Is your company or are you personally interested in sponsoring a magical show that will be held November 25 at The Centre for Performing Arts in downtown Vancouver?  Check out the various sponsorship packages – Platinum Title Sponsor would donate $25,000 or an elite sponsor would donate $1,250.

Please contact Elke at 604 828 8788 to ask questions or to donate.
Sponsorship Levels

This is a live musical featuring the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra under Maestro Kenneth Hsieh. The full original score was entirely composed by award winning composer Wendy Yau Sum Cheung, and the principal performer in the production is CPA member and professional dancer Amanda Collinge, CPA, CGA. The storyline takes the audience on an epic journey of a young girl growing up with her love for music and the joys and turbulences she experiences through her various stages of life. This story unfolds through expression of sensual choreographed ballet and contemporary dance, stunning magic and illusions by Rod Chow, supported by a full cast of dancers and actors. To find out more about Seasons, click here:

Elegant Entertainment for the Family

Families often look for magical activities during the Christmas Season that will allow them to be inspired, entertained and will work for all ages. “Seasons, a Magical Musical” fits the bill.

Don’t miss out on one spectacular night Saturday, at The Centre for Performing Arts in Vancouver – 777 Homer St, Vancouver, BC

SEASONS Magical Musical Sponsorship – (click on the link) Please contact me at 604 828 8788 (Elke with Westcoast German News, Das Schwarze Brett, PorterPR)

Tickets from Ticketmaster:



This show, which contains an inspirational, yet dramatic story about a chance encounter with a magician (Chow) becomes the turning point in the life of our central character. She and the once mighty wizard take on new beginnings as they progress through the Seasons of Life together – from Spring, re-discovering magic and wonder, to Summer, enjoying and being amazed by illusions & creations, to Fall, fine tuning the magic they know & expertly sharing this with others, and finally to Winter, celebrating their astonishment and joy of life.

Seasons PosterVancouver composer Wendy Yau Sum Cheung’s childhood dream when she first saw Phantom of the Opera, was to one day produce her own Broadway style musical. Vancouver magician Rod Chow’s childhood dream when he first saw a lavish magic production show in Las Vegas with his parents, was to one day star in his own.

Today both Cheung and Chow’s dreams have come true as they prepare for the World Premier of their original production: SEASONS – A Magical Musical at the 1,800 seat Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts on November 25, 2017.

“We are so proud that Vancouver will be the first to experience our unique merging of live orchestra, choreographed dance, epic inspiring story and stunning Illusions, integrated into one spectacular production”, says Cheung.

03 Nov 2017
November 3, 2017

Das Schwarze Brett #4 Advertisers

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I would just like to say a big “Thank You” and “Danke Schön” to all my advertisers for the latest issue of “Das Schwarze Brett – Christmas Edition”.  It can be found here:

I promised them all a mention in a blog post and here they are.

First of all, I would like to thank my first two advertisers, which are Hannelore Nolte with Nolte Log Homes Ltd. and Beatrice Schreiber with the Bel Art Gallery Inc.

Bel Art Gallery Inc.Bel Art Gallery Inc. would like to welcome you to the World of Fine Arts. Available for you is an excellent collection of originals, limited edition prints and sculptures from fine local and internationally acclaimed artists.

Public Art from Bel Art

currently being displayed at Pagnanini Lam 3701 Hastings Street, Burnaby, Canada Export Centre, 602 West Hastings Street, Vancouver.

Nolte Ad 300 Living in a NOLTE LOG HOME is 
living in harmony with nature

Mit der Natur in Harmonie leben in einem NOLTE LOG HOME (Blockhaus)

Then, I am happy to say thank you to these prestigious German brands as seen below: PMA Canada and Leicht Kitchens…
Underberg @ PMA CanadaSince its formation, PMA has become Canada’s leading Wine & Spirits Agency. We attribute this success to our supplier partnerships and dedicated team who are able to adapt to this rapidly changing industry to build brands for the long term. Some of the world’s premium spirits and wine brands we represent include Grant’s Whiskey, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch, Gibson’s Finest Canadian Whiskey, Two Oceans Wines, Amurula Cream Liquer, Jägermeister, Disaronno & Underberg.

