28 Apr 2015
April 28, 2015

Irene Schneider – Choreographer

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German Choreography Comes to Vancouver

Cinderella Poster  for Irene SchneiderOn Friday, May 15, 2015 8:00, presented by Ballet Productions Canada, Coastal City Ballet performs the highlight of the 2014-2015 season: the world premiere of Cinderella.
One of the most enduring and beloved tales in the world, Irene Schneider’s Cinderella will showcase the diverse talents of Coastal City Ballet.
With hauntingly beautiful music by Sergei Prokofiev, this classical full-length ballet is brought to life by the technical finesse of the Coastal City Ballet dancers.
Cinderella is the endearing story of a young girl who finds love and happiness through her acts of kindness. A “rags to riches” tale which will delight audiences with the beauty of classical ballet wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after”.
Dress rehearsal performance available at 2:00pm for groups of 10 or more!

Irene Schneider Background & History

Irene Schneider was born in Metz, France. Metz is a city in the northeast of France located at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille rivers. Because of its historical, cultural, and architectural background, Metz has been submitted on the France’s UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List. A country must first take an inventory of its significant cultural and natural properties. This is called the Tentative List. A country may not nominate properties that have not been included on the Tentative List. Next, it can select a property from this list to place into a Nomination File.

Ms. Schneider studied ballet and dance at Roleff-King Ballet academy in Munich. This was one of the first private ballet schools opened after World War II in Germany in May 1956. She then moved to the University of Music & Performing Arts in Mannheim and finally, she finished her studies with Nora Kiss and Victor Gsovsky in Paris in 1962. For the next 11 years, she performed with the National Theatre in Mannheim, the Stuttgart Ballet under John Cranko and the Frankfurt Ballet under John Nemeier.

In 1973, she was asked to join the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart as instructor, where she worked for 4 years. The John Cranko Schule consists of the Ballet School of the State Theatre Stuttgart and the State Ballet Academy. The school is financed by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Stuttgart.

In 1977, Irene Schneider was the director of ballet and choreographer at the Heidelberg Theatre, Theatre Ulm, as well as the Krefeld-Moenchengladbach Theatre. Directly after this, Ms. Schneider worked as the ballet director and choreographer of the Theatre Magdeburg. In 1993 she became the Director of the Magdeburg Theatre Ballet School. Ms. Schneider also works as a freelance choreographer at theatres in Lucerne, Switzerland, Rostock, Kiel, Giessen, Fukuj & Kanazawa, Japan, Brasilia, Brazil, Sofia, Bulgaria and Vancouver, BC. (Canada)

For more information, please look at the website of Irene Schneider or the website of the Coastal City Ballet at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver for tickets.

Do you own Dirndl or Lederhosen?

3 girls holding German Flag at European FestivalThe EuroFest BC Society extends their most cordial invitation to you and your community to this year’s Europe Day event!

On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, from 10am – 5pm they are planning a day of food, cultural dance, cultural dress, and a great showcase of the things to come at this years European Festival. So bring friends and family, admission to watch the performances will be FREE, and a teeming plate of Polish and Hungarian favorites will cost a mere $10.

The event will be hosted at the “Hungarian Cultural Society Of Greater Vancouver”, located at 728 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC.

In the evening, once the all-ages crowd and families have gone home for the night, there will be a “Euro Dance Club” from 9pm – 2am, which will have a cover charge of $10, and which features 4 live DJ’s!

Food and Venue are being arranged by the Hungarian and Polish community. As the major component to this day is cultural dance, they urge any cultural dance ensembles who are interested in dancing during the event, to book a time slot by sending an email or making a phone call to Marysia Filipowski (mflipski@telus.net or 604.525.9160) detailing your desired show time, and the length of your program. The sooner we get your response, the more likely you are to get your desired show time; so don’t wait, act now!

