian artists Hiro has forged a career for himself wearing many hats: actor, teacher, playwright, screenwriter. Among his distinctions are a Jessie Richardson award and an MFA from Simon Fraser University. Stage writing credits include Tiger of Malaya (Factory Theatre/National Arts Centre), and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Arts Club). This fall he performs in Electric Company’s Tear the Curtain! at CanStage and Solo Collective’s premiere of Play with Monsters at Performance Works.  He is currently a recurring actor on Emily Owens, MD, and story editor on the gritty rez drama Blackstone. He teaches playwriting at Capilano University.

Janet Lumb
Born and raised in Toronto for twenty years and having lived in Vancouver for ten years, Janet Lumb has now been living in Montreal for the majority of her life. As a musician and sax player since ‘75 and working with dancers, poets and painters, she has been exploring her visual interests as a composer for film music for over 15 years. As Director of Accès Asie, Janet merges her passions for the arts, culture, community and social activism. A great believer in the chaos theory, that there is order in chaos, Janet continues taking chances in the magic of the moment.

Yvette Nolan
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, dramaturg and director. Her plays include BLADE, Job’s Wife, Annie Mae’s Movement, Scattering Jake and The Unplugging. Directing credits include Café Daughter (Gwaandak Theatre), Tombs of the Vanishing Indian, Salt Baby, A Very Polite Genocide, Death of a Chief, Tales of An Urban Indian, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, Annie Mae’s Movement (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (WCTC/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian…, The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals).  From 2003-2011, she served as the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. She is currently working on a book about Native theatre in Canada.

Farah Nosh
The award-winning photographer has worked on assignment in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, the West Bank, Gaza, and Egypt. Her work has appeared in leading international publications including The New York Times, TIME, and Newsweek. Nosh appeared on CNN’s Inside the Middle East segment entitled “Someone You Should Know,” which features personalities making an impact in the region. She was one of the few freelance photographers working in Baghdad under the Hussein regime. She has returned to Iraq repeatedly, covering the war’s civilian impact as well as being embedded with the American military forces.  Farah’s work is known for its quiet intimacy. Her long-term projects have focused primarily on the war’s impact on Iraqis, and the last speakers of highly threatened languages.

Mina Shum
Independent writer/director Mina Shum, born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, calls Vancouver home base. She has written and directed three award winning feature films that have successfully touched international and domestic audiences. She is currently preparing to shoot her next feature, the comedy, Two of Me, in Spring 2013 with Brightlight Pictures, as well as writing and developing other feature projects including the kung fu teen comedy, The Lotus (co-written with Dennis Foon) and a documentary for the National Film Board, The Ninth Floor. Her cinematic theatre piece, All, (a collaboration with Standing Wave Music Ensemble) was presented at the Push Festival in 2011. And her internet hit, Hip Hop Mom was most recently invited to take part in the official Calgary Canada Day 2012 celebrations.

Gurpreet Sian
Gurpreet began playing Dhol over 12 years ago and has been teaching group and private lessons for the last 6. He has participated in international Bhangra competitions with the award winning VIBE and United Bhangra and has played Dhol for the pop Bhangra group Signia, Surya Brass Band, and occasionally with Delhi2Dublin. Gurpreet has also danced in many music videos and movies, as well as taught Bhangra workshops to adults and kids during festival times throughout the lower mainland. Gopi, as he is commonly known, has always taken active interest in the community through his positive influence on South Asian kids. From the hit show “Punjabi Vibes”, the trio of hosts, Gopi being one of them, often focus on pressing youth issues. South Asian Arts is his way of providing structure to a passion he can share with the next generation. Gurpreet teaches Bhangra and Dhol classes.

Alvin Erasga Tolentino & Dennis Gupa
International artist and award winning choreographer and dancer, Alvin Erasga Tolentino is the force behind Co.ERASGA Dance whose contribution to Vancouver dance has spanned close to three decades. Co.ERASGA Dance has created sublime, startling and dynamic dance works that venture on themes of hybridity, gender, identity and cross cultural collaboration including acclaimed repertoire such as Field, OrienTik/Portrait, Paradise, Shadow Machine and Expose. Tolentino’s body of work has been performed on four continents and over 55 diverse cities globally.

His latest work COLONIAL, a Canada/Philippine project in partnership with Filipino theatre director Dennis Gupa embarks on an encounter with re-dress and colonialism.