 Leicht KitchensGermanhaus is an authorized dealer of LEICHT Küchen AG, quoted by market research institute GfK as the “Best sold premium brand in Germany” in 2015. The same year it was the only manufacturer of European kitchens that won the award “the most innovative brand of the year”. LEICHT was founded by the two brothers, Alois and Josef Leicht in 1928. Luckily LEICHT means EASY in German. LEICHT allows our customers to choose from more door finishes and styles, cabinet hardware, LED lighting options, and inserts than any other European manufacturer. 

Here are some Canadians, where Dawna Mueller with Dawna Mueller Photography was the talent behind the front cover.  Kendyra Corttni, who is a passionate vegan and loves travelling to Germany, is now offering consulting services to Canadians who want to explore a new nutritional lifestyle.

Dawna Mueller Photography I am a Canadian living in Switzerland who is passionate about nature, mountains and adventure. I grew up in Burnaby, BC, but as a young adult I spent every summer for over a decade in the Yukon, which is wild and raw, and amazing for the visual senses. This experience in the pristine nature left an indelible impression in my mind. An impression of nature, mountains and rovers relatively uninhabited except for the wild animals who roam them. But mostly this left an imprint in my heart and it is where I now feel most at home; in the mountains and in nature. Photography has been my hobby since I had my first camera as an adolescent. My earliest memories were experimenting with my mother’s Brownie Box Camera when I was a child. At this point in my life, I have taken my passion for photography, combined with my love of nature and the outdoors and turned it into a full time exciting adventure. As of June 2016, I have finished a one year professional photography studies program with CAP Fotoschule in Zurich. I am excited to see what the future holds.

I am thrilled to share my visions and work and hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

All of my images are available for purchase.

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Let me save you time and money by designing a custom made eating plan to suit your individual needs. See my Blog article: ‘Why hire a Vegan Consultant?’

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Sometimes people contact me out of the blue.  One of them is Erwin Baumgartner from Switzerland who loves to travel to BC & Alberta and George Hartmetz from Kelowna who is looking for a companion who knows how to cook.


 Do you speak 4 languages and like to travel?  Then you may want to contact this man who is organizing travel adventures for Europeans in Canada.

Finally, last, but not least, if you have ever wanted to move to Kelowna and you love to cook, here is your chance for a fresh start in a beautiful city in BC. George is looking for someone to live in and who will spend time as a companion.

The Whitecaps were not advertisers, but they did let me interview their new goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic who played in Germany for a number of years and was originally from New Zealand.  Read all about him in “Das Schwarze Brett”, found on (type Das Schwarze Brett” into the search bar).

Goalkeeper Whitecaps

The season came to a close for Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Thursday evening, as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC. (read the full article by Piccolo Ocampo here) Photo credit to Bob Frid/Vancouver Whitecaps FC.


16 Oct 2017
October 16, 2017

German Store for Sale!

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Schokoladen WeihnachtsmännerSome of you may have heard that European Importers will be closing down their business, as the warehouse and surrounding land has been allocated to another building project. I just found out that this will be the new St. Hospital Building: at 1002 Station St.

Advent CandlesI went by their today to talk to the owners and asked them outright:  Would you be opening to selling your business (inventory/name) to someone else?  I was very surprised to hear a “YES.”  What would the cost be?  At this moment, they told me around $300,000.

Mozart KugelnThe new store owners would not be able to sell their products out of that building, but there are a lot of retail stores available.  Or several new owners could partner up and expand their inventory to include selling these German products that so many people would miss if they were gone.

So, there you have it!  Are you interested in opening a new business?  Expanding a new business?  Taking advantage of CETA – the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU & Canada, where approximately 98% of all tariffs between Canada and the EU will be eliminated once CETA is provisionally implemented as early as July 1, 2017, with another 1% to be phased out over a period of up to seven years?