You are encouraged to wear traditional dress, as it is always an attention getter, and a great opportunity to create awareness for the European Festivall on May 30 & 31, while enjoying a day of fun, friends, and great food! They are also organizing a Photo Booth that will allow anyone who wishes, to try on traditional dress and get their photos taken. Prints are produced nearly instantaneously, so people can take a part of the day home with them! This is a great opportunity for us all to work on our dance routines, and to create more awareness for the Big Show at the end of May, and celebrate our diverse heritage! So, come one, come all, help make this a day to remember, and enjoy “A taste of the old country”!

Europe Day 2013Kecia Boecking and Elke Porter are representing Germany and would love to see some more Germans out there, especially those that would wear something German: Dirndl, Lederhosen, Trikot (German Soccer Shirt), Black, Red & Gold clothing etc. If not, you are still most welcome to volunteer at the European Festival at the German Cultural Table. At 5 pm, there will be a “Beer and Bratwurst” Event at the Beer Tent, where we will be thanking our German Volunteers!


Pub Nights

Three wheat beersTuesday, April 28th, 2015 will be the next Pub Night, organized by the German Canadian Business Association. It usually starts around 6 pm, although people trickle in at 7 pm or even 8 pm, depending on their office hours. Pub Nights can suit every schedule. Either people eat at home and just have a drink, or they arrive later and eat when the Pub Night has dwindled to just a few people. The usual location is down at Stamps Landing at the Pub called “Mahoney & Sons.”

You can spend as little as $3 on a non-alcoholic beverage, or as much as $30 on a complete meal with drinks. The best news is that this is a great way to “try before you buy” (membership, that is) if you are considering joining the German Canadian Business Association in Vancouver. The membership fee is $280 for a year, and this is pro-rated, if you join in the middle of the financial year. The AGM is usually held in April.

Pub Nights can be a challenge for shy people or newcomers, so here are a few tricks to make you more comfortable:
1. Arrive early, so you can get a good seat where you are facing the door.
2. Bring lots of business cards to share with anyone who comes up and talk to you.
3. Sit next to people that are outgoing and fun and spend the time listening to them
4. Bring a friend that you know well, who can stand beside you and offer you courage.
5. Bring some small items to give-away – this will make you popular right away!

Of course, you also want to do the “typical” networking activities – try to learn everyone’s name, listen to what other people have to say, ensure you have circulated around the room and then always follow up any promises you have made with phone calls, e-mails or texts.

Hope to see you there on Tuesday!

German Canadian Business Association

The goal of the German Canadian Business Association is to create an environment where members can connect and socialize. Thereby, this community helps to actively promote and foster professional and social relationships and to contribute to the enhancement of our European heritage. We talked to several members of the Association, and they told us how they came to be members and what the community means to them.


Sunday Concert Series

Catherine Laub Performs at Roedde HouseThe Roedde House is a historic (Victorian) residence in the West End of Vancouver that has been turned into an interactive museum. The house was originally owned by the family of Gustav Roedde, a German immigrant and the city’s first book binder. He used to bind collections of Lieder for his children to play and sing in the parlour. www.roeddehouse.org

In 2013, I (Catherine Laub) became the artistic director of the Second Sunday Concert Series at the Roedde House Museum. This series features local, professional, Classical musicians in a casual, interactive format. In order to honour the Roedde family’s heritage, I ensure that a certain portion of the concerts contains German repertoire. Past concerts have included violin and cello sonatas by Brahms, piano sonatas by Beethoven, songs by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer for piano four hands and vocal quartet, to name some of the more familiar works.

The museum parlour had been used for concerts on an occasional basis for years, but I wondered if the museum would be interested in something more regular, so I approached the manager and pitched the idea of a monthly concert series. We’re now in our third season, with a successful small concert business model. We attract musicians like Nancy DiNovo, Stephen Smith, Jane Hayes and Daniel Bolshoy to our series and regularly sell out concerts. There is also a monthly jazz series at the Roedde House based upon our model.