Gupa is one of Philippines rising and cutting edge theatre directors who’s past work has grappled with cruelty, veneration and redemption among the hidden and unknown characters of society. His acclaimed works included Frank Wedekind’s ‘Spring Awakening’, John Millington Synge’s ‘Riders to the Sea’, August Strindberg’s ‘A Dream Play’, and Jose Rizal’s ‘Junto al Pasig’. Tolentino and Gupa joined forces for Co.ERASGA’s newest 12th season creation “Colonial” to unearth and reveal remnants of over 400 years of Colonialism in the Philippines.

Connie Watts
Connie Watts is a mixed media artist, designer and a business owner. She is of Nuu-chah-nulth, Gitxsan and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry and lives in both Port Alberni and West Vancouver. She has shown her artwork in cities across Canada and the US such as New York, Portland, Seattle, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Of the numerous solo and group shows, a highlight includes the prestigious 2005 group show, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2 travelled from the Museum of Arts & Design in New York in 2005 throughout the United States. She was the project manager for the Vancouver 2010 Venues’ Aboriginal Art Program. She is continuing to work on commissioned work for various corporate and private collectors, with the largest installation being the Thunderbird sculpture, “Hetux” at Vancouver International Airport and her first outdoor work for the city of Parksville in 2010.

Maiko Bae Yamamoto
Maiko artistic directs Theatre Replacement with fellow artist, James Long. The company’s work focuses on building performances that react to contemporary existence and tend to engage with biographical examinations, relationship to audience and space, and explorations of unique and challenging ways of exploring content and staging material. Theatre Replacement’s work has been presented both nationally and internationally. Most recently the company toured to Germany and Wales with their performance, Dress me up in your love. Maiko also teaches at SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts (her alma mater) and is a regular instructor at the National Theatre School.

Jean Yoon
Jean Yoon is an actor, playwright, producer and advocate. She began her acting career in 1981.  In the 1990s, she active as an advocate and producer and Co-Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre Projects, building the company into a vital centre in the culturally diverse theatre community.  Her works include Sliding for Home, The Yoko Ono Project, Spite, and Hongbu & Nolbu: The Tale of the Magic Pumpkins. She works extensively in film and television, earning a Gemini nomination in 2007 for Dragon Boys (CBC). Recent stage credits include Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel), The Rez Sisters (Factory Theatre) and Kim’s Convenience (Soulpepper).

Jin-me Yoon
Jin-me Yoon’s work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. For the past two decades, Yoon’s lens-based work in photography, video and installation, has explored questions concerning history and place.

Yoon’s recent body of work in cities – Seoul, Beppu, Nagoya, Vancouver, Vienna, and Mexico City – further extends her interest in the interconnectedness of history, materiality and the mutable properties of time and space with a particular emphasis on horizontality of the body as a generative form to question progress.

Born in Seoul, Korea Yoon immigrated to Vancouver in 1968 where she lives and works. She teaches at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University and is represented by the Catriona Jeffries Gallery.


Jill Baird
Jill is the Curator of Education & Public Programmes at the UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA). She has been working with the Museum and diverse cultural communities on exhibitions and public education programming for over fifteen years. Her research interests are in arts and cultural education that challenge museums to be inclusive and responsive to diverse communities. Her recent Phd dissertation, Landed Wisdoms: Collaborating on museum education programmes with the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kaay Llnagaay (2011) is an adaptive case study/autoethnography examining one such collaboration. Her recent research looks at what kind of processes need to be developed for museum to build relationships with diverse and complex urban Aboriginal communities.  She is currently coordinating curator for an exhibition Safar/voyage: contemporary works by Arab, Iranian and Turkish artists which opens at MOA in April 2013.

Marie Lopes
Marie is an arts educator and administrator with over 20 years experience working in art galleries, museums and arts organizations, creating exhibitions and public programs that facilitate engagement and public discourse in the arts. From 2001-2008, she held positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, first as a Public Programs coordinator and later as Head of Public Programs. During her time at the VAG, Marie originated FUSE, the gallery’s incredibly popular interdisciplinary performance event, as well as conferences and symposia that included Massive Change Visionaries featuring Charlie Rose, Bruce Mau, and Alvin Toeffler, KRAZY Talk with Art Spiegelman and Will Wright, and WACK: The Symposium – a historic harmonic convergence of feminist artists and theorists. Currently she works as an Arts Programmer at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre where her focus is on working with artists to develop community-based projects, as well as community partnerships with arts organizations across diverse disciplines.

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