Gluehwein GewürzIf no one does anything, the store will close sometime in January 2018 or when they run out of inventory – hurry and visit them soon.  For those who have never been there before, here are the contact details:


The European Specialty’s Importers Ltd. Warehouse is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, BC.

Address:  220 Prior Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 2E5 CANADA
Phone:  (604) 688-9528
Fax:  (604) 688-0396
Hours:  Monday – Friday 9.00am-4.00pm | Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm
Retail and wholesale customers all welcome.

Nerium FacesBe one of the first to launch Nerium International, in the huge European expansion, starting today! Founded in 2011, Nerium International is a global leader in age-fighting products that help you look and feel better, while providing a business model that helps you live better.

We have achieved record levels of success and experienced unprecedented growth, ranking #1 on the Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies. In 2017 Germany’s turnover was €3,4 billion in skincare product sales, making it the largest in Europe, and #4 globally. Run your business from anywhere in the world, on your own schedule.

Please contact for more information on this life changing opportunity or our patented products

Nerium International

Message from Matthias Klenk of the VIFF 2017

I am writing you from the Vancouver International Film Festival Press Office. We would like to give you and your community 5 free tickets for the French/ German film “Young Karl Marx” from Raoul Peck.

The screening will be Monday 9th. So please let me know, if you are interested.


Storyline is:  26 year-old Karl Marx embarks with his wife, Jenny, on the road to exile. In 1844 Paris, he meets Friedrich Engels, an industrialist’s son, who investigated the sordid birth of the British working-class. Engels, the dandy, provides the last piece of the puzzle to the young Karl Marx’s new vision of the world. Together, between censorship and the police’s repression, riots and political upheavals, they will lead the labor movement during its development into a modern era.
Please write to or call me at 604 828 8788.
Regards, Elke

A message from Jason McBride:

I am reaching out on behalf of Whitecaps FC.  We are currently running an online auction that features a Bastian Schweinsteiger signed poster.  At the time of this email the bid on it is $100.   I know if it reaches the right audience that it will help us maximize our fundraising efforts for BC Children’s Hospital.  The auction is live until Monday at noon (Pacific Standard Time).  To view this item and more please go to

Message about Signed Poster

Bastian Schweinsteiger Poster

© Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Own this framed signed poster by German footballer and Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger!

Schweinsteiger spent 13 seasons at Bayern Munich, playing in exactly 500 matches across all competitions and scoring 68 goals. His honours at the club include eight Bundesliga titles, seven DFB-Pokal titles, a UEFA Champions League title, a FIFA Club World Cup title and a UEFA Super Cup title. He joined Manchester United in 2015, playing sparingly for 18 months before moving to Chicago Fire.

Schweinsteiger played for the German national team from 2004 to 2016. He is Germany’s fourth most-capped player of all time, having earned 121 caps and scored 24 goals, in a 12-year international career starting in 2004. He was selected in their squads for four European Championships and three World Cups, including their victory at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2014, Schweinsteiger was named captain of the national team. He played his last match for Germany on 31 August 2016, after which he retired from international football.

Any help spreading this through your network would be much appreciated.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Thank you,

Jason McBride

p: 6046699283 ext. 2291




George H. Hartmetz

George is a retired German/Canadian Business, age 88 who is seeking a mature live-in lady caregiver/companion.  He lives in a large townhouse gated community (Sandhaven) and will provide a self-contained comfortable suite in the lower floor with a walk-out patio and adjoining lawn area.  Good cooking skills are preferred.

Photo of Kelowna:  ©

Ad from george Hartmetz



Bundestagswahl 2017: “Auslandsdeutsche werden um ihr Wahlrecht gebracht!”

IMH fordert Abbau bürokratischer Hürden beim Wahlrecht für die über 1,5 Mio. Deutschen im Ausland +++ Italien kann Vorbild sein

Die Internationale Medienhilfe (IMH) ist die Arbeitsgemeinschaft der deutschsprachigen Medien im Ausland. Dazu gehören beispielsweise Zeitungen wie das “Wochenblatt” in Polen, das Fernsehprogramm “Ahorn TV” in Kanada oder das staatliche deutsche Hörfunkprogramm Namibias. In den vergangenen Wochen erreichten uns viele Klagen von Produzenten und Konsumenten der deutschsprachigen Publikationen und Rundfunkprogramme weltweit. Sie wollten gerne an der kommenden Bundestagswahl teilnehmen, aber konnten dies nicht tun, weil es einfach zu kompliziert ist.