Second Sunday Concert Series
Every Second Sunday of the Month at 3PM.
Concert held at Roedde House Museum, 1415 Barclay St. Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6

Contact for reservations: info@roeddehouse.org (604) 684-7040

For more information consult our series blog page http://secondsundayconcerts.wordpress.com or our facebook page at www.facebook.com/RoeddeHouseMuseum. Tickets ($12 student/ senior, $15 adult), 6 ticket passes and 12-ticket available on www.brownpapertickets.com.

**This concert series would not be possible without the generous support of the McGrane Pearson Fund and the Vancouver Foundation**

More Information about Catherine Laub:

During my undergraduate years at Indiana University, the music school initiated a study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. I spent a semester there in my junior year studying voice, music history, chamber music and art and architecture. Thus began an enduring love affair with the German language and with Lieder. I suffered a kind of reverse culture shock upon my return to the states, and I went back to Vienna as soon as I could- spending the following summer apartment and cat sitting for my voice teacher there. In 2006, I completed a summer program with Elysium- between two continents in Bernried, Germany. I have maintained contact with this organization and will be bringing Elysium to Canada for the first time in October of this year. Elysium is dedicated to fostering artistic and creative dialogue and mutual friendship between the US and Europe and to fighting against discrimination, racism and anti-Semitism by means of art.

MGV Lyra Choir at the European FestivalHere are some great reasons to join the MGV Lyra Choir from Vancouver, BC at the 40th Saengerfest. Looking forward to the Hallelujah Chorus, especially. What is your favourite song on the list?

Prelude by Karl Schindler and the Edelweiss Musikanten


Horst Zimmermann

National Anthems

a. Canada
b. United States of America
c. Bundesrepublik Deutschland
d. Republik Österreich

Opening of the 40th Saengerfest

Master of Ceremonies:
Dieter Momeyer

Deutscher Saengergruss

Performed by MGV Lyra, Vancouver, BC

AVC Melody Choir, Vancouver, BC

Ich hab dich lieb, mein Wien! Musk: Leo Lehner; Text, Michael Klieba
Die Juliksa aus Budapest, aus der Operette “Maske in Blau” Musik Fred Raymond; Satz: Gerd Onne
Leichtes Blut, Polka Schnell: Musik: Johann Strauss op. 319 fuer gem. Chor bearb. von Leo Lehner

Concordia Choir, Spokane, WA

Das Kufsteinerlied: Musik: Karl Ganzer
Heissa, Kathreinerle: Satz: Otto Hiliger
Die drei Roeselein: Musik: Friedrich Silcher

Kelowna Liedertafel Society, Kelowna, BC

Puszta Romanze: Musik: Heinrich Geiger
Spanische Serenade: Musik: Friedrich Zimmer
Glocken der Heimat: Musik: Robert Pappert

Edelweiss Harmonie Choir, Victoria, BC

Trinkkanon: Musik: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Finkenwalzer: Text: Axel Weingarten, Musik: Willibald Quantz, bearb. Eddy Mertens
Alles, was Odem hat (Psalm 150:5), Musik: Friedrich Silcher

15 Minutes

Concordia Choir, Vancouver, BC

Gluehwuermchen: Musik: Paul Lincke, arr. Martin Fouqe
In mir kliengt ein Lied: Musik: Friedrich Chopin, arr. Ernst Marischka
Die Beredsamkeit (Freunde, Wasser machet stumm), Franz Joseph Haydn, Text: G.E. Lessing
Die Dornenvoegel: Musik: Henry Mancini, Text: Hans-Dieter Kuehn

Gesangverein Arion, Seattle, WA

Zahluebung: Musik: Wilhelm Schrey
Liebesfeier: Musik: Carl Lowe
Katjuschka Casatschok: Satz: Otto Groll, Text: Franz Berg (Tenor Solo: Carl Nims)
The Road Home, from Southern Harmony: adapt. by Stephen Paulus (Soprano Solo: Gabriele Pitts)

Liedertafel Harmonie, Portland, OR

Wochend und Sonnenschein: From the Comedien Harmonists (arr. Carsten Gerlitz)
Seehuendchen Wiegenlied: Musik: Erick Whitaker
Freunde des Schaefers: Musik: Johnson

MGV Lyra, Vancouver, BC

Gesang der Pilger bei der Heimkehr: Musik: Richard Wagner
Saenger heraus: Satz: Rudolf Deusch, Text: Josef Elser
Der Wanderer: Satz: Gerd Sorg

Mass Choir Songs

Als Freude: adapt. by Scot Crandal
Lied an die Freunde: Musik: Ludwig van Beethoven, Text: Friedrich Schiller, adapted by Scot Crandal
Unser Leben ist Musik: Gerd Sorg
Messiah No. 44: Hallelujah Chorus: Musik: Georg Friedrich Haendel

Choirs and Audience together:

Kein schoener Land in dieser Zeit.

Bright Green AlgaeIn cooperation with Connex Innovations, Walas Concepts and Basic Design, Dudoc Vancouver will organize this event “Discover Urban Resources” from April 28 to May 1 2015. It will be all about sustainable innovations, Circular Economy and greening the city. The workshops will have an urban context and resources will be (re)covered in different ways (food, waste, people, money, economics, etc). Martin Kerner will talk about the use of algea as energy source.

From their website:

A façade can be far more than the aesthetic or energetic clothing of a building. Rather, façades will in the future be able to take on multifunctional tasks. Following this approach a bioreactor facade was developed which allows to produce biomass and heat from sunlight. Within the frame of the International Building exhibition worldwide for the first time such a bioreactor facade was implemented in Hamburg (Germany) at a residential building, called BIQ- Das Algenhaus.
To further improve functionality and thus economic viability the technology for coupling an anaerobic water treatment with a bioreactor façade was developed. By doing so, the nutrients and the CO2 released during water treatment are recycled in the bioreactor facade. In addition, biogas is produced during anaerobe water treatment.

Date and time
April 30 2015; 5.00 – 7.00 pm

100 – 1445 West Georgia Street

Ticket price
General admission: $ 14.50 plus tax
Students and members: $12.00 plus tax

Order your tickets here: Discover Urban Greens Talk by Martin Kerner

Here is a short glossary to explain some of the terms used:

1. A facade is the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one or any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accordingly.

2. Bioreactor facade is: Microalgae are cultivated in the glass elements that make up its “bio skin”. These are used to produce energy, and can also control light and provide shade.

3. Biotechnology is expected to help meet the most urgent global challenges – growing and ageing populations, limited resources of raw materials, energy and water, the threat of global warming – by facilitating the development of a sustainable economy built on biobased industrial processes. On a global scale climate change is regarded as one of the most challenging issues to be addressed right now.

4. KBBE is Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy

Dudoc is a platform for sustainable Dutch companies to promote their business cases for sustainable development. It provides an opportunity for exceptional Dutch innovators to introduce their advanced environmental designs and products to the Canadian public. As such, it bridges the gap European expert knowledge and the Canadian consumers.

Our goal is to achieve a low carbon economy and resolve environmental challenges through international partnerships and cutting-edge solutions Located in downtown Vancouver, at the centre of its urban agglomeration, Dudoc brings together creative minds in order to reduce the environmental impact of urban and rural communities in an integrated manner.

17 Apr 2015
April 17, 2015

German at Eat! Vancouver

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The 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is a food festival taking place throughout downtown Vancouver from April 26th to May 3rd, showcasing this city’s multicultural culinary culture. The German contribution seems to come from Thomas Haas, while the Swiss ones comes from Christophe Bonzon.

EAt! VancouverEAT! Vancouver at BC Place Stadium
Festival Hours are:
Friday, May 1, 2015 | 2 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2015 | 10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Seniors – $12
Adults (19+) – $15
Youth (13 to 18) – $9
Children 12 and under – Free

EAT! Canada offers a variety of events –

1. Enjoy the Eat!Vancouver Pastry Tasting & Panel Discussion
Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm
Pinnacle Harbourfront Hotel
$45 includes tasting of each chef’s signature pastry.