Wählen dürfen einerseits im Ausland lebende deutsche Staatsbürger, die nach Vollendung des 14. Lebensjahres mindestens drei Monate ununterbrochen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland gelebt haben und bei denen dieser Aufenthalt nicht länger als 25 Jahre zurückliegt. Andererseits können auch deutsche Staatsangehörige an der Bundestagswahl teilnehmen, die noch nie im Bundesgebiet ansässig waren. Dann müssen sie aber persönlich und unmittelbar Vertrautheit mit den politischen Verhältnissen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland erworben haben und von ihnen betroffen sein. In diesem Fall ist eine direkte Verbindung nach Deutschland, zum Beispiel über den Arbeitgeber, notwendig. Der regelmäßige Konsum deutscher Medien reicht als Grund beispielsweise nicht aus. Wählen kann nur, wer in ein Wählerverzeichnis eingetragen ist. Auslandsdeutsche, die nicht in Deutschland gemeldet sind, werden nicht automatisch in ein solches Verzeichnis eingetragen und müssen selbst aktiv werden. Der Antrag soll unterschrieben und postalisch übermittelt werden. Er muss spätestens am 21. Tag vor der Wahl bei der zuständigen Gemeinde in Deutschland eingehen.

Wer zum Beispiel vor fünf Jahren von Deutschland nach Südafrika ausgewandert ist, weiterhin den deutschen Pass besitzt und an der Wahl teilnehmen will, muss sich mehrere Monate vorher schriftlich bei der Gemeinde melden, aus der er stammt, und sich dort ins Wählerverzeichnis eintragen lassen. Dann bekommt er von seiner Heimatgemeinde die Wahlunterlagen nach Südafrika geschickt und muss nach dem Ankreuzen seiner favorisierten Partei den Stimmzettel wieder zurück nach Deutschland senden. Postsendungen zwischen Südafrika und Deutschland sind oft drei Wochen unterwegs. Ob sie ankommen, ist reine Glückssache. So oder so ähnlich stellt sich die Lage für fast alle Auslandsdeutschen dar. Diejenigen, die noch nie in der Bundesrepublik wohnten, haben es noch schwieriger. Sie müssen begründen, warum sie teilnehmen möchten und sind damit vollkommen der Willkür deutscher Beamter ausgeliefert.

Björn Akstinat, Leiter der IMH, erklärt dazu: “Im Ausland leben über 1,5 Millionen Wahlberechtigte. Sie könnten das Zünglein an der Waage sein. Bei der letzten Bundestagswahl 2013 schafften es aber nur rund 70.000, von ihrem Wahlrecht Gebrauch zu machen. 2017 werden es wahrscheinlich nicht viel mehr als 100.000 sein. Das sind vor allem Deutsche, die in den Anrainerstaaten der Bundesrepublik wohnen und kurze Postwege haben. Den restlichen Auslandsdeutschen, besonders denen in Übersee, ist eine Teilnahme wegen der vielen bürokratischen Hürden, die ihnen die geltenden Gesetze in den Weg stellen, meist zu umständlich und zu unsicher. Durch das komplizierte Verfahren werden Auslandsdeutsche praktisch um ihr Wahlrecht gebracht. Dabei geht es auch viel einfacher: Für Auslandsitaliener gibt es beispielsweise spezielle Wahlkreise mit eigenen Kandidaten außerhalb Italiens. Die italienischen Staatsangehörigen weltweit sind alle bei den Botschaften registriert und bekommen ihre Wahlunterlagen automatisch zugeschickt: Stimmzettel inkl. ausreichend frankierter Rücksendeumschläge, die die Adressen der jeweils zuständigen Botschaften oder Konsulate tragen. Italien hat sogar einen eigenen Minister für seine Bürger im Ausland. Im deutschen Regierungsapparat fehlt ein Ansprechpartner für Auslandsdeutsche völlig. Eine Änderung der deutschen Wahlgesetzgebung nach italienischem Vorbild wäre dringend notwendig.”


Internationale Medienhilfe (IMH)
Netzwerk deutschsprachiger Medien im Ausland
und fremdsprachiger Medien im Inland
Postfach 35 05 51
D-10214 Berlin
Telefon: (030) 5673-1559


Oktoberfest Enterprises located at 6711 Woodwards Road, Richmond, BC is still selling Oktoberfest posters after all this time!  These posters can be ordered now in 2017 by calling the company at 604 277-4300.

They have been Organizers & Decor Suppliers for over 40 years!

Recently I found a booklet at home from the Oktoberfest held at the b.c. place stadium (sic) in 1985.  Back then, Hermann J. Riepl was the President of the “German Canadian Business And Professional Association of BC, which was found in 1961.  Hermann writes:

“We would like you to take some time out from the hectic way of life to celebrate with us a Thanksgiving as it is done “back home”. The Munich Oktoberfest this year is 175 years old, it is known the world over not only as a beer festival, but also as a thanksgiving at the end of a busy year.  We hope you will be able to join us and enjoy this weekend of fun at the BC Place Stadium, and if you like it, why don’t you make a note for next year’s great EXPO ’86 Oktoberfest.”

Wolfgang Christl, who was the Organizing Committee Chairman writes:

“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our 1985 Oktoberfest celebrations.  This year commemorates our 13th Anniversary and our festival brings together people from all walks of life.

The true Spirit of Oktoberfest comes from enjoying the food, the fellowship and the Gemütlichkeit that prevails at our weekend festival. Enjoy it to the fullest in our marvellous B.C. Place Stadium and it’s just great to know that you have that “true wunderbar feelings”.

Harold L. Little, who was Manager of the 1985 Oktoberfest writes:

“A vote of thanks to all for their cooperation in ensuring the professional and competent execution of Vancouver Oktoberfest 1985.”

The entertainment at the time was Peps Ammer and his Band:

High spirits and Oompa are part and parcel of the Peps Ammer Bavarian Brass band being flown to the Vancouver Oktoberfest by Air Canada. The same eleven, fun-loving band members have been together since Peps Ammer first founded the group, and their contagious good spirits have infected audiences all over Europe and Africa.

Peps Ammer and his band, as you’ll find, do a lot more. At Oktoberfest you’ll dance to the folk music of Bavaria – polkas, waltzes and marches. But even the contemporary tunes come through with an unmistakeable Bavarian bounce! The up tempo music of the accordion and brass players coax the most reluctant and even unsuspecting feet onto the floor.  You’ll twirl, twist, hope and leap, and you’ll love every minutes of it.

The Oktoberfest Story

Since 1970 the German Canadian Business & Professional Association of BC puts an Oktoberfest on. First at the PNE Showmart Building and now at the BC Place Stadium.  Last year (1984) some 12,000 people enjoyed the hospitality at the “Harvest-Festial” of the Bavarians. The biggest “tent” in the world an Oktoberfest is held.

How did it all start? When 175 year ago, Crown Prince Ludwig married the Sachsen Princess Therese, it was suggested to celebrate it on the large meadow before the Sendlinger Tower.  Some 30,000 people came, while Munich had only about 40,000 inhabitants.  First a horse-race and later an Agricultural Fair was included.  Then came the places where fish and beer was sold.  Also the entertainment was added in 1818.  The Fair attracted some five million people in the last year, endings its 16 days always on the first Sunday in October.  Now you can enjoy it here in Vancouver too, where many sausage-makers, bakers, importers have added their products to the Fairs offerings.  This year (like in 1984) the only import beer comes from Dortmund, only large private brewery and a draft beer specialty for the Octoberfest is produced by Carling O’Keefe Breweries.

Please enjoy the good products available and have a pleasant time, and don’t forget next year we would like you at our EXPO ’86 Version of Oktoberfest, which could be even more days.