Join Vancouver’s Pastry Chefs: Thomas Haas (German) of Thomas Haas Fine Chocolates & Patisserie, Christophe Bonzon (Swiss) of Chez Christophe Dhocolatiere Patisserie and Adam Chandler (France/Belgium) of Beta 5 Chocolates, in a discussion on the art and science of sweets. A tasting of each chef’s signature pastry will accompany the discussion.
Seats are limited to 40 attendees.
$45 includes tasting of each chef’s signature pastry.

2. Enjoy an evening with chefs from some of Canada’s best known restaurants showcasing bites of Canadian cuisine paired with the spring releases from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association. An evening to celebrate Canadian food and wine.
April 30th, 2015
7:00pm – 9:30pm
Terminal City Club
837 W Hastings Street
Dress attire: fancy chic and suits
$125 + tax

Hillside Winery
The Vanilla Pod
The Kitchen

Wolf in the Fog

Edible Canada
Vancouver Aquarium
YEW seafood + bar
Bella Gelateria

Charcut Roast House
River Cafe

The Westin Edmonton

17 Apr 2015
April 17, 2015

Fruehlingsfeier im Care Home

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Fruehlingsfeier in German-Canadian Care Home

The German-Canadian Benevolent Society
invites you to coffee & cake, as well as
Poetry and Stories

There will be a happy singalong

Hubertus Schnendel will provide Voice and Guitar
Wolfgang Araszewski will play piano.

Saturday, May 16th, 2015
2:00 pm
2010 Harrison Drive

Fruehlingsfeier im German Canadian Care HomeFrühling zieht merkbar ein und lädt uns ein, an der Magie der Natur teilzunehmen in Gedanken, Gedichten, Geschichten, Bräuchen, Musik und Gesang.

“Am Samstag, dem 16. Mai, 14.00 Uhr, soll der Frühling auch bei uns einziehen und Freude bringen, nicht nur uns selbst, sondern auch den deutsch-sprachigen Bewohnern des Heimes.

Sie alle erinnern sich sicherlich an Gedichte und Lieder des Frühlings. Im Kreise lieber Menschen etwas selbst vorzulesen, oder Vorlesen zu lassen, ein Lied vorzuschlagen, das Ihnen besonders am Herzen liegt kann ein wunderbares Erlebnis sein.

Wir freuen uns Hubertus Schendel für diesen Nachmittag gewonnen zu haben. Er ist ein Könner und Kenner par excellence was das deutsche Volkslied angeht. Er wird uns mit Gitarre und Stimme begleiten und uns auch etwas über die Geschichte dieses und jenes Liedes sagen. Wir freuen uns auch, Wolfgang Araszewski wieder am Klavier zu hören. Er hat uns schon so viele Male beim Singen begleitet.”

Outreach Program

The Society offers cultural events for German speaking seniors and residents, which are conducted in the German language. The community gathers twice a month, on Saturday afternoons at the German-Canadian Care Home. Events feature coffee and cake followed by a film, a speaker or a seasonal sing-along. Since their inception these events have been very well attended.

Ongoing donations to help the Society support and finance these events are much appreciated. If you have any questions regarding this program or are interested in volunteering, please contact the Program Coordinator, Waltraud Custer at 604-713-6562, or e-mail outreachprogram@gcch.ca.

In addition, the Outreach program includes a book exchange and a poetry club. A weekly German sing-along is organized for Care Home residents, and members of the German community often also enjoy taking part.

Cora Schupp, AuthorWhen Cora Schupp started her “Masterpiece Floor Maintenance Ltd.” business in 1986, she never dreamed that it would someday lead to her writing a book. Yet in 2015, Schupp published her first work, entitled “Cleaning Up in a Dirty Business“, which references her experiences with the janitorial company she successfully founded and helped run for over twenty years. In 1995, Schupp also founded the “Janitor Room Supply House Ltd,” to ensure she and her clients had adequate, quality janitorial supplies on hand.

When both businesses were sold in 2005 Schupp began offering her accounting and bookkeeping skills to a variety of new clients, including Curve Communications Group Ltd, a PR and Marketing Company. Curve Communications decided to start publishing “How-to” eBooks through a new arm called “The Learning Curve Series”, and Schupp jumped at the chance to write about what it was like to run a successful company with over 100 employees.

Her ultimate goal is to inspire young adults and to give them the message that “

If you have a dream, you should follow it and not let insecurities hold you back.”

Cora’s parents were both from Germany and they had an enormous influence on her life. Lessons learned were concepts like “Being on time means being five minutes early”, “Let your yes mean yes” and “Work first, then play.” Schupp also likes to meet her deadlines, plan well ahead, be organized, precise and detail-oriented. She values cleanliness and still feels the best way to achieve this for her clients is “plenty of hot water and elbow grease.”

Another important value is finding that work-life balance, which is why Schupp sings in two different German choirs – The Concordia Choir in Vancouver and the Austrian Melody Choir in Richmond. Singing helps her to relax and take a break from her busy work-life and her life as an author, promoting her book.

“Cleaning up in a Dirty Business” is also available on her website or on Amazon. If your goal is to “make money fast by starting a janitorial company,” you won’t want to miss this. Read more on www.coraschupp.com or find it on Amazon: http://www.amazon.de/Cleaning-Up-Dirty-Business-Janitorial-ebook/dp/B00U34VLAG.

Why should you join the Association?

Board of the German Canadian Chamber of CommerceThe German Canadian Business Association, which began in 1963, started out as an Association for men only. Twenty years ago, women arrived on the scene and proved that they are just as capable of leadership and success. Today, our President Beatrice Schreiber, is a woman who is not only successful, but is also involved in some way in most aspects of the German Community in Vancouver. Besides her, there are 3 men and 3 women on Board and the Association is quite evenly balanced because of it.

When talking to people why they are not joining the German Canadian Business Association, I often hear people say: “I am so successful, I don’t need an Association.” or “It is too much money to join.” Here are three reasons why everyone in the German Community who run their own business, should join the Association:

1. All entrepreneurs and business owners are on a spectrum and all can benefit from membership in an Association in some way. Start-ups and “just launched” can benefit from meeting a variety of experienced professional business leaders who will give them advice and show them the way, while those who are already established can benefit from sharing information and mentoring those who still need help.

2. You are keeping the German Heritage Alive – It seems that all of our German institutions and cultural organizations are fighting to stay alive. Churches, charities, clubs and chambers are all left with a small amount of members or closing down completely. The members that are left are now in their 80’s and 90’s and funerals are held on a regular basis. They now need young people (and by young, you would count even if you are in your fifties!) to step in and fill the spots left by those who are no longer around. Yes, this may mean change, but that would be ok, as well.

Adding social media, websites, online newsletters, blogs, instagram accounts etc. are now necessary to stay alive. But the essence of the heritage could be preserved for our children and their children. We may take these things for granted and not miss them until they are gone – perhaps forever. Joining the German Canadian Business Association is one great way to keep culture and connect with community.

3. Finally, if one person from each business, or club or community organizations join, we could have a synergy that would help and benefit everyone. The most annoying thing is when you see two prominent German organizations that hold events on the same night – perhaps because they didn’t know about the other groups event. Or when you see two groups trying to achieve the exact same thing, almost competing with one another. Or the attitude: “We don’t need you. We can make it on our own.” Instead of supporting and promoting our German charities, churches and clubs to our younger generation and making room for them to join and grow them their way.

So, if you have any reason why you don’t want to be a member of the organization, I would encourage you to share this with the Board of directors or in the comments section and let’s see if there is any way we can work with you to help solve any challenges you may have. Then join the Association and make it the biggest in Canada, which will not only help your bottom line, but also offer a win-win solution to those who want to have success in Canada, as well as preserving the heritage that provided a platform for us to launch ourselves here.